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Moonstone by Marliee Brothers

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: August 1, 2008
About the Book: Allie lives in small town Peacock Flats in a trailer on her Uncle's property. Her mom has retired from life and Allie faces school bullies and drama queens on a daily basis. After an electrical zap while trying to fix the TV antenna, Allie finds herself with a crazy hippie guaridan angel and psyhic powers. When her neighbor and town "witch" gives Allie a powerful moonstone and claims Allie plays a part in a prophecy she's been holding on to and calls her a "star-seeker", Allie's not sure this is what she signed up for. But when some unsavory characters show up and appear to be after the moonstone, Allie knows she's got her destiny to fulfill.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: With so many paranormal young adult books out right now it's hard for each one to be different or stand out. Marilee Brothers succeeds in creating a fun original heroine in Allie. Allie is smart, sassy, she stand up to bullies and fights for her mom. I really liked the setting that Marilee plopped Allie down in-it's refreshing to see a character that isn't immediatly popular, rich, and has everything work out perfectly.
Another review on Amazon labeled Moonstone as "Stephenie Meyer meets Stephanie Plum" and I wish I would have been the one to come up with that! This story mixed humor with paranormal adventure. There were many times I found myself laughing out loud.
Allie's relationship with her mom Faye is one that's more of a child parenting a parent and Marilee Brothers does such a great job giving depth to their relationship. She deftly weaves a great coming of age tale into a paranormal backdrop and I was cheering Allie on all the way.
Moonstone is the first in a trilogy and the next installment is out this summer. I can't wait to see where Allie's power's take her next and will be eagerly awaiting book two.

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