Title: Oracle’s Moon
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Pages: 330, Paperback
Publication Date: August 22nd 2012
My Rating: ★★★★★
As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and Petra’s husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children – neither of which she is prepared for.
Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid – driven by his genuine caring for the children – has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace’s impudence toward the Elder Races.
But when an attempt is made on Grace’s life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one who can protect her – and offer her more than a mortal man…
23 year old Grace’s life is thrown out of control when her sister, Petra, and Petra’s husband meet in a fatal accident. An accident that leaves her with their kids, Petra’s Oracle powers, bills that seem endless and a Djinn prince who is determined to protect her and the kids at all costs.
This book starts out slow then picks up the pace as it goes. While it does get very interesting, it lacks the action and political threads that I’m told are present in the rest of the series. Which is perfectly fine with me. I have no problem reading a book with less action provided the plot and characters make up for it. And let me tell you they did make up for it. Big time.
The characters are all very lovable and easy to connect with. Grace was an exceptionally strong heroine. She may have survived the accident but she didn’t make it out unscathed either. With a long list of responsibilities, the last thing she needed was a guy to further complicate things. I must say she handled everything perfectly well for a 23-year-old suddenly thrown in the fray. I loved how she always put the children first and never once did she find them a burden. She went to great lengths to keep them safe, even striking a deal with Khalil Bane of Her Existence. When she found out that there may be a way to ensure the Oracle’s power stays with her and doesn’t pass on to her niece, Chloe, she went for it so that Chloe could have a normal. She put all her heart in practicing and perfecting her abilities. While reading Oracle’s Moon I was glad Grace wasn’t the heroine who has suffered a great loss and chooses to wallow in self-pity or totally shut everyone out. When she had to she swallowed her pride and did what was best for the children. She dealt with her grief with Khalil there to help her, but she never completely leaned on him. You see, throughout the whole book she was independent and stood up for not only herself but Khalil who quite a few people warned her about. She also dealt with things rationally. For example, when Khalil presents her with a huge sum of money (which he got legally) instead of going all “Do you think I’m desperate for money?! I’m not some sort of charity case. I may have lost a lot but I still have my pride. I hate you!” then she’d probably stomp her feet, walk away and go somewhere quite to cry/curse. Ugh, happened way too many times for my liking. Which was why I was pleasantly surprised with the way she took it all in.
“Open it,” he said. “See what she sent for you.”
She tore the envelope open and pulled out a note and a check. She looked at the check first.And started counting zeroes. Her hands began to shake.No. This couldn’t be right. She started counting all over again, and then again. Her mind refused to move beyond an incoherent stutter. She said, choked, “Oh, my God. Oh. My. God.”
“Is that good?” he said, watching her sharply.
She looked at him. “This check is for two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.”
He reached up and wiped under her eyes carefully with his thumb. That was when she realized tears were pouring down her cheeks. “She said it was all they could do for now, but you are to let them know if you need more.”
Property taxes. A roof. A better car. Her student loans and medical bills paid off. She could focus on the children, her own healing, and finishing her incompletes. If she was very careful and frugal, she wouldn’t have to worry about getting an outside job for several years. She could get the children things they needed and things she wanted them to have. Maybe she could hire a babysitter occasionally and get out of the house. Maybe she could see a movie now and then.
“This is incomprehensible.” Her lips were shaking too. “It changes everything.”
“For the better, yes?”
“Holy shit, yes.” It took her several tries to tuck the check back into the envelope, but she managed it at last. “I can’t believe they gave so much.”
That’s the way she reacted to the money and don’t you find it refreshing? I did. She reacted like a mom who had mouths to feed, bills to pay, a house to maintain and not pride to uphold. I know, pride is important but when compared to the lives of loved ones, one may question the significance of pride. And it’s not like she went begging or stealing. She just graciously accepted the money willingly given by ____ and _______ as a thank you for her help. You guys are probably wondering how she got stuck in this financial situation. Well, as the Oracle she’s unable to ask for payment in exchange for her service. The clients are encouraged to give offerings but many of them forget to and she can’t do anything about it. So, voilà! The life of an oracle!
Now for Khalil, the Bane of Her Existence. Well, at least initially he was. Khalil was this strong character with a heavy past. I felt really bad for what someone close to him did to his ________. I loved his connection with Grace’s niece and nephew. He genuinely loved them and would have done anything to keep them and Grace safe. As a Djinn he is really good at making bargains, but he managed to look beyond his Djinn ways for them. But the best part was definitely him trying to be human. Especially the dating aspect of being human. He was just so awkward yet graceful in his way. Does that even make sense? He said whatever came to his mind and was completely honest about his feelings.
“Come over to the table. Sit with your aunt. I will clear away this mess and… I will achieve pancakes.”
Grace’s lovely, tired face wobbled with what looked suspiciously like mirth, but she had been under so much stress he decided his first impression could not be correct. “You’ll achieve pancakes?”
“I do not see why not,” he said.
“Have you ever achieved them before?” she asked. A touch of liveliness came back into her vivid eyes, and they sparkled.
“That question’s irrelevant,” he told her, while his eyes narrowed in suspicion on her tired face. On a Djinn, her expression would definitely be laughter. “I will achieve pancakes now.”
Did I mention he also cracked me up? Well guys rest assured he did achieve pancakes.
“You will shower first,” he said. “Then I will tell you that you are beautiful.”
“You’ll what?” She stared, astonished all over again.
“Then we will go somewhere for supper and a drink and a walk on the beach, but I refuse to stand on my head, and I forget the rest,” he said. “But you won’t get your present until we go out.”
“There aren’t any beaches nearby,” she said, dumbly. Stand on his head? Where the hell had he gotten his information on dating?
Still not convinced?
Khalil’s lean face creased with a keen smile. “You are beautiful,” he said with evident pleasure. His pure, gorgeous voice sounded the same. “Clearly bathing suits you.”
She choked on an unexpected bubble of laughter. Khalil had quite a way to go in the learning-how-to-give-compliments department, but she wasn’t about to bring that up, when he spoke with such sincerity.
That compliment killed me!
Remember I mentioned something about Grace standing up for him? Some loony witch went all crazy and started saying some shit about Khalil and then Grace called him her “friend”. He didn’t have many friends so that really got to him. My heart kind of broke at his reaction to that simple word. For someone who had so many allies and only a handful of friends he clearly treasured every single one them.
Like I said earlier this book doesn’t have lots of action but the pace, characters and plot was good enough that I didn’t find myself wanting more action. Oracle’s Moon is more of a love story and dealt with more emotional stuff. Unlike many other Adult Paranormal Romance books this book didn’t have many sex scenes. Which was great ’cause it left more room for other events. With that said, Oracle’s Moon is not only suitable for adults but older teenagers too.
A book I could reread again and not get sick of. I’d recommend this to people who like light reads, less action more emotion and a good laugh.
Oh and Khalil is now the latest addition to my long list of book boyfriends. Yay!
So that’s it guys! Have you guys read Oracle’s Moon? If you haven’t would you consider reading it? Ooh and isn’t Khalil totally crush worthy? Let me know your thoughts on the book and my review in the comments! Hugs! ❤