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Catalyst Moon: Breach by Lauren L. Garcia

Catalyst Moon: Breach

Title: Catalyst Moon: Breach

Author: Lauren L. Garcia

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: August 16th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 413

POV: 3rd person

Series: Catalyst Moon

Incursion – Book 1 (review here)

Breach – Book 2

Where you can find Catalyst Moon: Breach: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

In an uncertain world on the brink of chaos, can love and destiny prevail?

When Kalinda parts ways with Stonewall at Whitewater City, she has no idea if she will ever see him again. But when their paths cross once more, they find themselves in the middle of impending turmoil.

Fear is consuming the land as the body-snatching thralls are multiplying and destroying everything in their path. Meanwhile, rebellion is brewing between the mages and sentinels and threatening to rock the very foundations of their co-existence.

Trigger Warning: None

My review:

Have you ever read a series and the second book is so much better than the first one? Actually, so much better that you have to reread the review you wrote on book one to make sure its the same book. That is the case with Catalyst Moon: Breach. I remember reading Incursion and thinking that it was that a bit boring and a little vague. So when I requested this book from Inkitt, I was expecting the same. So, I was thrilled when I started reading the book and could get into it.

Breach starts a few weeks (or a month or so, it didn’t say) after the events of Incursion. Kalinda hasn’t been in touch with Stonewall since he brought her to Whitewater City. She starts the painful task of healing her knee. She is also waiting for Stonewall to return from his mission. She hopes that they will pick up where they left off. But there is an undercurrent of unrest and unease at the bastion. The mysterious Assembly has been stealing all of the hematite. They have been doing it with help from the Sufani, a Gypsy like people. The sentinels are jonesing for their next fix and it is beginning to show within ranks. Meanwhile, a group of mages are planning to break free of Whitewater City. They are prepared to do whatever they need to do to escape. Also, the thralls and the Canderi are coming more often and in greater numbers. Add all that together and it made for a very good and suspenseful read.

The romance between Stonewall and Kalinda was a lot better in this book. You knew that they were together almost from the beginning. I did feel that it was taking on a Romeo and Juliet type romance. I almost wanted to start quoting Shakespeare when he was sneaking into her room. But, it isn’t Romeo and Juliet. Not by a long shot. It is a forbidden romance between a sentinel and a mage and as with all forbidden things, it gets found out.

The storylines are merged towards the end of the book. It made for a very fast paced read. I swear, I held my breath for most of the ending. I will tell everyone that there is no happy ending for this book. The way this book ended, I am looking forward to reading book 3.

My Summary for Catalyst Moon: Breach: 4 stars

Catalyst Moon: Breach is a fast paced, action filled fantasy romance. I felt that it was a step up from Incursion and it did not suffer from the sophomore slump. It had characters that were flushed out and plotlines that were not vague. A book that I enjoyed reading and I cannot wait to read book 2.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Older teen

Why: Sexual situations (characters have sex but no details are given) and violence. No language.

I would like to thank Lauren L. Garcia and Inkitt for allowing me to review Catalyst Moon: Breach

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

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