Crescent Moon by Lori Handeland science fiction and fantasy book and audiobook reviewsCrescent Moon by Lori Handeland science fiction and fantasy book and audiobook reviewsCrescent Moon by Lori Handeland

Crescent Moon (2006) is a werewolf romance, fourth in Lori Handeland’s NIGHTCREATURE series. Diana is a cryptozoologist who is desperate to discover an unknown species, to fulfill a promise she made to her late husband. Her quest brings her to the Big Easy in search of the loup-garou werewolves that are reputed to lurk in the swamps. It also brings her to the attention of the brusque and secretive, yet sexy, Adam Ruelle.

I was interested in Crescent Moon mainly because it was set in New Orleans, a city that I love. Unfortunately, it never grabbed me and I ended up setting it aside. My problems with the novel can be boiled down to three main issues: a lack of sense of place, a distracting error about wolf behavior, and too little cohesiveness between scenes.

I’ve been spoiled by a lot of great writing about New Orleans, and I’ve also been there twice. Handeland name-checks some of the major landmarks, but just doesn’t create that I-can-feel-every-percentage-point-of-humidity-through-the-page effect I was looking for.

Nightcreature (9 book series) Kindle EditionIt threw me out of the story when Diana was being stalked by wolves and concluded that they weren’t natural wolves based on the fact that they had surrounded her from all directions. This, to her, was proof that they had human intelligence and possibly human military training. But … that’s what wolves do?

Finally, Crescent Moon’s story simply felt choppy, with scenes just happening without the setup or in-character logic that would make them make sense. I found myself frequently asking questions like “But why is she going out into the swamps alone right now?” and “But why are they having sex right now?”

I finally gave up, and decided that this 00s paranormal romance was probably best left back in the 00s.

Published in 2006. From the author who brought you the RITA ® award winning Blue Moon, comes another book in the USA Today Bestselling Nightcreature Novels! Will he kiss her or kill her? For over a century there have been whispers of a werewolf in the Crescent City. The recent discovery of bodies in the Honey Island Swamp draws cryptozoologist, Diana Malone, to Louisiana. Thrilled to have a chance to prove the impossible to the world, she is soon immersed in a world of danger, intrigue and murder. Something is killing the locals and though no one wants to tell what, Diana is determined to discover the secret. When her first swamp guide turns up dead, sexy, reclusive former Special Forces officer, Adam Ruelle, offers his services. Diana accepts, though local legends label his Cajun family as cursed, deranged, even mad. By night, Adam is everything she ever dreamed of in a lover. By day, Diana has her doubts. What is he hiding? Crescent Moon is the fourth book in the RITA ® award winning paranormal romance series The Nightcreature Novels (Book #1 in the New Orleans Nightcreature Trilogy) by New York Times Bestselling author Lori Handeland. If you enjoy the novels of Sherrilyn Kenyon or Christine Feehan, explore The Nightcreatures today!


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    KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.