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In a world fueled by greed and corruption, where airships rule the skies and coal mines have been turned into prisons, Scarlett Moon has one goal: survive. Being tough and looking out for herself is the only way to stay alive, but when her best friend, Rory, is arrested and returned to the mines, all of Scarlett's carefully built walls threaten to crumble.

After being rescued by an airship full of pirates, led by the sexy and irresistible Asher Kimura, Scarlett finds herself surrounded by cons and fugitives, and thrust into the middle of a coal-smuggling business. When they take her to Columbus, the one place she never wanted to set foot in again, she wants nothing more than to get away. And her discomfort only grows as she becomes increasingly drawn to Asher.

But everything changes when she discovers there may be a way to rescue Rory. Enlisting the pirates' help, Scarlett sets out on a mission to save her friend, praying that her overwhelming attraction to Asher doesn't mean the end to her freedom - in more ways than one.

©2016 Kate L. Mary (P)2017 Kate L. Mary

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  • Charmy
  • Chateauguay, QC, Canada
  • 12-06-17

Thank god this is not a standalone book!

This is my second book by Kate L. Mary. I wasn't sure what to expect since I liked the first Book I read ''When we were human" but it left me wanting more. This book gave me the same feeling but at least I know there is a sequel!(Which I really hope gets the audiobook treatment)

This book is the story of Scarlett Moon AKA Moonchild. An orphan who is stuck in a world where she can either be exploited by the system or live outside it. Together with her friends, they live as homeless scavengers after escaping the work mines. One day her friend Rory get taken by the authority and brought back to the mines. Scarlett and her remaining friends get taken in by a group of Pirate including the dashing Asher. Scarlett learns that Rory is in danger of being sold and that there might be a way to save her.

I really enjoyed this book. Scarlett and Asher's dance was really interesting to see develop. I feel for Asher yet still see Scarlett's point of view and admire her unselfishness to not break his heart. It breaks mine to see them not getting together, unfortunately.

In Young Adult romance book, the focus is often only on the romance and not a lot on the world building, this book balance both very well while negating neither.

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Excellent listen

Excellent listen! Loved the world building, steampunk and dystopian elements combine to make an exciting adventure. Great characters and fast moving story. Fantastic narrator as well, each character has a unique voice. Not sure if there are other books coming after this one or if there already are, but I hope so! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Dystopian Steampunk Adventure/Romance

Imagine yourself in a world where almost all technology has been banned and even children are sentenced to coal-mining prisons. Greed and corruption run rampant and sky pirates abound. This is the world that exists for Scarlett and her friends, where each day is a fight for survival.

This was an interesting story and I really enjoyed it. I found it fascinating that one of the few technologies allowed was an embedded barcode microchip in every citizen. Businesses were required to scan every customer before they were allowed to make a purchase, obviously intended to monitor everyone. The story was centered around Scarlett's plan to rescue her friend Rory and her romance with Asher. Although Scarlett was a bit annoying at times, many of her behaviors were a coping mechanism to deal with past tragedies and a dysfunctional society. Heidi Drennan's performance as narrator was one of the highlights for me and she did a marvelous job. Moonchild was a fun listen and I would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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Dystopia with romance and steampunk.

I found this to be more of a romance, which I don't mind but I felt this took over the book more then I expected it would. I also didn't really believe in their love for each other and I found Scarlett to be annoying at times. I did not really like her as the book progressed which is weird since I liked her at the beginning.

The narrator is really good and she voiced each character and gave them there own personality.

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Dystopian/Romance/Steampunk

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary was difficult to listen to me. I am a huge fan of the dystopian genre but this is one of the only times I have ever had to stop and take a break from an audiobook and listen to another book and come back later and finish this one. The main character Scarlett just got on my nerves with the romance drama with the pirate Asher. To the point, it made the story intolerable at times for me. This was not my cup of tea but I do not think I am the ideal audience. I think that a female audience may be more receptive to this type of book or the people who enjoy romantic type drama of 'will they or won't they'. Not my thing.

The narration was excellent. Heidi Drennan provided a bright light in a book that kept me listening much longer than I normally would have if there would have been a lesser skilled narrator performing.

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