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Mona Lisa has finally accepted what she really is-a Mixed-Blood of the Monère, the children of the moon. Stronger, faster, and more beautiful than any human, they are the origins of Earth's darkest legends-and Mona Lisa is their newest Queen. Accompanied by her loyal cadre of warriors and kin, Mona Lisa is entering her territory of Louisiana for the first time. She slowly l Mona Lisa has finally accepted what she really is-a Mixed-Blood of the Monère, the children of the moon. Stronger, faster, and more beautiful than any human, they are the origins of Earth's darkest legends-and Mona Lisa is their newest Queen. Accompanied by her loyal cadre of warriors and kin, Mona Lisa is entering her territory of Louisiana for the first time. She slowly learns the erotic and savage customs of the Monère elite-though some of her new subjects are uneasy at being ruled by a half-human. Her reign is threatened by enemies old and new, and she is ensnared in the thrall of dark forces she cannot deny. In a hidden world of animal passions and unrelenting lust, Mona Lisa soon grasps the tremendous power she must command if she is to hold her realm together-and if she is ever to come into her own.


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Mona Lisa has finally accepted what she really is-a Mixed-Blood of the Monère, the children of the moon. Stronger, faster, and more beautiful than any human, they are the origins of Earth's darkest legends-and Mona Lisa is their newest Queen. Accompanied by her loyal cadre of warriors and kin, Mona Lisa is entering her territory of Louisiana for the first time. She slowly l Mona Lisa has finally accepted what she really is-a Mixed-Blood of the Monère, the children of the moon. Stronger, faster, and more beautiful than any human, they are the origins of Earth's darkest legends-and Mona Lisa is their newest Queen. Accompanied by her loyal cadre of warriors and kin, Mona Lisa is entering her territory of Louisiana for the first time. She slowly learns the erotic and savage customs of the Monère elite-though some of her new subjects are uneasy at being ruled by a half-human. Her reign is threatened by enemies old and new, and she is ensnared in the thrall of dark forces she cannot deny. In a hidden world of animal passions and unrelenting lust, Mona Lisa soon grasps the tremendous power she must command if she is to hold her realm together-and if she is ever to come into her own.

30 review for Mona Lisa Blossoming

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Before I begin, let me just say that I bought this book and its predecessor, Mona Lisa Awakening, back in the summer. They were being sold at Barnes and Noble online for $1.99 each, so I figured “Hey, why not buy this. I have no idea what its about, but that’s okay.” Oops, probably shouldn’t do that again. Let’s just say I was pretty suprised when I actually started reading the first book a few months ago. This is most definitely under the erotica category. Expect in-depth sex scenes every thirt Before I begin, let me just say that I bought this book and its predecessor, Mona Lisa Awakening, back in the summer. They were being sold at Barnes and Noble online for $1.99 each, so I figured “Hey, why not buy this. I have no idea what its about, but that’s okay.” Oops, probably shouldn’t do that again. Let’s just say I was pretty suprised when I actually started reading the first book a few months ago. This is most definitely under the erotica category. Expect in-depth sex scenes every thirty pages or so. There's also quite a lot of violence. Oh yeah, I guess I should actually start talking about this particular book now: I basically started reading this because I remembered it was on my book shelf and I hadn't read it yet. I read the first one back in the summer, and it was so forgettable that I didn't even remember owning this. I suppose I'm happy I did give this book a chance, since it's a slight step up from the first one. This book still has its major annoyances, but it was a slight step up nonetheless. Let's start out with the cons. 1. The striking similarities between the Anita Blake novels and this series. There were times when I was expecting Jean-Claude or Richard to fly into the pages for a quick hello. The writing styles in particular is the main thing I noticed. This has been addressed by many other reviewers before, however, so I won't dwell on it. 2. The really awkward and unecessary similies. It's almost as if the author threw them in there to say "Hey! Look! I know how to use figurative language! Hehe!" Things like "I blinked my eyes and it was if I suddenly saw clearly what was before me, like a blind man regaining his vision" (34). Was that really necessary? I don't think so. 3. The tedious, long descriptions of eyes and facial movements are in plenty. These things worked well in the Anita Blake books, simply because Laurell K. Hamilton has been doing it all along. In this book, not so much. Expect things like "his eyes blazed like liquid fire as his beast swam through his pupils, leaving soft, rolling ripples." For the record, I did make that up, but that isn't too far off from what you'll read. 4. The whole "embracing the beast" concept. Again, worked well in the Anita Blake series, simply looks like plagarizing here. The parts of the story when Mona Lisa is trying to fight off and welcome her beast at the same time reads as if the author copied and pasted paragraphs of Hamilton's book into her own. 5. Mona Lisa's and Gryphon's love affair. Or should I say lust affair. Is there really any love there at all? Mona Lisa goes on and on about how much she loves Gryphon, but when they're actually together they just seem to fight. She just seems to want him for his, well, you know. Even when Gryphon comes in and is like "Uh, hun, you seem to hate me except for my body, so I think I'll just leave," she responds, "Oh no! I love you so much! Your body and soul! ...but let's have some mind-blowing sex anyway." Okay, and now on to the pros. 1. Mona Lisa's speaking abilities. I know that sounds really stupid, but I'll continue. In the first book, she spiraled in and out of "Monere talk" (really long, fancy-sounding words peppered into regular sentences) and talking with an overwhelming amount of slang words. In this book, the author throws out both and just lets her talk like a human being. With some F-bombs thrown in as well. 2. The storyline. While it was not that strong, it seemed a little more put-together than the previous one. Mona Lisa Awakening just kind of threw in random things as it went along, such as having the Prince of Hell show up. This one seemed to have a little more flow. The actual conflict (Mona Lisa vs. Mona Louisa) was a little more pronounced. While there's some loose ends (Wild Boy? Was he just there to fill pages?) it's still not that bad. 3. The end of chapter seventeen. Enough said. Overall, I give this book a low three stars. And now that I've written a review that is probably longer than the book itself, I'll end this here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    DarienMoya

