Review – Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

Posted February 5, 2019 by Carole in 2019 New Release Challenge, Book Reviews / 20 Comments

Stray Moon by Kelly Meding
Series: Strays #2
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Date Read: February 3, 2019
Length:  336 pages
Source: Edelweiss

Para-Marshal Shiloh Harrison has always been a great number two for the East Coast unit. But after her boss is found dead (having betrayed the paranormals he was sworn to protect), she’s suddenly thrust into a leadership role she isn’t prepared for. And it doesn’t help that she traded away memories of one of her most important team members to save another’s life during her last mission.

Too, she’s in charge of a unit that is mired in bureaucratic red tape, meaning she’s essentially under house arrest. But a West Coast Para-Marshal has astral-projected a warning: werewolves are going missing, and she needs Shiloh’s help. Last time it was vampires. This time it’s werewolves. Half-djinn herself, she knows she can’t just sit around and do nothing while paranormals are getting snatched. Her old boss may have broken his oath, but Shiloh will do anything to serve and protect.

My Review

This was great!  This is the second book in the Strays series which picks up just after the events of the first book so I do recommend that this series be read in order.  The first book, Stay Magic, is fantastic so you wouldn’t want to miss that book anyway.  I loved the fact that this book hit the ground running and the excitement held throughout the story.  I really enjoyed my time reading this wonderful story.

Shiloh and her crew are technically suspended from their jobs because of how their previous assignment worked out.  That doesn’t stop them from agreeing to help locate a group of missing werewolves in an unofficial capacity along with a member of the West Coast unit.  To make matters more interesting, Shiloh cannot remember anything about her former boyfriend and current team member, Jaxon, because her memories were wiped away in a deal she made.

This story is told from Shiloh’s point of view and I had a great time being in her head.  It was great to see how she was struggling with the fact that she had no memories of Jaxon while he worked to deal with learning that he was the person she loved the most in the world.  I thought that this aspect of the story was done extraordinarily well and I loved getting the chance to see Shiloh get to know Jaxon all over again.  I feel like I got to know both Shiloh and Jaxon a lot better in the process.  I thought all of the key characters in this book were very well done.

I thought that the story was exciting and the mystery was rather complex.  Shiloh and her crew have an interesting set of abilities and I like how well they compliment each other.  Shiloh is still learning the full extent of her abilities and I found it exciting to learn what she could do right along with her.  There is no shortage of paranormal beings in this book and I find it interesting that really anything could happen at any given time.  I couldn’t figure out the mystery until everything was revealed which is exactly how I like for things to happen.  I found this book to be quite the page-turner and there was at least one major thread that has left me very eager to see what will happen next. 

I would highly recommend this series to others.  I think that this is a wonderfully exciting story filled with fantastic characters in a well-developed world.  I cannot wait to see what Shiloh and the crew will be faced with next!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.

The Series – Strays
Book #1 – Stray MagicMy Review
Book #2 – Stray Moon – Now Available!
About the Author

Kelly Meding discovered Freddy Krueger at a very young age and has since had a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal. When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, playing with her cat, or enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

20 responses to “Review – Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

  1. These sound like solid reads and I love that the author started out loving horror, fantasy and science fiction at such a young age. A woman after my own heart. Great review!

  2. This series is on that huginormous list of mine. Looks like I have a real treat in store.

    Glad it stayed good right on into book two.

  3. I am glad that this sequel was such a good one to the first book! I love when there is a good mystery to a plot to keep you engaged and it sounds very exciting from start to finish. Great review x