Friday, May 13, 2011

Mourning Sun (Highland Home 1)

Mourning Sun (Highland Home 1)
By:  Shari Richardson
ISBN:  9781460983263
Published March 24, 2011 by CreateSpace
Available Format:  Paperback, ebook

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

Mairin Cote is accustomed to weird.  Her mother and her angelic partner run a metaphysical store, she has dreams full of premonition, and now she is seeing auras around everyone.  Her world is still rocked when the gorgeous, charming Mathias walks into her life.  Soon she realizes the world is full of all sorts of monsters, besides the ones she faces every day in the halls of her hometown high school. 

I received an electronic copy of Mourning Sun for review.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!  Although quite short, the story was fantastic.  It didn’t take long for me to be completely absorbed in Mairin’s life.  It isn’t an entirely original concept, but the way Richardson writes it, with the little twists and turns, makes it fresh and exciting.  I love the way she so cleverly worked certain real-life issues into the story, such as homosexuality and bullying.  Even the decision Mairin must make regarding Mathias could be applied metaphorically to so many other situations in real life.

There were a few instances where I caught a little error here and there, or where I felt a little bit of editing could have cleaned something up a tiny bit.  Overall, however, it was a very well written work.  The plot was solid and everything flowed perfectly.  The characters all had good chemistry even if the situations were rather awkward. 

I appreciate the conciseness of the book, but I can see where the author could have really expanded and probably made it at least twice as long.  I cannot really complain, however.  It truly was a nice fluffy little read for me to devour on this dark, rainy day.  I almost cried when it ended; I wanted to know so much more!   I am enthusiastically looking forward to the next installment.

I definitely recommend Mourning Sun, and I want to thank Shari for being so generous and giving me the opportunity to review her book!