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A timeless tale of young romance.Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarA timeless tale of young romance.Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarnished history of relationships. When Lorona's curiosity leads her to Kestrin's journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together....

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Moonlight and Oranges Reviews

  • Nickle Love
    2019-03-01 17:03

    Originally published in Night Owl Reads.I am not familiar with the story of Cupid and Persephone, I may have read it before but I do not/did not remember it while reading this book. But after reading a summary of Cupid's story, I could say that Moonlight and Oranges is indeed a modern day retelling of that story.This is probably the biggest insta-love of them all and I loved it! They meet, fall in love, and get married. It's a big risk both parties were willing to take but how long will the magic last? They barely know each other and Kestrin has a reputation which Lorona can't get passed with.I was more curious as to how this kind of story would play out, how they would resolve their problem, and of course, how Kestrin's dream ended, what the answer he was looking for was. The phrase "fools rush in" came to mind and I almost thought it would end up badly. But I was desperate for it to be a happy ending and I wasn't disappointed.The names are a little weird for me. Each time I see "Kestrin", my brain would read is as "Kerstin". Lorona sounds like Lorena so I'm okay with that. And I recently learned about the story of La Llorona from an episode of Grimm. The moon or moonlight, stars, and oranges are mentioned a lot. The couples craving for oranges is one of my favorites. I smile every time the craving is mentioned.Loved this novel! The story is easy to grasp, definitely recommend to hopeless romantics like me.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-19 15:13

    Moonlight and Oranges is full of intrigue and mystery. The mystery kept me interested in the book. All of the elements just seem so cool. There is a guy that dreams about his future and the girl he will end up with. Then there is this strange orange craving, a bizarre mom, and a quest like journey. Moonlight and Oranges started out awesome. I loved the party and how Kestrin "saved" Lorona, even if she didn't really get it. Then I loved their obsession with oranges. I was dying to know the connection and how they worked their way into the story. It was never really revealed other than a way to link the two of them together. Kestrin was a bit of a mystery to me as well. He seemed so hung up on finding the "one". The one that he dreamt about, and as a result he kind of turned into some kind of womanizing player. I found out after I read the book that it was a modern re-telling of a classic story. Once I knew that the story was really well thought out and planned. I liked that Elise Stephens took the storyline and molded it to fit two new characters but I wouldn't have known what story the retelling was about, had I not read the note after the book. It was too subtle to find out on my own. In hindsight I totally get it, but I would have liked it to have been a bit more obvious, especially since I love that particular story so much!Moonlight and Oranges ended up being an interesting story. The writing is great and I felt like I really got to know the characters. There was one thing in the plot that happened that really grated on my nerves and it had to do with a very impulsive act that happened within days of Kestrin and Lorona meeting each other. Talk about instant, but I plowed through it and I was really happy that I did because the book just kept building and getting better as you kept on reading. This was such a pleasant surpirse. Moonlight and Oranges is a different kind of romance that will intrigue you until the end.

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-26 14:10

    Moonlight and Oranges is a delightful modern day adaptation of the classical Greek mythology romance tale of Cupid and Psyche.Author Elise Stephens weaves an enjoyable romantic story that seamlessly blends the timeless Greek classic with a modern twist. Set in Seattle, the reader follows the development of the romantic relationship of Lorona and Kestrin. Their relationship starts off with a whirlwind romance that quickly develops into passion, love, and a hasty elopement. But their marriage isn't perfect or strong enough to withstand a variety of trials and tribulations that stand in the way of true love. With a mixture of fear, doubt, secrets, lack of trust, betrayal, obstacles, intriguing twists and turns, and tough decisions, Lorona and Kestrin's love will be put to the test. Is Lorona and Kestrin's love and marriage strong enough to overcome the obstacles in their way, or will it tear them apart?Moonlight and Oranges is an intriguing and complicated story full of emotion, passion, drama, and angst. It takes you on a roller coaster ride as Lorona and Kestrin's whirlwind relationship is put to the test time and time again. You can't help but get drawn into their story: opposites attract and fall in love, yet forces are trying to pull them apart. This story engages the reader in wondering if fate and destiny really had a hand in their relationship, and what's not to love about a great romance story intertwined with a timeless and classic Greek mythical tale that will capture the reader's attention from the beginning until the climatic ending? This is a well written and enjoyable story that will leave a smile on your face.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  • Jessie Harrell
    2019-03-05 20:59

