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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore

Publication Date: 2/08/2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary:

Being only half-vamp in a high school like Carpathia Night makes you a whole loser. But Danny Gray manages to escape the worst of the specists at his school. Thanks to genetic treatments he had as an infant, most people assume Danny's other half is human. Which is a good thing.
Ever since the development of synthetic blood – SynHeme – vamps have become society’s elite, while wulves like his father work menial jobs and live in bad neighborhoods. Wulves are less than second class citizens; once a month they become inmates, forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.
For Danny, living with his vamp mother and going to a school with a nearly all-vamp student body, it’s best to pretend his wulf half doesn’t even exist. But lately Danny's been having some weird symptoms — fantastic night vision; a keener-than-usual sense of smell; and headaches, right around the full moon.
Even though it's easy to be in denial, it's hard to ignore evidence. There's only a month until the next few moon, and Danny's time is running out.
Peter Moore speaks to adolescents in a voice that will have them laughing, set in a world that will get them thinking.


Danny Gray...half-vamp, half-wulf.  His genetic treatments were never completed due to a reaction, and now he's having some very weird symptoms.  He tries to ignore them at first until more symptoms pop up and he decides it's time to talk to his father.  A father he hasn't talked to in years.  The terrifying part would be admitting you're part wulf.  Wulves are treated poorly in this world.  They are forced to go to compounds during the full moon where they often come back injured, if they come back at all.  The genetic treatments were done to prevent Danny from having to face this unfortunate reality.  The new symptoms make Danny wonder...is her wulf or vamp?  Which side is going to win?

The conclusion to this novel will leave you stunned.  It wasn't what I expected, but this book was different from the very beginning.  It has never been suggested in books before that wulves and vampires would mate or that they would have children together.  All three species can mate with each other and produce offspring.  The world itself is also an interesting concept.  I would think that if werewulves and vampires lived out in the open that humans would have the least amount of rights, not the wulves.  

I can't say enough good things about this novel.  The writing kept me entertained and interested throughout the story.  I kept flipping the pages because I couldn't stop before finding out what happened next.  This book is a new twist on old stories of creatures of the night.  I would definitely recommend picking up this book!

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