Discovered: The Shalean Moon 1 by J. Lilley
Publisher: Lycaon Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (133 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia
When Rach moved to Scotland she knew there would be changes. She hadn’t expected them to be quite so dramatic. Not only was there a new house, new school and new friends, there was also a secret to discover.
Brios Parde was a Patriarch in waiting. When the powerful leopard shifter senses a new Shalean he is amazed to discover it’s the new girl. All his senses tell him Rach will be important to him.
However the Rogues try to destroy the budding relationship. Will Rach decide to side with Brios or help stage an uprising?
Rach’s past is filled with secrets and not all of them are pleasant.
Poor Rach. Not only does she have to deal with the drama of making a major move to Scotland, she also discovers that her father has hidden a great deal of information concerning her heritage from her. Once Rach meets Brios, the revelations concerning magic and shape shifters come very quickly. Rach has an incredible amount of information forced on her all at once. At first, Rach is very reluctant to accept the truth about the shape shifters. However, I thought her resistance felt forced. So much in fact that it was really quite comical when Rach tries to convince herself that she is “dreaming.” Though I found Rach’s reactions entertaining, at a certain point, her actions failed to feel realistic, especially when the truth was literally staring her in the face.
Rach is very easy to like. She’s a smart girl with a bit of an attitude who isn’t about to let anyone push her around. Once Rach fully accepts her gifts, I have no doubt that she is going to be a very powerful leader within the Shalean society.
I also really enjoyed Rach’s budding relationship with Brios. It was clear from the moment they met that they had a strong connection. However, Rach is only fifteen and she knows she is much too young to be making a serious commitment. I admire Brios’ restraint and resolve to take things slowly. He never tries to force anything on her and lets her make her own choices. I truly believe they will be a very powerful team, and I look forward to watching the development of their relationship.
I feel that the conflicts in this tale were resolved much too quickly. There are a lot of interesting things going on in this story that I wish had been explored in greater depth. The ending felt rushed to me, especially the part where Rach was told about her history and the fate of her mother. I realize that Rach and Brios were in a difficult situation at the time, but I truly feel that Rach deserves much more than she was given. I hope she has the time to explore her past and new abilities in future installments of this series.
Over all, I enjoyed reading Discovered. The world Ms. Lilley has created is interesting and I found the concept of the Shaleans thought provoking. I certainly look forward to following the adventures of Rach and her friends in the next book.