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Fate hasn’t exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals, the only piece of luck she’s ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals.It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trainedFate hasn’t exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals, the only piece of luck she’s ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals.It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals...The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up – which Alex is determined not to do.Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker. In a desperate bid to save her pack, Alex must infiltrate the Parallax Corporation – an international organization with their hands in everything from biomedical engineering to publishing. They have now expanded their efforts to include terrorism and are attempting to breed the perfect weapon.Despite years of training and enough money from her live-in pack of misfits to finance a small country, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat. To make matters worse, Alex must work with a mysterious man who’s been trying to kill her since the day they met. Together with her pack, Alex must learn how to stop the biological cloning and find those responsible for the plan before it really does become a global threat....

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Shepherd's Moon Reviews

  • NikkiPeterson
    2019-05-19 05:51

    Alexa, our MC, is what is referred to as a Shepherd in the Paranormal world. Orphaned as a young child and moved through the system, Alexa has got some bad ass in her. She has the ability to communicate and connect with shifters and is the head of her pack. She has only been in charge for a year, so she is still learning as she goes. Also she is a bit of an anomaly. Apparently, she is the only female Sheppard in the past two thousand years or so and the Council isn't fully convinced of her competance yet.It is her job, with the help of her pack, to track and capture any paranormal creatures about and either bring them into her pack of euthanize if there is no other option available. She is also working with the local police department's special assignment unit that deals in supernatural serial killers. She is called in on such a case where an apparent "newborn" is in a home with his wife and son. Hoping that she will be able to calm the situation and get the animal contained and away from the scene, away from the public eye, she goes in and cannot conncect with the newb. She is caught in the alley with the shifter and manages to bring him down. Several nights later she is once again called out on some pumas that she once again cannot read and or connect with. She gets her ass handed to her, but makes it out alive. She contacts The Council and requests help and information to figure out what is going on.I received this goodie from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics, a group on goodreads, as a Read 2 Review. Stacy Mantle offered it to the group and I would like to thank her for the opportunity to read it. I think the story is well written and the characters were fully developed. They weren't perfect and are like real individuals. Each had their own flaws of personality which I like, as that makes it a little more "realistic" for me. The ending sets you up for a following book, which I cannot wait to get my grubby little paws on. If you like Were books with some suspense, then this is definitely something that needs to go on your TBR List, ASAP!

  • Alana ~ The Book Pimp
    2019-05-06 10:29

    Overall, I give it 4♥'s.Okay I had to let this sink in for a tiny bit. Up to even 90% into reading the book it was a solid 4 stars. The last 10% however... maybe 3. It still has a primarily happy ending, but left me wanting somehow. I'm still giving it a 4, because 90% is more than a goodly portion of the book. The best way I think I can describe the ending- I felt like it was a Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Mam. Yes, it was happy and enjoyable, but the end felt rushed. I got whacked by a high-note-ending fairy that seemed to give me the cliff notes version. I hope I'm making sense here... For the majority of the book, I was enthralled by the world, the characters. It was all so rich and well laid out. I was able to get a feel for things and be comfortable in the urban fantasy while still getting surprised occasionally. It was witty and created an intriguing mythology."'Hey, Warrior Princess!' he called out, stalking over the dead grass of the yard towards me. An air of disapproval hit me like a physical blow and I took a step back without even realizing it.""I can see the headline now: Archangel Bust Were Whisperer.""And I don't generally do helpless...""What I knew for sure was that he had a quick temper, cocky attitude, perilous good looks, and a southern accent... Apparently he also has a pet cougar."Besides the ending, there was also another issue I had with this book. Of all things, there was almost too much going on. There were odd things that seemed like they were frayed ends of a scarf that I expected to get woven back into the story, only they never were. Or, they seemed just suddenly teleported back into the story almost daring you to question how it happened.I would still recommend this book, and am quite interested to read more should the series be continued. But I am hopeful the future works are more consistent from beginning to end and focused on one or at least only a few major plot lines.