    MONA LISA NO LONGER SMILES!!! Let me say this, the series of the Monere (children of the moon) is a gem so unlike many works in the category of paranormal/supernatural etc. This was the second book in a series of four and I am just hanging on barely by my excitement. Mona Lisa has always felt different from those around her. Not completely fitting in with the people surrounding her, she always knew she was something more, something more than human. Her answer comes in the form of the breathtaking MONA LISA NO LONGER SMILES!!! Let me say this, the series of the Monere (children of the moon) is a gem so unlike many works in the category of paranormal/supernatural etc. This was the second book in a series of four and I am just hanging on barely by my excitement. Mona Lisa has always felt different from those around her. Not completely fitting in with the people surrounding her, she always knew she was something more, something more than human. Her answer comes in the form of the breathtaking Gryphon, a man that she felt an unnatural pull to and with him came the answers she’s been searching for a her whole life. She is a Queen, a descendant of the children of the moon. Powerful individuals who are ruled over by Queens and get their power directly from the moon in a ritual called basking. With these answers will come heartbreak and a fight to prove herself as a woman and as a Queen, because Mona is half human and there are those who feel she is unworthy because half-breeds are looked down upon, yet they can’t deny her power. Now she has claimed her own territory, and people to rule over. What will she do with no previous experience and how will she gain the trust of those around her. Mona is surrounded by armed guards whom have sworn on their lives to protect her and with them she feels confident enough to rule. Yet the territory that she claimed was taken from another Queen as punishment for trying to kill her, and you know women sometimes we can’t just let things go, because Mona is about to be dealt some serious blows and final act will leave her broken. No one wants someone so powerful around who can change everything that the Monere has ever known and bring a race into a new beginning. The supporting roles are also pretty awesome. Amber the gentle giant lover of Mona Lisa, Gryphon the beautiful another lover of Mona, you interested yet. The two men of her heart, who because of mating with her has gained some powers of their own, and loves her unconditionally and irrevocably. Also my fave demon prince ruler of hell Halcyon, man do I love him. It is common for a Queen to take many lovers but Mona only wants her two, but the pull to mate with others is still there, but the human part of her cannot just give in to their Monere ways. It’s her human emotions that might possibly lead to her downfall in the end. Everyone wants a peice of Mona Lisa, a Monere who can walk in sunlight, a healer, able to summon silver to her and can take the abilities that others have if that is her wish talk about hot commodity. If you want an escape from your vampires and wolves then I advise you to take a look in to this series. So wonderfully written and seductive, unlike any other series out there. This group of powerful individuals will capture your heart and leave you begging for more. Sunny has truthfully done a wonderful job of creating a world filled with evil and pure love. I am looking forward to the next instalment of this highly addictive series, because I really want to see Mona Lisa smile again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quinn

