Hey all, Dani here.
All right, I’m really starting to get back into the swing of things again. I’m still reading a lot, but now I’m back to blogging a lot, which is great. I should probably try and find some book tags to do…or maybe actually start drafting up some bookish discussion posts like I keep thinking about. Otherwise all I’m posting on here is a whole lot of reviews. So, if you know of any tags you think I should do, let me know in the comments.
Anyway, today I am here to celebrate the release of Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett. I have enjoyed her previous YA contemporaries, so I was happy to find this one on NetGalley. I had a few issues with getting the downloaded PDF to cooperate with my devices, but here we are with a release day review, so let’s just dive right in.
Oh, as always, being granted an early copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley did not influence my rating or review for this book. I’ve had it on my to-buy list since it was announced a year or so ago.
After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
Rating: 4.5 stars
This was a cute contemporary that covered some interesting topics. I really enjoyed the family dynamics and the way the book covered topics like sex/virginity, depression, and medical issues like narcolepsy.
Considering some of the plot revolves around discovering the identity of a reclusive writer, I was happy that this book mentioned books somewhat regularly. In fact Birdie and her grandpa are both avid mystery readers, which I thought was cool.
Honestly a lot of the story felt focused on Birdie growing up and figuring out how to open up and be more social. I suppose being isolated and homeschooled for most of her life really did make her a bit shy and introverted. So it was nice to see her pushing herself to be more outgoing or just figuring out how to interact with others.
I thought all the mysteries and the characters were all really fun, and I’m so glad to now have a finished copy of this book on my shelves.