⭐⭐⭐ (3.5 Stars)
“Moonshine,” he whispered. “You fill up the empty, dark space—like the moon owns the sky. It is quiet. It is bright. It doesn’t need to be a ball of flame to be noticed. It simply exists. It forever glows.”
⭐⭐⭐ (3.5 Stars)
As always, L.J Shen created a dramatic and beautiful world, full of broken people just waiting on the sidelines for redemption. Knight is Dean’s and Rosie’s son, and it’s almost a continuation of Ruckus in a way. Knight, however, has been in love with Trent’s daughter Luna since they were little kids playing in the backyard’s treehouse.
Luna is a selective mute. We learn in Ruckus that her mother Val abandoned her at a young age. And she feels that if she wasn’t enough for her mother she can’t be enough for anybody else, therefore her constant dismissal of Knight’s advances throughout the years.
The theme of this book is pretty much miscommunication. Not speaking her mind and opening up to her best friend leads Knight to believe everything between them has been platonic. By keeping secrets from Luna and feeding rumors to maintain a certain asshole reputation Knight causes a giant rift between them. The journey for Luna to find her voice is also the journey that will mend their relationship, leading both to find strength in their love for each other.
However, that is not the only conflict in the book. Rosie, who we learned suffers from cystic fibrosis way back in Vicious is getting worse and worse. And Knight is hanging by a thread and following his father’s footsteps with addiction. And here is where the book kinda lost me a bit.
A few plot points I didn’t love:
1. Rosie confides in Luna and not her sister Emilia to help her out with her final wishes.
2. Both Poppy and Josh didn’t deserve the way they were used by Luna and Knight. They were just props in their weird relationship.
3. Dixie as a character. She was a very unnecessary addition to this book. I honestly believe if she wasn’t part of the story this book would have been five stars. The author introduced Dixie to help mend Knight’s substance abuse issues and then as a new love interest for Dean. But this was just SO wrong on so many levels. Neither Knight or Luna needed to connect with their birth mother’s to heal. Any other character could have supported Dean in his mission to get clean (most likely his dad or Vicious), for support as a mother figure Emilia would have been perfect being so close to his mom, especially with Vaughn moving to Europe. As for Dean moving on, nobody needed that. At all. L.J tried to make us pity Dixie with the whole rape story and letting us know that Rosie wanted her to be a part of the family all along. But honestly, that was just so farfetched. Rosie didn’t even know Dixie, how could she judge her character in so little time? And even though she is Knight’s real mom she isn’t Lev’s mom… I just wish so much that she could be erased from this book altogether.
4. The ending felt so rushed. I wanted to see Knight’s and Luna’s romance evolve before jumping straight to marriage and kids at 19…
I always think that L.J’s writing and world-building make up for a lot of not so great aspects of her books, but sometimes I just wish she could control the amount of drama injected into her stories. I felt the same way about Bane, there were just too many things going on and sometimes less is more.
But, overall this book was full of all the feels, and some parts of it will always be imprinted into my heart. I can’t say enough that I CAN’T WAIT FOR ANGRY GOD.