Thank you to Zoe-Lee from https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours for organising this tour and to Marisa Noelle and Question Mark Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET.
NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE.
When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart.
“Take care of them, Matthew.”
“Protect my secret.”
That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large found family of humans and supernatural creatures alike.
Fated to love her for the rest of his life, and unwilling to break his solemn vow, Matthew knows the only person who can help Luna is her grandmother. Through the woods they must go, just like a fairytale. But the forest is filled with deadly peril: poisonous black moss, chimeras, and worst of all, members of their family who don’t want them to continue.
As they are picked off one by one, Matthew races to get Luna to safety, all the time doubting everything he thought was true.
Can Matthew untangle the twisted threads of Luna’s secret before he himself unravels?
A dark fantasy horror with Little Red Ridinghood undertones, perfect for fans of Last House on Needle Street (Catriona Ward), Split (J.B. Salsbury), Legion (Brandon Sanderson), Pretty Girl 13 (Liz Coley), The Quiet at the End of the World (Lauren James), Primal Fear (William Diehl), & Tell me your Dreams (Sydney Sheldon).
The unravelling of Luna Forester is a clever fantasy tale loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood and is thought provoking and mind blowing. It is definitely one of those books that will stay with you long after you close the covers.
Luna lives with a group of friends who have special abilities but when their house is burned down and Luna becomes catatonic, the group set off through the woods to find Luna’s Grandmother. Luna is the catalyst for the story however it is the main character Matthew, who appoints himself as her carer, who leads the ay through the perilous woods. As Luna’s friends begin to die one by one, the tension rises and the reader is led on a dark fantasy journey that they won’t forget.
The plot is intricately woven and contains the beautiful and the downright ugly aspects of a fairy tales, and life. It’s difficult not to give too much away but Marisa Noelle does a beautiful job of dealing with some very sensitive issues throughout this tale and it’s heartbreakingly beautiful at times. She writes with sensitivity and it’s such an excellent book to empower young people to discuss mental health issues.
The beginning part of the book threw me into a pleasant confusion (purposeful so stick with it! It wasn’t frustrating and I was enjoying the setting and characters so much at no point was I giving in and when it comes, and you realise why – it’s totally worth it and so very clever.
Such a tricky book to review without spoilers but just brilliant.
Author Bio – Marisa Noelle
Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep.
She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels.
When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words.
Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77 or her website http://www.MarisaNoelle.com
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