Title: Spring Moon (Indiana Teller #1)
Author: HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
Tour Organizer: Rockstar Book Tours
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Amid the expansive plains of Montana, the Lykos Ranch stretches for miles. The inhabitants who live in near isolation from the outside world are members of the most powerful clan of werewolves in North America. Among them lives just one human: Indiana Teller.
Grandson of the clan’s leader and offspring of a werewolf father and a mysterious yet human mother, Indiana is rejected by his peers and heads to the University of Montana to find a normal life. Despite warnings from his grandparents, he falls in love with a beautiful human, Katerina.
Before too long, he is the victim of an accident that would have killed him had he not miraculously vanished at the moment of impact. Are these strange occurrences just chance or the machinations of a hidden enemy out to destroy him? Facing his destiny, Indiana will have to choose who to believe, and who to love.
I would be lying if I didn't say that I was initially drawn to Spring Moon by Princess Sophie A-M (it's a mouthful, sorry) because she was a princess. I'm still a little girl who is fascinated by royalty at heart. Now that we have that out of the way, we can get down to business.
Spring Moon was not quite what I had expected when I started reading it. I was a little confused for the first few pages about the gender of Indiana (not that it really mattered) because of either the writing or narration, and I think it was chapter three before I realized that he was a boy. (No, I don't read synopses closely.) I think this may have had a little to do with the fact that the story is translated from French because the wording does stumble at times throughout the book. It was nothing to take away from my enjoyment of the novel at all, but I have to admit that it's there. Once I was in the groove of things, I enjoyed Spring Moon quite a bit.
I think Indiana Teller is a fantastic character that teen boys would even enjoy reading about. I think the struggles that he faces are similar to what they go through, minus the werewolves and time travelling bit. I'm sure at some point all guys (and girls) feel like they're not strong or good enough for their social group or their dreams, so I think Indiana will really resonate with them. He's not the most perfect, handsome or strongest in his peer group, but he makes the most of it. This made Indiana feel very real to me.
Even though I've read quite a bit of werewolf books, Spring Moon did stand apart with it's use of time-travelers. Time travel was barely used, but it made some of the other plot points make more sense and set up for greater use in later books in the series. The set-up of werewolf society in Spring Moon was also interesting, though not entirely unique (not a bad thing). It was a world like those I've seen before which offered the familiarity like that of seeing an old friend, yet there was enough newness that I did not get bored.
I think Spring Moon will appeal to all teens interested in paranormal creatures, with possibly a bit of middle grade cross over, because the author is a princess and also because the writing style is very clean and not too intimidating. I enjoyed my time with Indiana, and I look forward to the next books in the series to be translated to English.
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Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian is not your typical princess. In fact, she’s a prolific author who works hard to perfect her writing. See what it is like to be in the shoes of a princess author.
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