Moonlight and Oranges by Elise Stephens

Title: Moonlight and Oranges
Author: Elise Stephens
Series: N/A
Publisher: Booktrope
Date: 11/1/11
Length: 187 pages
Format: ePub
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Mythology
Challenges: 2012 E-book Challenge, 2012 Reading Romances Challenge
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Hardcover | Kindle | NOOK
Rating: ★★★★☆

Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin’s long, tarnished history of relationships.

When Lorona’s curiosity leads her to Kestrin’s journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.

A lovely retelling of a Greek myth. I don’t know too much about Greek myths so I was thankful for the author’s note explaining the original story. It’s good to know what has been changed or added in. I will admit that I found the book kind of strange at first, but once it got going, it was really well done.

I adored Lorona and Kestrin. They both had their flaws and made their mistakes, but they both openly claimed those flaws and tried to correct their mistakes. Lorona is shy type, but has a lot of courage hiding in her heart and her trials in this book really bring that part out in her. Kestrin is a great guy deep down, despite his past, and Lorona sees that. They have a great relationship and they both really see wonderful parts of each other. It’s an important element needed to make the story work. Their romance might seem a little rushed, but the falling in love part isn’t really the point of the story. The story is more about love overcoming obstacles and fractured trust.

Kestrin’s mother, Amanda, is the character to look out for. What a perfectly disturbed woman. I understand that a lot of it has to do with the myth and the goddess she represents, but wow. Some of the things she does are just crazy. It’s hard to see why she and Kestrin were so close in the first place.

The plot was a little slow at first, but about a third of the way in, it grabbed me, and the climax of the story had me on the edge of my seat. It’s a great myth, and I really love this retelling. I think it has the perfect mixture of the original story and modern day changes. My favorite part is Kestrin’s journal and how that represents who he is. Lorona wants to know more about him and peeks into his life behind his back instead of asking, just how Psyche peeked at Eros’s face while he slept.

It’s a great debut that will keep you glued to the page and give you the warm fuzzies. The e-book editions are pretty cheap, and I think it’s worth the price so be sure to check it out.

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  1. See, strange can turn out to be a good thing. LOLGreek mythology is so fascinating and strange, so I know I'd definitely appreciate that AN as well. Glad the story turn out better than the start. Thanks for the review. The cover definitely caught my eye.

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  2. Yeah, it's a shame I don't know more about Greek myths. I might have to find a collection of them so I can compare better.

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