Featured Author: Renée Ahdieh

Born in South Korea, Renee Ahdieh is a NY Times bestseller and celebrated author for novels such as, The Wrath and the Dawn;  The Rose and the Dagger and her latest, Flame in the Mist.

Most of Ahdieh’s novels involve female leads who disguise themselves as men to save themselves from danger. She draws inspiration from Tamora Pierce’s,  Alanna as well as Norse mythology following the same theme.  

Flame in the Mist as a direct homage to Mulan, the largest tale if cross dressing we’ve ever heard. 

Renee Ahdieh, though primarily a YA author has written for adults in the past. She was advised her writing style was better suited for young adult fiction and the rest is history.

A very hands on researcher, she prefers to come into contact with artifacts from that time period.

She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and dog Mushu.

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August Book – Flame in the Mist


I haven’t read this book just yet, but a friend told me it was a modern magical Mulan and I love Mulan.

Our leading lady Mariko, daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist must  disguise herself as a peasant boy, after an ambush by the Black Chan bandits.

Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader,  Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami.  She wanted to discover who wanted her dead, as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

It definitely has made my to be read list and I’ll be scanning the libraries for copies. Amazon and Bookshout offer hard and paperback covers for under  $12.

Have you read this book before? What did you think? Will you be reading with us this month?

Harvey Parker – Throwing Stones

Fan Fiction of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Book 1

Harvey Parker is an orphan who managed to be the only known survivor of known serial killer and mad man, Timio Rydell also known as Lord Vektor. Whose mission in life was to cause anarchy by murdering elected officials and their families. Jeffrey Parker who worked for the FBI criminal task force  and Laura Parker a US diplomat were in the witness protection program hearing reports the Rydell had recently been able to locate, torture and poison Frederick and Alicia Lordano also from the FBI criminal task force.

Timio abandoned by his father, born of a gypsy woman who sold fortunes among other things. Had been on a rampage for 6 months.  During a night high on opiates and other narcotics, he’d overheard a tale from one of the many vagrants living in his run down flat. Words slurring barely keeping her eyes open Maura, a haggard toothless wench and fellow addict lay in a heap of old dirty laundry they’d piled in the corner. Greasy fingers smearing ash into the peeling wallpaper; she told a story that would see Tim live in infamy, only to be stopped by the likes of a small boy.

The grandiose story played to his psychosis, and thus started a hunt for a special child. A child born to parents of the Fed’s. A child who’d bring his downfall.

Rydell had come to understand that the establishment around him would not allow for him to rise through their ranks traditionally. A man with his dark past would not be able to waltz into congress. He’d have to initiate a hostile takeover.

A failed attempt which saw the murders of Laura and Jeffrey, the disappearance of Fred and Alicia and an extraordinary chain of events resting on the shoulders of young Harvey. The Boy who’d bested a serial killer.

What We’re Reading: House of D’Antonio

House of D'Antonio

The views shared throughout this review are solely the opinions of Blu Moon Fiction Staff. As always, we recommend reading the book for yourself and should you disagree with our views we encourage you to tell us. The reviews published by Blu Moon Fiction have been read for content, spelling and grammar.

The very first thing I noticed when receiving my copy of, The House of D’Antonio by Reece Cooper James, was the beautiful cover. The young woman on the cover is very striking and the translucent figure gives a sense that something of the paranormal may be happening.

Flipping to the back of the book we read of Roman D’Antonio king of Brocklehurst and surviving ruler of the House of D’Antonio. He alone is charged with traveling through dimensions to seek out Abigail, whose bloodline is the key to breaking the D’Antonio curse. Abigail has been bred to understand her family’s legacy as one of great responsibility; in her world she envisions Roman as her imaginary friend. From the explanation you should infer  this novel is one that features the two meeting and blending worlds in a way that either successfully ends the curse or doesn’t. Unfortunately, that is not what you get.

The most noticeable thing when you open the book is the possibly triple spaced layout. There are a few minor typos that can be overlooked if you desire to power through. If layout doesn’t put you off and for some people it may, then continue reading and learn all about  Abigail “Abi”Trenaulde.