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Four friends. Four mysterious powers. They seem like ordinary girls living in Los Angeles. But they each have a secret. Vanessa can become invisible. Catty can travel through time. Serena reads minds, and Jimena has premonitions. As they become friends, their incredible powers bind them together as The Daughters of the Moon. In Book One, Vanessa, who has always had the pow Four friends. Four mysterious powers. They seem like ordinary girls living in Los Angeles. But they each have a secret. Vanessa can become invisible. Catty can travel through time. Serena reads minds, and Jimena has premonitions. As they become friends, their incredible powers bind them together as The Daughters of the Moon. In Book One, Vanessa, who has always had the power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox. In Book Two, Serena, a moon goddess who has the gift of reading minds, is torn between joining the dark force of the evil Atrox and staying with her friends. In Book Three, ex-gang member Jimena is terrified by the reappearance of Veto, who was once the love of her life. Veto was killed a year ago by a rival gang. Or was he? Jimena discovers that he has made a devil's bargain, which could cost both of them their lives.


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Four friends. Four mysterious powers. They seem like ordinary girls living in Los Angeles. But they each have a secret. Vanessa can become invisible. Catty can travel through time. Serena reads minds, and Jimena has premonitions. As they become friends, their incredible powers bind them together as The Daughters of the Moon. In Book One, Vanessa, who has always had the pow Four friends. Four mysterious powers. They seem like ordinary girls living in Los Angeles. But they each have a secret. Vanessa can become invisible. Catty can travel through time. Serena reads minds, and Jimena has premonitions. As they become friends, their incredible powers bind them together as The Daughters of the Moon. In Book One, Vanessa, who has always had the power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox. In Book Two, Serena, a moon goddess who has the gift of reading minds, is torn between joining the dark force of the evil Atrox and staying with her friends. In Book Three, ex-gang member Jimena is terrified by the reappearance of Veto, who was once the love of her life. Veto was killed a year ago by a rival gang. Or was he? Jimena discovers that he has made a devil's bargain, which could cost both of them their lives.

30 review for Daughters of the Moon, Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bryer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was awful. I got rid of it as soon as I could. I felt it was tainting my bookshelf! I grabbed it because of the mythos attached to it, thinking it would embrace natural femininity. I was so so wrong. I can't believe anyone would allow their teenagers to read this! Most of the emphasis was on their bodies. Not like I am completely against that (every girl has to feel sexy every once in a while) but these were teens here. It seems like the characters were developed in a way that said "I This book was awful. I got rid of it as soon as I could. I felt it was tainting my bookshelf! I grabbed it because of the mythos attached to it, thinking it would embrace natural femininity. I was so so wrong. I can't believe anyone would allow their teenagers to read this! Most of the emphasis was on their bodies. Not like I am completely against that (every girl has to feel sexy every once in a while) but these were teens here. It seems like the characters were developed in a way that said "I have no respect for myself." When they were dressing for "battle" it involved about 15 lbs of glitter, tons of makeup, getting their hair juuuuust right and slipping into some sleazy costume. To me, when I think of a powerful woman, I don't think about her damn aesthetics. I don't picture a powerful woman slathering on the makeup and hair gel and glittery body paint and four inch high heels (very impractical for fighting in if you ask me). The book seemed to feed into the female stigma and stereotype (Uh the club dancing scene anyone?) rather than intelligently back-handing it and really emphasizing the real reasons women are strong. I was so ashamed of this book when I read it. It just added to the media circus on how women should look and portray themselves. If that was the point, to embrace femininity, and use it as a weapon she did an awful job. Boobs are not a weapon girls and if you think that way I am very sorry for you. Some scenes in the book were alright and concentrated on the mythos and the plot but a lot of it was filler and crappy filler at that. No self-respecting woman would "battle" like they did in the book. But that is just my opinion and if you liked it then I can be glad that you enjoyed a book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grace Wright