    This modern-day adaptation of the Cupid & Psyche myth took me a little bit to get into, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. My main problem was that much like the actual myth, the romance between Kestrin and Lorona was "insta-love." (Cool character names, huh?) But I loved how Stephens used dreams and fortune tellers to replicate the ancient oracle, and the quest for the two lovers to reunite was painfully real. You will root for them to be together so hard even while seeing the road blocks that will prevent them reuniting. Overall, I though Stephens was remarkable clever in her adaptation of the myth and I'm very glad that I read it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-03 15:11

    this book was reallly really good at first i was confused but as i started reading i was in awe i loved how she never gave up and went after him and in the end it was a happy ending

  • Sarah
    2019-02-28 18:55

    A romance novel loosely based on Greek mythology's Cupid and Psyche. Read my full review at

  • Johanna
    2019-03-14 21:14

    Moonlight and Orangesby Elise Stephens Rating: 3.5Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Romance | Young AdultReview on behalf of AToMR Blog ToursA timeless tale of young romance.Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin’s long, tarnished history of relationships. When Lorona’s curiosity leads her to Kestrin’s journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush?Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.Summary: Lorona and Kestrin almost seem fated to meet the night of a Halloween party. And, before either can let their practical thoughts surface, they elope in a hasty marriage full of unique (citrus!!) desires and hopeful dreams of the future. Yet, not all is as it seems because Kestrin soon begins to secretly test Lorona regarding their "destined" relationship while his mother, Amanda, forcefully attempts to separate the two. Lorona, herself, struggles with trust issues due to Kestrin's wild past and easily believes her friend's comments over her husbands. Thus, can their marriage withstand the rocky ground they created for themselves and can their intense affections for each other win out in the end before it tears them apart? This modern re-telling of the Cupid and Psyche myth will draw you in with its emotional turmoil and family intrigue.Both protagonists really had their own uncommon strengths and irritating faults, which made them very believable at heart. And, while the plot line could easily steer into cheesy/over-sentimental portions every now and then, the overall direction truly had the reader guessing the outcome for the couple and the puzzling dream. Expect lots of entertaining side-characters who certainly become the voice for reason for Kestrin and Lorona in their dark times while adding some much need comic relief as well.Personally, I was really torn while reading this book. The character's callow actions really had me putting aside the book in frustration, but when I began reading again - I would easily get caught up in their impassioned struggle to make a relationship work no matter the odds and that was truly charming to me. Moreover, the namesake of the book title "Moonlight and Oranges" was constantly brought up in various ways and really became something the reader could easily associate with both characters throughout. So, if you are a fan of myths, romances and desire something fresh/new - check this out!!Likes: The Mexican La Llorona folktale/ghost story was interesting!Dislikes: I am all for unique names, but I really kept stumbling over Kestrin's name and it become more of an annoying factor than endearing one in the end. Also, there was an overabundance of detailed descriptions and character thoughts/feelings throughout the book--too much for my taste since I would have enjoyed less. As a reader, I would have liked to use my own interpretation of the emotional inner-life of the story more often. Thus, the tale came off as over-written to me in many parts and there needed to be a better balance overall. Chapter One/Paragraph One: "1) Find a guy. 2) Strike up a witty conversation."Favorite { Scene, Character or Setting }: Setting"...searching in vain for a familiar face to save her from drowning, [Lorona] then gritted her teeth and headed for the candy corn. If she was too nervous to start a conversation with strangers, at least she knew how to eat candy. The kitchen windows vibrated every few seconds with music as if a nearby explosion was jarring the house foundation. She passed Harry Potter and Marilyn Monroe in the midst of an earnest conversation about the upcoming elections. A woman wearing a flesh-colored suit and a huge stuffed python was dancing the Macarena to music in her head.Lorona felt as if she were shrinking under the bright costumes and loud noises. If she could find someone who took an interest in her, she knew she’d warm up. She could even be witty if it she was talking to someone lively. Lorona didn’t have a track record of making the first move. The real definition for her condition was painfully-shy-unless-heartily-encouraged. Lorona chewed a few kernels of candy corn straight out of her palm.“What’s your costume, a geek?” a male voice behind her asked.Lorona turned to face a slender man in his mid twenties with pale curly hair, blue hell-if-I-care eyes, and a huge set of white wings. He was staring at her hair.“I’m a psychologist.” She replied."

