Book Review – Chaos Moon by Richard Amos


Four Moons #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 184
Characters: Akira/Gabriel
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Series.

Blurb:
**Contains potential spoilers Don’t read if you haven’t read First Moon****

Some problems are sky high. Literally.

The moon is stuck all over the globe, not going down at any time of the day. There’s zero sunrise anywhere, and no one has a clue what to do. There’s panic in the streets, and the world is holding its breath as if everything is about to go mental.

Great! Shit storms are never fun!

Half-werewolf Akira Murakami is still reeling from being smacked upside the head with revelations, as well losing his beloved motorbike and energy-sucking swords.
Whatever happened to the simple life of hunting and baking?

Sigh.

His new, not-so-awesome, blades aren’t cutting the mustard, his potentially prophetic dreams are driving him crackers with their vagueness, he still has no answers about his mysterious lineage, and the danger stakes have gone up several notches. Plus, well, a certain beta werewolf is leaving him all hot and bothered—a complication he so doesn’t need.

Chaos, chaos all around! When will the world stop spinning?

Step into a dark and dangerous world with a moon that just won’t quit, and where plenty of stress baking is going down. There’s some salted caramel cupcakes that’ll blow your mind!

A kick-ass Urban Fantasy adventure with a slow-burn MM Romance.

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Review

I am totally hooked on this series, with each new instalment leaving me wanting more. The world building is fabulous, and I’m loving how each book builds on its society and mythology too.

I’m enjoying how Aki and G’s relationship is changing as they’re both acting on their feelings and then taking a step back. I loved the conversation they have in this one about past trauma and the insight into G who is one of my favourite characters. Poor Aki, and the reasons why he keeps backing off. Colin has a lot to answer for.

As an aside I do love how Australia and New Zealand (and the poles) are the only places outside wolf jurisdiction. I always get a kick out of a southern hemisphere reference in books.

The action scenes are well written, and I like how the world is expanding as Aki and G encounter other supernaturals such as pixies. I feel sorry for Zach—he’s a victim of all of this—and I like that Aki gets glimpses of him still fighting. Xavier still rocks. I enjoyed the scenes with Aki and the elves. And the baking! I love that side of Aki, and his need to bake for stress relief. Elf magic is weird, but very cool.

I also liked the hint that Aki’s father might not be quite as cold as he seems but as he’s so full of ulterior motives I’m reserving judgement on that one, although I’m wondering if he does care for Aki in his own way. I’m really hoping that some of the events of the last part of the book don’t end up being not real as Colin totally deserves what happens to him. Loved G’s reaction when he found out the truth. Aki’s uncle is an interesting character, and I hope we do see more of him in the rest of the series. The twist with Aki’s new swords is very cool.

I loved how the Chaos Moon affects the wolves, and causes major issues. The final silver moon doesn’t bode well, especially with how time is running out.

As with the first book in the series, this one ends on a cliffhanger, and although I found it a very satisfying read, I want the next one NOW.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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