Title: Goddess of the Night
Author: Lynne Ewing
Length: 294 pages
Why I read it: 2014 Series Challenge hosted by A Novel challenge
What it’s About: Vanessa, Catty, Serena, and Jimena are Goddesses of the moon and each have their own special powers that they must use to defeat and ancient evil called the Atrox and their followers. Vanessa can become invisible, Catty can time travel, Serena has the ability to read minds, and Jimena has premonitions.
The Good: When this series first came out, or at least when I first started reading it, I loved it. The concept was different than what was out there at the time, and the same can be said now. I love how the four girls have vastly different personalities, but they become friends very fast. I like the California setting. It helps warm me up when I’m feeling a bit too cold. Ewing has a flair for descriptions, and making you feel every scene of the book. I guess it’s from her background as a screen writer.
The Bad: The girls are wooden. in fact all the characters are wood, even, sadly, the “hippy” type characters. I guess it’s understandable since this was the first book in the series. Vanessa was the worst. She was the central character of the book, but I just didn’t care about her. I wanted to slap her most of the time. She was too afraid to do anything “wrong” including, but not limited to prank phone calls…. Yeah. Then there are the unrealistic situations. If my best friend in the whole world went missing, I would not A) keep it from my mom for a week, or B) get dolled up in a too short dress and body glitter and follow a guy I don’t know into a neighborhood I’m unfamiliar with.
Final Thoughts: When I first read this series, I got to book 5 and then the books went out of print. I scoured used book stores and yard sales to find the remaining eight books and complete the series, and I’ve finally done it, and I’m happy. I’m even happy to re-read the series, but maybe it’s first book syndrome or maybe it’s something else, but I think I’ve out grown the series. We’ll see.