  • ChristinaTorretta
    2019-03-09 19:10

    What a fabulous idea for a romance! Reading the author’s note helped me to understand this fully! I loved it even without the note but it just helped put everything into a perspective of understanding. Sadly letting you in on this would be a complete spoiler so I’ll just say that the note was worth reading.The plot was really intense. I was left feeling like everything was settled in the end but boy to get to that point!! You have two people that are very different and I know they say opposites attract but these two are like fire. They up and marry within two days of getting to know each other only to have their friends ask questions about their decisions. Many, many, many questions. I just wanted to tell their friends and Kestrin’s mother to stfu already! But it really was that dynamic that keeps you reading, wondering what in the sam hell is going to happen with these two!? “I promise to listen to you even if I think you’re being unreasonable,” he said. “I promise to treat harmony as more important than being right,” she replied.Wait. Can I add those to my vows please? I love them! They are so personal and yet so very man and womanish. But that is exactly what this relationship is about. They don’t adhere to their vows just three days into their marriage! Ack!! But it is the times like these that make me want to cheer for them even when they are being absolute idiots… “Sometimes,” he whispered to Lorona, “I open the doors and stick my pillow out here so that I can look up and see the stars while I’m sleeping.” “You can’t see the stars while you’re sleeping. Your eyes are closed, goofball.” Lorona sighed. “Or do you mean that when you sleep under the stars, they fall into your dreams?” He pulled her close so that her hands and elbows rested on his chest. “I want more than starts to fall into my dreams.” This is my wife, he thought to himself, and peace settled around his shoulders like a fluffy fleece jacket. Lorona stretched her arms wide. The silver ring on her finger twinkled in the moonlight. “Then catch me.”Oh my god! Right? How cute and sweet and tender and romantic is this!? But no… they let stupid crap get in the way. And I do mean stupid. But we all know how we are, how our thoughts can deceive even ourselves and that is exactly what happens. The fabulous part of this story is the trials they both have to go through to see IF they do or do not really want to be together. Is it destiny for them or has it all been a sham?The characters are simply beautiful. Full of angst for sure but they are fabulous, definitely. Lorona is a thinker first and foremost and that is what does her in, Kestrin is a fly by the seat of his pants while believing in destiny and that is what kills him! It’s amazing and tragic. Yuki however is most definitely my favorite character. She reminds me of Tinkerbell, so happy one moment that she could cry but then crying the next because she is so suddenly upset by this whole situation. And then enters Amanda. Oh Amanda… you are a snake. Actually, I like snakes, you are a roach to everything and everyone around you… ohhh I would have loved to squash her and her meanness right out of this book!So! With that said, this was a tremendous roller coaster of a romance but definitely fun! Fast read with lots of twists and it all comes together in the end. Everything but the oranges, but I love oranges so who cares!?

  • Norelle Done
    2019-02-22 18:02

    Moonlight and Oranges is, in simple terms, a modern-day retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth. Lorona and Kestrin meet at a Seattle Halloween party, and go through a whirlwind romance over a couple of days that culminates in a quick wedding. Sounds crazy, right? Well the book tells a more complicated story, about how Kestrin has experienced foretelling dreams (including one that vaguely tells him about the woman who is his true love), Lorona’s shy and trusting nature that turns when friends give her more detail about Kestrin’s past relationships and the foreboding dream. Lorona makes a mistake that breaks Kestrin’s trust in her, sending the couple on a painful and alarming journey that will end their fateful relationship forever, or maybe bring them back together …So here goes with my review:Plot: Elise follows the Cupid and Psyche story loosely for her book, but the plot overall is engaging and interesting. The story flows and although there are one or two moments of confusion for the reader (or for me at least, with trying to grasp why things happen a certain way), it is generally a pleasant read. It follows the classic plot style, with exposition, conflict, a climax, and resolution. Characters: I felt like more could have been done with this portion of the book. Both Lorona and Kestrin, the two main characters, seemed to only be partially developed as characters, and I wanted to know more about them. For instance, what kind of background does Lorona have that would allow her to trust a guy whose past is full of other women, and trust him enough to marry him after knowing him only a few days? Or why Kestrin is so suddenly distrustful of Lorona after she reads his journal, but he still speaks to his mother – who stole it a week before. Basically, there was so much to the story that could have been expanded and enriched if the characters had been developed more. Setting: Based in Seattle and California, the setting is pretty straightforward. Elise does a beautiful job describing a rainy night, and the scene for the climax of the book. Setting is not distracting in Moonlight and Oranges, and it adds fullness to the story to make it feel more real despite the strange circumstances. Originality: This section is mostly moot because the story is inspired by an ancient myth, however I felt that Elise did a great job updating the tale and bringing modern reality into it. The loosely based origins really flourished into something new with this book. Moonlight and Oranges is a great book for young adults, and adults would also enjoy the story. Although there were some pieces to the story that just seemed too coincidental or ‘out there’, (their shotgun wedding, the sudden depth of distrust that Kestrin has when his wife reads his journal – granted, without permission, but still…) I generally really enjoyed the story. I also have to admit that Elise’s work with the climax literally had me hanging on to the last page, biting my nails with anxiety, and experiencing a much more rapid heartbeat than normal! Even if the beginning of the book is a bit slow, but way to fast (for the couple’s relationship, that is), it draws you in and gets you hooked.

