Synopsis : Genevieve is a teenage girl who moves in with her aunt in Alaska after the death of her mother. Soon after her arrival she learns the things she was raised to believe only existed in fairytales are in fact a big part of her history. When it gets to be too much she seeks refuge in the arms of her new boyfriend, William, only to find out he’s not who she thought he was either.
Review : Here’s a book that I was very nervous to start. Having read various reviews of this novel (both positive and negative) which highlighted some similarities with the famous saga written by Stephenie Meyer, I wanted to make my own opinion. And in the end I must say I liked it.
Genevieve (or Gen) is forced to move to Alaska in her aunt’s house, after the death of her mother in the fire that destroyed their home. So now she lives in the small town of Haven. On her first day class in her new school, she meets Luna, and later, her three brothers: Joshua, James and Joseph. She also crosses the gaze of the beautiful and mysterious William and immediately falls madly in love with him (Wow, that was really fast!). Then some strange phenomenons occur around Gen then in her : she becomes stronger, her body changes (nails, hair …), plus her aunt and the others seem to hide things from her …
Regarding the resemblance with Twilight, of course it was a bit annoying at first but fortunately it didn’t stop me to continue my read! Many have talked about it before so I knew what I can expect. Except for the beginning of the story, Ties To The Blood Moon has nothing to do with the Stephenie Meyer’s series. Yes, the story takes place in a country where it’s cold (in this case, the State of Alaska), the main protagonists are a vampire, a werewolf and a girl and of course there is a love triangle. In addition, Luna and her brothers are Native Americans, which reminds me of the Quileute, but the comparison stops there. After the first few chapters which merely introduce these characters, the plot moves fully and is quite original.
Concerning the characters we have, Gen, the heroine a 17 year old girl who… acts like a 17 years old teenager! I confess that sometimes, I found her annoying, especially when she yells at her aunt. Okay she’s strong enough and impulsive but she doesn’t think a lot! I found it surprising that she doesn’t understand right away everything that happens while the events are unfolded in her eyes! She’s really in denial. Joseph reminds me a bit Jacob so necessarily he annoyed me too. However, I must admit that William didn’t convince me either: his relationship with Gen starts so early that at one point I found that his feelings were wrong and I wondered, like her, what he really wanted. Finally, I don’t have a lot to say about Luna except that she’s very protective and loyal. However, sometimes she feeds some form of jealousy towards Gen, which in my opinion doesn’t make her the ideal best friend.
This story is full of turns and twists we don’t expect at all. I loved the turn by the events after the plane crash and the end… really, it was surprising, I didn’t expect it at all. Volume Two announces a serious change of decor!
The style is simple and fluid, which makes this read enjoyable and fairly easy. Landscapes and the forest are well described and it really makes you want to explore Alaska. Finally I was carried away and I’ll read the sequel with pleasure.