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Blood Moon Prophecy

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I really liked the worldbuilding of this! The chapters weren't extremely long which was really nice!
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Sixteen year old Tilly Nyx is unexpectedly thrust into a world of magic and put on a team with other teens who she becomes friends with.  Mystery, intrigue, magical creatures, and action and adventure abound as Tilly tries to learn magic aboard a ship trying to follow her mother's mysterious map. This is the first book in what should be a fascinating YA fantasy series.
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Good  world building that wasn’t confusing. Engaged throughout my time reading. Exciting!! Loved that the chapters were short.
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This book has a lush and intruiging world and creative magic system with interesting characters and mystery. An engaging, YA fantasy read!
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Blood Moon Prophecy is the story of Tilly Nix, a girl who was abandoned with a neglectful family after her mother was killed. After an attempt on her life, Tilly is thrown into a world of myth and magic and is forced to face the reality of her life which was nothing like she expected. This was a good coming-of-age story suitable for middle-school readers who like more modern fantasy and a found-family style story. Overall, I really did like this book, even if the style was a bit younger than I'd normally read. There were definitely some darker moments, so something to consider if you are buying for a younger reader, but still a great adventure story. 

This was a NetGalley review.
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Blood Moon Prophecy is a thrilling young adult fantasy book that covers the adventure of sixteen-year-old Tilly Nyx, who is determined to go home despite not knowing where it is or how to get there. When Tilly was just five years old, her mother was killed, her village was destroyed, and an ancient monster forced her into hiding. Since then, Tilly has been living alone, but she has never lost the map that her mother made her pledge to guard with her life.

Tilly is thrust into a world of magic, oceans, sailing ships, and disputes between historic magical families as she embarks on her adventure. She joins a fleet in pursuit of the secret revealed by her map, a mystery that has been kept a secret by her family for countless generations. Tilly makes friends with several of her shipmates along the trip and picks up skills like casting sprites and making up potions.

Tilly discovers more about her true origins and the prophecy she is a part of as her adventure goes on. The voyage becomes more perilous as Tilly approaches her destination, and she must summon all of her strength and tenacity to face the challenges that stand in her way. One of the highlights of the narrative is the found family dynamic, where Tilly discovers individuals she can trust and who care about her. The banter between Tilly and her friends is entertaining, and the character dynamics give the narrative depth.

Blood Moon Prophecy has relentless action and a twist-filled plot that keeps the reader interested. The air of dread and peril that surrounds the novel adds to the excitement as Tilly's voyage into an unfamiliar realm causes her to experience profound change. The story's supernatural components are expertly developed, and the high seas adventure gives the tale a distinctive and exciting depth.

Overall, Blood Moon Prophecy is a thrilling and action-packed young adult fantasy book with a lovable and brave protagonist, a lovely new family dynamic, and high seas adventure. The story's magical components are done nicely, and the plot has many unexpected turns that keep the reader interested. The Blood Moon Prophecy is a novel that you should absolutely think about reading if you enjoy YA fantasy with these topics.
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I enjoyed this book, but I feel that it still needed a bit of editing.  Some of the timelines were unclear and at times it was hard to tell which character was speaking.  Overall it was a really original premise that made it hard to put down.
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The characters for this one just didn't work out as well as I was hoping.  I loved the way that magic in this world was created as it was something new.  But that wasnt enough to keep me loving the story overall.
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Tilly had to flee her home when she was young after her village was destroyed, her mother killed, and her sister vanished. But she wants to go home, not having a happy life with her new family. She has a secret map, one that her mother made her promise to protect with her very life. But when someone who was supposed to explain things to her is killed and a monster appears to be hunting her, Tilly finds her wish to travel home coming true and her magic beginning to grow. 

The premise of this work was promising, but unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The worldbuilding had some interesting ideas and was okay overall, though it never managed to really become immersive. This was largely due to a major lack of descriptions or incorporation of any details that might make a setting/world feel real. 

