Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby & Giveaway

Anna has been running from the truth about her mother's death for nearly a decade -- ever since her 7-year-old self watched her walk into the ocean without looking back. As if living on the beach where she died wasn't hard enough, Anna's dad has suddenly decided to move back to the town where they met and fell in love. Though the view is beautiful and the lifeguards are cute, Anna is haunted by the secrets her father buried long ago -- secrets that may finally push her to her breaking point.

Moonglass is a stunning debut, written in elegant prose. The simple but detailed descriptions put readers directly in the scene, while the moments of beautiful, almost poetic language interspersed throughout the novel shine like sea glass. The precise details of the scuba diving expeditions also add texture to the typical beach read and allow readers with no scuba experience (like me) to perfectly visualize the breathtaking underwater scenes.

From the very first page, the emotion feels raw and authentic, and readers' hearts will break for the strong but fragile heroine. Though she occasionally seems excessively boy crazy, the way Anna copes with her troubled past feels achingly realistic, while her journey of healing is bittersweet. The uncontrollable wildness of the ocean is its own presence in the story, and the tragic tales the lifeguards tell gave me chills. In Moonglass, Jessi Kirby confronts the dark and painful moments in life with a soft sensitivity and evocative directness that readers won't soon forget.

This haunting story is populated with an eclectic cast of characters: from Anna's first friend in her new town, the oblivious but well-meaning Ashley, to her legendary father, to her off-limits love interest Tyler -- the quirky personalities each leave their mark on Anna's life. It was inspiring to watch how Kirby brought the seemingly disparate community together, showing the intricate and often surprising threads that bind us. This novel is the perfect summer read, packing a powerful emotional punch that will leave a lasting impression on readers' hearts.


Disclosure: I received a review copy of the novel from the publicist. This did not affect my review in any way.

Click here to purchase Moonglass by Jessi Kirby.

Part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.


Thanks to Chelsy at Big Honcho Media, I am able to give away a copy of Moonglass by Jessi Kirby to TWO (2) lucky readers!

To Enter:
  • You MUST leave a comment on this post (with your email address!) answering the following question:
What is your favorite beach read and why?
  • +1 for sharing this giveaway (via Twitter, Facebook, etc -- must leave a direct link in your comment)
  • US Only -- prize will be shipped from the publisher
  • Ends 5/15/11 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Two winners will be chosen via
  • Please review my giveaway policy

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

I realllllllllllllllllllly want to read this book!!! WOOT! And what a beautifully written review!!!

I tweeted! ♥!/MrsTeeMae_Books/status/67651096121851904

The Lovely Getaway said...

My Fav beach read would be Sea Change by Aimee Friedman. I love that book, the mystery storyline fits in perfectly with the beach atmosphere. It's almost magical :)

Please enter me into the giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting.


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Vivien said...

I'm going to go out of the box with this one and say The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan. lol There's a beach! ;)

+1 spread here

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Anonymous said...

OOPS I forgot my beach read! I would have to say anything by Laurie Halse Anderson. I finished 2 of her books while on the beach a few years ago, time FLEW by. LOL

and my e-mail address, sorry I forgot all this, I was really excited! LOL

meanmisskittie at gmail dot com

Mandi said...

I can't wait to read this!
My favorite beach read would have to be The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han. They are amazing!

Erin said...

My favorite beach reads are anything by Sarah Dessen, they are all great beach-y reads.

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Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

I can't enter (I'm in Canada), but I can't wait to read this one!! I've only heard good things about it, and it seems like it's going to be such a beautiful book.

LilMissMolly said...

This is such a hard question. I usually read only magazines on vacation because I can't devote the time a good book deserves.
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Savannah said...

I have heard great things about this book! Glad to read that it is as good as everyone says it is. Thanks for the review!

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

-Eeep, this looks like a great book! :]
My favorite beach read is anything by Sarah Dessen. Great books to read on the beach.


candice said...

