Sun and Moon
Author: Desiree Williams
Published: April 28th, 2016
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Clean Romance
Source: I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.
There is nothing in life that eighteen year old Zara craves more than her freedom. Stolen from her home in Cadrebia at the age of eight, Zara has spent more years than she cared to admit as a slave to the Tankadesh courts. Her days are filled with protecting the princess, while she spends nights entertaining the king and his officials with her mastery of weapons. Any spare moment in between, she plots escape.
Yet her hopes for freedom come to a crashing halt when a stranger arrives bearing the mark of her assigned lifemate, and he threatens war if she isn’t turned over into his care. But a lifemate is not part of the plan. Her dreams, of choosing her own path and being the master of her own will, weaken as her Moon seeks to claim his Sun.
Is it possible that this stranger, with gentle blue eyes and a ready smile, didn’t come to be her new master? That there could be more to his tale?
Zara soon finds that neither her captivity nor her parents’ deaths were mere random attacks. And by returning to Cadrebia, she may have put the future of the royal line—and her Moon—in jeopardy. While Zara breathes in her first taste of freedom, her enemies move in, seeking to rob Cadrebia of its blessed prophecy.
To keep what she holds dear, Zara must rise above the pain and uncertainty to claim the lifemate assigned to her, or more than her freedom will be stolen this time.
When I signed up for this review, I wasn’t sure how I would react to the story. Lately, it seems that every book I pick up has left a bad taste in my mouth, but not this one.
What a refreshing read!
First, I’d like to start with the writing. It’s crisp and beautiful. Desiree weaves emotion and small bits of detail in nearly every description and dialogue. Even though Sun and Moon is a fantasy, there isn’t the massive amount of world building with info-dumps of description. Desiree masterfully weaves her world building along with her character’s growth and development.
“Embrace the rain if you can, Jaedon. My father used to say it was a blessing that touched your whole body but could never be held in your arms.” - Sun and Moon by Desiree Williams
Although I loved the writing and the world our heroine finds herself in, I found that – at times – it seemed to be too “happily ever after”. If it weren’t for the political conspiracy and the scattered bits of action, I would have found the story to be very Disney. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but I tend to enjoy a bit more intrigue.
“If pain was the Light Giver’s purpose, she’d rather do without” – Sun and Moon by Desiree Williams
One of my favorite aspects about Sun and Moon is how faith is woven throughout the story. The citizens Cadrebia worship the Light Giver, who protects, guides, and assigns life mates to those who are devoted. The heroine, Zara, struggles with her faith along with her fear of others. It was refreshing to see her come into her faith, allowing it to heal her wounds so she can accept the love of others (and to show love in return).
“That was her free will – her choice to work righteousness where evil sought to prevail.” - Sun and Moon by Desiree Williams
Zara is a character that I rather enjoyed. Actually, I enjoyed every character. Some were a little too perfect. *cough* Jaedon *cough* BUT all of the characters have chances to grow and develop. So, I allowed myself to look over the sugary-sweetness that is main characters and their romance. Zara’s growth was the most profound. Her journey was both difficult and easy – I know, it seems crazy to say that, but I can’t think of a way to describe it.
If you like a light fantasy with squeaky clean characters and romance. A heroine who prevails over her own painful past to embrace a difficult, but rewarding destiny. Not too much action, but a steady plot that centers around character growth and development with a Disney worthy Happily Ever After. Then Sun and Moon is the book for you.
About Desiree Williams:
Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.