When the full moon haunts the sky, Evangeline prowls the dark as a Wendigo; a fearsome mix of human and beast. The night an injured outcast falls into her claws she must defy her keeper, the laws of nature and her own morality to protect him from the hunter who wants his head as a trophy. Struggling to reconcile her cannibalistic urges and gentle temperament, Evangeline must move beyond the ancient curse of her ancestors blood, and become legend. Contains adult language, violence, and explicit sex. BrE.
'My female characters are dear to me. I strive to allow them their strength and their innate femininity. As for loyalty to their emotional, romantic hearts and their sense of social responsibility and destiny, I see no need to sacrifice one for the other. Women wield an intoxicating power. It goes beyond physical prettiness to the beauty of the whole. Without the poetry of the mind and heart the body becomes a useless thing. I want my female characters to be brave, daring, and bold. I wish for their minds to be as relevant and celebrated as their bodies.' ~Penelope Fletcher, 2014
Penelope Jade Fletcher is a British author of genre romance. Debuting at twenty two years old in 2010 with young adult fantasy Glamour, Penelope predominantly writes romance novels with supernatural elements.
Penelope has independently sold over 100,000 eBooks. She loves nothing more than reading. Writing comes a close second.read more
Reviews for Lunar Light (Beautiful Damned #1)
So I was pretty much blown away by how much I liked this little novella. I picked it up for my Kindle because a.) it was cheap and b.) the premise sounded intriguing. As much fun as the PNR genre can be, the whole witches-vampires-werewolves thing gets old after awhile, and everything I know about Wendigos comes from a single episode of Supernatural. (For the record, I think this is closer to Horror than straight-up PNR anyway.)
And boy, it was definitely different. First off, you should probably be aware that this is rated 18 for a reason, a detail that totally flew over my head until I hit the opening pages. This thing doesn't shy away from being dark, gritty, and sexual. Yet these elements never felt like they were there for shock value, but rather because our main protagonist, Evangeline, is pretty dark and gritty herself, and to try and PG-13 it up would hurt more than help.
The plot itself isn't overly complex: Evangeline lives a mostly isolated life in the mountains, occasionally shifting into her Wendigo form when she's forced to.It's a form she's disgusted by, since it's VERY bloodthirsty and fond of slaughtering humans. (Sidenote: Wendigos are BAD ASS. Like, there is no way a werewolf could take Evangeline down.) And suddenly, a male Wendigo shows up in her territory on the run from hunters. Gee, I wonder what could possibly happen next.
Like I said: not unpredictable, at least to an extent. But what drew me into it was that this is, more than anything else, a character-driven novella. Yes, there's a love interest. Yes, there's sex. But that's not the point of the story. In the end, the story is about Evangeline coming to understand and embrace herself, even the gory and bloodthirsty bits. It definitely raises some interesting questions. I think the shortness of the novella worked in its favor here, since the author is able to touch on the message without launching into soapbox territory.
I was also pleasantly surprised by Ms. Fletcher's writing style. Unlike most self-pub'd works, the writing style is polished, flows well, and is easily as good as (if not better than) some traditionally-published works. I'm definitely planning on checking out her other series, Rae Wilder. read more
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