    Mona Lisa Blossoming is a major step up from the first book, Mona Lisa Awakening, so anyone who (understandably) stopped after that one might want to consider giving the series another try. The protagonist, Mona Lisa, is a completely different character. So much so that it was like she had been written by a different author. And in this instance, that's a really good thing. I loved the new Mona Lisa. She was gritty and far more authentic than in the previous books. Rather than the overwrought and Mona Lisa Blossoming is a major step up from the first book, Mona Lisa Awakening, so anyone who (understandably) stopped after that one might want to consider giving the series another try. The protagonist, Mona Lisa, is a completely different character. So much so that it was like she had been written by a different author. And in this instance, that's a really good thing. I loved the new Mona Lisa. She was gritty and far more authentic than in the previous books. Rather than the overwrought and out of place formal language of the first book, this Mona Lisa's voice was earthy, modern and expletive ridden, and it made for far more enjoyable reading. Mona Lisa Blossoming sees Mona Lisa in her new territory of Louisiana, where she meets her new people and and asserts her authority with some substantial help from Amber as he is forced to meet and fight a bloody challenge on their arrival. We also get to spend more time with Halcyon, an intriguing character and one of my favourites. It was surprising and interesting to take a trip into hell and meet his father (I know. I'm fully aware of how ridiculous this sounds, but it works in this book). Now we know where Halcyon gets his mystique. The suspense element involving Mona Louisa was well done, and I was both gratified and wary about the ending of this book. I know it seems wrong to say, but I was almost happy that (view spoiler)[Gryphon was killed (hide spoiler)] . That was a positive for this series in my mind. But then the author tempered my enthusiasm by having Mona Lisa (view spoiler)[send Amber away to a different territory (hide spoiler)] . That part actually made me sad. I like that the author has done the unexpected, and that makes me look forward to the next book with far more anticipation than I felt going into this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was the second book in Sunny’s Monere series, about a race of shape shifters that have been exiled from the moon and force to live on earth. I wish I would have paid more attention before starting this one, and started with the first, as I was a bit lost thru the first two thirds of the book, as I fumbled through learning the cultural aspects of the Monere race, and how Mona Lisa became the queen of a US territory, even though she is only half Monere. All in all the book has a great balance, This was the second book in Sunny’s Monere series, about a race of shape shifters that have been exiled from the moon and force to live on earth. I wish I would have paid more attention before starting this one, and started with the first, as I was a bit lost thru the first two thirds of the book, as I fumbled through learning the cultural aspects of the Monere race, and how Mona Lisa became the queen of a US territory, even though she is only half Monere. All in all the book has a great balance, as there is not too much violence like the trap some Urban Paranormal writers can fall into. She balances this with some of very well written erotic scenes, which she writes extremely well. This saves the books because her narrative and dialogue tend to be quite clumsy, that and the climax of the book was very anti-climatic. But, she is an excellent world builder, and has in interesting take on shape-shifting. I would read more of Sunny’s books, provided I found them on a bargain table or a friend lent them to me, but I would not rush out to buy more of them. Her writing will not put her on my must read author list, but makes some entertaining filler when I do not have other books pending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    **spoiler alert** Ok, I like this series, I really do, even though there are some things about it that I DO NOT like. And I knew that this second book would be better than the first. There are a lot of avenues that I knew she could explore and in the second book she did just that. However. I was so upset with the way she ended it. She killed off the man who had the biggest place in Mona Lisa's heart and sent the other man in heart off to another state. Obviously I will read the third book to see **spoiler alert** Ok, I like this series, I really do, even though there are some things about it that I DO NOT like. And I knew that this second book would be better than the first. There are a lot of avenues that I knew she could explore and in the second book she did just that. However. I was so upset with the way she ended it. She killed off the man who had the biggest place in Mona Lisa's heart and sent the other man in heart off to another state. Obviously I will read the third book to see if there was point in all this and I'm sure there was, I just don't like the killing off of characters. I guess I like the fairy tale ending. There is one more man that is in Mona Lisa's heart though and I'm sure he will be playing a much bigger part in the next book, the Demon Prince. He's one of those men with power, yet he keeps it so tightly leashed that until you feel a part of bubbling over you would have never known. A reserved yet confident man. I can't wait to see him unleashed. But, if she kills him off or someone else close to Mona Lisa's heart I don't know if I'll be able to keep reading the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    R.G.

    With Mona Lisa finally taking over a territory and becoming a queen, this book really takes an interesting change of pace. First off, with her being completely lost on how being a Queen works, and then having to figure out who is loyal to her in this territory and who may still belong to Queen Louisa just makes this a very tense and a little uncomfortably amusing addition to the series. I say uncomfortable because Lisa stumbles through the introductions and has her people really unsure what to e With Mona Lisa finally taking over a territory and becoming a queen, this book really takes an interesting change of pace. First off, with her being completely lost on how being a Queen works, and then having to figure out who is loyal to her in this territory and who may still belong to Queen Louisa just makes this a very tense and a little uncomfortably amusing addition to the series. I say uncomfortable because Lisa stumbles through the introductions and has her people really unsure what to expect from her because even she doesn't know what she should do. However, once more it seems a little unrealistic how cut off from the world they are, especially considering they make their money by being invested in many different sorts of businesses, which means they have to deal with humans, and should probably know about the human world around them. This, though, does much more in the erotic department, finally seeking pleasure just for pleasure's sake. And I do like that those she knew from the first book came back into play in good and interesting ways. It's a good second book, and I do want to read what happens next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elliot

