Harvest Moon by Tonya Coffey
- Published by: Saguaro Books, LLC
- Publication Date: August 18th 2014
- Series: A New World, #1
- Genres: YA Fantasy
- Format: eBook
- Pages: 260
- Date Read: January 15th, 2019
- Links: Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Jessa lives in the remote mountains of Kentucky and has always found peace in the forest. Close to her eighteenth birthday, her dad buys her a book and things begin to happen. With her dreams leading her, she uncovers a world within her own with Faeries. They look and act like people she grew up with but she quickly finds she is the one who is different. She is the hidden heir to the throne and the Faeries need her to come home and save them from the Trolls.
If it wasn’t difficult enough for Jessa to move to a different world, she has to marry the man who saved her from the Trolls when all she wants to do is run to his best friend, Micha. With so much to worry about, how can she keep the Faery realm from falling into the hands of the evil Trolls and the Ancients?– Synopsis,
I received a copy of Harvest Moon from the Author for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
This story is designed for the younger reader with a sweet fairy tale feel. Jessa is a young woman who finds herself in the land of Faeries. Though she loves to read and she is strong, the responsibilities may prove to be a hardship for her. I liked the story; it could easily appeal to a younger crowd The story was enchanting and a nice read. The story itself was fun and the characters were likeable enough, but I would have liked them to have more depth. Also at times things seemed to move a little too fast and jumped around a little bit.
Harvest Moon followed almost every young adult trope to an absolute T. To name a few: a young girl hidden away only to discover she was a princess from another land. A love triangle in which she must choose between her heart and her duty. Unseen magical powers that she managed to harness almost immediately. And, of course, she was super powerful. Once again, a very obvious, very familiar formula.
The writing style needed more description. I think there was quite a bit that could be improved with the narrative in general with some extra time spent on editing. Dialogue was clunky and awkward in some places and just didn’t flow the way it needed to. Things felt rushed once she crossed over into the world of fairies.
I wasn’t very fond of the Love Triangle or the Romance at all. Unfortunately, the initial love story was presented in a creepy way that made me cringe and wonder just what Jessa was thinking. While I think it was probably crucial to her development, the way things progressed just left me not feeling it and the Romance felt very rushed.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, do you agree or disagree with anything I mentioned above? Let me know in the Comments!