“It’s taking everything I have not to touch you. Not because I want to make you mine but because every part of me screams that you already are.”
A pack of wolves hunt a girl who takes her last breath by a river’s edge.
She is found and nursed back to health by the kind-hearted Nhil people.
She has no memory.
And is given a choice that could change her forgotten life forever.
A pack of wolves adopt a man who begs for death in the grasslands.
Blood revives him. Flesh strengthens him. All while the alpha watches him as if he knows who he is.
He has no memory.
And yet…he’s drawn toward the smoke of a faraway clan.
And in that smoke, he finds a girl with the same mark on her thigh, the same empty mind, and the same forgotten language on her lips.
He’s convinced they know each other.
She’s certain they are strangers.
But the more time they spend together, the more tangled the truth becomes.
Their forgetfulness was deliberate.
To keep them apart.
To keep them lost.
To keep them from claiming their true power.
Because in that power exists a terrible choice.
A choice that could destroy the world…
…or each other.
A simple organ. A vital instrument in keeping mortal flesh alive.
To pump blood.
To give life.
To keep bone and breath from returning to ash and memory.
But that is not it’s true purpose.
I wish I’d remembered that when I found her.
* Thanks to NetGalley, Pepper Winters, & Valentine PR for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. *
There are shining moments in When a Moth Loved a Bee that make me want to love it. But, unfortunately, these moments tend to be swallowed up by how unnecessarily long this book is.
I struggled to connect to the characters. Runa is naive and sweet and is so timid it’s painful. She lies poorly but still hides her truth, and so many obstacles could have been avoided if she just spoke up. Actually, most of everyone’s problems could’ve been avoided if they had used their words. Everyone – person, animal, and spirit alike – is so convinced they need to keep secrets that the drama it causes seems ridiculous. Hundreds of pages wasted, talking in circles and hiding things. But back to the characters – Darro is so possessive it’s almost impossible to like him. He has many other terrible characteristics, but his possessiveness is overwhelming and distasteful.
By far, the worst is Solin, though. He acts as if he cares about Runa, all while misleading her and bonding her to her attempted rapist and telling her how much he loves her. Self-serving bullshit.
Despite all this, I am very intrigued by Runa and Darro’s history and future, but I am not sure I will want to weed through hundreds of pages to find out what happens. I might peek at the page count before deciding whether I’ll continue this series or not.