Spoilers! If you haven’t already, read the first three books in C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls series (Born at Midnight, Awake at Dawn, and Taken at Dusk) before reading further. The fourth book, Whispers at Moonrise, picks up immediately after book three, and it is not a stand-alone book. Even those of you who have read the previous books might want to skim over the last chapter or so of the third book before reading book four. (I wish I had.)
I finally finished reading Whispers at Moonrise last night. It took me over a week to get through this one, and most of that time was spent simply trying to remember what happened in the previous book. This fourth installment picks up where Taken at Dusk leaves off, and jumping right back into the world of Shadow Falls was a bit jarring. I really should have skimmed through the third book before starting this one, but I didn’t have that kind of time (or so I thought). I really should have made time to refamiliarize myself with the events that closed Taken at Dusk. Maybe I would have read Whispers at Moonrise much faster if I had. That being said, once I really got into this book, things progressed rather quickly. I actually read most of the book yesterday thanks to an early dismissal from school due to icy conditions.
In Whispers at Moonrise, we continue the story of Kylie Galen and her place at Shadow Falls. Kyle is still trying to figure out where she fits in the supernatural world, but her journey is about to get more confusing than ever before…
Kylie is something of an oddity…even among her fellow supernatural beings. No one seems to know what she really is. She exhibits traits of all species (vampire, fae, were, witch, etc.), and she exhibits some unique gifts that tend to freak out those around her. She is a ghost whisperer, a protector, and a healer. All of this combined makes Kylie’s life extremely difficult, and she doesn’t know where she truly belongs. Things are coming to light, though, that may change all that. Through some weird communications with her dad (who is a ghost) and her grandfather (who isn’t), Kylie begins to learn a little about what she is. It seems that she is a chameleon. At first, Kylie equates this with being a supernatural lizard, but she comes to discover that this “gift” makes her a target…a target who may have to leave the one place she feels safe–Shadow Falls–if she’s to have any hope of discovering, controlling, and even hiding her abilities.
On top of learning what she really is, Kylie is facing some relationship troubles. (Isn’t this always the case?) She has strong feelings for both Lucas (werewolf) and Derek (fae). While Kylie thinks she loves Lucas, she’s disturbed and frustrated by his pack and the limitations they’re putting on him and his relationship with her. Can she honestly be with someone when that person’s entire “family” is against the match? And then there’s Derek. Derek, who’s always there for her when she needs someone to lean on, never makes her doubt his loyalty, and understands that she’s just trying to find some answers…and a small measure of peace. While Derek may now be in the “friend-zone,” he makes no secret that he wants more, and Kylie knows that a relationship with him would be much less complicated that the one she’s currently in with Lucas. It’s a pickle, and Kylie doesn’t know what to do…especially when Lucas’ secrets come to light and threaten everything Kylie thought she knew about him.
As if all of that weren’t enough, a new ghost is visiting Kylie, but this ghost isn’t like the others who’ve sought her out for help. This ghost has the face of Holiday, someone Kylie loves, someone she’ll do anything to protect. How is this possible? What danger is the ghost trying to warn her of? And how can Kylie figure things out before something happens to Holiday, her confidante and fiercest protector?
Changes are coming to Shadow Falls and Kylie Galen. Some of these changes will bring Kylie the answers she’s always needed, but others will force her to take a hard look at the world around her and her place in it. Will Kylie stay at Shadow Falls, the place that has quickly become her home? Or will she leave everything–even her best friends and the love of her life–behind to discover more about her true nature? Read Whispers at Moonrise, the fourth book in C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls series, to learn how one girl deals with the constant confusion in her life and what she’ll do to finally begin to learn the truth about herself and her legacy.
Even though it took me a while to get into Whispers at Moonrise, once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was action-packed and angsty, everything I expect from a good YA paranormal novel. I’m still not sure if I’m Team Lucas or Team Derek, and I expect that I won’t make up my mind until I’m well into the fifth (and final) book, Chosen at Nightfall, which is due for an April 30th release. I was happy that at least one of this series’ love stories was sort of resolved in this book. I’m hoping that it won’t falter in the last book. (It better not! I don’t think I could take something happening to this couple. It would be too much!)
*Quick note: There are some adult situations and salty language in this book, so I probably wouldn’t put it in the hands of a middle grade reader. This entire series is best suited for teen and adult readers.*
To learn more about the Shadow Falls saga, you may want to visit the author’s website, Twitter feed, or the Shadow Falls series Facebook page. You may also want to take a quick look at the book trailer below (shared from the C.C. Hunter’s website). It doesn’t give away much, but it’s a pretty good teaser for this book. Enjoy!