smShadow Moon (Unbidden Magic #4) by Marilee Brothers
Release Date: February 13, 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: NetGalley
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Allie Emerson is hoping for a few quiet months to catch her breath after a summer that included the discovery she is not only a twin and of faery blood, but also destined to play a pivotal role in faery world. School has barely begun when Allie must kiss her hope of a normal year goodbye. She can’t escape her unfinished business with the fae, the Trimarks, or Junior Alvarez, who is making it clear he plans to win her back. Signs, portents and whispers are pushing Allie to “find the girl” before it’s too late. Hoping her twin can help her solve the riddle of their destiny, Allie uncovers old secrets and begins a cross-country journey that puts her in more danger than ever before. If she succeeds, she may just find the answers that can save everyone she loves.

I didn’t even remember that Allie had a twin.  Oops.  Shows you how much I disliked the last book’s fairy plotline.  Oh well.  I liked this one much more right off the bat.  For one, Junior is back.  We also don’t seem to be too immersed in Fairyland this time around.  Weird things are happening again–a creepy fairy is acting as Allie’s guardian angel and the government has managed to find out information about the moonstone.  Allie has to be on the lookout for Trimarks and the government in this one.  She’s searching for her twin sister, plus she has all the other Purdy-related family drama to deal with.  Since I assume this is the last book, things should start coming to a head soon.

Despite not being immersed in fairies, we do meet a new one, namely Jessie, a dark fae dating Kizzy’s horrible daughter, Carmel.  So it looks like Allie’s on the run from the dark fae as well.  The Trimarks are planning another uprising, so Allie has to move fast.  I was slightly horrified by the addition of stereotypical Irish mannerisms being added to the stereotypicality of Brothers’ Hispanic characters, so excuse me if I indulge in a little written eye-rolling.  Ireland is a really tired location for urban fantasy.  We get it, Ireland is magical and fairies and druids and omg Celtic Wicca, but seriously, as someone whose grandfather emigrated from Ireland, I just want it to stop.  Let’s go to, like, Croatia or something.  Anywhere but Ireland.

Luckily, we don’t dwell on Ireland for too long.  Allie spends most of this book learning about and trying to locate her twin, Anne Marie Scott.  She recruits Junior and a runaway named Sammie tags along as well.  I had my suspicions about Sammie right off, but she was a welcome addition to the Allie-Faye-Junior parade.  When things finally start getting real, I found I really enjoyed this one.  It brought Allie back to who she was in the first book, and the story was smoother as well.

So, in all, I enjoyed this series.  It’s just as good as most other paranormal YA series out there, and I’ve certainly seen worse.  I’d check this one out if you liked and read the first three.  Marilee Brothers commented at the blog to let us know she’s writing the fifth, and last, book now, so we’re almost done with Allie’s story!