  • Maghon Thomas
    2019-04-29 09:34

    Let me first say, as always, thank you to R2R and the author for allowing me to read a copy of this book for a review. I was kind of reluctant to pick up this book first when I read the little blurb, but I am so glad I did. First, Let me give you a little more description... Alex is a human, who has the power to read the minds of animals (it goes a little more than that, but let's not spoil things)... not just basic animals, but say shifters :) She is a Shepherd which is basically like a governing body over the paranormal world that the human world does NOT know about, and they intend to keep it that way. She also works in a special police department to help, as her powers come in quite handy. I was not expecting these things in this book. I don't know what I had in my mind, but it wasn't this. However, I really like this book. If you are in to the detective/cop/PI type book with supernatural and paranormal added to it, this is perfect for you. Alex is a stubborn, strong willed, little lady, but trust me she isn't weak. She has always had to prove herself, and then after some bad starts in life, she caught a break and enters her world she lives in now.... no, not parallel dimension or anything like that, I'm trying not to give away spoilers LOL Her "pack" has a really complicated, yet oddly working, situation. She will do anything to protect her pack, no matter what. And, let's say that mysterious man kinda drove me mad, made me giggle, and grew on me by the end of the book! I can't say too much else except that I really liked this book, and I don't want to give too much away, but there is a ton of great characters in here, and such a refreshing mysterious type plot, and it's got a feeling that the characters are believable, maybe because they each have strengths and weaknesses and flaws... :) 4 big PAWS from me!

  • Toni Vernetti
    2019-05-11 11:54

    Wow! Stacy Mantle! Wow! This is not one of my favorite types of books because I find that most authors become overly gory or too centered on sex scenes which can become very old very quickly. Shepherd’s Moon had me riveted from page one. With awesome characters, the perfect amount of action, and the perfect amount of relationship description, I absolutely loved the rhythmic flow of this book. If it weren’t for everyday chores and a business to run, I would have read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. I could see myself melding into this pack of misfits, shifting whenever I wanted, taking part in the action from time to time, but mostly being the lazy one that reads bios of my fellow pack members all day.Thank you for signing my copy! I love it!Bravo! Stacy Mantle! I can’t wait for book two! – Toni Vernetti (Happy Hoodie)

  • Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
    2019-04-26 08:45

    Shepherd's Moon is the first book in The Shepherd's series by Stacy Mantle. I read this book as a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! As always, a special thank you to the wonderful moderators of this group and to the author for allowing me to participate.I liked this book. It was different and intrigued me. The spin on shifters was a refreshing change from the normal take in the UF genera. I loved all the preternatural species and the idea of Shepherds was a clever idea. The story was interesting and I really liked the cast of characters presented. Alex, the first female Shepherd in 200 years, was an excellent lead female and I really liked her devotion to her pack and her pack devotion to her. I also liked the struggle she had in dealing with her duties at her young age. It was written well and I could really feel for her. Her pack was a delight to read and I enjoyed each one in their different backgrounds and how they came to be part of the pack. The things I didn't like about this book were, the beginning was very slow. I realize a lot of story background needed to be covered but I had to force myself to keep reading up until about page 90 where things started to get exciting. After that, the story was fast paced and the fight sequences were expertly written. There were some severe editing errors but not to difficult to get through.Overall, I thought this was a good read. The ending left me wanting more and I think this is a great start to what could be a terrific series. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for book two.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-04-28 06:50

