Review – Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade

Under the Desert Moon
Title: Under the Desert Moon
Author: Emma Meade
Series: Under the Desert Moon #1
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
Published: August 2012

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever. Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?

My Review

Under the Desert Moon wasn’t the normal vampire book that I have read lately, full of action, fighting and blood. It was more a case of a girl meeting a boy who is trying to live a normal life, but he just happens to be a vampire. It was an entertaining read from start to finish as the characters work through their differences to see if they have something worth fighting for.

Erin lives a quiet life; she lives at home with her twin brother Nick, older brother Steve and alcoholic father. She is an art geek who loves photography and plans on getting a scholarship to attend college to pursue her dreams and to get out of her boring town. When a movie crew turns up in the sleepy town, everything changes as the town is buzzing with the new people. Erin decides to get a job on set taking photos behind the scenes.

With the arrival of the movie crew is the mysterious James Linkin. He has been cast as the lead actor in the movie, Kiss of the Vampire. He works only at night and has uncanny brown eyes with flecks of green in them. He has that typical bad boy persona, and is used to girls throwing themselves at him. What is unusual for him is the quiet, beautiful girl who does her best to keep him at arms length.

The relationship between Erin and James is rocky to begin with as Erin is very hostile towards him as she doesn’t think that a gorgeous guy like James could be interested in someone like her. She is a very smart girl and is able to work things out on her own but she also second guesses herself. She is a fun character who is not afraid to say exactly what she means and is able to throw James off guard.

I think that Emma Meade has written an engaging book that I was compelled to read. There a few twists and turns thrown in to keep things interesting such as Zach, Erin’s nosy friend who is also an art geek, her brother Nick who works on set too and a crazy girl from James’ past. I found it amusing at times, intense at others and had it enough swoon moments to keep me wanting more. The characters were all great, but most definitely impulsive teens! I am highly anticipating what will happen in their lives next and to see whether Erin can get away from Copperfield……

About the Author

Emma MeadeEmma Meade writes paranormal fiction.

She lives in rainy Ireland and loves all things supernatural. Stephen King's The Stand is one of her most loved books and she's lost count of the number of times she's read L.J. Smith's trilogy, The Forbidden Game. Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on.

She is not ashamed to admit that Dirty Dancing and Twilight make her top ten movie list but wishes to point out that The Last of the Mohicans, Reality Bites, Dead Poets Society, Stand by Me and The Goonies are in there too.

Writing supernatural stories & watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

You can find Emma online at:


  1. This is on my to read! I'm going to get to it soon! Great review!

  2. Liz @ Fictional CandyJanuary 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I love when I see books on your list that I have read, cause we often have close opinions, and I love seeing your take on it! I agree with this review, it was a pretty good story - and very much a different take on the usual vampire story. Great job!

  3. Thanks Liz!! I like comparing my reviews with yours too!!

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