    It looks rather large because its 3 books in one. So no wonder its so HUGE!!! Its really good. Thats why I rated it 5 stars. If it wasn't really good, I don't think I would of rated it 5 stars unless I wanted to torture people by making them read this book since they think it is good and then they would find out it was bad and want to keep reading to see if there is a good part. And soon enough the book would be done and they would write their reveiw as the oppisite of mine. Luckily, I am an hone It looks rather large because its 3 books in one. So no wonder its so HUGE!!! Its really good. Thats why I rated it 5 stars. If it wasn't really good, I don't think I would of rated it 5 stars unless I wanted to torture people by making them read this book since they think it is good and then they would find out it was bad and want to keep reading to see if there is a good part. And soon enough the book would be done and they would write their reveiw as the oppisite of mine. Luckily, I am an honest person and would never do such a thing. Most of this reveiw looks like a story explaining how I could of tricked you into reading a terrible book but then explaining this book ISN'T terrible. How strange... Well, insead of writing blah blah blah like I just did, I am going to get on with my reveiw. This book is about 4 girls who each have a moon necklace thingy and meet each other and become friends. Wait, I left out the most important part, they each have a magical power. They talk to this freaky hippy like lady and she tells them the are the 'daughters of the moon' and the have to fight danger. SO the three books that are contained in this one book are aboout fighting danger and trying to have a normal life. My reveiw is written. And no, I am NOT trying to trick you into reading a terrible book. Would I have rated this 5 stars just to trick you? I think not. Ok I am dropping the subject now and am leaving. OK OK, I am leaving now. Are you rushing me? Do I look like a person to be rushed? Ok, well you can't see but its a figure of speech. No, I am not weird. I am leaving...NOW!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Guthro

    I started reading this series when I was a young teenager. The stories were always captivating. The writing, on the other hand, wasn't exactly the best out there in YA today, but I have a feeling that perhaps it was because the target age was aiming for kids even younger than myself when I was a teen (9-14 y/o). There was excessive purple prose, it was unpoetically written, and there were constant descriptions of the clothes every single character was wearing. Ewing has commented before on the d I started reading this series when I was a young teenager. The stories were always captivating. The writing, on the other hand, wasn't exactly the best out there in YA today, but I have a feeling that perhaps it was because the target age was aiming for kids even younger than myself when I was a teen (9-14 y/o). There was excessive purple prose, it was unpoetically written, and there were constant descriptions of the clothes every single character was wearing. Ewing has commented before on the descriptions and said that the clothes were a way of showing girl power, particularly when they were "goddessing" themselves for a battle. Reading them now in comparison to reading them a decade ago is a completely different experience, but there's just something about these books that are so much fun. The characters and their motives were all believable, the dialogue was realistic, and I absolutely loved the incorporation of the ancient goddesses in the novels. Plus, Stanton is kind of my fantasy guy. I'd absolutely recommend these books to young teens and even to the older folks if you can get past the plain writing and excessive descriptions.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Not really sure how to review this one. I don't want to say it was bad, there were part of this series I enjoyed. Which is why I stuck through all three stories in this book. I was curious to see what would happen, so I plowed on. Normally I love this type of book, but it was a little scattered for me. In the beginning I thought the girls were a little older, at least 17 or 18 but only because they were in school. Then I found they were only 15, which was a little hard for me to shift gears. The Not really sure how to review this one. I don't want to say it was bad, there were part of this series I enjoyed. Which is why I stuck through all three stories in this book. I was curious to see what would happen, so I plowed on. Normally I love this type of book, but it was a little scattered for me. In the beginning I thought the girls were a little older, at least 17 or 18 but only because they were in school. Then I found they were only 15, which was a little hard for me to shift gears. There are something they go through that should not be happening, but this I guess it the typical for this genre. But then it switched gears and it felt like the writing style was much younger. Those are my issues with it. That being said, I think these had some potential, and there is a neat story here, but just a little over done for me. This is one series that I'm not excited about getting to the next book. I'll leave those for someone else!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Latasha (ATashOfMagicAndPages)

    This series is a reread for me and its a series that will always have a sepcial place in my heart because these books got me into reading. Esecially into paranormal romance books. PlusnI love the diversity of the friendship of these group of girls. Now that I reread them I can say that I do still love the story plot but it feels so repetitive in each book. Also, I just wished that these girls were a lot older because of some of the content that happens and these girls at the beginning of this se This series is a reread for me and its a series that will always have a sepcial place in my heart because these books got me into reading. Esecially into paranormal romance books. PlusnI love the diversity of the friendship of these group of girls. Now that I reread them I can say that I do still love the story plot but it feels so repetitive in each book. Also, I just wished that these girls were a lot older because of some of the content that happens and these girls at the beginning of this series are 15 years old. And last thing of course that happens especially in YA are where are the freaking parents?!?!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gabby Chavez