The characters were not written well – most of the first half of the book, Tilly was pitiful and unengaging. This was largely because she was given zero agency. Things continuously happened to her, and she was simply along for the ride or being rescued or being pushed around by the plot. Then she undergoes some “growth” and honestly becomes even more unrelatable due to her obnoxious bratty behavior.  The other characters were almost impossible to become invested in as none of them felt alive or well developed. There were also just so many characters that were introduced, caused some problems, then dropped from the story completely, leaving them all feeling unnecessary. 

I think the issues of the work can mainly be boiled down to the author relying on telling rather than showing. This did away with any immersion I may have felt with the setting and world and created characters that didn’t feel alive. I’m sure others may be able to enjoy this work, but there was simply nothing about it that was able to grab my interest. My thanks to NetGalley and Cedar Street Press for allowing me to read this work. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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This story has a lot of promise, but I struggled with it. The world building is practically nonexistent. Not enough description was given about the characters, the magic system, how the different dimensions worked, etc… The villain also had absolutely no backstory. I kept thinking, “Things will become clear as I read. There’s gotta be a big reveal coming.” Nope. A small reveal, but not one that answered any questions.

Also, cut out some characters. Why are there so many bullies? What’s the point of Charlie? What’s the point of Melvina? What’s the point of that bully duo whose names I can’t even remember—Val and Bryn, maybe? All these characters were introduced and then also randomly dropped and we never heard from them again. Why include them at all? 

And why are some of the adults being complete dicks to a 16 year old girl who just found out about magic and the existence of another dimension and some prophecy that only she can solve? Why did they expect her to come into this world, get thrown immediately into battle games (basically like Ender’s Game) and know how to cast these “sprites” (which are basically vapor Pokémon) without any training? 

Also, don’t introduce new parts to the prophecy in the last 20 pages with absolutely no description of what it is and no reaction from the characters to say, “Woah, that’s new! What’s that?!” The alchemist? The abbysmith? Not introduced until the last minute. Why is “the alchemist” called the alchemist? Who are Crom Fahll and the alchemist? What is their beef and how did it start? 

There is a clear “found family” trope, but again, the lack of character building and description made it unsatisfying. 

The story just fell flat because there was no world building and no description. Hopefully if there’s a sequel (which it seems there has to be because lots of random info was introduced at the very end) it will be more engaging and descriptive so I can more clearly see the world I’m reading about.

So, 2 stars. 

tl;dr - Really promising concept. No world building or character building, so story falls flat. Ender’s Game meets Pokemon Battles with a found family trope. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Cedar Street Press for ARC.
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16 year old Tilly has never quite fit in with the family that took her in after tragedy struck.  After Tilly didn't follow one very important rule her mother was killed and Tilly has lived her life with that weight on her shoulders.  Suddenly, on her 16th birthday, Tilly is swept into the magical realm from which she came from as a young girl, a world she cannot remember but a world to which she may be very important.  

I felt like this book felt a bit like Harry Potter at sea.  Tilly was taken in by rude relatives, she joined a boat crew but was one of the few not raised by magic, other boats targeted her while some "teachers" gave her special attention.  Not only Harry Potter but I kept finding myself comparing it to other young adult books or shows throughout.  Despite the comparisons though I felt it does stand up for itself and never feels identical so it did not work against my overall feelings on the book.

Pick this up if you like magical fantasy and obviously if you'd like a book that gives off Harry Potter vibes but in a more inclusive way.
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Eleven years after her mother died, Tilly discovers that she is from an ancient magical family from another land. She is destined to join an adventure across seas where she builds friendships and develops her powers with the end goal of solving the secrets she carried.

Blood Moon Prophecy turned out to be a heartwarming adventure. I found the book a bit long, but ended up quite enjoying it, I especially enjoyed the world building, found family and magical aspects of the book.