    A catchy reader’s hook, and the protagonist’s jocular but wry sense of humour make for an intriguing beginning. Alexandra is a kind of a misfit, with a longing she keeps repressed for a normal, routine (read simple, average, human) life. Instead, she is a Shepherd-one who tracks and rounds up, not natural wildlife, but preternatural creatures. Outsourcing for the police department’s Special Assignments Unit frequently puts her on the lookout for and trail of what are called “PSKs,” “Preternatural Serial Killers,” who of course are much more effective at achieving high body counts in a shorter time than their human counterparts. It’s dangerous work, but somebody needs to do it. Alexandra complicates matters by living with a pack of preternaturals-not really surprising, since her adoptive family included shifters and vamps…There is good character evolution in this novel, as Alex grows out of her yearning for normalcy, learns to accept what and who she is and comes to terms with acceptance of her purpose in life. Additionally, author Stacy Mantle doesn’t stop at just the usual run of paranormal encounters, but builds on intriguing layers of suspense, plotting, and wicked characters to place Alexandra right in the center of a web of corruption, which she must unravel, if she can. Even better, the ending is such that a sequel could fit in, yet the reader still feels that the important goals of this novel have been achieved; nothing is left untended.

  • Linda
    2019-05-05 11:42

    This book is not your typical paranormal read. The author has a unique twist to her storyline. It definitely is not your "I want to bite your neck, let's hit the sack" kind of book. The Shepherd can talk to animals/weres but not humans, lives with a variety of shifters whom she is responsible for and does work for a guy who sends her on hunts for rogue shifters. Add a company that is cloning shifters whom she cannot communicate with and chaos ensues. A Nephilim named Tristan only adds to the mix and the verbal sparring is delicious. Ms Mantle's dialogue is smooth as silk and doesn't have the "too often" phrase repeats found in so many books. I found myself thinking, this is like talking to an old friend kind of read. If I could I would give it a 4 1/2 and can hardly wait until the next book comes out. Write fast!Before closing this review...I would like to thank the author and Goodreads! This was my first "win" in the book giveaways.

  • Farah
    2019-05-17 06:44

    The book wasn't really off to a good start. The opening sentence was a bit too explosive for me, and failed in its obvious purpose of catching my interest. I mean starting a story with a guy’s torn throat is a little over-kill for my taste.However, I was completely willing to overlook that and give the book a second chance to capture my interest, but it just failed over and over again.In my opinion, the story was underdeveloped, the key players all had large gaps in their characters, and the action took an agonizingly long time to begin and ended way too abruptly.My first and most important objection would be the fact that the main character, Alex, has zero character! I started the story without an inkling of understanding about what was going on with her, and I ended the book on a very similar note. I failed completely at imagining her, as she wasn't described at all!! And for someone who was supposed to be an alpha of a pack of misfits as well as the handler of a large territory, she felt too weak-willed in my opinion. She spent 90% of the book fumbling around like an idiot, and making mistake after mistake without anyone stepping in to help her or stop her from ruining the lives of those she supposedly had under her protection.Ignoring the extremely underdeveloped main character, we come to the pack. I had to go through half the book without knowing who was who since we only get very rough descriptions of the people involved! And then comes the naming! We have three people with very similar names and it took me up to a dozen chapters to figure out who Bren, Brock, and Billy were! And I still have no clue who Joseph is!!!!The relationships in the book were unclear, I mean one second we’re told that one of the previously mentioned characters (pardon me but I cant really remember which one) is in love with Alex, and then that theory is practically thrown out the window! I mean what the hell?! That point could have been used and abused, helping the story along on so many occasions, yet the author just totally ignored it, choosing instead to make said character act like a child throwing a tantrum. (or maybe a PMSing chick)And then amidst all that nonstop talk and confusion, in walks Tristan. One second we get Alex holding back her vomit from the sight of him, or wanting to chop his head off and attacking him at very weird and unexplained times, and then he’s making her shiver from desire, I mean confusing much? And I get the point, the author here is playing at some form of weird love/hate relationship, and a ‘we-all-want-what-we-cant-have’ sort of thing, but everything is so weakly explained that it was mostly a half assed play at romance, and felt more annoying than intriguing.I really hate to diss new books like this, especially when I should be thanking the author for my free copy, but this book felt like it was missing so many chunks that something just had to be said!I really tried to find something to like in this book, but the story felt like a cross between an Anita Blake book and a grade B medical mystery movie. Maybe if it were developed a bit more, with a lot of the beginning useless conversations dropped, it could gain an extra star… Finally, I think this book has potential, but wasn't put together correctly, or maybe this book just isn't for me...

