This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Mona Lisa Darkening
Date of Review: 11/20/08
Official Reviewer for Eye On Romance
In this latest installment of Sunny’s Monére, Children of the Moon Series, Mona Lisa is mysteriously whisked away by a dark force during the Basking of the Full Moon. Unfortunately for Mona Lisa, this particular Basking also coincides with the Aequus Nox, or equal night. Aequus Nox is a time when the veils between realms thin and creatures can more easily move between them. Mona Lisa is taken to NetherHell, a world about which she knows nothing and is woefully ill-equipped to handle. Mona Lisa must rely on her instincts as she travels through this world. She must also cope with the realization that Mona Louisa, with whom Mona Lisa shares a part of her body, is stronger in NetherHell and takes over Mona Lisa’s body more fully. Mona Lisa must try to fight her off in order to regain control of her own body and to survive this world.
As she travels through NetherHell, Mona Lisa rescues a gargoyle child and is taken captive by the bull dheus. Fortunately for Mona Lisa, some of the bull dheus were former bodyguards and lovers of Mona Louisa and are willing to help her navigate this world. They take Mona Lisa to a gargoyle king, Gordane, who wants Mona Lisa to join his harem and to give him a child.
Meanwhile, those of her family and friends left in the real world are searching desperately for answers as to what happened to her. They even turn to her demon husband, Halcyon, for help. Halcyon knows about NetherHell and vows to try and rescue Mona Lisa with help from a fellow demon. And thus the adventure begins.
I have to be honest. I was really hesitant to read this book. I figured that since it takes place in a world of Sunny’s creation and that it is definitely a fantasy/paranormal book that there would be a lot of jargon that I would not understand since I haven’t read any of her other books. I am pleased to say that I was completely wrong. Sunny grabbed my attention from the very first page of her tale and I was compelled to read until the very last sentence. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Mona Lisa, Halcyon and Gordane. Would she make it out and how would her struggle with Mona Louisa impact her? Sunny’s novel is completely accessible to readers new to her books. She provides all the necessary information and the worlds are not so foreign that we cannot understand what is happening. I think that Mona Lisa’s own confusion about where she is and what is going on allowed Sunny to give us the necessary background. All of the characters needed explanations so we learn right along with them what is happening.
I really enjoyed the book and plan on reading the others in the series. I highly recommend it as a great adventure.