Hello Readers! It’s time to dive into a world where love is entwined with enchanting magic in Madison Wisler’s mesmerizing novel, “Bonded by Moons.” With a narrative that effortlessly blends romance and mystique, Wisler invites readers on a captivating journey—transcending ordinary life’s boundaries.
Bonded by Moons is set against a backdrop of celestial wonders and hidden secrets. Weaving a tale of interconnected destinies and the irresistible pull of the heart. As we delve into this review, prepare to be spellbound by the intricate storytelling and the intriguing characters that populate this extraordinary realm.
After the brutal murder of her parents, Ember Ameythst has learned to guard her heart. She never wants to fall in love, because well, love is a weakness. While drowning her sorrows on her 21st birthday, the last thing Ember expects is to find her moon-bonded mate. Ember will do anything to reject this connection (and she definitely does). But when the mission to overthrow the tyrannical king goes awry she finds herself in the presence of her mate. Doing the one thing she said she never would…connecting.
As the secrets of her life unfold, Ember learns to let go. Accepting the thing that she never thought she could have LOVE.
And her mate couldn’t be happier. Crown Prince Willow thinks she is perfect, made for him. No one can resist the mate bond.
Here’s What I Thought
Bonded by Moons has easily become one of my favorite faerie stories. I devoured this book, finishing it easily in one day!
After her parents are murdered on their anniversary, Ember blames their mate bond. Essentially hardening and protecting her heart.
And, while it does have some reminiscent qualities (it totally gives off ACOMAF vibes), elements of the story itself are packaged in a way that feels uniquely its own. Ember is a monochrome faerie (by this magic system it is rare) having the ability to flash from faerie form to human form. In addition, within this magic system, you can not only have gifts, like being a fire, water, earth, and air element. But talents as well. Builder, empath, etc. Typically a faerie has two gifts and one talent with there being exceptions to the rule.
“I don’t have room in my dark heart to love another person right now. I’ve barely coped with my past and I can’t even begin to think about the future.”
As a girl a part of what I like to call “the sad girls club” Ember’s character really resonated with me. I completely understand where she was coming from. This among many other things, like her spunk, loyalty, and fierceness made me love her even more.
As the story unfolds Ember learns not only about herself but her birth parents as well. Revealing secrets that interconnect. And, creating a key for the lock that she never understood she needed.
Her mate happens to be Crown Prince Willow. The prince to the very king she is working to overthrow. Willow is sexy and mysterious rivaling the sex appeal of Rhysand. Having been confined within the castle walls for 20 years. The one time he sneaks out in months, he bonds with Ember. Willow wants nothing more than to complete the bond with her but she isn’t having any of it!
As a reader who loves to see the inner workings of the MMC’s mind, I loved Willow’s POV. The allure he brings and the need to protect his mate beyond all costs is just UGH! SO GOOD! I have never wanted to be called “little dragon” more than in the moments reading his POV.
You don’t think that I want to spread you out in every room we’ve ever walked into?
There is angst and tension, building as the story goes. While not overloaded with spice there is some, and with every scene, I wished there was more.
While beautifully written, the book needs a heavy edit. This is Madison’s debut novel, publishing on her own as an indie author. Considering this because the story itself was SO GOOD, the moments that I was interrupted by an error didn’t completely take away from the reading experience. Bonded by Moons was engaging from the first page, driving me to want to continue to read. Creating excitement for the next chapter in the story.
Overall, Bonded by Moons is easily a 5-star read for me! And you should definitely add it to your TBR! I can’t wait for book 2.