Luna by Gina Farago

Paranormal fiction (about werewolves, vampires, and the like) is very popular at Greensboro Public Library these days.  Even if werewolves aren’t your idea of a good read, and if you agree with my colleague who, when I checked out this book, said, ‘I’ll let YOU read that one,” you may enjoy reading Farago’s first book, Ivy Cole and the Moon, and then following it up with the sequel, LunaI only chose Farago’s books because she  is a local author but enjoyed them because of the unusual treatment of the topic and the familiar geographical settings.

The News & Record wrote about Ivy Cole, “Fiction has a new, thoroughly engaging leading lady…We’re looking for a sequel.”  Ivy is a likeable young woman living in the North Carolina mountains—as it turns out, she’s also a werewolf.  However, unlike most of her kind, she carefully chooses her victims, killing only those whom she considers a threat to society.

Luna introduces Ivy’s daughter, who turns out to be a five-year-old werewolf—with even more powers than her mother has.  The small “pack” attempts to adjust to a new home in Salty Duck (based on Beaufort, North Carolina).  As Luna, an adorable child, starts school, Ivy has concerns that most mothers of kindergarteners never face.  After hearing a sermon at church, Luna asks, “Mommy, are we bad?  Today Mr. Holliday said that killing is bad,” creating a difficult parenting moment for Ivy!  When some neighbors are brutally slaughtered, Ivy fears that her problems with Luna have reached a new crisis.

Ivy once again meets the man with whom she fell in love in the first novel and  becomes attracted to another man as well.  At the end, a variety of characters, including red wolves from the coastal area, meet in an epic battle.  The juxtaposition of werewolves with a familiar coastal scene (wild ponies across the water, the lighthouse, the waterfront) means that you may never again see Beaufort without thinking about werewolves!

Farago lives in the Greensboro area and is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate.  Although the book is totally fiction (we hope!) Farago did research on werewolf legends and observed wolf behavior firsthand as she wrote her novel.

(Helen Snow, Information Services)

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One Response

  1. I, too, appreciate an unusual story line and unexpected plot designs.

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