    This book is really good and entertaining because they give you cliff hangers, that makes you want to keep reading. I would recommend to 13+, for those who enjoy something mysterious and magical.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I bought the first 3 omnibus editions, which collect the first 9 (!) books into 3 volumes. Got them for $3 (total) at the local Planned Parenthood books sale, so the money was well spent. HOWEVER, the first book in the first volume was just not to my taste AT ALL. The premise of the books seems cool enough - there are these mortal "goddesses" who are descendents of Selene, the moon goddess. They are fighting an ancient evil, and they all have cool superpowers to aid in that fight. I'm on board w I bought the first 3 omnibus editions, which collect the first 9 (!) books into 3 volumes. Got them for $3 (total) at the local Planned Parenthood books sale, so the money was well spent. HOWEVER, the first book in the first volume was just not to my taste AT ALL. The premise of the books seems cool enough - there are these mortal "goddesses" who are descendents of Selene, the moon goddess. They are fighting an ancient evil, and they all have cool superpowers to aid in that fight. I'm on board with all of that. But... I think I’m 100% tired of protagonists who are stubborn and will completely ignore everything, including common sense to RESCUE THEIR FRIEND. Basically, every YA fantasy protagonist since Harry Potter, and probably from before that. I mean, I get it - you need a protagonist who will do something; and in teenage hood I know it seems like everyone is giving you bad advice all the time. But I also know now as an adult that guess what - most of that advice was actually coming from a place of a) love and b) experience. The main character, Vanessa, just continuously ignores common sense and basic survival and then gets saved by others over and over. Bah. So anyway, protagonists who act like idiots - maybe I’ve hit my limit. And maybe it’s not the YA books, which are targeted at the 12-20 age group - maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s time to take a break from YA. Also… This takes place in Los Angeles at a high school, La Brea High. And there’s 3 white girls, and one Latina. And wouldn’t you know it, the Latina was in a gang and spent time in a “girls camp”; at age 7 she has premonitions of her friend getting shot dead at a particular location - and GUESS WHAT? Her friend does get shot in a gangland drive by shooting. This portrayal of the one Latina person in a book otherwise populated entirely of whites as a former gang-banger kid of the streets is insulting and racist. I'll assume the author (who presents as white in her Goodreads profile) now knows better; but it's still there in print in this book. So, idiot protagonist and racist portrayal of the one brown person in the book. Meh. I'll donate these books back to Planned Parenthood so they can generate more cash for the organization and do some good.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Okay, so these books are intressting when aproching mythology, but it really feels like the author clicked "copy" and then "paste" when describing common events. The same words in the same order retelling events gets tiresome. And i didn't really liked the pattern te books follow: All is well when one strange thing happens, things start to mess up, then the main girl gets ready for battle and the main fight comes about with some twist, and in the end she meets with the guy they're intrested in. I Okay, so these books are intressting when aproching mythology, but it really feels like the author clicked "copy" and then "paste" when describing common events. The same words in the same order retelling events gets tiresome. And i didn't really liked the pattern te books follow: All is well when one strange thing happens, things start to mess up, then the main girl gets ready for battle and the main fight comes about with some twist, and in the end she meets with the guy they're intrested in. It happend in all three stories, even though the main character changed with each book. Not everything is bad, though. I liked the powers the girls have, and the way they combine. Also, their personalities vary from each other and create and exiting mix.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ariana Rivera

