Title: A Creature of Moonlight
Author: Rebecca Hahn
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 6th 2014
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A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.
As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.
Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by A Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.
Marni is a sixteen year old, she lives with her grandfather in a small hut and is known in her village as the flower girl because the flowers are the means of earning their livelihood; but she isn´t an ordinary girl because her mother was a princess and her grandfather used to be the king, but due her birth her mother was killed and she and her grandfather were exiled far from the current king.
The kingdom where she lives has a magical forest with many magical creatures and it´s in that forest that many girls disappear to never return, but there are stories of girls that return months or years later, and if they´re pregnant their children are called sons or daughters of the dragon that is believed to inhabit the forest. As this last happened to Marni´s mother, everyone says she´s the daughter of the dragon and because of this she was executed .
The main plot of this book is Marni trying to find her place in the kingdom, either as a princess and heir to the throne, as a flower girl or as the daughter of the dragon, in addition to that everyone wants to marry her and she must decide if that's what she really wants.
Overall, A Creature of Moonlight is mostly narrated, there is very little dialogue, I liked the way it´s written (lyrical prose), it´s very beautiful, there is no romance and is more about Marni´s self-discovery and family. I still don´t know how I feel about this book because there were parts that I liked and others that bored me, and I felt that the plot was dragging a lot, so that it.