    I picked this up because I needed something to read at work, and it looked like a swift mind-candy urban fantasy. Awkward... Let's be clear: this is porn. I have nothing against porn (in book form). In fact, if you're looking for good smut this will likely fit the bill. It is about one third sex, one third ZOMG Crisis!, and one third odd transitions between the two. To me it read as straight up Anita Blake fanfic. It was sort of weird actually. I kept waiting for characters from that series to s I picked this up because I needed something to read at work, and it looked like a swift mind-candy urban fantasy. Awkward... Let's be clear: this is porn. I have nothing against porn (in book form). In fact, if you're looking for good smut this will likely fit the bill. It is about one third sex, one third ZOMG Crisis!, and one third odd transitions between the two. To me it read as straight up Anita Blake fanfic. It was sort of weird actually. I kept waiting for characters from that series to show up. The voice, pacing, characters...all of it, really, was so straight up Laurel K. Hamilton it actually made me sort of miss that series. So if you want to read something super steamy and you dig LKH this will make you happy. If you want more story than sex, don't go here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diandra {Ambrosia Books}

    I love Sunny. She is probably one of the most brain stimulating writers I have red in a long time. The only thing i didn't like about this was the way they took out Gryphon. Also, Amber is my favorite male in this book (makes me wish he was real. All big and manly-like hahahaha) and now they've totally lessen his role. Hopefully he'll make a comeback in the later books. Halcyon's scene with Mona Lisa in the Suburban after he was bitten was breathtaking, mind-blowing, and extremely tasty. EVERYONE I love Sunny. She is probably one of the most brain stimulating writers I have red in a long time. The only thing i didn't like about this was the way they took out Gryphon. Also, Amber is my favorite male in this book (makes me wish he was real. All big and manly-like hahahaha) and now they've totally lessen his role. Hopefully he'll make a comeback in the later books. Halcyon's scene with Mona Lisa in the Suburban after he was bitten was breathtaking, mind-blowing, and extremely tasty. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindyg

    Okay, I really like this series...Sunny has done an excellent job in creating this world. I love her characters like Mona Lisa, and her merry men...and of course I hate the evil, ill, and sick bastards that appear. Mona Lisa is a compassionate, loving and strong women with way to much responsibility dropped in her lap...but she does not let her men and family down, no matter the cost to her...This book made me happy and sad and made we want more. Highly recommend this book. And yest the characte Okay, I really like this series...Sunny has done an excellent job in creating this world. I love her characters like Mona Lisa, and her merry men...and of course I hate the evil, ill, and sick bastards that appear. Mona Lisa is a compassionate, loving and strong women with way to much responsibility dropped in her lap...but she does not let her men and family down, no matter the cost to her...This book made me happy and sad and made we want more. Highly recommend this book. And yest the characters carry over from previous books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another great delve into the Monere world. Sunny takes you for a ride right from the beginning as Mona Lisa is welcomed into her knew territory. A couple things about this book... I wonder about Wiley. What purpose will he eventually serve in future novels, since there is a good bit devoted to him. Interesting that he is 3/4 Monere as well -- 3 in one household, now. I was happy that Gryphon died. Maybe I'm the only one, but he had too many character flaws.

  11. 4 out of 5

    FlibBityFLooB

    Spicy & hot sex. Tragic violence. Great book. Favorite quote: "She'd said that revenge was not sweet, that it was bloody. She was wrong. It *was* sweet. For one fleeting, glorious moment you felt incredible satisfaction. Then it was gone, empty, and you had to go on living. The power high that filled me with her light had faded, and all I tasted now were bitter ashes." Spicy & hot sex. Tragic violence. Great book. Favorite quote: "She'd said that revenge was not sweet, that it was bloody. She was wrong. It *was* sweet. For one fleeting, glorious moment you felt incredible satisfaction. Then it was gone, empty, and you had to go on living. The power high that filled me with her light had faded, and all I tasted now were bitter ashes."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I absolutely loved this book. I love Amber and I love the High Prince of Hell. They are characters I would love to be stranded on a desert island with :) I cannot wait to read the third book. They keep getting better and better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    A pattern seems to develop so that the outline becomes predictable, though specific events can still surprise. The main character seems to almost too powerful, but the story is easy to get into and fun a distraction.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    Very sad ending... I wasn't ready for that.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    You can't write a sex scene and use the words tree and rod to describe the male interests penis. Oh wait.. Apparently you can. And it's awful. Also, Mona Lisa is getting really annoying. We get it, you're not like a regular queen, you're a cool queen. The combination of bad sex scenes and annoying has thrown me off this series. Later, queenie You can't write a sex scene and use the words tree and rod to describe the male interests penis. Oh wait.. Apparently you can. And it's awful. Also, Mona Lisa is getting really annoying. We get it, you're not like a regular queen, you're a cool queen. The combination of bad sex scenes and annoying has thrown me off this series. Later, queenie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elisa Castro