    Before reading this book, I had not heard of Lynne Ewing or any of her other works. Ewing is a screenplay writer who also counsels troubled teens. She is most known for writing young adult fiction and for creating the Daughters of the Moon series of 13 books, this book being volume one of the series and containing the first three books (Goddess of the Night, Into the Cold Fire, and Night Shade). What interested me about this book, in particular, is its connection to Greek mythology more specific Before reading this book, I had not heard of Lynne Ewing or any of her other works. Ewing is a screenplay writer who also counsels troubled teens. She is most known for writing young adult fiction and for creating the Daughters of the Moon series of 13 books, this book being volume one of the series and containing the first three books (Goddess of the Night, Into the Cold Fire, and Night Shade). What interested me about this book, in particular, is its connection to Greek mythology more specifically to the goddess of the moon Selene, however looking back at the story after finishing the it entirely I feel that although this aspect of the storyline played somewhat of a role in the novel, it was not the center of the plot as I had initially thought it would be. For what it is worth this book did captivate my attention and kept me reading but it is not one of my favorites and overall I have mixed feelings about how the story itself was executed. "Daughters of the Moon" began by giving us a retelling of the myth of the goddess of the moon Selene who fell in love with a mortal man named Endymion and stayed with him for three nights causing a dark moon. The people feared this dark moon saying it brought death and feed evil forces so, in response to this Zeus punished Selene by cursing Endymion to eternal sleep. Regardless, Selene's love for him was too strong so she hid him in a cave, visiting him three nights each lunar month. He has given her many daughters to guard the nights who are as powerful and beautiful as Selene herself. After this retelling, we are introduced to Vanessa Cleveland one of the four main characters of the book. Vanessa has the power to become invisible at will and her best friend Catty who is revealed also pretty early on in the story can time travel. Catty was found by her adoptive mother on the streets one day when she was very young and has no recollection of her past beyond that moment. They lead pretty ordinary lives aside from having these powers until they meet Serena, who can read minds, and Jimena, who has premonitions. Jimena and Serena tell them about the Atrox, an ancient, evil, cult-like group of followers set out to destroy daughters of the moon like themselves and soon Catty and Vannessa learn that they have a purpose much bigger than themselves. In this young adult fiction novel, four girls go head to head with the ultimate force of evil and realize that what sets them apart from other bands them together and that the only way they can ever truly stop the evil that is the Atrox is to rely solely on each other. A prevalent theme of this novel is that sisterhood is one of the most powerful bonds out there. Very soon on into the story Vanessa, Catty, Serena, and Jimenez realize that in a world where evil lurks around every corner the only people they can rely on and trust are each other. As Daughter of the Moon, their powers are stronger when they are together and the only way they really stand a chance again the Atrox is by using that unity they have to their advantage. I feel that although the main characters are somewhat believable they are mostly very cliche. Though the three books of the novel itself were meant to show some background for Vanessa, Serena, and Jimenez and depict their development as characters I felt that Ewing's storytelling for each of the characters fell flat. Ewing really only portrayed their personalities at a surface level. There were no real improvements in the characters other than the generic lesson each one learned that became quite obvious towards the end of the story. Their characteristics, in my opinion, seemed a bit too stereotypical; Vanessa is the perfect girl with a seemingly perfect life that in her eyes is anything but, Serena being the outsider and the girl that appears to be "different" from other girls who desperately wants to be accepted, and Jimenez the tough girl that turned her life around only to be haunted by her past. Normally using these tropes when describing characters is not problematic in of itself, but when the author makes no effort to make them stand out at all from the cliche's the characters themselves seem redundant, so much so that I found myself waiting for something to really impact the characters I could see how they stand out from other book characters with similar attributes. In addition, I would have liked to learn more about Catty who was the only one out of the four not to have a book dedicated to her story and her story alone. Putting these characters and their developmental flaws behind Jimenez is my favorite character in the book because I feel that although her story was plenty cliche she had the most struggles leading up to where she was in the story which made her character the most interesting. Her grapple with dealing with gang violence and her journey to living a better life struck a chord with me. I can relate to trying to beat a systematic stigmatism and choosing to live a different life than those who live around me. Jimenez's journey is admirable and one that is pretty relevant to the world around me. In addition, I can also relate to choosing to be friends with people who will uplift me in life not try to drag me down to their level. My favorite part of the book is when Catty and Vanessa meet Jimenez and Serene because it gives them a sense of hope that they aren't the only ones in their situation. They are surrounded by people who just like them are thrust into a battle they didn't even know they were fighting. This moment also is what gets the plot of the story going and begins their strong connection with each other. My least favorite moment is when Catty gets abducted by the Atrox. This moment causes Vannessa to put her life on the line for Catty and as a result, the moments leading up to her attempted rescue are very tense. It is this moment that shows the girls the true power of the Atrox and that at any given moment their lives can be threatened. After this, the girls begin to stick together and have each other's backs now that they know for sure that in order to survive they must trust in each other. Overall I had mixed emotions towards this book because of its faulty character development mixed with its cliche storylines. As a whole, I think the idea that the story was based around showed promise but just wasn't executed properly. I would have liked for the Ewing to put more emphasis on the central role of Greek mythology in the books rather than embellishing the main character's traits. The book itself is a fairly quick read and because of that, a lot more could have been done with it. However, what the main character's lacked individually they made up for in their interactions as a whole. It was the scenes where the four girls were most dependent on each other that were the most memorable. They desperately needed each other as a result formed a very close bond, picking each other up when they needed it the most and intervening when necessary. Due to this element of friendship and sisterhood that is significant throughout the story, I feel that the goods of the book outweigh the bad. The story though flawed showed some depth and therefore I have to give credit where it is due. I recommend this book to any fans of young adult fiction, not so much to those looking for a storyline that mainly focuses on Greek mythology. With its young and sort of relatable characters, I'm sure that any fans of authors such as John Green or possibly even J.K Rowling will most definitely enjoy this book. This book had its fair share of positives and negatives but in general, the positives of this book outweigh the negatives which is why I rate this novel 3 stars out of 5.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is a good book because this book is like a mysteriuos and scary. There was a girl vanessa who came to los angles invisable. Also had a really hard time fitting in her new school. Vanessa is always being followed but doesn't know who is following her but thinks it is her boyfriend that died a year ago. This is a good book because this book is like a mysteriuos and scary. There was a girl vanessa who came to los angles invisable. Also had a really hard time fitting in her new school. Vanessa is always being followed but doesn't know who is following her but thinks it is her boyfriend that died a year ago.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angelina

