Mona Lisa Darkening (Monere: Children of the Moon, Bk 6)
Mona Lisa Darkening - Monere: Children of the Moon, Bk 6 Author:Sunny From the time she was an orphan child, Mona Lisa knew she was different, but she never knew how different. As a Mixed Blood daughter of the Monere, she rules her own domain in the Louisiana Bayou. But her life of power is about to be lost, and Mona Lisa must survive a realm in which she is divided from within... — On the vernal equinox, ... more »when night equals day and the barriers between worlds become gossamer thin, Mona Lisa gathers her people beneath the full moon. Instead of drawing down the replenishing white light of the moon, a terrifying darkness descends upon her and takes her into NetherHell -- the cursed realm of the damned. In this place, the evil queen whose essence shares Mona Lisa's body is strong enough to fight her host for control -- and she does.
But in NetherHell, Mona Lisa's internal struggle is only the beginning. Captured by a gargoyle warlord who wants her for his own, Mona Lisa is torn from both within and without by desire, love, and ecstasy. And when her first love crosses the boundaries of the world to rescue her, she must choose her own destiny -- before others choose for her...« less
This is the fourth book in the Children of the Moon series by Sunny; and it was actually my favorite of the series. The setting was more interesting than previous books and there was a lot more action; there wasn't as much sex and romance so people who really dig that may not like this book as well as some of the previous ones.
The book starts out with Mona Lisa basking for her Monere. Suddenly a black light comes out of the moon and Mona Lisa is taken somewhere else. Strangely enough Mona Louise's personality is stronger in the new place and Mona Lisa soon finds out she is in a different version of Hell than she ever knew existed. Can Gryphon and Halcyon save her before something more deadly finds her?
I really liked that Mona Lisa's character took things into her own hands in this book. Mona Lisa's compassion matched with toughness really set her character above all other characters and made her character something special.
I loved that both Halcyon and Gryphon were in this book a lot; Halcyon is my favorite character and it was interesting to see him have to deal with limitations to his power. Once again though Amber was absent for most of the book. Mona Lisa did make some progress in her relationship with Dontaine which was nice to read about.
I thought this book had more purpose, a better story, and a faster pace than the previous book. There are less sex scenes than normal; the ones that are present are well written. I enjoyed that this left more room for action scenes. After the third book I was ready to give up on this series, but after reading this book I am convinced to stay with this series a bit longer.
I was anxious to get my hands on this book because I love the Monere series. Mona Lisa has captured my attention from the very beginning. Sunny has done an exellent job of creating characters that are memorable from the very first book. I really enjoyed Mona Lisa's adventures and NetherHell is no excpetion.
The way Mona Lisa struggles with "The Evil" queen is really interesting because she struggles between hating her and dealing with the fact that she has become a part of her. The Gargoyle's are interesting creatures in Netherhell along with all the rest. I do like that there is more action and the steamy scenes come almost at the end of the book. I do wish that Sunny will not stop writing about the Monere I'd love to read more.