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YA fantasy with a lot happening. Tilly Nyx's life changes drastically in one night and she finds that she is part of a world she barely remembers from 11 yrs ago when she was five. Tilly is forced on an adventure she ever imagined and learns more about a world she thought she was imagining as a child. Tilly has a map that her mother made her memorize as a child and that map is the key to finding out her Momma's secrets. There is a family-found and chosen one theme throughout this adventure. I had a hard time believing Tilly was 16 though as many of her thoughts/actions reminding me more a 12 yr old but I am totally invested in this series now and need to know where the adventure takes us next.
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Great book! The description and first person reaction were something I enjoyed.  I felt like the main character and was seeing the world for the first time!
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***Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for providing me with an electronic copy of this book.***
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free review copy in exchange for my honest opinions. 

The magic system and world building were interesting in this novel. The fantasy world is kind of parallel to our world, and it was cool to see it through the eyes of the main character who is also experiencing it for the first time. I liked the descriptions of the city, the waterways, and the ship setting that gave it a very adventurous feel. That said, I was hooked at the start and then it dragged a little bit in the middle. 

I enjoyed delving into this world, but I think the plot was overly complex. The ensemble cast of characters were endearing, but there were too many to get to know anyone very deeply. I almost think this could have been two books, with one focused on the magical training and battles, and another for the main mystery and conflict. Then we could have had more character, setting, and magic system development. 
While I liked the world and the writing, and look forward to trying more from this author. The book had a lot of potential, it just didn’t fully live up to my expectations.
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4/5 stars

So, I really liked this book... at first it was a little hard to get into but once things started rolling, I was invested in the story. 

The world building through this book was done really really well. Most of the book takes place on the sea which for me I’m indifferent to but I know for some people that can be a hit or miss. With short chapters the book was fast paced and a lot happening, but I didn’t feel too lost with all the information. I will say the book gave me “Chosen One” vibe with Tilly being thrown into a world of magic and things she never knew existed. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing for me. What was good for me was the “found family” trope, it always makes my heart warm. 
The main character was hit and miss for me throughout the book, in the beginning she def got on my nerves but then her back story and her growth throughout the book grew on me and I wanted to know more for her and what happened in her past. I will definitely be continuing the series to see what happens.

I was getting Treasure Planet vibes….. #iykyk

With this being the first in the series I will say there was a lot of info dumping which I feel like we’ve come to expect in fantasy series because if not you have no baseline to work from.

If you’re into YA fantasy on the water, then def pick this book up!
Thank you Netgalley for giving me this digital ARC for an honest review!
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At about 30% I lost interest; I think it was more of me than the actual book so I will be giving it another chance in the future.
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Interesting plot with great found-family trope! The pacing was great and I loved the world-building. I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would’ve wanted to, but I overall enjoyed Tilly and her friends’ journey. 3 stars.
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Blood Moon Prophecy follows sixteen-year-old Tilly Nyx as she learns of her past and a world she never knew. She comes to a world of magic; Tilly joins a fleet that helps her follow the secrets of a map her mother gave Tilly before she died. The closer Tilly gets to the truth, the more dangerous her journey becomes.
I got the Harry Potter vibes in here so this book was so refreshing.

Tilly is an interesting protagonist who had a very difficult life. Losing her mother at a young age, Tilly receives no support from her cold relatives, and she doesn’t feel like she belongs. I felt for Tilly. Her entire life is upended more than once in her young life, and she shows such courage in the face of so many dangerous obstacles.

The found family is one of the most fascinating thing in this story, and I like that Tilly finds her people. Because She had such a horrible childhood, she becomes part of a team, and she finds a sense of belonging. The character development and the plot was entertaining as well.

The story is action-packed and exciting, as Tilly learns to navigate a new, magical world, finds out more about her past and her connection to a mysterious prophecy, and trains with crew mates in magic, sailing, and more. There are a lot of twists and turns and surprising revelations for Tilly and her friends, and I enjoyed their journey.

I would definitely recommend Blood Moon Prophecy to readers who enjoy exciting YA fantasy stories.
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