Moonshade by S.J. West – A Book Review

Posted July 15, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reviews / 0 Comments

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(Vampire Conclave – Book 1)

by S.J. West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paranormal Romance (Series Complete)

Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

This is an alright start to a Vampire romance that is just this side of standard fare.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

“Find me, Sarah…”

When a handsome stranger whispers these three little words to Sarah Marcel, she knows her life is forever changed.

For two weeks straight, Sarah’s been unable to eat, sleep, or even form a coherent thought properly. She fears she’s losing her mind until a chance encounter brings a man into her life who seems to hold the key to solving her problems. With a single touch, he’s able to ease her troubled soul and bring her some much-needed peace. Yet, just as Sarah believes she’s found the solution to her dilemma, he disappears.

As Sarah begins to unravel a mystery surrounding her family’s past, she quickly discovers her role in a world that’s hidden from most humans. Being a Marcel comes with certain responsibilities, and there are some things that you can’t hide from forever.

This series is meant for ages 17+.

Thoughts on Moonshade

There is so much potential in this book, but something holds me back from loving it 100%, though I’m having difficulty nailing down exactly why.

It is well written, the characters are engaging and the plot is interesting… but there is an element missing that prevented complete book rapture – at least for me. I can sense that this narrative will garner lots of fans, so don’t let my review turn you off, it’s certainly worth reading.


  • Intriguing world building.
  • Concepts behind vampire origins and their lives is unique.
  • Kinda Love Viktor.


  • A little too much in too many places.
  • FMC is tropey, not the vamps.


First Person, Single POV

Ending Type

Episodic for series


PG for this installment, but author notes it should be 17+ (assuming this will be heated in future books)


Vampire lovers may find this book a welcome, or unique, divergence from the usual lore and myths that surround this growing genre. Interesting world building. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Published December 25th, 2016

306 Pages 

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