Sixteen-year-old Morgan Daniel and her younger brother Jimmy are on the run again, after having been tracked down by The Panteras—the gang that forced them into witness protection in the first place. Forced to choose between letting Mateo’s goons run them off the road and taking charge of their fate, Morgan purposefully steers the car down an embankment, careening them into a world far wilder than their car ride.
I’ve read a number of Beth Trissel’s books, and I’m always amazed by her creativity. This holds true for The Hunter’s Moon. She takes bits and pieces from a number of different areas, including Native American folklore, pop culture, and the paranormal, throws them in the proverbial pot, and creates her own unique world out of the mix. Her characters are easy to like and relate to (even for an adult like me) and they handle the circumstances in which they find themselves with a mix of the deadly serious and good dose of humor. Morgan’s relationship with her brother Jimmy is and interesting dynamic, especially when Jimmy takes on the occasional role of protector. The blossoming romance between Morgan and Jackson is sweet and I love that the focus is on the innocence of first love—it provides a nice counterpoint to the fear and chaos Morgan and her cohorts encounter.
I wish the story had been longer, but all in all a fantastic start to a new series. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!