Tuesday, February 5, 2013

AimeeKay Review: Moonsongs #1, #2 by E.J. Wesley

Blood Fugue (Moonsongs #1)

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…
Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

Okay have to say I LOVED both stories!! Can’t wait to see what happens to Jenny and Marshal in the next Moonsong book!

Blood Fugue: Moonsongs Book 1 is short and its fast pacing made it go by even quicker. Loved the story, even though it was in first person. It was done well and I really wanted to see where the story was going. I found Jenny interesting and Marshal amusing. The only real issue I have is that I wish the story hadn’t ended so soon! However since I had book 2 readily available that was only a temporary annoyance.

Witch's Nocturne (Moonsongs #2)
After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley. These stories contain language and content better suited for mature readers.

Witch’s Nocturne: Moonsongs Book 2 is just as fast paced but seemed a tad longer, although not as long as I would have liked. I really enjoy the authors writing and I want to read more about Jenny and Marshal. The shortness of the books reminds me of t.v. episodes; short, sweet, resolved in under an hour. But I’m talking good, interesting t.v.. The kind that draws you in and leaves you eagerly awaiting next weeks episode.

The characters are interesting and have tons of potential. There isn’t a love interest, but I found that a refreshing change from other novels that feel the need to cram insta-love down the readers throat. Marshal and Jenny are friends and you can see it in their interactions.

While the stories are short they don’t lack in substance and I hope the next book will be out soon, maybe even a full length novel???(hint! hint!) Of course both books were good even though they were short so maybe the formula shouldn’t be messed with? Don’t care as long as there is more of Jenny and Marshal in the works I’m good.

If I have to say anything that I don’t like about the books it is more superficial than anything. Personally I don’t like the covers. Not my style. *shrug* I’m only mentioning it because I know a lot of readers who base their choices on covers and blurbs. Even if a book has a great blurb they still might not pick it up if they don’t like the cover. If you are like me and the front just doesn’t do it for you don’t judge this book by its cover, you will be missing out!

Honestly you could read book 2 without reading book 1. There is enough back story fill in to not leave the reader completely lost. (But because I enjoyed book 1 so much I don’t recommend it)

Definitely pick up this quick, cool new series. You won’t regret it!

Bloggy note: There is a Author Blog Post as well as a giveaway going on for these books! Just go to the post HERE to comment to enter. While you are there don't forget to enter for a huge giveaway associated with that blog tour. Enter via Rafflecopter form for that giveaway on the same post.


  1. I have to say I'm also not the hugest fan of the covers, but the descriptions sound amazing, and after reading your review I'm definitely interested in checking these out. Thanks for putting these on my radar! :-)

  2. Awesome review AimeeKay! I think I am going to direct someone over here because these would be right up her alley.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed that much the two stories, It's always nice to be surprised like that.

  4. Thank you so much for the generous reviews AimeeKay! So glad you enjoyed them. The third Moonsongs book will be released in late March, so you shouldn't have to wait too long to see what Jenny gets up to next. :-)

    Thanks again for your time and sharing your thoughts,


  5. AimeeKay, a great review and you said everything I can think of to say and agree with. you completely on the story content, a great read [ both books ] although I do like the covers, I think they give a glimpse into Jenny that words would be impossible to show, it's who she is in a mass of colors--but I wonder when the last book of the series (seeing how she is growing and maturing) will it depict a different person in the drawings??
    Either way I am awaiting 'Book 3' --I would like to see more from E J like the Just In Time piece also, really a diverse and talented writer

  6. This review definitely made me happy. I like to promote authors that really write amazing stuff but are totally under-appreciated and I'm hoping once more read it more will pick them up. I don't love the covers but once I read the stories I felt like they 'fit'. But its just convincing people that they really are worth picking up!
    Thanks so much for this fantastic review(s)!

  7. I completely agree about the covers. I never would have picked these up without your enthusiastic review. In fact, I'd probably run the other way. I'm shallow like that. BUT, this sounds exactly like my kind of thing and I love that it's paranormal with actual substance and that even the longer one wasn't long enough. a VERY good sign. :)

  8. I think I am in agreement with the others. The covers are holding this one back, even though we should all no better than to judge a book by its cover. I would very much like to read something with substance that is paranormal and involves Native Americans. I grabbed my free copy yesterday!

  9. Yep, I agree... don't judge a book by it's cover. Yep, you have me itching to start that first one and read that second (I also grabbed the free copy). Thanks for the great reviews AimeeKay!!

  10. Novellas and I, well, that's not a love story always

  11. Ooooh, nice. Glad to hear they are fast paced and quick going in the story. :D Thank you!

  12. Wow. The covers... Wow. Yeah, I never would've looked twice chick. I need to work on my cover snobbery!

  13. Excellent reviews! I was warned not to judge the books by their covers. I'm on a blog tour for these. I am so glad they are that good!I love little short stories. Sometimes I don't have time for a long story so shorties work for me.


  14. Glad everyone liked the review!

    Also really glad to hear the next book will be out soon!


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