Renounced: Shalean Moon Book 2 by J. Lilley
Publisher: Lycaon Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (155 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia
For Leira, all she knew was Shalea. Shalea and Donny. Now she wanted to see life without their protection, to live without the skills passed down to her. Without her heritage.
However, there were others who wanted her, didn’t have goodness within them, and would stop at nothing to take her, to turn her towards them.
Could she survive, and repel their evil without the protection of those who loved her, or would evil prevail?
Only Leira could decide…
Being normal might not be an option for Leira.
Leira is tired of being told what to expect out of life. She just wants some time to herself, but is she willing to give up everything to get it? What will be the consequences of her actions? The events in Renounced pick up where Discovered, the first book in the Shalean series, ended. Anyone wanting to enjoy this tale should certainly read Discovered first.
When I met Rach in the first book, I thought she was stubborn. However, Leira brings the concept of stubborn to a completely different level. She is smart and loyal to her family, but I found her to be very narrow minded at times. She is so focused on what she wants, or doesn’t want, that she often misses the more subtle things happening around her. This is most clearly illustrated in her interactions with Donny. It is very clear that Donny has feelings for her, and I’m pretty sure that Leira has feelings for him as well. Unfortunately, Leira is determined to push him away. While I understand Leira’s need to “find” herself. Her actions come off as childish, especially when she deliberately misunderstands Donny and his actions.
Donny is certainly a very forward young man. He knows that he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. His brash attitude is off putting sometimes, but his motives come from a good place in his heart. Leira is the only girl for him and while their relationship has gotten off to a rocky start, I’m holding out hope that they’ll find their way back to each other eventually.
The group of rogue Shaleans from the first book are back in this installment and are clearly not done wreaking havoc in the lives of Leira and her family. As if that weren’t enough, Struan, a Shalean boy with evil intent, is back and has turned his attention on Leira. It is unclear what Struan and the rogues want from Leira, especially after she renounces her power. There also seems to be another unknown and malevolent force at work that has yet to be revealed in its entirety. As with the first book, I felt that the action came to an abrupt end in this book. Just as things were getting really intense, everything stopped. I also felt that the actions of some new characters were explained away too quickly, or were not made clear enough. Despite these issues, I will say that the open ended conclusion of Renounced has me extremely curious about what will happen in the next book.
Renounced is a very good addition to the Shalean Moon series. Leira is an interesting character, and I truly enjoyed watching her grow and mature as the story progressed. I’m definitely looking forward to reading about Leira and her friends in the next installment of the series.