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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2009
My favourites in the Dark Hunter series are the Wren and Vane stories, so I've been waiting with enthusiasm for Fang's story (he and Aimee are the inter-species Romeo and Juliet of the Dark Hunter world!). The day before 'Bad Moon Rising' arrived, I reread Fury's short story to bring me up to date with the wolves. Ho hum, there wasn't much point. I'll explain...

I can understand that we need to see Fang and Aimee's side of previous stories. However, as the book progressed I began to read faster and faster. When was I going to get to something new? In retrospect I should have read slower (so that's my warning to you!) because we only read about the 'present day' (in terms of the Dark Hunter storyline) in the very last section of the book. Everything else is just a rehash apart from one interesting section. It's not giving anything away to say that this section concerns another realm (don't worry, it's far more interesting than more Greek god stuff!)and we're introduced to an intriguing new character: Thorn (an Archeron replacement in terms of interest?). I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of Thorn (hope so).

After finishing the book I'm left with the feeling, 'so what'? If you're a Dark Hunter fan then of course you have to read this book and it's perfectly readable (apart from the rushed writing which gives the characters things like an 'evil smile', followed on the next page by an 'evil laugh' - I'm getting used to this in Kenyon's later books and it's one reason I've stopped automatically buying all her books). However, the book could have been so much better. This is the first time we've had a bear as a main character, but to be honest you wouldn't know it apart from a liking for honey and the way the cubs's room is decorated (plus a little bear left on Aimee's pillow - cute). I don't even know what Aimee looks like as a bear (OK, she's foremost a human, but the bear must still be part of her character). And that's what is wrong for me with this story - it lacks depth. So much more could have been made of the struggle in their relationship and discovering the differences between the species (in Kelly Armstrong's books her wolves are truly wolves).

Perhaps 70% of the book is a rehash of past (and better) stories and the characterisation is a bit muddled (I think there are far too many 'clever' remarks and ALL the characters make them, not just the characters where it's part of their characterisation, so what is meant to be clever or funny just falls flat and distracts).

Therefore I suggest reading and enjoying, but don't expect too much so you're not disappointed. Plus don't rush the reading to get to something 'new' - there's not much of that so just enjoy what's there (I rushed too much and I'm therefore confused by Varyk and puzzled and irritated with Maman Bear's character - I should reread but I'm not convinced I can be bothered, which is very unlike me). By the way, before you give me a 'not helpful' for not raving about Sherrilyn Kenyon's book, please note I'm a fan, albeit a disappointed fan who lately has become more disappointed with the publication of each new book, but I haven't given up.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 August 2009
There is little to differentiate now between SK's Dark, Were and Dream Hunters, as the plots intertwine between all the series, plus the Were and Dream Hunter books are now as action packed and as frenziedly paced as their Dark Hunter counterparts. Starting in 2003 and moving up to events which occurred in the last paperback release "Dream Warrior", I liked how this book ran in conjunction with other stories that I already knew the outcome of. That said, I was hoping to learn more of Nick; however he is barely mentioned in "Bad Moon Rising".

Fans of this author's Hunter series will not be left disappointed by this book. The chemistry between bear shape shifter Aimee and wolf shifter Fang has been brewing for quite a while and at last SK lets them take the lead. Of course the path to true love is never easy in SK's sexy paranormal world, so why would Aimee and Fang's adventure be any different? True to form, there are not only racial issues to be dealt with as Aimee's familial obligation to produce a pure blood heir is highly unlikely if Fang is her mate, there are also death threats, demon attacks, sacrifices made and the interference of a brand new character who is yet to be determined as good or evil. I eagerly look forward to learning more of Thorn and his interesting heritage, which hopefully will be revealed in the next Hunter book scheduled for release in August 2010. Dev (Aimee's older brother) will find himself matched to Sam (the Amazon Dark-huntress who hates men) in "Scars and Souvenirs". For equally eager fans check out this brief posting on SK's website:

