52Under2: Leopard Moon by Jeanette Battista

The book I am reviewing this week for 52Under2 is Leopard Moon by Jeanette Battista. It is about 80000 words long and is available on Smashwords for $0.99.

Congratulations to Jeanette Battista on the release of her novel.

Kess is a wereleopard on the run from her clan and, in particular, her psychotic brother. In North Carolina she meets Cormac and decides to stop running.

This book was awesome. I loved it and devoured it in two readings. Two, not one, because my husband turns the light off around me if I try to read too late.

The story was great. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference in quality between this and many traditionally published novels in the same genre. The writing was good, the characters well rendered and there were none of the editing/proofing mistakes that usually slip through. (Oh wait, there was one small inconsistency.)

I really enjoyed the use of multiple third person POV characters. Each character came through with their own distinct voice. The arrangement of sections was well-managed and this kept the pace of the novel from slacking. By shifting the POV to the antagonist the author was able to maintain the levels of tension and threat from the family storyline while the romantic storyline unfolded.

Kess is a great protagonist who can hold her own, both in dealing with jackass customers in her waitressing job and in fights with other weres.

The novel includes an excerpt from the second book in the series. It seems like it is setting up to be a series of connected stories in the same world but each with a different protagonist similar to LJ Smith’s Night World or Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld.

Overall, I’d give this book 5 out of 5. I wait with bated breath for the next Moon book.

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