  • Laura
    2019-02-23 20:08

    Review posted 1/12/12 at Owl Tell You About It.A lovely retelling of a Greek myth. I don't know too much about Greek myths so I was thankful for the author's note explaining the original story. It's good to know what has been changed or added in. I will admit that I found the book kind of strange at first, but once it got going, it was really well done.I adored Lorona and Kestrin. They both had their flaws and made their mistakes, but they both openly claimed those flaws and tried to correct their mistakes. Lorona is shy type, but has a lot of courage hiding in her heart and her trials in this book really bring that part out in her. Kestrin is a great guy deep down, despite his past, and Lorona sees that. They have a great relationship and they both really see wonderful parts of each other. It's an important element needed to make the story work. Their romance might seem a little rushed, but the falling in love part isn't really the point of the story. The story is more about love overcoming obstacles and fractured trust.Kestrin's mother, Amanda, is the character to look out for. What a perfectly disturbed woman. I understand that a lot of it has to do with the myth and the goddess she represents, but wow. Some of the things she does are just crazy. It's hard to see why she and Kestrin were so close in the first place.The plot was a little slow at first, but about a third of the way in, it grabbed me, and the climax of the story had me on the edge of my seat. It's a great myth, and I really love this retelling. I think it has the perfect mixture of the original story and modern day changes. My favorite part is Kestrin's journal and how that represents who he is. Lorona wants to know more about him and peeks into his life behind his back instead of asking, just how Psyche peeked at Eros's face while he slept.It's a great debut that will keep you glued to the page and give you the warm fuzzies. The e-book editions are pretty cheap, and I think it's worth the price so be sure to check it out.This book was provided by the publisher for review. I did not receive any payment in exchange for the review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Kristina Snyder
    2019-02-24 20:15

    Moonlight and Oranges is a modern-day retelling of the Cupid and Psych myth. I would not have even known about that if I didn't read the Author's note at the end of the book. I had no clue at all. I loved how well thought out this book was. The author put a lot of research into it. The story was beautifully written. I was able to actually visualize everything around the characters. The story, however, did have a slow start. It took me a little while to get into it. I loved how the author based Kestrin's dreams on Lorona. For example, her name actually comes from La Llorona "The Weeping Woman." I didn't like the whole obsession with oranges. I just really didn't understand it.I really liked Lorona as a character. After her mom left when she was little, she promised herself she would never cry again. She never has. That is one of the reasons Kestrin questioned if she was the one. The one was She who Cries. I really liked that part of the story as well. I loved how determined she was. No matter what happened, she would work to fix it, especially when Kestrin didn't seem to want to. Kestrin is pretty much a womanizer. He has been with many women just to find the woman of his dreams. When he meets Lorona, he believes he found the one. He completely changes for her. When Lorona looks into his journal, he blows up and leaves her. Throughout the book, he questions his dreams based on what happened. Since he has been with a lot of women, he believes he no longer has the chance to be happy with one person. I love the ending when he finally throws all that out the window and goes fine the woman that her truly loves.Everything happened a little too fast for me in this story. They meet one time, and BAM, they get married. They obviously don't love each other. He is only proposing, because he thinks she is the one. Lorona says yes, because she feels adored. They immediately get married and move in together. She mistrusts him in one instant and looks in his journal. When she fails the test, he ups and leaves her. Most of the book, they are separated from each other. I don't see how they could have actually fell in love. I mean I was happy at the end that they did love each other, but it just didn't seem real. I also wish there was more character development. I couldn't relate to the characters at all. I wish I could have been able to see them grow and their love for each other grow. The only time I actually felt something was at the end with the fire and hospital scene. That was my favorite part of the whole book.

  • Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
    2019-02-28 15:56

    Reviewed by NinaThe reason I chose this book was because of its summary. It sounded so romantic and normal. Plus, the cover wasn't bad, it is enough attractive. And the title was so weird that made me intrigued.The story is not quite normal. The characters were normal. Kestrin is a womanizer, I can't say that there is something wrong in that. And Lorona is an innocent girl, who still believes that a knight in a shinny armor will come to take her far away to live their romance. Again, nothing wrong in that. What didn't feel normal were the pressure and faith Kestrin had put in his dreams. He was, practically, following them like a compass, letting them guide his life. Even though I loved this characteristic, I couldn't help but wonder that this was some sort of fiction and that those kinds of things don't happen in real life. Or, at least, in my life.What I didn't like was how fast the things were moving. How rushing all of their decisions were. They rushed to move forward without knowing each other well or without thinking with their minds, only with their hearts. And when they started learning each other, they only found things they didn't like and starting having doubts about their relationship. Plus, there was Amanda, Kestrin's mother, who was messing in her son's life for the wrong reasons, making things more difficult. And she was a little creepy from time to time.During the story, we learn many things that make your mouth pop open. The end was what changed my mind altogether. It is so romantic, when the characters realize their feelings and take certain decisions. It reminded me of the greatest and most romantic love stories ever. The author tells us at the end, where exactly she got inspired, and I'll admit that I wasn't familiar with the story, which was also very romantic.Bottom line, I loved it, despite being fast and having to deal with rush and -sometimes- stupid decisions. It was painfully romantic. It made me believe in love at first sight and that sometimes we have to follow our hearts and not our heads when it comes to love.P.S.: I know that the title sounds strange, but there's a reason for that. The oranges play a major role in the characters connection. Believe me when I say that after a point, I was craving for some orange juice myself. I finished two cartons during reading it.

  • Jenea Whittington
    2019-03-16 22:03

    Moonlight and Oranges is a wonderful re-telling of the Greek myth, Cupid and Psyche. So instantly I was intrigued. The few changes that were made to the story were creative and done very well. Ready for a change, Lorona lets her friends take her out, little did she know that she would meet Kestrin, who is not only extremely handsome, but has a reputation as a womanizer. When he takes an interest in her, letting herself live a little, they have a whilrwind romance. But it is not an easy road, and there biog bumps along the way, just like any great romance.Our two main characters, Kestrin and Lorona are unique in their own way. Kestrin is man who believes in fate and love, so when he see Lorona he knows that she is the one for him. He has a colorful past, but deep down he is a man who genuinely a good guy and just wants happiness. Lorona is very shy, but has and abrasive side to her as well. She isn't very trusting and has done a good job of shielding her heart from love until she meets Kestrin. I think together they complement each other and they make a beautiful couple.There are a few other character that are amazing. Amanda is Kestrin's mother, and boy is she a doozy. She is manipulative and will have you disgusted by the things she does. She definitely plays the part of overprotective mother. Yuki and Kahlil are exactly what best friends should be. Loyal. These few characters play a major part to the story and were enjoyable addition.The plot development was slow at first, but I am happy that I kept reading. Once everything gets going, it grabs you and take you along their journey to find happiness together. And it is not hard to get swept up in it. Yes, this is a speedy romance with a quicky wedding, but that is not what it is all about. It is about insecurities, and trust and being able to get past the person you love's imperfections. Yes, they make mistakes but they work to learn from them and move on. This is a wonderful blend of contemporary romance twined with Greek mythology. I would definitely recommend reading this.