    Louisiana Mona Lisa Blossoming is book two in the series Monere: Children of the Moon/ Novel of the Monere by author Sunny. Bittersweet tale that will capture your heart and inspire your senses. Enjoy!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rapid Reader

    Love this series! It's just too bad that the author has discontinued being a writer, so the series was left hanging. I was rather upset that one of the male love interest got killed. Good thing he didn't stay dead for long, though! The last arch of the series was fantastic!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat Crumb

    My new favorite author . Now on to the craving

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mariam Abiodun

    I read the first one (Awakening) and I'm totally in love with it, I have been looking for the other ones seens GREAT WORK Sunny.

  20. 4 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

    In broad terms, there are three types of "reminds me of". The weakest level is when you don't think about another story while reading, but you see comparisons when trying to review the book. Of my recent reads, comparing Ann Aguirre's "Grimspace" series with Sara Creasy's "Scarabaeus" series would fall into that level. The middle level is when you see elements of one story in the other story. If the writing is good, this level of "reminds me of" tends to fade as you read the books. Linda Robertso In broad terms, there are three types of "reminds me of". The weakest level is when you don't think about another story while reading, but you see comparisons when trying to review the book. Of my recent reads, comparing Ann Aguirre's "Grimspace" series with Sara Creasy's "Scarabaeus" series would fall into that level. The middle level is when you see elements of one story in the other story. If the writing is good, this level of "reminds me of" tends to fade as you read the books. Linda Robertson's "Persephone Alcmedi" books reminded me of Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" books at this level. By the third book, any "reminds me of" faded away and the series stood completely on its own. The most intense level of "reminds me of" tends to never fade. It includes such strong comparisons that you are regularly kicked out of the story. I'm afraid these books are going to remain in this level, for me. In the author's notes for the first book, the author mentioned being influenced by Anne Bishop and Laurell K. Hamilton. Having read two books, so far, I think her mimicry of Anne Bishop will eventually fade into the background, but her mimicry of Laurell K. Hamilton seems as intense as ever. I should mention that Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series is probably the series I've re-read more than any other. I'd guess at least a half a dozen times with the early and middle part of the series (through say "Blood Noir"). I could go through and list each specific plot point, or ways a character behaves, that kicked me out of the story. I'll try, but I'm sure I'll be missing some. In the first book, the "Merry Gentry" allusions were stronger, but here I was seeing more "Anita Blake". Mona Lisa having sex with Amber, had elements of Anita/Richard and Richard's confession that he has to hold back (because of his strength) with anyone else, for fear of hurting them. It also had illusions of Anita/Nathaniel and the office scene where Nathaniel controlled Anita's beast by biting her on the back of the neck. (Mona Lisa and Amber are both kitty cat shifters.) I've decided Gryphon's gift doesn't remind me of Jean-Claude's ardeur, it reminds me of Requiems gift of metaphysical foreplay. Oh, and Mona Lisa has a gift like the one Anita Blake inherited from Obsidian Butterfly - the ability to drain another preternatural creature. There were a lot more, but I'm blanking on specifics. It feels like Sunny is trying to mimic Laurell's lush description style and her one to many female to males setup. It also feels like she's pulling lots of specific character traits and preternatural abilities. It's not a one to one ratio, but a case of breaking up and scattering puzzle pieces throughout. I think the one to many female to male setup alone would fade with multiple books. The style comparison, not so much. But the irony about it, is that it's not working for me. Laurell is most know for her "walk off the stage" characters. None of Sunny's characters feel that real to me. There was a particular character death that should have had me crying (and I'm certainly hormonal enough to be crying) and I didn't. I don't think the characters have become real for me. Maybe they never will. As a result, the sex scenes are falling short for me. They're boring, because I don't care about the characters. Like I mentioned in my progress note, people who try to mimic Laurell's sex-charged style seem to forget that with "Anita Blake" it came after many books of charged foreplay. All the characters I care about in that series had to wait 5-7 books before getting sex with the main character. We knew them, and loved them, before seeing more on stage. So yeah, after all that, I'm still vaguely curious as to where she'll take the story. Haven't decided if I'll continue this series, or not. My 3 star rating may be high, considering my complaints, but the fact that I'm still intrigued is bumping it from 2 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)

