The Meddlers of Moonshine by A. E. Decker

2016-standout-award-badge-smallWelcome back to the adventurous world that Ascot and her rag-tag group inhabit. In book two, Ascot gets in over her head when she offers to help exorcise a town while her friend Rags-N-Bones follows a trail of mysterious memories he’s not entirely sure are his own…

I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

meddlers-of-moonshineTitleThe Meddlers of Moonshine
AuthorA. E. Decker
SeriesMoonfall Mayhem, Book 02
Publish Date: October 25, 2016, World Weaver Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Received from the author/publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionSomething is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it’s all his fault. Ever since he snitched that avocado from Miss Ascot’s pack, things have been going wrong. Armed with a handful of memories he never realized he had, Rags-n-Bones searches for a way to put right whatever he did to Widget in the past. If only he knew what it was! Unfortunately, the only person who seems to have answers is a half-mad youth that only Rags can see.

Widget is also suffering from a ghost infestation that has the townsfolk almost as spooked of outsiders as they are of actual spooks. While Rags-n-Bones seeks answers in the past, Ascot offers the town leaders her service as an exorcist, only to be handed an ultimatum: banish the ghosts or be banished herself!

Who’s meddling with Widget? To catch the culprit, Ascot and Rags-n-Bones must match wits with a shifty sorcerer, a prissy ex-governess, and a troublingly attractive captain before the town consigns itself to the graveyard of history.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Mischief and mayhem erupt in this sequel of epic proportions. We reunite with Shadowvalean Ascot (aka vampire), her mischievous cat Moony, her off-and-on love interest, Catch (a shapeshifter who plays an interesting role as her husband in this book, wink wink), and Rags-N-Bones, her skinny and silly friend – whose mysterious past is coming to light.

There are so many things I love about this book. I’ve always been a fan of quirky characters, lots of fantasy elements, and witty one-liners that make me laugh. And this series has all three. I’ll share a couple of lines I really enjoy for you.

This first one really sums up Rags-N-Bones character:

Rags-n-Bones had once hid in a closet for two nights after being assaulted by a particularly ferocious moth. Most likely, a passing gnat had tried to steal his share of his avocado.

And this next one I just enjoy because of its ominous feels:

“I forget a lot of things. Often, I find myself somewhere I don’t remember going to. But I remember the dying.” He smiled, and some emotion long-held and bitter sharpened the lines of his face. “You never forget the dying.”

But anyway, I love the comical feel of each and every chapter. You’ve got ghosts, vampires, sorcerers, and wanna-be sorcerers, plus you finally get to hear from Rags-n-Bones as he meets some old friends in attempts to get the city of Widget back to its rightful state. But of course, things always go wrong, but Ascot and her crew are up to the challenge.

badge5v4The writing is also fantastic – you can really tell the author’s had more experience (not that the first one was bad or anything, but you can tell it made it from book one to book two in the way it reads). All the scenes are vivid, light-hearted, and full of interesting twists and turns. One you might not even see coming (I did, but only right before it happened, not any earlier). Meddlers of Moonshine will win your heart with its adorable characters that have more human traits than they realize, despite their supernatural status.

Seriously guys, you’ll enjoy this just as much as I did.

Our reviews in this series…

I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.


About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

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