Book Review | Stolen Moon by Kimber Leigh Wheaton + Interview
Welcome to my tour stop for Stolen Moon by Kimber Leigh Wheaton. Today I have a review, interview and giveaway for you all.
Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Series: Light Chronicles #2
Age: Young Adult
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: August 19th, 2014
Page Numbers: 281
Source: B&N Gift
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Katarina ~ a Royal Knight bound by honor and duty who steals a powerful relic from a sorcerer in a desperate attempt to save her kingdom from the clutches of a madman.
Ethan ~ a mercenary leader trapped between his growing attraction to Katarina and his responsibility to protect his friends from the evil pursuing her.
Zebulon ~ a malicious sorcerer waging war as though it’s a game, caring nothing for the lives he destroys in his quest for power.
Drawn together by a moonstone medallion—an indestructible relic with immense magical power.
Katarina steals the medallion from Zebulon and flees in the dead of night. Together with Ethan and his mercenaries, she struggles to stay one step ahead of the sorcerer and his minions in a race against time to save her homeland. Fierce battles, ravenous monsters, and bloodthirsty brigands—those are no surprise. But Katarina never dreamed her greatest obstacle could be falling in love.
Each novel in the Light Chronicles is a standalone story.
ReviewStolen Moon was a fabulous sequel to the Light Chronicles (even though it can be read as a standalone). I absolutely loved how the characters from Shadow Fire (book 1) such as Ashyn, Zane, Loki, Taranis, Shadow and the Griffin Freya. I loved how they all connected with each other.
The beginning of this book had me in tears, ot was heartbreaking to see how Katarina's life was thrown upside down!
I totally enjoyed Katarina and Ethan! They reminded me so much of Ashlyn and Zane. Katarina was bold, sassy and very into her sexual side as a woman. Ethan was thoughtful, strong and bold when it came to show his emotions towards Katarina. Both of their backstories made them more alike then anything else.
Zebulon is just as evil as his brother. I don't know if I hated him more or less. I think he just wanted to control Katarina on every turn. I didn't like how he killed men that liked or flirted with her, I hated how he thought he had a claim on her...it was disgusting.
I enjoyed the ending so much. I loved that Zebulon died the same way his brother did...an ashy death. I love that Katarina and Ethan had the same beautiful end as Ashlyn and Zane.
This was just magnificent and if you're looking for a good fantasy romance, I highly suggest you read this.
ME: Did you always wanted to be a writer or did you want to do something else?
KLW: I have always enjoyed writing. I tried to write novels several times in the past, only to be waylaid or distracted along the way. It wasn’t until about two and a half years ago that I finally had the drive to stick with it. Now I can’t really imagine not writing. Losing myself in my fantasy worlds is quite relaxing.
ME: Where do your ideas for your books come from?
KLW: Most of my ideas come from my overactive imagination. I like to meditate and interact with my characters in my daydreams. I also take that time to explore potential plotlines.
ME: How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
KLW: That really depends on my muse. When she’s on fire, I usually write a book in about one month. Then the revisions, editing, and copy process can take anywhere from another month or so to six months. Lately my muse has been rather tired, so I’m not getting much done.
ME: How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with writing?
KLW: It’s not easy. Though I try to write during the day while my husband is at work and my son at school, my muse hates to be on a schedule. My writing tends to ebb and flow depending on how busy I am with other aspects of my life. I’ve been crazy busy since August and my writing (or lack thereof) reflects it.
ME: What is the hardest thing about writing a book?
KLW: I have the most problems with the start of each new chapter. Staring at a blank page is just awful—it creates so much pressure. Another difficulty is keeping the story streamlined. Sometimes the plot will go off on an unintended tangent that needs to be cut no matter how much I love the scene.
ME: How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? Do you have a least favorite?
KLW: I have three published works and one complete work in final stage revisions. I don’t have a least favorite, but I do like writing paranormal/urban fantasy more than epic fantasy. My favorite book is Bitter Envy which is still in the final stages. I fell in love with the main character Envy.
ME: Are you working on anything now?
KLW: I have the plots for the next three books in The Orion Circle YA paranormal series. I’m working on all three since my muse likes to flit from project to project. I’m also working on the final edits of Bitter Envy before sending it out on submission.
ME: What kinds of things do you enjoy outside of writing?
KLW: Reading, traveling, video games, Netflix with the family, and I love animals.
ME: Which authors have inspired you to write?
KLW: There really isn’t one in particular. I read quite a bit. Whenever I read a great book, it inspires me.
ME: Top 5 favorite books.
KLW: These are the books that come to mind right now. My favorites change frequently.
1. The Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings—When I first started dating my husband back in college, this fantasy series helped us bond.
2. Whispers by Dean Koontz—I read this when I was twelve, and it scared me to death. After that I couldn’t get enough paranormal or horror.
3. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton—This book blew me away when I read it. It was my first experience with a take-no-prisoners female lead character, and I loved it.
4. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb—I love this futuristic detective/romance. Eve and Roarke rock!
5. The Complete Brothers’ Grimm—I have a soft spot for fairy tales.
ME: Top 5 favorite genres.
KLW: Romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, thriller/suspense, fantasy
ME: Any guilty pleasures?
KLW: Fan fiction, online quizzes, singing constantly, cheering for villains, and a deep love for sports cars.
ME: What is your ideal YA Paranormal playlist?
KLW: My paranormal playlists tend to be dark. Hard rock is a staple. Evanescence makes it onto every list I have. There’s something about them that really inspires my creative side. The list I’m currently using includes: Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Gemini Syndrome, Kansas, Queensryche, Metallica, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Of Mice and Men, Otherwise, and Seether.
ME: What are you currently fan girling over?
KLW: TV shows based on comics. Gotham, Marvel Agents of Shield, Constantine, The Flash—it’s enough to make me swoon. Now all I need is Wolverine and a grownup Batman and I’d be in heaven. I also love the new TV show Scorpion (as implausible as every episode seems). I’ve loved geniuses since Sheldon first graced the screen on The Big Bang Theory.
ME: If you could co-write with another author, who would it be?
KLW: Tough question. I’m difficult to work with so I wouldn’t envy anyone tasked with it. I think I’d like to write with… Stephen King or Dean Koontz. They have been my faves for more years than I’ll admit.
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.
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