    was disappointed with this book :( I was hoping for a lot more than Sunny gave to us. the book started good and I thought goody straight into the story like in the first and it seemed like the characters were growing more. but the story didnt really take off and get to the point until almost 3/4ths into it. but at least in this book she seems like a new queen unlike in book 1 where she's told she's a queen and just starts acting like she's been one her whole life. I have some qualms with this st was disappointed with this book :( I was hoping for a lot more than Sunny gave to us. the book started good and I thought goody straight into the story like in the first and it seemed like the characters were growing more. but the story didnt really take off and get to the point until almost 3/4ths into it. but at least in this book she seems like a new queen unlike in book 1 where she's told she's a queen and just starts acting like she's been one her whole life. I have some qualms with this story. not so much I cant find some enjoyment in it but enough to make me say wtf seriously and keep reading. its not the best series out there but I give her kuddos for introducing like 50 characters and not confusing herself or us, keeping everyone straight, writing with delicious detail and keeping things interesting. I still have probs with the way her first person pov is written with the feel of a third person pov. it got a little better with this story but not much. and I did not like how this book ended. she crammed so much info that couldve been 1/4th of a new book in the last chapter and epilogue. so many big things made to sound like no big deal and leaves u thinking what the hell is going. I know u need to draw ur readers in for tge next book in the series but the way she did it really turned me off. and how she did her characters during it was awful. I liked what I was reading till that and now the only reason im reading the next ones is because we are reading them for our book club, I cant stop a series once ive started it and inwant to know about halcyon and gryfon. I dont even like mona lisa at this point anymore. eeeeek wow I surprised myself with that one. guess I really dont like this series as much as I wanted to. oh well. only a couple books left. heres hoping I dont want to blow my brains out by the time im done.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the second book in the Monere: Children of Moon series by Sunny. I didn't think the first book was all that great, it seemed to be echoing the Meredith Gentry series too much. But I borrowed this book from a friend so I thought why not give it a read. Luckily I actually liked it. Mona Lisa is going to lay claim and move into her new territory. She has to deal with her enemy from the first book, who is now her neighbor and the existing Monere in her territory. If the premise sounds straigh This is the second book in the Monere: Children of Moon series by Sunny. I didn't think the first book was all that great, it seemed to be echoing the Meredith Gentry series too much. But I borrowed this book from a friend so I thought why not give it a read. Luckily I actually liked it. Mona Lisa is going to lay claim and move into her new territory. She has to deal with her enemy from the first book, who is now her neighbor and the existing Monere in her territory. If the premise sounds straight forward it is. This is a very quick, easy, yet fun read. The characters are what make this book. More specifically Halcyon; without him this book would not be nearly was good. The Lord of Hell was also an interesting character. There is a lot of sex. The only thing I can say about that is that I think that the sex is more creative and more psychologically motivated than the sex in the Meredith Gentry series. Although I did get a bit sick of the different synonyms used to describe male parts. So I guess if you know what you are getting into, liked the first book, and want more of that this is the book for you. It's a quick, fun read. There's lots of time spent on character development and sex. So if you aren't interested in that then don't read it. This is more of a romance than a fantasy or typical paranormal book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    This is the second title in the Monere Mona Lisa titles and I am liking this story more now that I have finished the second book. My biggest complaint is how Mona Lisa adapts so quickly to her new powers as a Monere Queen- except for being able to wield her healing powers without the use of sex. That she can't learn to do overnight like everything else. I mean, really, how many 21st century 20something ER nurses would become adept sword and hand-to-hand combat in a matter of weeks? And the love. This is the second title in the Monere Mona Lisa titles and I am liking this story more now that I have finished the second book. My biggest complaint is how Mona Lisa adapts so quickly to her new powers as a Monere Queen- except for being able to wield her healing powers without the use of sex. That she can't learn to do overnight like everything else. I mean, really, how many 21st century 20something ER nurses would become adept sword and hand-to-hand combat in a matter of weeks? And the love. She falls in love at the drop of a hat. Lust I get- and I have no complaints about the sex/eroticism in the books. But the "I set eyes on him and WHAM I'm in love" is just too easy and too unbelievable. What gets me also is since Mona Lisa is the Queen therefore every single solitary male on Earth wants her. Wants her naked. Right now. Seriously- I need her perfume or her shoes, or something. They love her on the spot- she doesn't even have to do anything to deserve the love, it's all thrown at her just because she exists. I find that a cop out and monstrously unsatisfying. Sex and lust and love and all are great- but write characters and a story that BUILD these things so that they make sense. In spite of it all- I like the story and can't wait to see more of Halcyon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brownbetty