  • Katy
    2019-05-09 08:36

    Book Info: Genre: Urban FantasyReading Level: AdultRecommended for: fans of urban fantasyTrigger Warnings: murder, killing, reported rape, reported sexual slaveryMy Thoughts: This is quite an interesting idea and world that the author has created in this book. I quite liked the characters for the most part, although several of them aren't very well developed. This feels like the first book in a series, since the problem is not completely resolved by the end of the book.The author told me that this was a revised and updated edition. I would have hated to have seen it before, as this still has quite a number of editing errors, mostly having to do with missing or extra quote marks around dialogue, a couple uses of “lie” where it should have been “lay” and several “your/you're” mix-ups, among other things. There were also a few plot things that confused me. Overall, while I liked the book, it was enough to lower the rating.If you've been looking for something a little different in the Urban Fantasy genre, where the heroine isn't constantly swooning over some guy, and there are a variety of paranormal creatures to explore, then you might like this book. I know I'll be watching for any new books featuring these characters.Disclosure: I received an e-book copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Synopsis: It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals... The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up—which Alex is determined not to do. Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker. In a desperate bid to save her pack, Alex must infiltrate the Parallax Corporation—an international organization with their hands in everything from biomedical engineering to publishing. They have now expanded their efforts to include terrorism and are attempting to breed the perfect weapon.Despite years of training and enough money from her live-in pack of misfits to finance a small country, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat. To make matters worse, Alex must work with a mysterious man who’s been trying to kill her since the day they met. Together with her pack, Alex must learn how to stop the biological cloning and find those responsible for the plan before it really does become a global threat.

  • April
    2019-04-28 12:36

    I enjoyed Shepherd's Moon and would recommend this book to others. The author created an interesting world of Alex Wilde. Alex is an independent and tough female. She is the only female Shepherd, which makes her even more unique. A Shepherd is a person who protects shifters. Her special ability allows her to communicate with animals, including shifters. She is able to enter their minds, view their memories and give them to commands to follow. Alex and her pack work to locate supernatural beings that have broken the law or are a danger to others. They do their job secretly, without any public knowledge of their existence. The story really becomes interesting with the introduction of Tristan, who is a nephilim. Although Tristan is dangerous, Alex agrees to assist him in an investigation into a corporation suspected of conducting genetic research on shifters. Since I don’t like to post spoilers, all I can say is pick up the book and you will not be disappointed. Shepherd's Moon received a 4 star review from me. The book started out a little slow for me but quickly picked up steam. I really enjoyed the strong characters and the relationships between them. I found the concept of the Shepherd new and original. My only criticism of the book is my ebook version of Shepherds Moon had several annoying typos. The main typo was quotation marks being placed in the wrong spot. It disrupted my reading a little because I’d have to stop and re-read. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next book in this series! I'd like to thank Stacy Mantle for allowing me to review this book through the R2R on Paranormal Reads and Urban Fantasy Fanatics Group on Goodreads.

  • Mandy
    2019-05-09 05:25

    I received this Shepherd's Moon for review from the author. I was very excited to read this book, it's been on my TBR list for months. I admit I was a little unsure because the description sounded incredible.Alex is a shepherd a human who can read animal and pre-natural creatures minds. She's kinda like a alpha werewolf as she has a pack that she takes care of. Her pack is made up of a vampire, alpha werewolf, werecoyote, werejaguar with her two cubs, a werehorse, a female werewolf and a werehawk who's only there part of the time. I really liked the concept that it's possible to have other shapeshifters out there besides all predators that most shapeshifting books use.Alex helps out the local police department on cases that involve prenatural creatures. She works with Billy the coyote and Brock the wolf who also work for the prenatural police department. The book reminded me a lot of early Anita Blake books, only instead of a vampire hunter she's a shepherd.The story has some interesting characters, a decent plot the ending felt a little rushed unfortunately. I feel like most of the book was building for a future series that I think has a lot of potential. Overall I really enjoyed reading the book, I like the main character Alex, with all the character building I'm looking forward to the next book. It's a quick read but it's a enjoyable one. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Nichole
    2019-05-05 04:39

