Review: Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

, by Kt Clapsadl

Stray Moon by Kelly Meding
Strays #2

Para-Marshal Shiloh Harrison has always been a great number two for the East Coast unit. But after her boss is found dead (having betrayed the paranormals he was sworn to protect), she’s suddenly thrust into a leadership role she isn’t prepared for. And it doesn’t help that she traded away memories of one of her most important team members to save another’s life during her last mission.

Too, she’s in charge of a unit that is mired in bureaucratic red tape, meaning she’s essentially under house arrest. But a West Coast Para-Marshal has astral-projected a warning: werewolves are going missing, and she needs Shiloh’s help. Last time it was vampires. This time it’s werewolves. Half-djinn herself, she knows she can’t just sit around and do nothing while paranormals are getting snatched. Her old boss may have broken his oath, but Shiloh will do anything to serve and protect. 

STRAY MOON has all of the great parts of an enjoyable urban fantasy. There's great world building, an interesting cast of characters, and the heroine is tough as nails to boot, and completely likeable. The plotline kept me guessing from the start, and there's plenty of danger and action. It was very easy to get invested with the character's plight, all making for the perfect recipe for the genre.

As enjoyable of an urban fantasy STRAY MOON is, it unfortunately suffers from one major flaw. Shiloh lost her memories of the person she loved most in the world at the end of the last book. Jaxon was that person, which came as a surprise at the end of the prior book. So in this book, she's struggling with everyone knowing Jaxon and telling her they had a relationship, he's an important of the team, etc, etc. I get that struggle, don't get me wrong, but the extent it was dwelled upon and issues it caused became extremely redundant. So much so that I found myself saying multiple times, enough already!, out loud. Unfortunately this had me continually putting the book down, and it became a struggle to finish at times. It's a shame because otherwise, there's so much potential here otherwise. I just didn't care for feeling like I was hit upside the head over and over with a two by four to get that she doesn't trust him due to her memory loss.

All in all, repetitiveness aside, STRAY MOON was an enjoyable installment in the Stray series, and I'm looking forward to seeing where things lead next.

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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