Moonshadow (Sophie Ross 2020) | Book Review

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By: Thea Harrison

# 1 in Moonshadow series | 335 pages | Pub. 2016

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Moonshadow At a Glance

  • Overall Rating:  
  • Heroine Ranking: Crushed our 2018 Reading Olympics
  • Steaminess: “It’s Getting Hot in Here” by Nelly vibes
  • Emotional: Call Sarah Mclaughlin, we need a PSA
  • Wittiness: Sophie can compete with Lorelai Gilmore

 Pairs Well With

Lunar Eclipse

  • 1 oz. Viniq
  • ½ oz creme de cassis
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • Ice

     Beware. Spoilers are coming… 


Jess’s Reactions

Oh man Sophie is so my girl. She is funny and sarcastic and takes zero crap from anyone. She is a consultant for the LAPD and a little gun happy, but she knows how to use it.

“She would fucking marry that gun if she could.”

Yeah, it’s a little extreme, but our girl was shot 3 times, so you would be too. She is half-human so she isn’t supposed to be very powerful, but again, Sophie is awesome and studied, traveling the world(s) to learn and survive. She talks to herself constantly, which I not only approve of, but highly encourage.

“Sophie Ross, she told herself, you need therapy in the worst way.

Just don’t kiss assholes. That’s all you’ve got to do.” – pg. 216

I adore love-hate relationships with characters because it generally creates a more natural tension between them. Sophie and Nik have a hilarious dynamic and I think they honestly hated each other through the whole first half of the book, even creating catchphrases for each other.

“Thanks for asking, asshole” – Sophie

“You. Madden. Me.” – Nik

Now, I was not super thrilled by Nik’s over-the-top macho attitude, but he didn’t ever lock her up and he knew better than to leave her behind. For the most part, he was all talk about the over-protectiveness. Plus, Sophie would never allow it because she clearly the real man in the relationship.

Puck = LOVE. I wish I had read this for the Pets blog, but is he really a pet? I guess not, but that boy is LOYAL. Also, him in the jacket and then wearing it as a scarf omg too many feels.

The thing that drove me crazy and was never answered (or not answered well) is whether or not Sophie is immortal. Ok, they call her human the majority of the book AND she says this about immortality:

“The two-natured Wyr could be extremely long-lived. Some rare breeds were among the first generation of Elder Races and considered to be immortal.” – pg 34

Knowing that Nik is immortal, it doesn’t sound like Sophie is or will be. I don’t like that they didn’t even attempt to address this issue when they are GETTING MARRIED.

Outside of that, I freaking loved this book.


Teagan’s Reactions

This book was a little slow at first, but once it picked up I was hooked. I love the Elder Races world and this new storyline from Thea Harrison. Especially Sophie Ross, my new girl crush.

“You ruin it when you talk. I find you sexy as hell too, as long as you stay silent.” – Sophie Ross (or me re: my love life)

Make way on the podium Aelin and Katniss because Sophie just catapulted herself into one of my top 10 favorite characters ever. Sophie is amazingly badass and witty. If Sophie taught a class on how to be a boss a** b*tch, I’d be in the front row of that class and a total teacher’s pet. I love that does not put up with anyone’s (mainly Nik’s) crap.

“I will deign to agree, but only because I dislike winter so much and my coffee is back on Earth. The fact that my decision coincides with your orders is purely coincidental.” – Sophie Ross

Without Sophie none of the characters would’ve survived this story and girl knows it and recognizes how badass she is. I respect a girl who understands her worth and doesn’t let anyone belittle it.

“Well, yes. Yes, I did. I’m so sorry I did something to get myself out of a bad situation instead of waiting for you or one of the menfolk to rescue me. Next time I’ll go sit in a tower and learn how to knit, mm-kay?”

And when she turns Nik down multiple times for not treating her right. Yes, pleaseeee. I’m not gonna lie the whole “nope GIF emails” regarding marrying Nik slayed me. I bow down to you Sophie. Teach me your ways, girl.

And speaking of Nik… Dude is just meh. He starts off openly admitting he is only out to use Sophie because he doesn’t remember how to be anything but cruel. And his admitting he would like to f*ck Sophie out of his system doesn’t really make a girl swoon. The only redeeming thing he does the whole story is at the end when he finally proposes to Sophie instead of demanding or assuming she will marry him.

“Will you marry me sometime in the future when we’re both ready for it, if I get special dispensation from Annwyn exempting you from military and/or government authority so you can remain a consultant on vacation and your own sovereign state?” – Nikolas

Besides Sophie the real MVP of this story is Robin the puck. Robin stole my heart and I don’t ever want it back. When he makes a scarf out of the jacket Sophie gets him?! BRB DEAD. I love that the book ends with him journeying to kick some evil queen a**. Animal abusers have a special place reserved for them in hell and I hope Robin brings it.


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