    Shepherd's Moon...This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the story line, but felt that a lot of the boring, useless parts were very drawn out. Not a lot of background or detail was given about the characters, which I also did not like very much. The editing drove me INSANE, so I do hope this isn't a book that is being sold in stores yet. (I'd go check, but I already loaned it out to a friend to read). The name of Daniel was randomly interchanged to 'Jeremy' (Oh THAT bothered me very much.) and occasionally through the book a name of someone was randomly mentioned, like you should know who they were...but they were never mentioned anywhere else. I kind of felt like I stepped in to the second book in a series, and missed the first. The action at the end was spotty, at best, and there were virtually NO details of what went on, it would just skip. That said, I did enjoy this book! It made me keep coming back to see what Alex (who was also called a different name all together at one point on early in the book) would do next, but I think mainly that was to see if anything was actually going to happen. I just needed more details :)

  • SarahSmith
    2019-05-06 06:55

    I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I ended up really enjoying this book although it was a bit inconsistent. Anyone who has read my reviews knows my main issue with new series' (a lot of set-up/background information makes for sometimes boring starts) so I'm just going to say despite this, by the end of the book I couldn't put it down! The concept of a were-whisperer was very original and refreshing. The characters were for the most part engaging (I did want to smack Billy around a bit with his mood swings), the plot was intriguing, the romantic aspect of the book was very subtle and also a bit refreshing, since a lot of the better book romances don't have anything 'happening' for at least a few books. I really hope that the author writes more books for this series since I can't wait to find out what's going to happen with Tristan and Alex (if they even pursue anything; which they should...hint, hint), and since there are many 'minor' characters that could potentially 'own' their own series.

  • Teresa D.
    2019-04-25 06:27

    Shepherd’s Moon is an urban fantasy/thriller by Stacy Mantle. This is her first book release and hopefully there will be more to come!The main character of the book is Alex. She is the first female shepherd in 2000 years. She has the ability to communicate with animals and she is a rescuer for preternatural creatures. She lives and works with her pack of shifters.I am a big fan of shifters and I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. Mantle has penned a great book that captures your attention right from the start. The book was really well written and she has left it open for a series. I really look forward to learning more about the characters that I have already begun to get attached to. If you like urban fantasy and thrillers, this is a book that is definitely worth a try!

  • Lauren
    2019-05-01 08:30

    I have never read a book in thie genre, but found this book fascinating. R2R gave me this opportunity. It's very well written and I connected with the characters quickly. Story was confusing at times...Following a young woman's experiences trying to coping with her special skills and how that relays to her pack provides us with some insight in different animals minds. The action sequences are very belivable and do not resort to the usual sex, etc...to keep you interested. Just keep with the pace, it floats around alot and the end I'd say I would never have guessed that. Can hardly wait to read the next book from this author.Hopefully some answers will be revealed.Click on thumbnail for reviewShepherd's Moon

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-24 09:26

    Awesome!!! It was a page turner from the beginning! The premise is very unique for an urban fantasy setting. She does an amazing job of introducing this shepherd/shape shifter underworld and I can't wait to see how she expands on it in the next book! My favorite part was the characters though. Their interaction and depth make for an intriguing series...we get a good picture of a couple of them in this book but I am excited to read more about their individual stories as the series progresses. The banter between Alex, her pack and the ever illusory Tristan are very entertaining! Five stars for the dialogue! Definitely worth a read....shes a new author that definitely deserves notice! This is a book I'd love to see make it to the big screen!

