Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Release Date: 16th April
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Length: 432 pages
This was an exceptional mix of romance, mystery and lots of fun stuff. This is my first Jenn Bennett book, but it’s not going to be the last because of how unique her characters are and how much she cares about the development of each of them.
Both of the main characters, Birdie and Daniel had such vibrant personalities and their hobbies were so fun to read about. Birdie is a huge fan of mystery books (which is relatable, I mean, I love reading about a fellow bookworm, I don’t know what’s better than that) and ever since she was little, she has been a little bit of an investigator. A detective. Every intrigue she will discover. There’s no unsolved case on Birdie’s shift. Something like that. And it was so amazing to read about her passion, see her talk about it in such detail and lighten up at the mention of an adventure. God, how I can identify with that.
I just love seeing/hearing people talk about what they love.
Then, Daniel is an amateur magician. You could say they are both drawn to mystery and that’s what makes them such a great pair!
They have fateful meeting (the meet-cute if you will) and then find out that they will be working at the same place for a while which makes things a bit awkward at the beginning. Lots of tension, lots of angst – I eat that up so happily.
And it’s not only their hobbies that were interesting and made me love this book, I loved Bennett’s writing and the development of these characters. They were flawed, they were insecure, they made lots of mistakes because they were young and sometimes super clueless about what they were doing and I loved every bit of it. It’s so refreshing to see this notion that once you graduate, you don’t have to know where you want to be, what you want to do later on, that you’re allowed to take missteps and then try again. The only thing that matters is that you learn from your mistakes. It was realistic and send some amazing messages.
I also loved their families, they were very present in the novel and both Birdie and Daniel were close to them. Mona, Birdie’s godmother was such a developed character even more since she was a secondary one – there was conflict around her, she was three-dimensional and I really loved reading about her!
I still think Birdie’s development stole the show because she grew so much from the beginning to the end of this book, I wish I could talk about this in more detail, but it’s a spoiler and I want to destroy your reading experience! Anyway, I’ll try to be as vague as possible.
Basically, Birdie starts out as a sheltered teen, somewhat emotionally immature who’s scared of committing to a relationship because people she cares about tend to die. At the end, she’s so self-aware and understands that she has to take care of herself more and let others in. It’s really beautiful and inspiring!
The relationship between Birdie and Daniel was very cute & romantic, I loved how attentive and kind Daniel was – setting up little adventures for them. He was also so patient with her and didn’t pressure her at all, he was definitely a dreamboat.
I had some issues with the way the plot flowed, at times I felt the book was unnecessarily long and in some parts, it dragged on. I think it could have been a bit shorter and not lose its substance or conflicts!
Overall, the book was amazing, it had it all – romance, mystery, family and lots of character development. I’d recommend it to everyone who’s in mood for a lovely romance or for someone who wants to read about a fellow bookworm!
Thanks to the publisher for offering me an e-copy of this book! This hadn’t influenced my review, nor my rating in any way.
Have you read Serious Moonlight? Did you love it?
Have you read something else by Jenn Bennett? Which book of hers is her favorite?