    This book is ttly ridonkulous, but if sex-vampires from the moon sounds good to you, then presumably you won't mind. It's smut, and nothing but, with a slight veneer of plot. On the matter of the plot, and to grant it far more attention than it's due, in the world of this book, the afore-mentioned sex vampire women can gain power and ability from the people they sleep with, like STDs which use their powers for good instead of evil, and the people they sleep with will gain the same. Obviously, the This book is ttly ridonkulous, but if sex-vampires from the moon sounds good to you, then presumably you won't mind. It's smut, and nothing but, with a slight veneer of plot. On the matter of the plot, and to grant it far more attention than it's due, in the world of this book, the afore-mentioned sex vampire women can gain power and ability from the people they sleep with, like STDs which use their powers for good instead of evil, and the people they sleep with will gain the same. Obviously, therefore, it only makes sense to adopt a Pokémon attitude toward sexual partners, or at least sexual partners who might have skills one doesn't. In the book, the sensible thing to do is kill one's partner after sleeping with them, to prevent them from sharing one's skills with the next woman-vampire they sleep with. I dunno, it seems to me there would be no such thing as a rare skill in this world, except the book's Sue-ish protagonist is constantly discovering she has multitudes of unique and rare skills, so clearly someone is being sexually selfish. RIDONKULOUS. Warnings for: rape, attempted rape, mind-control, fetishization of skin colour, ridiculutude, and possibly other things.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trang Nguyen

    I read Mona Lisa Awakening just yesterday and so my memory is very fresh with the scenes that played out in book #1. This was an overall good book, but I will admit I skimmed through the parts where Sunny recites what happened in book 1. About a week has passed and Mona Lisa is now recognized as a queen to her society and has been given a territory to rule. She is followed by her loyal lovers, Gryphan and Amber and the rest of her home. Mona Lisa embraces her new home and the people who are new I read Mona Lisa Awakening just yesterday and so my memory is very fresh with the scenes that played out in book #1. This was an overall good book, but I will admit I skimmed through the parts where Sunny recites what happened in book 1. About a week has passed and Mona Lisa is now recognized as a queen to her society and has been given a territory to rule. She is followed by her loyal lovers, Gryphan and Amber and the rest of her home. Mona Lisa embraces her new home and the people who are new to her, however, she faces many evils because of her new status. Not only does she have a solid relationship between her two lovers, but it seems that many more guards and a "friend" would love nothing more than to bed Mona Lisa. She however, is uncomfortable and finds adjusting to this society which allows a queen to bed as many men as she wishes completely acceptable. I have found the first two book of these series with action packed scenes, some crazy love scenes at times, and quite a bit of humor. Another good review from me in regards to this series. (I cant wait for the next two book in this series, I just ordered them today!!)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dhfan4life

