My Little Pocketbooks: Review: Cast in Moonlight   

Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Cast in Moonlight

Cast In Moonlight: Free Novella (Unabridged)
Author:  Michelle Sagara
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: November 1, 2001
Audio book: 4 hours 36 minutes
Narrator:   Khristine Hvam

Source:  Free with membership to
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Book Description
Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!
Join Kaylin for more adventures in the Chronicles of Elantra.
Cast in Moonlight can be read in the anthology Harvest Moon.

I downloaded this book for free from  I have never heard of the Chronicles of Elantra.  Only as I was researching for this book did I see that this audio book is the anthology to a series of 8 books.  That said...
This story of a teenage girl getting captured by a group called the Hawks was confusing and didn't leave me wanting to read more books in the series at all.  The main character Kaylin has no real say in anything going on but starts to make a stand when she sees the body of a dead girl.  Kaylin constantly says she is alone and that she comes form the side of town where this is no big deal.  Then why does she care now that she is a prisoner of the side of town she has grown up disliking.
 The story of a lost girl in a world where she creates a family from a group of random people is not new.  This story is very similar to the Harry Potter series. 
For audio books the narrator over powers the story.  They can make it or break the story and the overall experience of the book.  I was extremely annoyed by this narrators constant changing of voices for each character.  (Which are way to many for a short story.)  And the bad Jamaican accent for a Police Chief who is a hybrid of a lion and a human.  Really? Have so many characters with similar sounding names does not help either. 
I was lost from the begin of this story. The main character Katlin (12 years old) seems to be a very interesting character surrounded by mad adults. I was not interested in this one at all.
I recommend this book to young adults and older.
This book is number 2 in my Audio Book Challenge
This book is number 6 in my 2012 Goodreads Challenge

Click here to see the other Book in the series
Did you read or listen to this book?  What did you think of it?

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