Thursday, September 23, 2010

(Spoiler Free) Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

From the Author's website:
Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.


It's official: Bayou Moon is one of my favorite reads this year!

I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I read UF, I'm not always able to follow along with all the plot specifics. I get characters or their motivation confused, especially if there are similar names or the plot is too complicated. This book was beautifully penned - I feel like Bayou Moon was written specifically for me. The characters and settings were wonderfully and descriptively composed, I could see each character in my mind's eye as I read the book. The plot moved along at a quick pace, but I was able to follow and understand what they were doing and why. I liked the way one thing led to another but it made sense and didn't jump all over the place.

Cerise is a fabulous heroine - she's strong and compassionate. Family oriented. Smart. All the things I look for in a heroine. While I liked her from the get-go, it was near the end that I just sat back and thought, "Thank you, Ms. Andrews, for writing such an amazing heroine." Let's just say she's a woman of her word and doesn't run from anything.

William, *sighs* oh William, I heart you so much! I really liked William in The Edge (my review here), and was glad he was getting his own book. He's definitely a broken hero: he's feeling sorry for himself since Rose left with Declan, combine that with his horrible childhood and he has a very low perception of himself, except where his fighting skills are concerned. He's attracted to Cerise, not exactly at first sight, but when it happens - BAM!

The wild in him lost its head, clawing at his insides.
Want. Want the woman.

"Lord Bill? She asked.
His thoughts tumbled in a feverish cascade. Want. So beautiful...Standing so close and so beautiful. Want the woman.
"Earth to William?"
She was looking at him with those beautiful dark eyes. All he had to do was reach for her and he could touch her.
No. Wrong.
She hadn't given him permission. If he touched, he would take her. Taking women without permission was wrong.
William pulled himself back, regaining control. The wild buckled and snarled and screamed, but he reeled it in, forcing it deeper and deeper. Remember the whip? Right, everybody remembered the whip. Everybody remembered being punished for kissing a girl without permission. The scars on his back itched, reminding him. Humans had rules. He had to follow the rules.
Page 82, Bayou Moon

Strangely enough, the thing that did it for me regarding William was not related to Cerise at all. I'm not giving away spoilers, but it was his actions on pages 247-249 that did me in. Of course, when you add that to the overall hotness of his character and the way he understands and interacts with boyfriend status was inevitable. The back and forth between Cerise and William was riveting (and humerous) - especially when Cerise's family stepped in to "help".

I know I'm gushing about the awesomeness of the hero/heroine, which is important, but the secondary characters were great too - I liked Cerise's family. They were a very eclectic group and had their own weird ways of showing their love and support for Cerise.

Now, on to the bad guys - they're bad ass. They're pretty gross, actually. They've got all this extra "stuff" that makes them almost impossible to defeat. Luckily William has a history that involves knowledge of their "extras" and how to deal with them.

Bayou Moon is the second book in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I think Ms. Andrews gives enough background at the beginning of the story that you would have no trouble jumping right in. Bayou Moon should go straight from your bookstore to "Now Reading", let it skip the TBR pile, you won't be sorry!

Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Ace; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0441019455
ISBN-13: 978-0441019458

My rating:

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. SQUEEE!!! I'm reading this one soon....can't wait to read about William :)

  2. Very nice review Patti!!! I love love Ilona Andrews! I'm planning on reading this one the day it comes out...unless I'm lucky and I can find it a little sooner *fingers crossed*

  3. Oh, always exciting to read such a great book!

  4. I can't wait for this book. Love the Edge world. William has always been my fav.

  5. I'm so jealous that you've already read this! I am DYING waiting for this new Ilona Andrews - I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  6. *swims in a little puddle of drool* Must have!

  7. I'm with you. Sometimes the plots in UF books because often they are made with so many turns and twists and different characters are thrown in. It all gets to be a bit much but I'm really loving your review. Makes the book sound promising :-)

    Stephanie G
    Paranormal Haven

  8. I'm really looking forward to this. Great review, Patti. :)

  9. I caaaaan't belieeeeve I haven't read this series yet. I love Ilona Andrews. I love good UF.
    Great review!
    You know I listen to you when you love a series (Shifters!).

    I love that you loved this, because it means I will most definitely love it! YAY! I can't wait for my copy to arrive, pronto!

    P.S. - thanks for pimping my book giveaway :)

  11. I LOVE Ilona Andrews and I cant wait to read this one! =)

    Great review hon!