Sunday, November 1, 2009

Review: Marked by Moonlight by Sharie Kohler

Title: Marked by Moonlight
Series: Moon Chasers
Author: Sharie Kohler
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 26, 2007
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 141657736X
ISBN-13: 9781416577362

She doesn't know what bit her...

Seemingly overnight, Claire Morgan has transformed: the normally mousy schoolteacher is now bold, and her behavior is truly wild. Her eyes gleam silver. Suddenly she's a self-confident femme fatale with a libido that just won't quit. After an impulsive makeover, she's even...dare she say it? Is Claire going insane?

Then brutally handsome stranger Gideon March tells her she was bitten by a werewolf, and Claire figures he's the insane one. Sure, she was attacked by a nasty dog in a back alley, but this guy stalking her says he's a member of an underground society of lycan hunters—and his mission is to kill her immediately.

When Claire finally realizes she really is a lycan, there's no turning back—because by now Claire and Gideon are bound by a hungry passion. If they can't break the curse by the next full moon, Claire's soul will be lost forever and Gideon will be forced to terminate his prey—a woman dangerously close to devouring him, heart and soul.

My rating:

Absolutely horrifying. And not in a good way. There you have it.

Besides the style, which was shiver-inducing, the whole reading experience was a terrible exercise in eye-rolling and snorting at the ridiculousness of it all.

Lycans are supposed to be lycans. Once infected, there's no turning back. That's the lore. You can't change the lore. Apparently Ms. Kohler didn't get the memo. At least she kept the silver bullets.

The heroine was an absolute disaster and her disbelief as just what was going on with her too-long-lasting to be entertaining (honey, your eyes turned silver, why don't you cut the crazy guy telling you you're a werewolf some slack, eyes just don't change color overnight, no matter how many pain-pills you swallowed), the hero seemed placed there only as an afterthought (not much personality, not much depth, not much development, besides being the resident stud for the horny new lycan), the pacing was so slow I wanted to cry, there were way too many pages with nothing going on but the characters inner broodings, and the whole "you can be saved if you're not damned yet" spiel grew boring quickly (and absolutely defied the lore!).

The only saving grace of this whole debacle was Darius, the "nice" lycan with an impenetrable vault he called home for those pesky three nights a month. But he got entirely too little screen time to actually make a difference.

P.S. If this wasn't a part of a reading challenge it would've remained unfinished!


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