  • John Morgan
    2019-03-19 19:03

    For my book re view i am currently reading Moonlight and Oranges. Moonlight and Oranges starts with a bang, not subtlety introducing the reader to the story, but fully throwing the reader into it from the very beginning. Moonlight and Oranges is a contemporary, twined together with fantasy, take on the story of Cupid and Psyche which i find to be quite interesting. So in the story it is about a shy girl who's friend pulls her along on an date. this proves to be disastures cause once their she realizes that the one man who is considered the womanizer has taking a special interest in her. When Lorona's curiosity leads her to find his journal, doubt has them both thinking about insecurities and thoughts that threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their romance just a small dream that had no hope of surviving? Lorona quickly realizes that love may not be enough to help with his overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's past history of relationships. Characters: Kestrin: He is the main character. He is a man who believes in fate. Unfortunately this leads to many problems within his personal life. Lorona:She is a shy person who does not really believe in love. but when she meets kestrin she decides to change her mind and embark on an adventure. Setting: Based in Seattle and California. Elise Stephens does a good job describing a rainy night, and the scene for the climax of the book. Setting adds fullness to the story to make it feel more real despite the strange circumstances. Plot: Elise follows the Cupid and Psyche story loosely for her book, but the plot overall is interesting. The story flows smoothly and although there are one or two moments of confusion for the reader, it is generally a pleasant read. i quite enjoyed the book.

  • Tracey (Life and Literature)
    2019-03-14 20:56

    Lorona Connelly is a rather shy and timid young woman. She is dragged to a Halloween party by her friend Yuki and it's there that she meets Kestrin Feather. It's no secret that Kestrin is a player and has been with many woman before. But Lorona and Kestrin are about to embark on the quickest of whirlwind romances. At first I was completely taken back by the speed of it, but then we learn of Kestrin's dreams which he has recorded in a journal. His dreams tell of the woman who he will marry and he believes that woman to be Lorona. For her part, Lorona is looking for something more from life and is enamoured with Kestrin and the fact that she is the one that he wants. Kestrin plans to show his journal to Lorona but it's when she goes behind his back and reads it without his knowledge that things begin to go awry and Kestrin is not impressed when he finds out.Kestrin's mother is a nasty piece of work and has a rather unhealthy interest in her sons romantic life. And she will go to enormous lengths to break him and Lorona apart. I found both Kestrin and Lorona to be rather dramatic at times and found myself wishing that they would both chill for a minute and just sit and talk. But all that drama leads us to the big climactic scene which for me was the best part of the book. It was suspenseful and gripping!!When I first started reading Moonlight and Oranges I wasn't aware that it was a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, so it was great to get that bit of background information at the end of the book.Elise Stephens has taken a tale of Greek mythology and given it a modern day twist. Woven with her wonderful storytelling, Moonlight and Oranges was an immensely enjoyable read!!Review first posted at YA Book Addict... http://youngadultbookaddict.blogspot....

  • Julie(Reading By The Beach)
    2019-03-01 15:05

    A brilliant novel that sends you on a rugged trek as the characters discover, fight and surrender to their fate. Beautifully written!The characters were all so unique in their own capacity. Kestrin constantly had me groaning in frustration yet he rouses compassion. Lorona draws a connection out of you the moment we meet her, endearing her honest, insecurity ridden determination to the reader. And it doesn't stop there. Kahlil and Yuki both ignite a fierce affection in their unwavering loyalty to their friends. Amanda, Kestrin's mother, will have you disgusted and angered. Each character produces appropriate emotions as the story tangles and untangles.Moonlight and Oranges starts with a bang, not subtlety introducing the reader to the story, but fully throwing the reader into it from the very beginning. It was exhilarating! The mixed point-of-view's help shed light as the reader is caught in the middle of a fantastic whirlwind. Moonlight and Oranges is a contemporary, twined together with fantasy, take on the story of Cupid and Psyche (I had no idea until I reached the end and read the author's notes, after that I quickly found the likeness and the little clues hidden within. Example: Kestrin's last name Feather, referring to Cupid in the Mythological story). But it isn't just a straight forward take, there are many different aspects that make this unique in it's own right. I was in agony as the somewhat unpredictable twists took me in a different direction, but it was a blissful agony. The reader will be aware that there is a happy ending, but the journey to get to that happy ending is tremulous. There are moments that had me laughing, crying and many in betweens. Emotional and entertaining!Elise Stephens did a superb job of capturing my attention and keeping it throughout, I was helpless to the outside world as the story devoured me.