I love this cover, the colors are awesome. Looking forward to this one. My favorite beach read is re-reading the Harry Potter series, its like reconnecting with your best friend.

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Meredith said...

In liked the Opposite of Me. It looks like a beach read, but ironically, the beach is never mentioned in the book.

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Meredith said...

I tweeted!!/tessaa99/status/67803063301324800

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TheGirlOnFire said...

My favorite beach read is Ship Breaker. It a whole new twist on beach life!

+1 spread here

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Natframpton said...

thanks for the review. so want to read this one. I'm UK so won't be entering

Minas said...

My favorite beach read would be anything by Sarah Dessen.


Thanks for the giveaway!


Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Moonglass sounds very much like a great summer read. I've been wanting it for quite some time now, so thanks (thanks to Big Honcho Media too) for the giveaway.

I don't really have a favorite beach book, but if I had to pick something, I'd say anything by Elizabeth Scott. I fly through her books...also Jennifer Echols' books would be great beach reads too.

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RissLovesMakeup said...

this book sounds good.
my favorite beach read right now...
gossip girl series. its so girly and exciting..and i can whip through the books so quick

Nikki said...

My favorite beach read would be anything by Luanne Rice.

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I Eat Words said...

Oh, I've heard so many thing about this book! I can't wait to read it :)

My favorite beach reads are Sarah Dessen books. :) There's just something comfortable and familiar about them that's so enjoyable during the summer time.

Thanks for hosting this! :)


hmweasley said...

My favorite beach reads would probably be Sarah Dessen books.

Joan said...

My favorite beach is at Mahoganey Bay at Roatan, Honduras: amazing turquoise water, white sand, palm trees, boat-tailed grackles, a gentle breeze.


Stacey Donaldson said...

Fantastic review, so very well written.

My favorite beach read is Never Change by Elizabeth Berg. I just love the story. It's about finding love and inevitable loss...but even more than that it's about hope.


Mary said...

This book sounds so GOOD! Love your review. Let's see, my favorite beach read....anything by Sarah Dessen.

Donna said...

I would love to read this book. Please enter me. Donna

Lisa said...

My favorite beach read would have to be anything by Sarah Dessen.

Lisa, bell198 (at) aol (dot) com

Jessy said...

My favorite beach read would have to be Sea Change by Aimee Friedman. I love the beach atmosphere.

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Aydrea said...

This one so good, I have been wanting to read it for awhile now!

One of my favorite beach reads is the Boys Next Door & Endless Summer bind-up. It is an adorable book && very summer related!

Tweeted it-!/arick01/status/69805797047148544

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I don't have a favorite because I dont reread so It is always a new one!

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Zareen said...

My favorite beach read is definitely Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs! Mermaids and surfing - it doesn't get much more beach-y than that!


Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)


I know this is kinda weird but its Harry Potter I just love how every book just makes me happy & Giddy!!!

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basma aal said...

My fave summer read is Sea Change because it takes place in summer and its so beautiful.

lisa (the nerd) said...

My face beach read is anything Sookie Stackhouse. Not super beachy, bit the romance is light and perfect for laying out and relaxing!

Lisathebooknerd at gmail dot com. Thank you SO MUCH for the contest!

*Andye* said...

I've been hearing great things about this book!! I haven't read many "beach reads" per say, but I think I'd have to give a shout out to Anna and the French Kiss because it just makes me happy. And you should be happy on the beach :D


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ABookVacation said...

My favorite beach read is Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. Sitting on the beach while reading that book really bring it home--you can smell the ocean, just like that characters, and it allows you to almost live along side the characters in the story. It's a beautiful story, no matter where you read it. The movie... not so much. Read the book.

Shana @ A Book Vacation

I tweeted:!/ABookVacation/status/69965406454038528

Thanks for this chance to win!

Aeicha said...

I love sitting on the beach with my feet in the sand reading poetry, especially Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda...I simply get lost in their words:)

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Anonymous said...

My fave beach read is Twilight because summer and roamnce just go together.

Anonymous said...

I just shared the link on my facebook page.

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