    This book was awful. The only reason I stuck through all three books was in hope it would get better. shrn I started reading I was thinking the characters were at least 18, but they are only 15. Most of the book is focused on sneaking out of school and dressing up in sleazy outfits and makeup.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    First three books in this series. I read these in early high school and they continue to draw me back in. They are fun, fast paced, and relatable. The joys of being a teenager, puberty, hormones, friendships, rivalries, parents, and of course: magic. It's a fun ride. First three books in this series. I read these in early high school and they continue to draw me back in. They are fun, fast paced, and relatable. The joys of being a teenager, puberty, hormones, friendships, rivalries, parents, and of course: magic. It's a fun ride.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heatherblakely

    Reading books published around 2000 is always a trip. My feelings about this are probably similar to those of someone who picks up the Sisterhood books for the first time: I like the friendship and power and strength and flaws in here, but there are certain things that I wouldn't accept from a series that was published today. Having a Latina character is wonderful and probably a big deal at the time, just like Sisterhood was, but I doubt the author got (m)any sensitivity readers for this (not su Reading books published around 2000 is always a trip. My feelings about this are probably similar to those of someone who picks up the Sisterhood books for the first time: I like the friendship and power and strength and flaws in here, but there are certain things that I wouldn't accept from a series that was published today. Having a Latina character is wonderful and probably a big deal at the time, just like Sisterhood was, but I doubt the author got (m)any sensitivity readers for this (not sure if the way Spanish is woven in is accurate, why does the Latina have to be the one in the gang/where is the line drawn between what's realistic for the setting and what's a stereotype, etc). There are four girls who are considered goddesses/daughters of the moon, and three of them got a story in this and the fourth one did not, nor was she described very often, so I'm interested in seeing if she ended up with her own book after these three books were published. Quick summary: four teenage girls in LA find out they're goddesses (aka daughters of the moon) and they each have a power/supernatural ability and have to fight the forces of evil. They're all straight but some of their friendships felt very queer to me. Also: 1. Borders was mentioned and I almost cried because I miss Borders, especially the giant one that was at Sunset and Vine 2. I didn't know the Bev Center's parkinglot is aboveground to prevent methane seepage and that the mall curled around a working oil rig. I love learning about LA.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wenwei

    3.3 stars. I feel like I would have enjoyed this series as a teenager or preteen because it reminds me of Charmed–a 1990s television series I was obsessed with. The four daughters of the moon are tasked with foiling a great evil, blah, blah, blah. Things I like: There are constant allusions to mythology; each book is narrated by a specific girl and explores her individual battle with evil and the lesson she learned afterwards; and the books are action packed and fast paced. What I don't like is th 3.3 stars. I feel like I would have enjoyed this series as a teenager or preteen because it reminds me of Charmed–a 1990s television series I was obsessed with. The four daughters of the moon are tasked with foiling a great evil, blah, blah, blah. Things I like: There are constant allusions to mythology; each book is narrated by a specific girl and explores her individual battle with evil and the lesson she learned afterwards; and the books are action packed and fast paced. What I don't like is the writing — it ruined a potentially promising plotline since it is basic and flat. It doesn't engage me with its repetitive short-sentence prose of the various battles or main events that occur in the narrative. I'm not really connecting to any of the situations or characters because they are brilliantly and artistically created; rather, I'm just turning pages because I just have to know how the girls save the day. One of my guilty pleasures is young adult fiction and fantasy, but the author really needs to put more effort into creating a picture with words that we can literally close our eyes and imagine. He or she also should write a cast of well-rounded characters that show development throughout the series. I'll probably keep reading when I am looking for a quick read on a rainy day or I just don't have anything more interesting to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Flick