    All I can say is that I think this one was a little bit better than the first book. No over abundance of rape mentioned, still the suddenness of sex happening between the main character and her men or men that are interested in her. And still the sense of a Laurell K. Hamilton feel to the writing. But all in all it is good to see the Main character Mona Lisa come into her own in the world of Monere. And although I didn't initially like the suddenness of Mona Lisa meeting and having sex with Gryp All I can say is that I think this one was a little bit better than the first book. No over abundance of rape mentioned, still the suddenness of sex happening between the main character and her men or men that are interested in her. And still the sense of a Laurell K. Hamilton feel to the writing. But all in all it is good to see the Main character Mona Lisa come into her own in the world of Monere. And although I didn't initially like the suddenness of Mona Lisa meeting and having sex with Gryphon and hooking up with him in the last book. I still sort of felt bad for Mona Lisa when Gryphon was killed so heartlessly. I was also pleased that she learned how to delegate her men better toward the end so that they can not only have their own identity but to be of better use to her in the future. I.E. Warrior Lord Amber taking over one of her other territories. Which I had wanted to happen so that she could have a safe house/ally to go to when ever other queens came after her or her brother. And yea I would recommend this book if one can manage to get past all the rape references of the first book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    This is the 3rd story of the Monere series and I have really enjoyed this series. However, It is so dark and violent that I may take a break before reading the next book and read something light hearted. Mona Lisa is a strong Queen leader that is just arriving to take over her new territory of Louisiana . There are constant struggles and attacks on Mona Lisa and her people. This series must be read in order to even begin to understand what is going on or who the characters are. This story was fa This is the 3rd story of the Monere series and I have really enjoyed this series. However, It is so dark and violent that I may take a break before reading the next book and read something light hearted. Mona Lisa is a strong Queen leader that is just arriving to take over her new territory of Louisiana . There are constant struggles and attacks on Mona Lisa and her people. This series must be read in order to even begin to understand what is going on or who the characters are. This story was fast paced, never a dull moment. Mona Lisa has great moments of compassion and I really like that about her character. Mona Lisa has two lovers Amber and Gryphon, that are also Warrior Lords (the strongest warriors amongst the Monere race). They love each other dearly, and in doing so often endanger themselves in order to save each other. There is some serious quality time with Prince Halcyon which is always a bonus. Though I look forward to seeing where the series goes, it is darkly erotic. I was very sad with how Sunny chose to end this book and hope that there will be some happiness for the heroes/ heroine down the road.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    In this installment in the Monere series, Mona Lisa is finally claiming her territory in Louisiana. She has to face her new people with no idea who is loyal to her and who is still loyal to her enemies. This one was interesting to me. I'm torn..really. I liked it. More than I want to admit to myself. Have you ever read a book that was overly verbose with flowery and overly poetic sex scenes and still couldn't seem to stop yourself from picking up the next one? Then I guess you've read this serie In this installment in the Monere series, Mona Lisa is finally claiming her territory in Louisiana. She has to face her new people with no idea who is loyal to her and who is still loyal to her enemies. This one was interesting to me. I'm torn..really. I liked it. More than I want to admit to myself. Have you ever read a book that was overly verbose with flowery and overly poetic sex scenes and still couldn't seem to stop yourself from picking up the next one? Then I guess you've read this series. I'm addicted. I can't stop reading it and can't, for the life of me, figure out why! One of my chief complaints is the similarities to LKH's Merry Gentry series. I can't go into a lot of detail without spoilers, but it's obvious enough if you've read them both. The other is the overly flowery way she writes. There's only so much one can take of hearing about someone's "pearl" and "sheath" before it starts to get old. But, for some reason, I'm addicted! I think it's because I like Halcyon and Amber so much. If she were to write them off, it might lose me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Ann

    so-so...could have been better, could have been worse. I was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Excited to get this book....and really there isn't much of a plot. Mostly, Lust, sex, fighting, death, lust, sex, fighting, death, revenge, sex, fighting, death.... until the next installment. Ok, so aside from that: Mona Lisa (a Monere) and her entourage; Gryphon, Amber, Thaddeus, Tersa, Chami, Aquila, et. al. arrive at their new new home in New Orleans (which was once the home of rival Monere Queen Mona Lo so-so...could have been better, could have been worse. I was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Excited to get this book....and really there isn't much of a plot. Mostly, Lust, sex, fighting, death, lust, sex, fighting, death, revenge, sex, fighting, death.... until the next installment. Ok, so aside from that: Mona Lisa (a Monere) and her entourage; Gryphon, Amber, Thaddeus, Tersa, Chami, Aquila, et. al. arrive at their new new home in New Orleans (which was once the home of rival Monere Queen Mona Louisa). Immediately one of Mona Louisa's former "guards" challenges Amber for the right to be with Mona Lisa.... Then there is the mixed blood locked in the room....and a fight with a alligator....Halcyon and a few others show up....then Mona Louisa shows up and tries to get revenge.....and then.... well I'm not going to tell you. So after all the blood & sex, I'm just going to have to read the next book, which I hope is better than this one. I'm always soooo unhappy when a sequel isn't as good and the prequel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa X

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Highly addictive! This series is truly unique. I can't quite put my finger on it but it is highly entertaining and addictive. It's also the kinkiest book I've read. It has a few erotic scenes where it had me blushing and I am not new to erotic reading. What I found lacking in her first book continues in "Mona Lisa Bloosoming". I wasn't quite fond of Gryphon. He is suppose to be the love of her life but I never felt that. I always felt more of a connection with Amber and Mona Lisa. (WARNING BIG S Highly addictive! This series is truly unique. I can't quite put my finger on it but it is highly entertaining and addictive. It's also the kinkiest book I've read. It has a few erotic scenes where it had me blushing and I am not new to erotic reading. What I found lacking in her first book continues in "Mona Lisa Bloosoming". I wasn't quite fond of Gryphon. He is suppose to be the love of her life but I never felt that. I always felt more of a connection with Amber and Mona Lisa. (WARNING BIG SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!!) However, when Gryphon died at the end I was extremely shocked and saddened. I also thought Sunny just didn't have a great talent in making good connections with her characters but I was wrong. The relationship she creates with Mona Lisa and Halcyon is sizzling. I am also very much interested in Gryphon now that he is in Hell. I wonder what his future role will be. I look forward in reading her next installment.

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