mrMoon Rise (Unbidden Magic #2) by Marilee Brothers
Release Date: February 13, 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: NetGalley
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Her mom’s still dating losers. Her boyfriend’s gone back to Mexico. Dad still hasn’t told his wife and kids that she exists. At school, the drama queens and bullies still rule. But worst of all for Allie Emerson–aka the Star Seeker of an old Gypsy prophecy–is that her powers have taken a hike. She can’t read minds anymore. She can’t move stuff just by looking at it. The other Star Seekers are counting on her psychic gifts more than ever, and the evil Tri-marks are closing in, eager to snatch her magic moonstone necklace while she’s helpless. The hot new guy at school is ready and willing to fight her battles, but he comes with some wicked baggage. Dear Diary: I’m a little worried. My new BF is a demon. Welcome again to Allie Emerson’s funny, scary, amazing, and always unpredictable life, as the girl voted least likely to save the world from evil.

Wah, there’s no Junior in this one. I liked him, but I’m also okay with Allie dating around. She’s fifteen! There is no rush to settle down. I even like Beck a lot. His sister is kind of a brat, but she has her reasons and I understand them. Kizzy is back in action, which is something I’m happy about, because Faye has not stopped screeching, though she does have a job and boyfriend now. Allie is not happy about that, but she counteracts it by going to a big Star Seekers convention with her father, which pisses Faye off. The convention turns out to be kind of embarrassing since, as the summary mentions, she has lost her powers. Allie is so awkward around Beck at first, which I find really endearing. Sometimes I hate it when teenagers act like children over kissing, but Allie’s mother has been drilling the evils of sex into her head for so long that it’s an ingrained lesson. I started kissing boys in first grade and never stopped. I’m…not the best role model apparently.

You know what I got really tired of though? The way girls interact in this one. It’s like middle school amplified by a thousand, or an HBO version of high school with girls calling each other anorexic in front of teachers and just general bitchery happening. It’s like no one can have a real friendship, especially not those popular girls. Reminds me of the way Cat from the Night Huntress series treats all women: like whores out to steal her man. Allie doesn’t necessarily act this way, but everyone else does. I find that most romance novels have interactions like this one. I’ve read a few books by adult authors giving YA the old college try, and sometimes their ideas don’t translate as well. This is one of those times. Age can really be a factor when writing believable YA, in my opinion. And it took me forever to get through the first half because the pace is like a snail’s compared to the first book. Reminds me a little of Supernaturally, which is by an author I truly love and admire, in that it seems like a boring info-dump filler novel. This happens a lot when it comes to sophomore novels.

The world in which Allie lives is totally black and white. Star Seekers are good, Trimarks are bad. Always, no exception. That bugs me, because no one is fully evil, unless they’re a sociopath or something, and no one is completely good. The reason for Junior’s departure is completely ridiculous, but I don’t mind that Allie hops from boy to boy. She’s a teenage girl! She doesn’t need to find her soulmate right now. It’s okay for her to kiss multiple boys, okay? Not everything is “destined” a la Bella Swan. What bugs me are the reasons for why the boys leave. It couldn’t be more obvious that Brothers just wanted a change of scenery for Allie, and used various boys to achieve this.

I sound like I hated this novel, but I didn’t, not at all! I still like Allie, I liked Beck from the beginning, and the supporting cast remains as likable as ever. Though the story sort of slumps, I was still interested in what was happening to Allie and her world, and I still want to know more. I feel like maybe I was too hard on this book now I reread what I wrote earlier, but I’m going to let everything stand. I’m really looking forward to reading Moon Spun, so make sure you check back here soon!