    The three books give a different perspective on each of the girls, giving each other a chance to know what the other has been through. Inspiring and entertaining learning about a different story that people most often forget to time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Klump

    I started reading this a few years ago but couldn't get back into it. I loved the writing style and the plot and characters it just wasn't for me anymore. I probably won't pick this up again. I'm really sad to do this to this book. I started reading this a few years ago but couldn't get back into it. I loved the writing style and the plot and characters it just wasn't for me anymore. I probably won't pick this up again. I'm really sad to do this to this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather Moore

    I like how each book looks at a different daughter and goes about her story. I love learning more about the goddess selene as well as what the girls have to go through. It was a fast read for me and the last book was my favorite...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Saanvi

    The writing was horrible and bland, the characters were clichéd and boring, and the storyline was pretty much the same for each book-the main character faces some trouble, something weird happens, and they end up going out with the boy they liked.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Corina Sanchez

    It repeats itself a lot and when I found myself getting tired of the way it's written (like it's for pre-teens) I found myself getting sucked back in by the story. So now I have to read the next volume and find out what happens. Good job Lynne Ewing very sneaky haha It repeats itself a lot and when I found myself getting tired of the way it's written (like it's for pre-teens) I found myself getting sucked back in by the story. So now I have to read the next volume and find out what happens. Good job Lynne Ewing very sneaky haha

  20. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Ambrose

    I really only picked up this book because I vaguely remembered reading it when I was younger and was curious about it. It's ok. It's your run-of-the-mill YA fantasy/magic story with four chosen 'saviors' that must fight evil while maintaining lives outside of that. I certainly didn't remember any of the actual plot and don't plan on finishing the series, but an interesting look back at books I read when I was younger. I really only picked up this book because I vaguely remembered reading it when I was younger and was curious about it. It's ok. It's your run-of-the-mill YA fantasy/magic story with four chosen 'saviors' that must fight evil while maintaining lives outside of that. I certainly didn't remember any of the actual plot and don't plan on finishing the series, but an interesting look back at books I read when I was younger.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    It took a bit to get into this story. It seems that each story started slow and the last 50 pages were non-stop until the end.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Dietrich

    Just a few pages in and it normalizes the Moon Goddess raping the Shepard guy in his sleep to create many daughters. Thanks but no thanks, next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really, really liked this book. It was a fairly quick read (despite the 800+ pages) and I'm very happy I read it in volume form, so I didn't have to wait even a moment to get my hands on the next book. I could just read three of them straight through. Goddess Of The Night: I liked this one enough to make me read the others, but I didn't like Vanessa so much. She was whinny, and weak through 90% of her book. Plus, I didn't like Michael Saratoga (just didn't see the appeal) and I didn't understan I really, really liked this book. It was a fairly quick read (despite the 800+ pages) and I'm very happy I read it in volume form, so I didn't have to wait even a moment to get my hands on the next book. I could just read three of them straight through. Goddess Of The Night: I liked this one enough to make me read the others, but I didn't like Vanessa so much. She was whinny, and weak through 90% of her book. Plus, I didn't like Michael Saratoga (just didn't see the appeal) and I didn't understand why Vanessa would want to be friends with Morgan. I liked Catty, Serena, Jimena, the plot, and the writing though, so I kept reading. I'm glad I did. But, Vanessa herself may be a big part of why I knocked a star of my rating for this book. Into The Cold Fire: I liked this book better than the previous one. I relate most to Serena, I think, so it was easy for me to put myself in her shoes. (Plus, I would love to dye my hair crayola red). This book was the most creepy of the three, because the bit with the Atrox erasing any memory Serena had that would interfere with their plan was just creepy cool. Although I hated Stanton in the first book, I really liked him in this one. I genuinely believe he loves Serena, and that she'll get him to turn against the Atrox eventually. Night Shade: Although I relate to Serena most, this book was my favorite. The concept of Jimena's former boyfriend (the supposed love of her life) coming back from the dead was brilliant, Tarterus under the park was cool, and Cassandra was just plain scary. My main problem, now, is that I'm torn. I love Veto and Collin. But, I might just love Collin more. The interactions between Jimena and Collin were my favorite part of the book (possibly the whole volume). Overall: I apologize for the fairly unhelpful review, I guess I'm not in a very helpful state at the moment. But, this volume is definitely a good read. It's fast, and a fairly easy read, but full of action and very interesting. The 800+ pages go by really fast, and I found myself reading in every spare moment of time I had. If you like paranormal YA, old legends, and some romance-y sub-plots, than I definitely recommend this one. It won't take you long, and it's a really good read. My only problem now is getting my hands on the next book. Anyone know where I could find myself a copy of "The Secret Scroll"?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Toni Suzuki

