Review: Black Moon Draw by Lizzy Ford


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green dreamsBlack Moon Draw
By: Lizzy Ford
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Nov. 9, 2014
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
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A reader gets sucked into the book she’s reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck – the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she’s prepared to handle.

What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there.

Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to woo the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.

 

4reviewNaia’s fiance just dumped her a week before the wedding and she finds herself alone at home with a bottle of wine and some new uploaded chapters from a book she’s been reading online. She ends up passing out sometime between her pity party and wakes up in the book she was reading. She’s convinced it’s a dream at first until she realizes that she’s quite possibly really in the fantasy world of the book. She is faced with a huge quest. She must help the Shadow King save his realm or the realm itself will cease to exist, with Naia still in it.

I have to admit that the idea that one could literally get sucked into the book they are reading was pretty interesting. I liked that the author added some interesting aspects into the novel like the animal heads the warriors wear to heighten their abilities. Can’t say I’ve ever heard of that before. I was actually a little worried that one of the leading men literally had a boar’s head. I mean, a guy with a boar face is not attractive at all.

The characters were likable and pretty realistic. Sure, Naia was a bit stubborn at first with her denial of what was going on, but who wouldn’t be. I mean, there have been many times where I’ve fallen asleep after reading only to have the story continue in my dream. The Shadow King was a bit of a brute but he’s got a thousand year curse on his shoulders and only nine days left to lift the curse. So of course he’s short with Naia, his wimpy non-battle battle witch. She’s the one who’s supposed to help him save his world and every time a fight breaks out, she runs the other way… or up a tree.

I will be honest that the Red King reminded me of Lord Baelish from Game of Thrones. You never knew who’s side he was on or what his end game was. He just always popped up when conflict arose and always seemed to diffuse it. He was everyone’s ally but an enemy in disguise. I think I found his character the most fascinating because of that.

However, when I read a story, I read it for the fact of being taken out of reality, and I didn’t get that with this book. I was always one foot in while reading. That was due to two things. One being that Naia was always talking out loud to the author of the story. She’d point out inconsistencies like the Shadow King going from chaps to kilt in the blink of an eye or daylight lasting too long when it should clearly be night by that time, she’d complain to her about wanting to go home, and would ask why she was even sent there. Every time that happened I was jolted out of the story and back to reality. I’d have been fine if it were just at the beginning until Naia came to terms with her new life but I was reminded that this was a book within a book until the very end. The second thing was all the pop culture references. Apparently the author, LF, is a fan of some popular movies/tv shows because things would be said, names used, or circumstances happened that Naia immediately remembered from a movie/tv show. Which she’d then comment on how the author must be a fan of said move/show. A couple of which I was familiar with, others… not so much. I personally really dislike when an author uses pop culture references in a story and makes it the punch line for the scene. Primarily because for those of us who haven’t seen the show/movie, heard the song, or read the book, we have no freaking idea what’s going on. It’s like being left out of a joke that everyone else is laughing at. Yeah, that happened a lot to me in this story.

I think this is a great story. It took me a while to get into and it didn’t fully hold my interest like I’d like but those were all personal reasons. I don’t like being reminded that I’m reading a book, it’s kinda like having someone interrupt you in the middle of a scene, and I don’t like pop culture references, especially ones I don’t know, in my literature. However, for those who don’t have the same issues as me, they’d probably love this book.

 

1favequote“Every book is its own world. They’re all real, if you believe in them.”

 

 

 

authorlizzy

Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series.

Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.
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One Thought on “Review: Black Moon Draw by Lizzy Ford

  1. Hm, this sounds like a book I will end up passing up this time round! It does sound like it has an interesting concept, and I like the idea of a person being sucked into what they are reading. It kind of reminds me of Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, which I loved. But it’s a shame it didn’t take you in completely and captivate you…

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