Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett | Book Review

“After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.”
– Goodreads Description


5/5 Stars

Jenn Bennett ~ Goodreads ~ YA Contemporary Romance ~ Published by Simon Pulse on April 16, 2019

First Impressions

So, I didn’t pick up this book because it sounded like a good story. I didn’t even read the back-of-the-book description, actually. I had no idea what this book was about. I knew that it had an adorable cover, it was written by an author that I have an ARC for (Chasing Lucky) and it made it to the bestseller’s list. So, I had to read it.

I didn’t know what it was about and if I had read the description, I may have wrinkled my nose at it. However, I’m elated that I went in blind because it was a great ride.

I noticed that it’s categorized as a mystery, but I wouldn’t label it that way. This is a romance, not a mystery. It has a mystery element to it, but if you’re a die-hard mystery fan… this won’t scratch your itch.

The Writing

Jenn Bennett is a goddess. I’m a pretty slow reader, compared to other readers in the book blog world. I read about one book per week, generally. I ripped through this 425-page book in three days. I loved her writing style.

I’m going to love jumping into Chasing Lucky and I’ll probably be ordering all of her other books. I can tell Jenn Bennett is going to be one of my favorite authors. This is the first book I’ve read by her, but it won’t be the last.

If you asked me what I liked about her writing, I would probably give you a blank stare. I’m not sure. I just do. If you held a gun to my head and told me to answer the question, I probably would say how easy it is to read. Her style is flowy and effortless. She describes settings beautifully and her characterization is incredibly diverse.

Specifically, I loved her characterization. None of her characters were boring. All of them had their own quirks and individuality.

Another thing I want to point out is that the chapters are headlined with quotes from mystery novels. I love that.

For Teachers

Both of these characters are over the age of 18, so technically this would be in the new adult genre, however, it’s written and loved as a young adult novel.

That being said, there is sex in this book. References to oral sex, condoms, multiple sex scenes… none of them are terribly graphic, but the references are there and obvious.

I would send out permission slips because of its sexual nature and limit it to high school reading.

Recommendations

As I mentioned above, this is not a mystery novel. Yes, mysteries are involved, however, the main focus is romance. If you’re a mystery fan and you’re looking for a story that will stump you, this is not your book.

This is a flirty romance book that has a mystery as a subplot disguised as a main plot.

I recommend this book for people who love young adult contemporary romances, with a splash of mystery. They make a lot of references to old fashioned mystery books, so it’s a great shout-out book. I highly recommend it.

Sarah

Hi, everyone! I have worked in the field of education since I was nineteen and have a passion for literature. I have five years of experience as a library media specialist (paraprofessional), 2 years as a substitute teacher, and I am currently a general education paraprofessional. I have a Bachelor's in Library Media and Science, which I intend to use to eventually become a youth services librarian. I'm a proud book nerd, writer, gamer, hiker, and baker.

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