  • Maegan Morin
    2019-02-24 19:04

    In Moonlight and Oranges Elise Stephens offers us an interesting retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. The book is an imaginative take on the myth but stays true to the message of the original telling including creative touches to make it more modern. My favorite part of the book was how well researched Lorona's name was. Named after La Llorona "The Weeping Woman" (Hispanic legend), it ties in beautifully with Kestrin and his dreams. The book was really well thought out. My favorite character was Amanda. She was evil incarnate and I really like the way she was written. If you think your mother in law is awful then you should really wear this book! I like that the characters are flawed and they know it.However I found the first half of the book really slow and there really wasn't a lot going on. Though I'm glad that I did read it, I really had to force myself to get through the first half. The last half of the book I just couldn't get enough of. I poured through the pages as fast as I possibly could and it just didn't seem fast enough. I just had to know what happened and how it would end!I recommend this book for anyone 16+ and mostly because I think anyone younger then that would get bored with it. I give this book 4 ravens. It was a good read and I would like to read more from this author. I just wish that there was a little less lovey dovey and a little more excitement in the first half of the book.Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.probo...

  • ILoveBooks
    2019-03-14 21:55

    This book has everything that is promised in the Goodreads Summary. Lorona is a different sort of character. She certainly isn't perfect, she can be abrasive, but she will likely remind the reader of his/her friends or at least be a familiar face. She can also be compassionate, determined, and sweet. When she meets Kestrin, she knows that he just might be "the one" for her. It doesn't take long for them to develop a relationship and begin to take steps towards legal devotion to each other. Kestrin complements Lorona. He is more cautious, quiet, and kind. Together, the two make a good couple that the reader will enjoy reading about. However, not all is perfect in their love bubble. Lorona discovers a few things she isn't sure that she's happy about regarding Kestrin and learns that not everyone is that happy that she is with Kestrin. Lorona must make a difficult decision about hers and Kestrin's potential as a couple. Overall, this book was well-written and a fun read. Many readers will be able to finish this book within two days or so, it can be hard to put down. The cover itself will draw in any reluctant readers and Lorona's character will hold their attention. It is easy to get drawn into Lorona and Kestrin's whirlwind romance and tough decisions. This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-26 21:05

    Lorona never thought in a million years that a guy like Kestrin Feathers would ever give her a second look. Being a redheaded book nerd, she was used to the quiet life. One night her friend Yuki convinces her to go to a Halloween party and she is utterly surprised by what happens next.Kestrin is a guy known to "get around" with girls, but deep down he's a kind hearted guy looking for the right one. By "right one" I mean the one he has been dreaming about. He seems to have inherited the ability to have dreams that are real, and in this case he is convinced that Lorona is the girl who will complete his dream. He starts chatting with her and the two fall in love - and are married in two days.Sweet Lorona makes the mistake of reading Kestrin's dream journal and the two become seperated since Kestrin wasn't ready to tell her about the dream yet. Larona and Yuki go on a trip to chase him down and are thrown some obstacles by Kestrin's crazy Mother who apparently wants her new daughter in law our of the picture. Is Larona really the woman of his dreams?I really enjoyed this book. It seemed to me like a fairy tale of some sort, and when I read the Epilogue I realized it is based off the Greek myth of Psyche and Cupid. How awesome is that? Props to the author for being so creative! A quick and easy read with outstanding writing. 5 stars from me!

  • Jhoanna
    2019-03-19 20:05

    it was good.when i first saw it i didn't know it was a modern day retelling of Cupid and Psyche, it just spark the interest in me, but, i didn't read it right away i was still thinking if i should read it. but, one day i was scanning some reviews and learned that its a retelling of Cupid and Psyche, since i am a sucker for Greek myth i read it right away and it did not disappoint.I like how the retelling goes. i love how the simple the story goes and its very easy to understand. if some people doesn't like modern retelling of old stories, well, i do. it just give me something to think about like if this really happened in the original story it will be better, it will keep you thinking the "what ifs?the romance is really fast. i felt that its really destiny. i love how they try to protect each other from each other, i love they love each other yet they're trying to spare each other. i love Lorona's name and how it was explained, its somehow mysterious and intriguing. i love how the story played out, how they realize that they are really for each other.Read it. You'll love it.