"See what happens when a Were mixes with a Dark-Hunter. The Daimons are back and the DH learn their new secret. Things with Nick heat up and Thorn returns with an explosive meeting between him and Jaden. Sparks fly as rules aren't broken. They're shattered."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2009
But I enjoyed it a lot more then most people seem to. First things first don't even attempt this book if you haven't read any others in the series - it won't make sense at all. Secondly in response to the main criticism that this book is just a rehashed rewrite of 'better' books, well thats not untrue but it is unfair. Aimee and Fang's story was always going to seem too familiar as we caught glimpses of it and it was hinted at in several other books (especially Vane and Wren's stories).
So what we get is kind of like a 'fill in the blanks' story where scenes that we read before from Vane's point of view are now seen from Fang or Aimee's.

The essential bones of the story is the unacceptable inter species romance between Fang (wolf) and Aimee (bear), and while that moves along in a fairly standard fashion it is all the other information that interested me most and held my interest. The Dark Hunter series is in line for some big changes (reader's have known this since Acheron's book) so all the new characters that are revealed or ones who have previously only been hinted at, are all starting to come through. For example the relevations that Fang finds about all the different types of demons and a whole new set of mythology with Thorn and Zeke. Plus I've always liked Savitar and his surfing mojo.

Its a good read and for devoted fans of the series its a must as there are hints of new dangers to face. The series has changed since the first books and that was necessary as you can't stick to the same Dark Hunter save girl, protect from Daimons, fall in love, get soul back kind of story. Those elements always remain as they are part of the mythology of the series but things move on. My only real criticism would be that there is little explanation of things like the inter species politics and wars, sometimes only a throw away sentence, so if you can't remember who is fighting who it can get confusing.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2009
Since being introduced to this series last year, through Amazon recommendations, I've read (sometimes late into the night) every single one. Lately though, I have felt something missing. I pre-ordered this book with some hesitation, wondering if it would come up to scratch against earlier books, such as "Night Embrace" or "Dance with the Devil",
It falls far, far short. I wish Ms Kenyon would take a good long look at the list of characters she has created and realize that some of them seem to have undergone a complete and for me, wholly unwelcome personality change. The whole thing now feels rushed and a bit messy. I hate to say it, but it has the feel of a money making scheme, with stories hashed together in the least possible time and hurried of to the publishers with no real thought being given to loyal fans of the series and their love for the characters she has created. I'm afraid after this book Ms Kenyon will not be getting any more advance orders from me. I've struggled to read it, putting it down time and time again. This is not one for the keepers shelf."Bad moon rising" more like "Bad book writing".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
Honestly, I forget why I got into this series to begin with. I read CON first, and loved it - I'll still keep up with that series - but after recently reading this book (admittedly, the last one I read was Talon's or something, so I've skipped A LOT without meaning to) I've really given up on the DH books. I read it for the dynamic between Ash and Nick, which I can easily keep up with through googling it, and because the idea in itself is so fantastic.

Unfortunately, Kenyon doesn't pull it off. Her writing is not as good as others from the same publishers and the love stories are repeated (and I've only read a few of the books!) Every character, even the ones that aren't DH's, seem to be competing to find out whose past is the worst (the DH's at least have an excuse!). She has far, far too many characters that she clearly likes and keeps trying to mention them when they clearly don't fit - for example, a fight scene later on where Ash is there and we get one or two brief mentions of him - I would have thought, given who he is (his book I've read and is by far the best of hers) that he would have more than that!

Another point that completely angered me was Mama Lo's character. SPOILER: you don't go hating on your daughter and who she loves for so long and so strongly and then suddenly just accept it at death's door. NO! And the one thing I was interested in - how would their children (if any) would affect their Seats - didn't even come into it.

The dialogue is clunky and repeated, the romance poor. Although, thankfully, this time the two lovers didn't fall into bed within the first few chapters. However, it was the whole idea that as soon as they saw each other they couldn't get the other out of their heads. Okay, I know this is how romance books tend to go, but it could have been done better. They were mates, sure, but would their reactions have been that quick and that strong? I don't know simply because it's never been explained - granted, it could have been in a previous book that I missed.

