Something strange is going on with Dominy Robineau. All her friends in Weeping Water, Nebraska, have noticed—and it’s way beyond teenage blues. As weeks pass, Dom grows consumed by anger, aggression, and violence, and she seems powerless to stop it. Then she turns sixteen, and things get really dangerous.
When her best friend is murdered, Dominy’s father is compelled to reveal the truth behind the darkness that threatens to both overtake and empower her. Her boyfriend, Caleb, swears they’ll find a way to change her destiny. But others are hiding secrets too, and gifts that are far more terrifying than hers. And even as she struggles to control her new abilities, Dom must contend with an enemy who wants her to use the beast within to destroy all those she loves, before she destroys herself…
I had mixed feelings about Moonglow. Of course there’s the usual reaction, that authors are just trying to cash-in on the werewolf phenomenon after Twilight brought them and vampires to the forefront of the supernatural mind, though I myself didn’t think about that. In many ways this book is a pretty original take on a modern-day werewolf tale, and it does deserve a lot of credit.
I think most of the problem I had with it were two things: the details kind of sucked sometimes, and it was just way too overdramatic more than once. For the first detail, there are such things as Jess’ obsession with Japan. She names her dog Misutakiti or something like that, which is supposed to “translate” to Mr. Kitty but… is just Engrish. There’s also the fact that Dom’s father’s story seems contrived, mostly because what man would let his heavily pregnant wife go on a hunting trip with him? Let alone be right out there with him to the point where she hears a gunshot and automatically knows that her husband was shot rather than some animal he was aiming for? And of course, Luba is often referred to as insane, and evil, but… yeah there’s not a lot there to prove she was anything but a grieving woman who believed she had the power to curse others and wanted to do something to make the boy who killed her husband suffer as she was bound to.
The second point, about it being overdramatic, is mostly in conversations. Dom spends a lot of time exclaiming and shrieking, especially with Archie. And then there’s the sequence where Caleb proclaims his undying love for her, which is after another rather dramatic sequence where he bursts in, having followed them to the Jaffe cabin thinking Dominy was there cheating on him with another boy. Conveniently forgetting the fact that if he had followed them, he would have seen her father and realized she was there with him.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that the base of the story is interesting and it’s worth a read, but it’s contrived in places and some of the details that were likely put in to try to make it seem more real and relatable just fell flat. It could’ve been a lot worse, but it could’ve been better for what it was.