  • Renee
    2019-04-30 07:46

    I really enjoyed this book, but it was not at all what I expected. I reread the synopsis and everything it says is true, but it still didn't quite fit the book. I loved the main character and her growth in this book. It was good to see her become more comfortable with her position. Plus the author left room for more growth in future books. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and mystery in the novel as well. I was so glad it was not a romance. And that characters didn't immediately meet and fall in love. I like the slow evolution of Alex's romance. And the ending was great. It wrapped up the story nicely but also left room for a sequel. I cannot wait to read about these characters again.

  • Dalene
    2019-04-27 07:38

    First, I would like to thank the author Stacey Mantle for giving me this book for an honest review. I really enjoyed the storyline the characters were well written. The book has characters you can relate to, they have their flaws but are still likable. The main character is Alexandra Wilde, she is a shepherd. She has the ability to talk to animals and weres in their head and even control them if needed. The book differs from most were/shifter books with the fact instead of one species like wolf, her pack has different species, coyotes, hawks, horses cat and even a vampire. I look forward to reading more.

  • Shesaidbooks
    2019-05-14 04:48

    Liked it! 3.5/5 starsThis book finally answers some questions I had about all these paranormal animals and beings hanging around with the rest of us normals. It provides a very detailed account of one Alex Wilde and her pack. Although the descriptions really provided distinct images, I sometimes felt there was too much detail, and I couldn't quite move on. The book provides a CRAZY twist at the end that I really never saw coming. Part of it I wasn't sure I was a fan of, but nonetheless I was very intrigued.Final thoughts, great premise, well developed writing, just a little too busy for me.You can find this review and more like it at http://thatswhatshesaidbooks.blogspot...

  • Redheaded Bookworm
    2019-05-02 04:55

    I am not much of a shifter girl, vamps have always had my heart. But after reading this book, I just may have to rethink my choice! This book was a breath of fresh air. Mantle incorporates many different shifter species into this book. Not just your werewolves, but, coyotes, hawks, horses, even a house cat! And just for good measure, she throws in a vampire. Alex is a kick ass heroine and it has great secondary characters, and can I just say, I am totally crushing on Tristan. I loved everything about this book. Can't wait for the second installment!

  • Leigh
    2019-05-07 10:33

    The author was able to create an interesting story line where Shepherds are people who communicate and protect shifters.Alex is still learning how to be a good Shepherd when she comes in contact with some genetically altered shifters that are killing humans. It is her job to find these altered shifters and the person who is creating them.This was a well developed story that has characters you can relate to. The characters have their flaws but are still likable. I really enjoyed this story and will be looking forward to the next installment in this series.

  • Brett
    2019-04-24 07:33

    I'm not quite finished with Sheperd's Moon, but I have read enough to say that it's a good read. Very entertaining and well worth the time.Stacy has done a good job building characters that you care about and a storyline that pulls you right along.There are spots where the wording could have been a little better, IMHO, but that's pretty subjective as we all speak and write differently.All in all, I find no faults worth much of a mention and I feel Shepard's Moon is one to put on your TBR pile immediately.

  • Kris Neri
    2019-05-09 04:54

    Stacy has made lots of fresh, unique choices in this book. Strong writing. If you like paranormal, you'll enjoy reading this "shepherd's" tale.KrisKris NeriMagical Alienation: A Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery

  • Ali
    2019-05-06 05:54

    I usually hate to read books that are a part of a series, because I have to wait for the second, third, etc. I read this on a bored day when I first invested in kindle fire and I have to say, while some parts are drawn out and unnecessary, all around it was an original, imaginative, and fun plot. Had me wondering what was going to happen next, and I'm actually looking forward to Book 2.

  • Vikki Vaught
    2019-05-04 05:36

    This book is not my normal genre, since I normally read Historical Romance, but nonetheless, I found it quite entertaining. Ms. Mantle has a wonderful imagination, and she made all the characters come to life. It has a surprise ending, and this author definitely left you on the hook for the next one in the series. I can't wait to read it!