  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    2019-03-15 22:16

    First I would like to thank ATOMR for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. I have to say that when I first saw the book cover and read the blurb I was excited to start reading it. Who doesn't like a good love story but this story is so much more.The added plus to reading this story is the fact that I love mythology and this story is a retelling of Cupid and Psyche. Oh man how I love their story.This story is about love and what happens when you open your heart up and let someone in. Lorona is ready for change. She is tired of being a normal plain Jane. she is looking for something but she is not quite sure what she is looking for. That is until she goes to a party and meets Kestrin. Krestin is a womanizer and he has never felt love before but when he meets Lorona he knows that there is something very special about her. As their relationship goes through the ups and downs of a relationship the two of them will have to fight to stay together.This story is a must read with all it's twists and turns. It is an exciting read full of so much you will not be disappointed!

  • Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
    2019-02-19 19:57

    Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?Moonlight and Oranges is a modern re-telling of the Greek myth about Cupid and Psyche brought into modern times with a few extras added. At first, I didn't realize it was a re-telling. I thought it was going to be just another easy love story. Then Kestrin's mother started playing a bigger role, and I started to piece things together. His mama has some definite issues. The story starts off in a whirlwind romance that happens so quickly, you barely have time to blink before the problems start. I would have liked more detail about the ending of Kestrin's dream, but I enjoyed him as a character. I liked the background behind Lorona's name, and how she fit or didn't fit within his dream. The plot moved along fairly quickly and kept my attention from beginning to end.I won Moonlight and Oranges by Elise Stephens through a giveaway from Book Passion for Life. The opinions are my own.

  • Debra Chapoton
    2019-02-28 20:55

    More like 3 and a half stars, but I'll round up because I really liked the author's style and it seemed that at last I'd found a free book that was well edited.As the author reveals at the very end, this is an elaborate and modern take off on the Greek myth of Psyche and Cupid. I never would have guessed that, but I like the story even more now that I know that little tidbit.Shy, virginal Lorona is drawn to womanizer Kestrin and he to her since he believes she is the one to fulfill "fate" . . . his journal . . . his dreams. They marry, but she reads his journal without permission. The relationship crashes and his evil mother (think Aphrodite) pulls some pranks to keep them apart.Fate intervenes, of course. Gotta love fate.PG-13

  • Darcus Murray
    2019-03-19 19:08

    I won this book in a giveaway a while back and I've been curious about it ever since.this book is a modern retelling of Cupid and Psyche, a greek myth, though in the book itself, you're kind of led to believe that it's a retelling of La Llorona, a mexican legend.I actually thought this book was pretty good. I was thrown off a little in the beginning by how fast everything went (and it went fast!) but the further I got into it, the better it seemed to get.The writing was done well and the characters were easy to get into. There were a few mistakes in the book, however, which wouldn't be shocking if it were an ARC, but I was reading a finished copy.

  • Caitlin Maxwell
    2019-03-14 21:53

    I would actually rate this around 3.5 stars instead of 5. It was more of a typical romance story, nothing too unique, but it made for a fun read. I felt like it was a little rushed in the beginning, even for being about a quick romance. I also think that the main characters, Lorona and Kestrin, could have been developed a little more fully. Not the best piece of writing ever, but overall, I found this to be a very fun, quick, romantic read.

  • Erin
    2019-03-15 18:07

    I wasn't really thrilled with this book. It seems to be the same old plot lines in YA literature. Boy and Girl meet and they are inexplicably drawn to each other and fall in love after knowing each other for two days. What happened to characters who fall in love over the course of the whole book? These characters fell flat for me too, and I just didn't care too much about them.

  • Reeca Elliott
    2019-03-05 17:00

    Lorona is a true book nerd. But, she is trying to change her ways and experience life and take chances. She meets Kerstrin and...oooooh boy!!The story jumps around quite a bit but Lorona is such a charming character. She keeps you coming back for more.A quick and really enjoyable read!!!

  • Judith
    2019-02-22 19:02

    A nice little page-turner young romance. I liked the use of color, myth and poetry. I hoped for more supernatural elements, but those were suppressed under the story. Left me craving oranges and a kiss under the stars...

  • Kelly
    2019-03-13 15:53

    Confusing writing style.

  • Lavi
    2019-03-14 19:07

    that was adorable... such a volute updated take on Greek mythology... loved the obsessions with oranges and moon references also lived the poetic nature in the writting.