I’ve read other books by award winning author PJ Sharon, and I always enjoy them. This book, Waning Moon, The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy Book 1, was no exception. I purchased the copy about a year ago, but didn’t get to read it until recently. Now I wish I’d started sooner. The minute I finished the last page, I was eager to begin the next book in the series, Western Desert.
This dystopian young adult novel opens in the year 2057. Lily Carmichael is living off the grid with her family. She is a healer, and her knowledge of herbal remedies helps save a young man, Will Callahan, (don’t you love that name?) who stumbles into a game trap on her family’s land.
Lily’s uncle is ill with cancer, and her healing methods aren’t working. She needs to go to the city to obtain medicine for him. Traveling to the city is a dangerous proposition, because she could be hunted down by an entity called the Industry. She and Will travel undercover to the city together, but along the way, she discovers Will has secrets that could put her in more danger than anything else she might encounter.
PJ Sharon has done a remarkable job of creating characters that are memorable and realistic. Lily has qualities anyone would want in a friend; brave, smart, compassionate. Will has a strong exterior, but has a kind heart and a personal burden that no young man should have to bear. I found myself rooting for him as much as for Lily.
This is an enjoyable read that I became so engrossed in, I put everything aside to finish it in one afternoon. The good news is I already have the second book in the trilogy, Western Desert, on my Kindle. Even better news is the third book is coming out soon. I highly recommend this series.
PJ Sharon was a guest on my blog and shared some unusual facts and pictures about herself. Click here to read the post.
PJ Sharon is the award winning author of contemporary young adult novels, including Pieces of Love, Heaven is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, and Savage Cinderella, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award and the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One in the trilogy, was a finalist in both the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient. Book Two, Western Desert released in June of 2013 and placed third in the 2014 Winter Rose contest. Watch for Book Three in the fall of 2014.
Writing young adult fiction since 2007 and following her destiny to write romantic and hopeful stories for teens, PJ is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.
Her author website is http://www.pjsharon.com.