Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Title: Triple Moon
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Summer on East End #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Source: Publisher

I was so excited when I saw that this book was coming out.  I have read most of the Witches of East End series and have really enjoyed them, so I was very excited that a "teen" version continuation of this world was going to exist.  Though, I was also a little worried too.  I wanted the feel of this one to match that of the others.  I went in with high hopes, and when that happens it is so easily to be disappointed.  Thankfully, that wasn't what happened.

Triple Moon is the story about sisters, twins to be exact: Molly and Mardi.  The twins are no ordinary girls.  In fact, they are both goddesses.  Their father is Thor, the Norse God of lightning.  Molly is the polished, sophisticated one.  She loves clothes and dressing up in expensive pretty things.  Mardi prefers torn jeans, has tattoos, and a tongue piercing.  The two can't be more different from each other and it shows in their interactions.  They can barely manage to get along for longer than a couple minutes at a time.

The two girls love to use their magic to pull pranks on those in the world that are normal.  They can't help themselves.  From messing with the color of someones hair to making people physically ill, they find it hilarious and fun.  Needless to say, they are a bit spoiled and don't really understand that their actions have consequences that go beyond them.

In this story, the girls are sent off to East End to spend the summer baby sitting for their fathers friend Ingrid.  This is meant to be punishment.  They had a wild time at a party where two mortals ended up dead and all signs are pointing to them.  While the twins deny any involvement, there is a small problem.  Almost the entire night is blacked out and they can't remember what happened no matter how hard they try.  So for the duration of the summer they are sentenced to spend it in quiet East End babysitting, working, and trying to figure out what exactly happened that fateful night.

So...I totally ended up devouring this book.  I just couldn't get myself to put it down unless I absolutely had to.  It.was.that.good.  I was not disappointed at all.  I got to see my favorite characters from the Witches of East End series (Ingrid was my favorite and we get a lot of Ingrid!).  We get to meet more characters.  And we get to learn more about this fantastic world.

From very quick research, it appears that Melissa de la Cruz took some liberties with Norse mythology, but that should only bother huge mythology buffs.  She changed a couple of genders here and there etc.  So just be warned that if you know your mythology you may find yourself a little irked with the freedoms that were taken, but please don't let that ruin the story for you.

There is also a bit of romance.  It can get a little intense at times, but it never really crosses the line where it becomes totally inappropriate for teen to read.  It does get a little steamy, but it is actually just a bunch of making out.

I really enjoyed visiting the old characters.  Quite a few make an appearance, but most notable are Ingrid and Freya.  They are background characters, so don't expect too much from them if you are already a fan of them from the previous books.  But you do get to see them, so yay!

Also, this book takes place approximately 10 years after the last book in The Witches of East End series.  It does actually refer back to things that have happened in those books.  Nothing too big, but there are some spoilers for those if you start out with this one.  I personally enjoyed reading it, but I did get some spoilers myself since I haven't read the last book of the other series yet.  I think I will be okay though.

I have to say that I loved this book.  It let me go back to East End and see the magic that is that special place in the world.  The world felt true to itself and didn't disappoint me at all.

My Rating
5 Stars!

This review is based on an uncorrected ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Check out the rest of the tour!
Gone With the Words – guest post - 11/2
Two Chicks on Books – Mel’s book playlist - 11/3
A Dream Within a Dream – review & giveaway - 11/4
The Forest of Words and Pages - Which Witch Would You Pick? - 11/5
In Wonderland – guest post - 11/6
Curling Up with a Good Book – interview - 11/7
Jessabella Reads – 10 Random Things About Me – 11/9
Once Upon a Twilight – Story in GIFs! - 11/10
Reading is Better with Cupcakes – review & giveaway - 11/11
The Book’s Buzz – guest post - 11/12
Addicted Readers – Character profiles - 11/13

1 comment:

  1. OMG. I was a little on the fence about reading this series, but you've convinced me! So glad I ran across your review. Have a great day!