How are we all today? I’m currently writing this in a lecture because my lecturer is talking too quickly for me to take notes and I’ve given up and thought at least if I write this then I’m being a little productive. I’ve been saying I need to review this book for a while now since I read it back at the end of July. But for one reason or another I’ve always put it off.
Edit: I’m trying to write this now…and I’m struggling. This is the issue with leaving my reviews for nearly an entire year after reading it because while I can give a general overall review, I can’t give the detailed review I normally like to give because I don’t remember every hilarious or cute detail that had me swooning. Which sucks! Cause reading my Goodreads review back and from the little, I do remember, this was one of my favourite reads of last year. It was amazing and I wish I could give it the fully-fledged review it deserves…but my short rambles will have to do. 🤗
Title: Serious Moonlight
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: 16th April 2019
When I Read It: July 28th 2019
Raised in isolation and home-schooled by her strict grandparents, the only experience Birdie has had of the outside world is through her favourite crime books. But everything changes when she takes a summer job working the night shift at a historic Seattle hotel. There she meets Daniel Aoki, the hotel’s charismatic driver, and together they stumble upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—is secretly meeting someone at the hotel. To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell, and in doing so, realize that the most confounding mystery of all may just be her growing feelings for Daniel.
My Goodreads Review:
July 25, 2019 – page 37 8.56% “So far this book infuriates me but somehow in a good way. Like its obscenely predictable at the moment but it makes it endearing. The characters are interesting so far and seem well fleshed out, unsurprisingly. I have read two other of Jenn Bennetts YA Romances and they did not disappoint! I have a feeling this will be no exception.”
July 28, 2019 – page 108 25.0% “Firstly, OMG they referenced The Princess Bride! Which is probably my all-time favourite movie!
Secondly, Aunt Mona is amazing. I want to be her! She reminds me of my best friends and I if we were all rolled up into one person.
Thirdly, the plot is getting so good! It’s so gripping and I just want more!
Finally, the writing is perfection and the flirty-humour is brilliant!”
July 28, 2019 – Finished! “Another brilliant Jenn Bennett masterpiece!
I was so caught up in it I forgot that time would pass and hence missed posting on my blog…oops haha.
The writing was incredible as always; the perfect mix between humorous and serious while also being devastatingly accurate to how a teenager acts, thinks and speaks.
The characters (as always) are what swept me off my feet. Aunt Mona is my new favourite book character of all time, flawed and hilarious and bubbly and outrageous! You can’t have written a more loveable character.
Move aside Birdie because I have decided that Daniel is my dream guy. I can’t imagine a more perfect book boyfriend. I am already planning our wedding – it will be magnificent. I can’t describe how much I love him.
Birdie was an incredible character to read, her thoughts were so believable and she was such an interesting POV.
The plot in this was breathtaking! As a Tv Show Detective Superfan myself I connected with the main plot instantly and related to Birdie so much as a character. The way Jenn Bennett weaves her multiple plot lines together is incredible! Normally YA is mildly predictable but I never mind because I’m a sucker for cuteness but this while some elements were predictable I definitely did not see some aspects coming at all!
It was a rollercoaster of a book and I loved every minute of it!!!”
Characters: One of the things I do remember is that I adored all of the characters. The way they were all written was incredible, they were perfect but flawed, funny and serious, cute and endearing. Everything you could ever want from a cast of characters. Aunt Mona will always be one of my favourite side characters. Just divine. And daniel…He was my new book boyfriend. I think he still is one of my favourite book boys I’ve ever read. His arc was incredible and you really felt yourself developing with him throughout the journey in the book. And Birdie, I feel like she was my spirit animal in many ways – cut from the same cloth we are. I can’t rave enough about the characterisation in Jenn Bennett’s novels – impeccable as always.
Characters = 10/10
Humour: I loved the humour in this. It was the kind of humour that was only funny in the moment and between those who were there. It was situational and not funny for funnies sake but almost in a laughing at the characters kind of way. It was just brilliant. Had me laughing out loud multiple times.
Humour = 8/10
Writing Style: I never have any complaints about Jenn Bennett’s writing style. The best way to describe it is endearing. The combination between the beloved characters and the great humour combines into a witty and informal tone but somehow it’s still well put together and flowing and descriptive and just ahhh. Perfection!
Writing Style = 10/10.
Plot: Little known fact about me – I am a murder mystery buff. I have always loved the intrigue of fictional murder dramas and trying to work out who dun it! (Not a fan of true crime tho – that’s scary…) And I think I have probably watched every single murder and detective drama out there. So even if this hadn’t been a Jenn Bennett masterpiece, or one of the cutest romances of all time I would still have picked it up and fallen hook line and sinker because the plot is so intensely gripping and while being predictable in places, the lack of knowledge on the characters part gives me a real Colombo vibes. It balanced the serious and the comical moments so well that you never knew what kind of mood the next chapter was going to be.
Plot = 10/10
Intrigue: Like I briefly mentioned above, it was a bit predictable at times but I didn’t mind. It fit the vibe of the book and there was enough suspense to keep you on your toes so it by far wasn’t a snooze fest.
Intrigue = 7/10
Enjoyment: This can be a very short statement…This is potentially one of my new top 5 favourite books of all time! I cannot recommend reading this enough, especially if you are a murder mystery buff like me – you will hopefully adore it too!
Enjoyment = 10/10
Overall Score = 55/60 or 9.1/10
Star Rating = ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
That’s the end of the review, no spoilers below because I feel like you need to experience the drama of this plot unburdened. If you give it a try or have read it, tell me your opinions below or tell me on twitter cause I would love to chat about it! Also if you love your murder TV shows tell me cause I’m always looking for people to chat about that with! I loved this and I can’t wait to read Jenn Bennett’s new book that comes out in May! Anyway, see you tomorrow!