    I was recommended this series as a sort of Sailor Moon, but books. The recommender really loved it as a teen when it was first released. It's definitely a product of its time. Like other books from the early 2000s, the plots rely a lot on the main characters ignoring advice (whether given by peers or authority figures) and insisting on doing things alone, even though having backup from the start would have solved their problems much more easily. There's also a lot of partying in this series. The I was recommended this series as a sort of Sailor Moon, but books. The recommender really loved it as a teen when it was first released. It's definitely a product of its time. Like other books from the early 2000s, the plots rely a lot on the main characters ignoring advice (whether given by peers or authority figures) and insisting on doing things alone, even though having backup from the start would have solved their problems much more easily. There's also a lot of partying in this series. The main characters live in Hollywood, and many of the scenes take place in clubs. There's a token non-white character whose backstory and overall treatment in the books would probably not fly at all these days. Not really any diversity otherwise. Modern readers will also notice the writing style, which is really simplistic. It reminds me of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which I adored as a teen but did not enjoy at all rereading as an adult, mostly because of the writing. I think today's teen readers are used to more descriptive writing and might find the style a bit lackluster. The characters are all pretty surface-level in these first books, although it is quite a long series, so perhaps that improves later. It did do a couple of good things, though. I thought the dressing up before going to fight was sort of a fun nod to the musical transformation sequences in magical girl squad cartoons a la Sailor Moon, Winx, etc. The plots were also fast-paced, making these easy guilty pleasure reads to blast through quickly. Overall, I didn't hate these, but I didn't love them, either. I won't be moving on with the series, but I feel these were pretty decent for what they are.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    I had a couple of issues with these stories: -The ages of the heroines vs. their actions don't match up. I kept thinking the girls were 17 or 19, which would have made what they were doing (not the paranormal stuff, but the "regular" stuff like traipsing about LA) more believable. -Cut and paste was used often to describe characters or details from previous stories. I'm not sure if it would have been as noticeable if I read each book individually, but it was very noticeable in the bind-up. -The gl I had a couple of issues with these stories: -The ages of the heroines vs. their actions don't match up. I kept thinking the girls were 17 or 19, which would have made what they were doing (not the paranormal stuff, but the "regular" stuff like traipsing about LA) more believable. -Cut and paste was used often to describe characters or details from previous stories. I'm not sure if it would have been as noticeable if I read each book individually, but it was very noticeable in the bind-up. -The glorification of young women sexing it up with their friends to turn guys on. If (young) women want to rub up against each other because *they* find it enjoyable, that is one thing. The author depicts the main female characters as using this ploy solely for the purpose of attracting guys. In general, I feel like the characters are over sexualized (yet there is no more than kissing) and with no thought process other than it makes them feel special because guys dig it. Maybe this is what 15 year old girls think and/or how they act, but it doesn't seem right in the context of the novel. Sadly, this is one of those story lines where I'm interested enough in the concept to want to see how it plays out but not terribly interested in the characters or the actual novels. I think a reviewer who was very interested in analyzing the text would have a lot more to say about how wrong some of the themes are for this age group, etc. I just don't feel like bothering. Meh all around.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zixuan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rating this book was kinda hard since there were three books bound together all in one. So I took the average of stars I gave to each individual book and rounded it accordingly. Book 1: Goddess of the Night, 3 Stars Book 2: Into the Cold Fire, 4 Stars Book 3: Night Shade, 3 Stars ...for an average of 3.25, which rounded down to 3 stars overall. This book is good for readers who like an easy, a magical, and romantic read at time when they're bored. The battle scenes in the book when the daughters fa Rating this book was kinda hard since there were three books bound together all in one. So I took the average of stars I gave to each individual book and rounded it accordingly. Book 1: Goddess of the Night, 3 Stars Book 2: Into the Cold Fire, 4 Stars Book 3: Night Shade, 3 Stars ...for an average of 3.25, which rounded down to 3 stars overall. This book is good for readers who like an easy, a magical, and romantic read at time when they're bored. The battle scenes in the book when the daughters face the Atrox weren't exceptionally good, for people would like descriptive and exciting battle scenes. And overall, the plots in each of the stories were far too predictable. I could basically guess what's going to happen next. The romance shown in each of the books is okay, and my favorite is probably between Serena and Stanton in Book 2 (thus, the 4 stars!). If you want to read something for fun, and you have the time, this book is for you. If you're looking for something more serious and darker, try something else. :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    Daughters of the Moon is a rather long series, and this book is made up of the first three books. There are four main characters (Catty, Vanessa, Serena, and Jimena), and each book follows a different character’s storyline. I usually don’t like series that rotate character focus like that, but this one works well. The four characters are friends, so all of them are present in each book. These characters go through the discovery of their true fate (a typical good versus evil plot), and they learn Daughters of the Moon is a rather long series, and this book is made up of the first three books. There are four main characters (Catty, Vanessa, Serena, and Jimena), and each book follows a different character’s storyline. I usually don’t like series that rotate character focus like that, but this one works well. The four characters are friends, so all of them are present in each book. These characters go through the discovery of their true fate (a typical good versus evil plot), and they learn how to have full control over their individual powers along the way. Each one has a specific talent not shared by the others. Vanessa can become invisible, Catty can travel back and forth in time (24 hour limit), Serena can see into the minds of others, and Jimena has premonitions of the future (which cannot be altered). It’s not an exceptional storyline, but it’s a good way to fill up the time, and it did hold my interest throughout. For a reader who simply enjoys reading a good story versus something with heavy content or deep meaning, this is a book for you.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Why was this not text-to-speech enabled? Maybe others don't find this to be a problem but I find I really need this feature to help me stay in the story beyond eye-strain. The first book drew me in, in spite of my eyes. It was well written and characters well developed. But progressively through the three books the editing failed. In places, that lack of editing became very distracting and confusing as there were empty pages and continuity errors. Even still the story kept me interested. Now I real Why was this not text-to-speech enabled? Maybe others don't find this to be a problem but I find I really need this feature to help me stay in the story beyond eye-strain. The first book drew me in, in spite of my eyes. It was well written and characters well developed. But progressively through the three books the editing failed. In places, that lack of editing became very distracting and confusing as there were empty pages and continuity errors. Even still the story kept me interested. Now I really show my age... 14 year-olds out and about L.A. county, dressed for sex, with just each other as guides? Well, I guess there wouldn't be a story if there were actual parental units in their lives. I'm sure young girls eat this stuff up. I will pass with the rest of the series, especially without text-to-speech.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ani

