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Mona Lisa Awakening

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Book One of the series
I read a short story in Over the Moon and had to read the first book to see if I'd like the story line. Surprisingly, I do. It reads very similar to LKH's Anita Blake series -- sort of. ( )
  lesmel | Jun 3, 2013 |
Mona Lisa Awakening is pretty good for a first novel. And if that's not damning by faint praise, I don't know what is.

The heroine, Lisa, is not fully developed. She doesn't know who she is, so neither does the reader - she changes personae so fast you get dizzy. One second she's an insecure nurse; the next she's a hyper-dominant queen; one second she's free-loving; the next she's a moralizing monogamist. Whatever suits the moment. And there's a lot of Mary Sueism. All the men want her, all the other women are either weak or evil, and Lisa just gets more and more special.

The book reels from one earth-shatteringly climactic event to another, with not enough development between them, too much telling and not enough showing. All that high drama is ultimately numbing. This isn't helped by the fact that Sunny's writing is kind of dreamy and vague - I never had a sense of place, of entering into another world. I couldn't really see or feel what happened.

So yes, it's nicely erotic - and Mary Sueism can be a pleasant indulgence - but I was ultimately disappointed. I might read the sequel, just to see if Sunny improves as a writer, or if I feel like reading something sexy and self-aggrandizing. ( )
  MlleEhreen | Apr 3, 2013 |
So this book has been sitting on my TBR pile for quite a while. I finally decided to read during the hubs and my honeymoon. And I basically pounded it out in a day and half. Although to be honest, I had tried to read it before that and couldn't get past the first chapter, it just didn't excite me and I felt like I was just looking at the words and not actively reading it.

Overall, the concept was different from other fantasy romance books I have read. The general idea of the book was about the children of the moon. One in particular, Mona Lisa, is the main focus. She never knew of her heritage of the moon and has always felt different compared to her coworkers. The realization of how different she really was, was when Gryphon showed up in her ER.

Gryphon believes that Lisa is a Queen (and the Monere "race" has many, many, queens) with advanced powers. Once Lisa is finally convinced that she is in fact a queen, Gryphon whisks her away and she is put in front of the court. And from there she gets land and people of her own to rule over.

Now there is two parts that I didn't particular enjoy. The first being that while the story was interesting, it wasn't enthralling. I didn't feel the need to find out what happens next, making the book just "okay" for me. Others though may disagree.

So, Gryphon had become Lisa's lover and loyal subject through out the beginning of the book and then, Lisa took on a second lover. Leading to my second dislike, multiple lovers who know about each other (and even if they didn't I still wouldn't like it). I don't know, maybe I'm just ultra monogamous, but just the thought of that type of relationship can turn me right off of a book. From there it lost even more interest for me and I don't care to read the second. I guess I like the good old fashioned two people fall in love and live happily ever after bit. ( )
  rolletm | Dec 9, 2010 |
Night shift emergency room nurse Mona Lisa's shift crazy busy, but that's usual. What isn't is her sudden attraction to her sudden inexplicable attraction to a dying patient. No one else appears to notice anything out of the ordinary, but Gryphon, who identifies himself as one of the night-dwelling, moon-worshiping Monere, is sure the Lisa is a Queen.

Struck by her need to cure and care for Gryphon, Lisa is pulled into the intricate and deadly dance of the Monere courts. Survival for herself and her men will mean an erotic and deadly battle with no holds barred.

Sexy and oddly appealing, even if it does read as if the author channeled Laurell K. Hamilton a little too clearly. ( )
  SunnySD | Aug 23, 2010 |
I read a few chapters on Monday but had to put it down because I was sick. Today I finally felt up to reading and I finished the book in a few hours. It was amazing and had everything you could want in a book. I really liked Amber a lot for some reason. The plot was interesting and it was well written. It also had some action. Though I wasn't into some of the action (the sex lol).

It says that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton will love this book, and it's true. Even people who don't like sex in the books they read will still enjoy this one. ( )
  mesmericrevelation | Aug 21, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425211606, Paperback)

A smoldering debut novel exploring the passion, hunger, and danger that can break loose in the moonlight.

From the time she was a child, Mona Lisa knew she was different-but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty appeared during her night shift in the ER. Gryphon is hurting and hunted and he attracts her as no man ever has before. He is a Monère, one of the children of the moon-and what's more, so is she.

Long exiled from the moon, the men of the Monère serve-and mate with-imperious Queens who can channel the rays of their far-off homeland. Gryphon believes that Mona Lisa is a Queen- perhaps the first of Mixed Blood ever known. But her introduction to the nighttime court of the Monère, simmering with intrigue, casual lust, and calculated cruelty, is far from smooth.

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"Long exiled from the moon, the men of the Monere serve - and mate - with imperious Queens, who can channel the rays of their far off homeland. Gryphon believes that Mona Lisa is a Queen - perhaps the first of Mixed Blood ever known. But her introduction to the nighttime court of the Monere, simmering with intrigue, casual lust, and calculated cruelty, is far from smooth. The other Queens are infuriated by her potential powers, and they are all menaced by a group of rogue males who have broken away from the women's sway. Even as she battles threats from within and without, Mona Lisa is determined to discover who she is, and to explore the limits of her growing power - and her secret desires."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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