Monday, January 12, 2015

Even The Moon Scars by Steph Campbell Book Review

Two strangers. 

Two broken hearts. 
One night to set each other free. 

Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded. 
Lena Pettitt was born a miracle. 
And her parents never let her forget it. 
Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most--her life. 

Gabriel Martinez’s heart has been ripped out. 
His pride has been stomped on. 
Oh, and he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true. 

Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair, when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house--but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he’s spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother’s or… 

A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe nor Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out. 

As jaded as he is, Gabe can’t deny the fact that he’s excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things. 

Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it’s finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined. 

All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty. 
It’s one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.

It's just this ordinary story with these ordinary characters, in these sort of extraordinary circumstances that wound up being unintentionally beautiful.

It's like I can't say much about this story besides I really enjoyed it. I like how ordinary it was but still endearing, still entertaining, without having to try too hard to be something it's not.

Lena, is this miracle child turned teen who hasn't been able to experience real life because of her sheltered life--and Gabe is her total opposite. He's rich in money and poor where it matters. His mother is this cold-hearted woman, who's more concerned with images than how her child really feels. Gabe is in trouble and is building an arrest record longer than he'd like all because of some ex-girlfriend who is constantly getting him into trouble--because of it he's been exiled to his grandmother's house.

It's at his grandmother's house, that he meets Lena, or rather she meets him, and the events that follow change their lives, and cause them to question everything they've ever been taught.

I liked spending time with these characters, it was easy. This book itself was easy, nothing to heavy about this book. I liked how easy it was to fall into the story. I appreciated the lightness to this book. Every moment between the characters felt like an adventure, in the most enlightening and entertaining way possible. Don't expect any outrageous things to happen but you will be entertained. You will enjoy the journey Lena and Gabe take in just a short period of time.

My only complaint was the ending, it was a little abrupt, and left me feeling like I might have missed something. I would have liked a slightly more finished ending but sometimes life is like that.

For this to be the first novel I've read by Steph Campbell, I have to say I'm pretty pleased, and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!


  1. Wow i dont think I've heard of this one before but it sounds lovely! And sometimes the most ordinary stories and the ones that are the best! Especially for a contemporary lover like myself! I'll have to keep an eye out for this one! Great review, Jazmen!

  2. This has such a beautiful cover! I'm glad you enjoyed it - I think I'll add it to my list as well! Awesome review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  3. That cover, though! The whole book sounds absolutely breathtaking. Thanks for this review and putting it on my radar!

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages