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Released: August 2015
ISBN: 9781311404985
ASIN: B011OKXVQY
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CROW MOON
Author: Shawna Romkey
Length: Novel
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Price: $3.99

When Lenore Devereaux loses her father, she’s sent to live with her eccentric aunt. Leni wants to go off to college and do what her father has always wanted her to do, but the mysteries of her estranged mother’s family lead her to start unraveling the secrets long ago lost and hidden away.  Will she be able to find out who she really is while living up to her father’s last wishes, or will the powers of the Crow Moon claim her for itself?

 

Excerpt
"Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore..."
Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

The day would’ve been dark and dreary enough on its own without the added task at hand. How had it come to this? She stared straight ahead as she drove to her new home to live with an aunt she’d never met. The charcoal clouds hung heavy over the road, reminding her of how they looked just last week, the day of her father’s funeral.

The straight shot from the highway gave her nothing interesting to look at. Trees were sparse. Some quiet farms popped up every now and then, but for the most part I-70 lay straight and plain. Fields still cold and barren were iced with the latest blanket of snow. Lazy windmills weren’t motivated enough to spin without the wind egging them on. After taking the exit ramp though, the trees filled out. Soon enough she made it to her aunt’s where things became more interesting. Bentley Manor was off a lesser-known, less-traveled highway, and sat up on a hill, staring menacingly down at the passers-by below as though to say, “Keep driving. Nothing to see here,” though it was the most intriguing thing she’d seen in the past forty-five minutes.

She meandered up the winding, tree-canopy covered gravel drive to Bentley Manor. Though she’d seen images of it on Google Street View, it was an experience in person. The façade was a dark brick, a rusty red, and the crow’s nest sat on the top lined with sharp, wrought-iron rails. Four majestic white columns striped the front face, but two were closer than their counterparts, making the front asymmetrical, off key. The thick woods of the state park crowded up to the property on the left, and cleared farm fields stretched for acres on the right. A large barn and some outbuildings stuck out to the side from behind the mansion.

Two thick, naked trees rose higher than the mansion itself, stripped of bark, hacked by axes, and scarred by lightning. They stood, an angry guard, at the front of the estate. One, using what few branches it had left, pointed accusingly in the direction of the driveway at would-be guests.

Leni fought back the urge to speed away with a deep breath and forced herself up the crescent-shaped drive.

The snow from last night dusted the cement stairs to the front door. There was a cold January bite to the air. She tightened her blue and green plaid pea coat snugly around her and gazed warily up at the front of the home.

She knew of her mother’s family without having gone through the trouble of meeting them. Her parents had told her about them at least. The Bentley’s were wealthy. This was just one of the properties her grandparents had given their children. She didn’t know what they did to earn such money. How was it that her mother’s family could have multiple homes including this extravagant one? For most people, one mansion in the family would be enough, but not the Bentleys.

The front double doors burst open before she’d raised a hand to knock causing Leni to jump back. A tall woman in her mid-forties with pale skin and dull, red hair braided to hang down one side stood in the doorway. This had to be her aunt. Leni could see shadows of her mother in this woman. They shared the same hair color, the same green eyes, and of course, the same skin color. Leni pulled back as apprehension seized her. She was suddenly cognizant of her black hair, grey-green eyes, and dark skin. These were things she’d shared with her father, and she’d had very little to do with anything of her mother’s once Debra had walked out on them when Leni was only ten years old.

“Lenore? I’ve been expecting you.”

What the reviewers are saying
American gothic novel with a dark secret
A great YA/NA novel with interesting twists and well developed characters. I enjoyed the story and the writing style. It's an American gothic story with a mysterious house, bizarre characters and a dark secret. ~ SRPR, Amazon

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Another win from Shawna Romkey
I loved this book! From start to finish, I was sucked into what was happening to Leni and figuring out which pieces fit where. Absolutely fantastic fantasy.~ Amazon Reader

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Where's book 2 already!?
I've read A LOT of fantasy books, thought I'd read all the different ways someone can possibly explain something as fickle, powerful and complex as magic. Romkey managed to pleasantly surprise me with her take on the balance of magic. Never have I read something even close to her +/- idea of magic. It was refreshing to read something outside the box for once. Crow Moon kept me guessing, waiting impatiently for whatever was lingering just around the corner. I wasn't entirely sure who the good guys and bad guys were until the end, again, that's no small feat considering the usual predictability of YA fantasy. I felt the book stood well on it's own but I hope Romkey decides to give us another peek, or a series of peeks, ;) into Leni's new world. I can't wait to see where her characters take us. ~ JadedAngel 82, Amazon

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Let me start by saying that this book really hit home with me. The main character, Lenore (Leni), is not your typical girly character. Like most female heroins, she is smart and brave. This character is unique, however, in that she uses her brain and logic rather than emotion and reaction to approach her challenges. Not being a girly girly and using this same coping mechanism in my own life, I appreciated seeing a character like Leni in print. I don't relate to drama and over-the-top antics, and Leni doesn't either. I truly enjoyed getting to know this unusual young woman. That being said, know that the beginning of the book is greatly dedicated to understanding Leni and her world, so you'll need to wait a bit for some action. It's worth the wait, however, as the action won't disappoint when it comes. All in all, another great read from Romkey and another strong female lead, this time with the added benefit of a new and different character. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for Leni and where Romkey takes us with her witches. ~ Kindle Reader

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This is a great story. If you love witches and Poe this ...
Lenore, or Leni as she likes to go by, first her mother leaves her then her father dies leaving Leni to move with family she does not know. With her new family she learns much more about herself and her family. This is a great story. If you love witches and Poe this story is just for you! ~ ChrissieB, Amazon

 

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