  • Misty Blankenship
    2019-05-04 08:54

    I must say, this book is unique! I love the concept of the Shepherd and really enjoyed this book!!! A pack of different shifters is something you dont read about a lot and toss in vamps, its a great mix! Really cant wait to see what she brings with book 2!The ending had a twist that was a big betrayal but not surprising. If you enjoy Shifter books you will really like this one!!

  • Tash
    2019-04-27 08:33

    Reviewed for Booked Up . Stay tuned for the review to be posted on Booked Up's goodreads account and the Blog

  • Heather turner
    2019-05-10 11:54

    I realy liked this book the charters are so full of life and the plot just sucks you right in I hope to see more of this charters. this book is great.

  • Holly
    2019-05-06 10:47

    Love all the types of characters. Jumps around a bit with a few loose ends, still a worthwhile read

  • Julie(Reading By The Beach)
    2019-05-11 05:34

    On my blog http://readingbythebeach.blogspot.com...I have to say that I enjoyed the characters along with the plot line, but I found quite a few problems that detracted from my reading experience. As soon as I started reading Shepherd's Moon I instantly felt as if I missed out on the first book of the series. There was just so much backstory and history that was relayed to us as the reader and had a huge part of the story. I also think that by not being able to 'witness' the past events, it lessened the investment into the characters, I wasn't as effected as I should have been. Also, the repetitiveness was extraneous. It seemed that every time Modnik(the were-jaguar) was brought up that we got a recap of the event that took place pre-book.There is a broad spectrum of Shifters in Shepherd's Moon, as well as other preternatural creatures. It was fun to see all the different ones as they came to play in the story. For instance, there are vampires, Nephilim, different weres like jaguars, coyotes, wolves, horses, hawks, cheetahs. In other words, Stacy Mantle brought a lot of new concepts to the table that I really appreciated. Alex as the female protagonist was a strong voice, in my opinion. I liked her determination and fierce loyalty to her pack, but I couldn't figure out if she was 20 or 24, I think each age was mentioned once in the book. I also had to keep reminding myself of her age, she reads as an older woman, and it might have been the authors intention because Alex hasn't had an easy life. She's had to grow up quickly to take on certain responsibilities. She seemed to fumble around a lot with her responsibilities and lacked a certain amount of experience, and that's the one thing I found consistent with her age. I found the plot line extremely intriguing, capable of pulling me in, but incapable of hiding the inconsistencies that were scattered throughout. For instance, Alex tells us that weres aren't born, they are made, but then she has a were-jaguar in her pack that has had multiple births, currently raising two as jaguar cubs because it's easier to raise them as cubs than humans. They were born, right? So maybe Alex meant that they could be born or created? Or are Shifters different than Weres? I don't know, I constantly had my brow furrowed as I tried to decipher some of the things in this book. But, as I said, the plot line is super interesting, it just needs to be polished up for the full affect of a potentially great story to take place. There were also a lot of misplacement's of quotation marks, or lack of. It was a distraction that took away from my reading pleasure, usually I tend to ignore error like that, but it was a little too obvious.The romance, in my opinion, was non-existent. The guy that I thought would be the perfect match for Alex was too easily dismissed because she could read his mind and they were best friends since they grew up together. I felt that there was a lot of romantic potential that Stacy Mantle could have cashed in on between Billy and Alex. There was a repulsion/attraction thing going on with Tristan, but there was only one moment where he was attractive to ME as the reader. And don't get me wrong, I like romance in my stories, but it's not a necessity that I need to be able to enjoy a good story.I should be giving this book 2 stars, but I did actually really, really like it. The characters were fun, the plot line drew me in, but it needs to be re-edited by the author so she can polish it up a bit more. If she does that, then I think she will gain more interest because the story and the series has A LOT of potential. I am extremely curious to see where this series will go, so Stacy Mantle can count me in line for the next installment.