Friday, April 4, 2014

Chronicles of the Secret Prince ~ Before The Full Moon Rises

Title- Before the Full Moon Rises
Series- Chronicles of the Secret Prince Book # 1
By- M.J. Bell 

Deston Lespérance grew up believing faeries and monsters are just stories told to children at bedtime. However, when his mother mysteriously vanishes and he stumbles into the mystical realm of Tir na-nÓg, he discovers the shocking truth that these beings are not only real, they hold the key to his future. With a new friend, Margaux, and Excalibur’s twin brother sword, Caluvier, at his side, Deston races against time to find his mother and the Light Crystal before the full moon rises on the autumnal equinox. The odds are stacked against them and the obstacles they run into push the limit of what two teenagers can handle: an attack by gremlin-like creatures; captured by 6 foot tall vampire bats; hunted by a giant wolf, and almost lost forever in the mist of Avalon. Yet Deston doesn't give up, for he vowed to do whatever it takes to get his mother back—even if that means fighting the devil himself. The thing is … when he made that pledge he had no idea how close he would have to come to doing just that!

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~~~ Kj Says ~~~
Deston has absolutely no clue who or what he is, all he knows is his mom disappeared and he got dumped into the foster care system. Now he is being sent to France because a long lost relative has spoken up. When he arrives he meets NiNi and the weirdness starts there. When he goes to the village he meets Margaux when he helps save her brother from bullies. He meets an elderly man who gives him a gift and disappears. He wants to explore the forest but is warned to stay away since the forest is dangerous. He decides to go in anyway and Margaux goes with him. Together they discover the most amazing things either of them have ever seen. What will all this lead to?
 Without a doubt this is one of the most wonderful books I have read in a long time. It is beautifully written and wraps around you, pulling you into a story that is a fantasy anybody would be thrilled to experience. Ogres, fairies, pixies, and a great number more fantastic creatures await your eyes and sometimes your nose. Honestly you feel you could reach out and touch, if not be walking beside the characters at any given moment. I recommend this for the younger set all the way to adults, it is a fantasy world that we should all get to enjoy. Many thanks to M.J. Bell for giving me her book to read and review, I am a huge fan now.

Please come back on April 6th for my review of the next book, Once Upon a Darker Time!

About the Author-
MJ Bell's love of reading and everything magical is what motivated her to jump head first into a writing career. Her first novel was honored with a Gold medal in the Mom's Choice Awards' Fantasy category in 2009. From there she has gone on to write the first two books of a new fantasy trilogy, Chronicles of the Secret Prince, and is currently working on the final chapter of Deston's adventure.

MJ grew up in Iowa, but now considers Colorado her home and lives there with her husband, Tim and her dog, Tasha. Her growing family has always been her pride and joy and provides her with a great source of inspiration to write and bring a little more magic into the world. She loves to hear from readers through her FB page at MJ Bell Author. Or visit her website at

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reviewing my book, KJ, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It was so much fun to write and just as much of an adventure for me as it is for my readers! Hope everyone enjoys it and can't wait to hear what you think of book 2, Once Upon a Darker Time. MJ