    This has the first three books in the Daughters of The Moon series by Lynne Ewing. Goddess of The Night, Into the Cold Fire and Night Shade. And I was hooked. Now I cannot wait to read the rest of the books. I believe there are ten more. The author is heavily influenced by mythology. The first three introduces the four daughters of the moon: Vanessa, Catty, Serena and Jimena. They seem like regular LA teenagers into boys, books, clothes but they all are about to embark on a life changing journey This has the first three books in the Daughters of The Moon series by Lynne Ewing. Goddess of The Night, Into the Cold Fire and Night Shade. And I was hooked. Now I cannot wait to read the rest of the books. I believe there are ten more. The author is heavily influenced by mythology. The first three introduces the four daughters of the moon: Vanessa, Catty, Serena and Jimena. They seem like regular LA teenagers into boys, books, clothes but they all are about to embark on a life changing journey and face that they are very different in many other ways. This book is completely intriguing and I read the eight hundred some pages in four days but I do have to take a bus and a train so I found the time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    There was the first three books of this series in this one book. It is slightly more for a younger readers but I enjoyed the books. I really like the characters. There are four main girls who have powers given to them by Selene. She is the God who runs the moon across the sky following the sun so the moon can then reflect the suns rays. She falls in love with a mortal and leaves the moon. That is why we have no moon for three days every month. Zeus punishes her but her love for the mortal is too There was the first three books of this series in this one book. It is slightly more for a younger readers but I enjoyed the books. I really like the characters. There are four main girls who have powers given to them by Selene. She is the God who runs the moon across the sky following the sun so the moon can then reflect the suns rays. She falls in love with a mortal and leaves the moon. That is why we have no moon for three days every month. Zeus punishes her but her love for the mortal is too strong. These daughters of the moon are the result of their love! Anyway... each story focuses on one of the four girls. I hope that the fourth girl, Catty will have her story revealed in the fourth book. The other girls are Serena, Jimena, and Vanessa.

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