Another point to note is that Aimee's bear heritage isn't really touched on. I would have liked known a little more about how they worked. Are big families a thing in the bear world? Which, actually, the amount of brothers is just overwhelming. Everytime I looked there were more! I only rememebr Dev and Remi, really.

Overall, poor. The idea is good but she can't deliver.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2010
As a devoted fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-hunter series I was eagerly awaiting bad moon rising and I was not disappointed. I thought this book was great. I can't understand the many reviews which criticise this book calling it disappointing and repetitive. For one thing considering it was aimee and fang's story and they met ages ago as secondary characters in other books it was fairly obvious that Kenyon would go back to the beginning. If she'd started halfway through to avoid repetition that would have been ridiculous - she had to do this and the story flowed really well and having read the earlier books everything fit together nicely. (Of course this means that its not a great place to start reading this series but its not impossible). Secondly I feel the need to point out that pretty much all the books in this genre follow the same plot to some extent and you know the outcome of most books before you start reading. The parts which set it aside as a great read are the unexpected twists and turns along the way. Like what happened with sanctuary and mama and papa bear peltier.

I have been a die-hard fan since the beginning and still am. I thoroughly recommend this series to anybody and it was the first book (fantasy lover) which converted me to "paranormal romance" in the first place. I will admit that some books are not as incredible as others but every now and then you have to tie up loose ends and lay groundwork for new books. This was one of those novels but it was still a brilliant read and thats why Sherrilyn Kenyon is fantastic.

If you love Sherrilyn Kenyon buy this book and don't let the other reviews put you off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2009
S.K.'s novels used to be my must have thing, these days though i find the books rushed. I found this book to be rather good and had a good few tears to go with it! Fang and Aimee is a book that has been long awaited for and so was Archeron's which is where i felt things started to dip!She is a fantastic author and has millions of fans worldwide and her books fly of the shelves ( but just to say those fans will still be their even if it takes you a whole year just to write a book) If its of the same quality of the books before!

This book is heart stopping it really takes you into the Sanctuary and shows what those Peltier bears are really like and it gives you a good inside look to how their world is and how much love and courage it takes to be a were-hunter! It shows the love and hate and struggle these families have had! It also shows you a new side to how S.K. writes this has to be the most emotional book Ive read so far!

I just hope that the quality of the books return to what they were and hope that the new characters are everything we expect and more! This is a big playing field that she has to play with and within it i have felt so many emotions for all of these characters and hope that they return!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2009
I'm a real dark-hunter fan, pre-order all the books, but this was a big let down. For one thing it spanned to long a time period, the interactions between characters seemed shallow. It's nothing like the real drama and emotion she gave us at the begining of the series. She needs to stop writing books so fast and really give us something of good quality again. I'd rather wait a year and get a good book, than the seemingly hollow books she has been releasing lately. And she needs to stop giving us so many new characters and keep in touch with the ones we already have, as some of the things in this book seemed way out of character, especially for Vane.
So glad I didn't waste my money on the collecters edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2009
I was looking forward to Ami and Fang's story as I was sure there would be chemistry and fire between them, but I felt that this story was too busy going back and looking at everyone else's story and introducing new characters that Ami and Fang got lost, they had very little page time together. Sometimes I felt "have I read this before?" is it me or was there a bit of coying and pasting going on? It felt like SK was just making up the word count. I am being harsh, because there were some really good bits in the book great one liners and come backs, as per normal SK humour, and it was great to see all the previous stories in a different light. Read it and take it or leave it, I have it in my collection as it would be incomplete without it. Come on Sherri, we need to get back to what was good about this series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
OK I'm coming at this as a person who hasn't read the other novels in the Dark Hunter series, which may come as a bit of a shock considering the sheer volume of these titles. Yet I still found this title to be easily read even without knowing who was who.

Whilst I don't have the knowledge that many others will come into this book with, the backstory of the tale is easy to pick up with some old fan friends coming to play in this latest outing. The romance is solid and with a Were version of Shakespeare being played out within the text I did find the combat a little slap dash and wished that it had been a bit more solid. Still a fun read and something a little different. Will definitely look into more of Sherilynn's work.
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