Narrator: Becky Doughty
Published by Crossroad Press on 08 May 2015
Length: 10 hours 14 minutes
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Fifteen-year-old Ashley has a complicated life. There's no doubt her overachieving parents love her, but they are wrapped up in their own worlds for so much of the time it leaves her feeling like she's alone.
Like a lot of teenagers, Ashley dreams of other worlds, but unlike a lot of teenagers, her world is about to collapse as rifts to an ancient fae kingdom begin to open all around her. With the arrival of a supernatural hit-squad intent on killing her, and an unexpected inheritance, Ashley's London is about to become a magical and mysterious warzone where the prize is Ashley herself.
Ashley has to find out the secrets of her own life before she is killed. Balancing ancient prophecies, schoolwork, and the love of her life is difficult to say the least! Take part of the wonderful world of Moonlands.
©2013 Steven Savile (P)2015 David N. Wilson
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I was totally blown away when I read this book ,and from the moment I finished it I may have stalked audible until the audio book became available.
Every teenage girl can relate to feeling uncomfortable in their own skin and feeling like they don’t belong. In Ashley Hawthorne’s case it’s actually true. She isn’t who she thinks she is, and when her Aunt dies Ashley’s life is thrown upside down and she embarks on a journey of self discovery that may just change everything.
I’ll admit I was drawn to this book by its beautiful cover and because I know the author writes good stuff. I didn’t expect to be totally blown away by the beautiful story inside, Steven Savile really is a master at weaving a fantastically fun, entertaining story and he hasn’t failed to deliver with Moonlands. Although the book is classed as ‘Young Adult’ and the main character is a teenage girl, I don’t think you need to fall into that category to enjoy it. It’s a story about self discover with a dash of magic and a pinch of humour. I think this book will stand the test of time and people will be reading, listening and enjoying it for many years to come.
Sometimes you can listen to an audio book and enjoy it but still find lots of faults with the story, or the words used or the character development, that was not the case with this book. It is one of my favourite audio books this year, it was worded perfectly and the character development was spot on, I really want to know what happens next…please, please let there be another book in the making.
Becky Doughty put on a wonderful performance, at first I wasn’t too sure but once I got into the swing of listening I really enjoyed it, the only real complaint I have was that for just the odd word or two the character took on more of a Liverpool area accent but it happened very rarely and didn’t really take me out of the story. The production was smooth throughout. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning to finish the audio book because I was so engrossed I completely lost track of time.