Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Leopard Moon

Title - Leopard Moon
Author - Jeanette Battista
Series - Moon #1
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal 
Publication - March 4th 2012
Format - Ebook Kindle


How do you disappear when you come from a family of predators?

A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother's obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess' relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac's life and Kess' freedom.

When the moon rises, the hunt is on….


Kess was born a wereleopard, but things at home changed after her first shift. Her older brother who she used to look up to has decided that to save the clan he needs to use his sister to help strengthen the line. When her brother crosses the line Kess does the only things he can and runs for her life leaving the safety of her Miami home and her father. She moves around a lot avoiding her father’s investigators but when after a call to let him know she was ok she settles in California working in as a waitress. When she hears a stranger outside she runs fearing that her brother’s investigators have found her. She decides to run heading back towards the east coast only staying more north. Wereleopards prefer the warmer tropical climates so she doesn’t expect him to find her.

She finds a job working at the local restaurant where she meets Cormac who finds her interesting. However since she’s on the run she’s resistant to have anything to do with the handsome college guy. She attempts to be resistant to his charm but she finds herself attracted to him. Knowing that the time will come where she may have to run she attempts to discourage him. When he finds her car in the forest and follows her scent trail fearing something may have happened to her does she learn that he’s a werewolf and he that she’s a leopard.  After the cat is out of the bag she decides not to fight their connection. The pair instantly connects but life isn’t simple, Cormac’s father doesn’t like the idea of Kess in town, and her brother is still hunting her.

I’ve been dying to read Leopard Moon since I first ran across it; thanks to the tour I was able to push it to the front of my list. I’ve been a huge fan of shapeshifter books preferably the feline concept more so than wolves. Maybe it’s because I’ve got cats right now, and can’t have a dog. I’m a huge fan of Kess as a character she’s just so easy to relate to my heart went out to having to deal with hiding from her crazy brother. I was so excited that she connects to Cormac because his character is a perfect complement. The relationship between the two fits perfectly he’s so sweet patient and kind with her. With Cormac she learns to really live the life she never had the chance to growing up in the clan. I found the whole concept captivating I had a hard time putting Leopard Moon down because it just draws you into Kess’s story right from the start. The story is very well written it just flows along so smoothly it was easy for me to lose all track of time. Plus it’s a clean romance so teens as well as adults will enjoy it. I just really loved everything about Leopard Moon, the characters are great the story is captivating plus it’s cover is beautiful. I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into the next book. 

5 out of 5 Stars


  1. I love that this features a wereleopard, and after reading your review, I see why you read this series back to back. I cannot do that, I am not sure why. I need a min of two weeks in between or I get burned out. Awesome review!

  2. I found it hard to put this book down. I always needed to know what was going to happen next. However, I find the idea of humans turning into wild animals unsettling. Killing a dear as a leopard then dragging it into a tree to eat the carcass. Sniffing and swatting at other weres. Using whiskers to guide you. Howling at the moon for pleasure. It all just seems so wrong. I'm probably in the minority with this and I didn't let it stop me from reading the Moon Series, but the more animalistic the behavior the weirder I felt about the characters.