Thursday, 9 February 2012

Lunatic Fringe by Allison Moon

Lexie Clarion is a regular eighteen year old girl. Just like many other girls of her age, she is feeling nervous as she gets ready to go off to college. Lexie has no way of knowing that her life is about to change beyond anything she ever dreamed of.

When Lexie arrives at college, she is determined to make the most of everything and enjoy her life and the freedom of being away from home. She tries to put to the back of her mind the rise in attacks from local werewolves. She isn’t going to let this spoil her new life style.

When Lexie meets up with a group of feminist young women, calling themselves the Pack, she becomes caught up in their world. She is fascinated by the way they are so intimate together. This is really what Lexie secretly desires, to be with another girl.

Unfortunately, it soon becomes apparent that these girls aren’t all they seem at face value. What will Lexie do when she discovers their shocking secret?

After a tree destroys Lexie’s dorm room, fortunately for her she was out at the time, Lexie meets Archer, one of the clean up crew. Lexie and Archer hit it off and Lexie agrees to go off with Archer after the tree is removed. They go to a meeting of the Full Moon Tribe. This will be the turning point in Lexie’s life. Life as she knows it will be gone forever.

The Pack have other plans for Lexie and they don’t include Archer. So, the Pack and Archer have to fight it out to see who Lexie will allow into her life, but it can’t be Archer and the Pack. Lexie and Archer love one another, but who will Lexie choose?

As the battle rages, new enemies, old hatreds and Lexie’s past all emerge, all set to change Lexie’s life forever.

This book begins with sweet and innocent Lexie going off to college. It’s here that Lexie finds out the truth about her life and family. It’s here that Lexie has her first taste of love. Also where Lexie must come to terms with the fact that she isn’t like other young girls.

There is so much in this book, it is much more than just another lesbian werewolf romance. It tells of the innocence of youth and the pain and anguish of falling in love, of discovering things no young girl should ever have to know about herself. The pain, anguish, love and triumphs radiate off the page.

Although this book started off a little bit on the slow side, it picked up fairly quickly to become a page turner that I couldn’t put down.

I loved the way the characters came together and spoke to me. Each of the characters played their own parts in furthering the story along. Even though I disliked some of them, as we are meant to do, they were well written and essential. The main characters are werewolves, but unlike some books of this nature, it is easy to like them and get close to them.

The settings are so well described, I lost myself in them. I could smell the woods. This was a well written book with a great storyline. It will be very interesting to see where this story goes next.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I hope we don’t have to wait too long.

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