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MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET. NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE. When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart. “Take care of them, Matthew.” “Always.” “Protect my secret.” “Of course.” That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large foun MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET. NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE. When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart. “Take care of them, Matthew.” “Always.” “Protect my secret.” “Of course.” That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large found family of humans and supernatural creatures alike. Fated to love her for the rest of his life, and unwilling to break his solemn vow, Matthew knows the only person who can help Luna is her grandmother. Through the woods they must go, just like a fairytale. But the forest is filled with deadly peril: poisonous black moss, chimeras, and worst of all, members of their family who don't want them to continue. As they are picked off one by one, Matthew races to get Luna to safety, all the time doubting everything he thought was true. Can Matthew untangle the twisted threads of Luna’s secret before he himself unravels? A dark fantasy horror with Little Red Ridinghood undertones, perfect for fans of Last House on Needle Street (Catriona Ward), Split (J.B. Salsbury), Legion (Brandon Sanderson), Pretty Girl 13 (Liz Coley), The Quiet at the End of the World (Lauren James), Primal Fear (William Diehl), & Tell me your Dreams (Sydney Sheldon).


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MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET. NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE. When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart. “Take care of them, Matthew.” “Always.” “Protect my secret.” “Of course.” That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large foun MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET. NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE. When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart. “Take care of them, Matthew.” “Always.” “Protect my secret.” “Of course.” That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large found family of humans and supernatural creatures alike. Fated to love her for the rest of his life, and unwilling to break his solemn vow, Matthew knows the only person who can help Luna is her grandmother. Through the woods they must go, just like a fairytale. But the forest is filled with deadly peril: poisonous black moss, chimeras, and worst of all, members of their family who don't want them to continue. As they are picked off one by one, Matthew races to get Luna to safety, all the time doubting everything he thought was true. Can Matthew untangle the twisted threads of Luna’s secret before he himself unravels? A dark fantasy horror with Little Red Ridinghood undertones, perfect for fans of Last House on Needle Street (Catriona Ward), Split (J.B. Salsbury), Legion (Brandon Sanderson), Pretty Girl 13 (Liz Coley), The Quiet at the End of the World (Lauren James), Primal Fear (William Diehl), & Tell me your Dreams (Sydney Sheldon).

30 review for The Unraveling of Luna Forester

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received a gifted copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Zooloos Book Tours. The Unravelling of Luna Forester is a fascinating and at times, scary read that gripped me from the first few chapters. This book is very current for the topic of mental health that we are seeing people suffering with more and more every day. Luna has to get through the woods with her friends to grandmothers house. They face challenges of all kinds as well as some I received a gifted copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Zooloos Book Tours. The Unravelling of Luna Forester is a fascinating and at times, scary read that gripped me from the first few chapters. This book is very current for the topic of mental health that we are seeing people suffering with more and more every day. Luna has to get through the woods with her friends to grandmothers house. They face challenges of all kinds as well as some terrifying monsters. I couldn't put this book down. I didn't piece what was going on together until the last chapter if the book and when I did it made my head spin. I will definitely be giving this book another read! I found the book heartfelt, steady, compassionate and very cleverly written! I definitely recommend going into this book blind as not knowing the story really makes it a surprise!

  2. 5 out of 5

    PigginDani

    I’ve had a lot of time to think about how to review this book, but I still have very little other than WOW! This book is truly phenomenal. A few words I can use to describe it are: Intricate. Mesmerising. Eerie. Frightening. Immersive. Clever. Exciting. Heartfelt. Hopeful. Sensitive. Compassionate. Sad. It deals with difficult subjects in a very delicate, but honest way and gives the reader an insight into a very prominent/Current topic, Mental Health. I said it before, Marisa is, not only a very be I’ve had a lot of time to think about how to review this book, but I still have very little other than WOW! This book is truly phenomenal. A few words I can use to describe it are: Intricate. Mesmerising. Eerie. Frightening. Immersive. Clever. Exciting. Heartfelt. Hopeful. Sensitive. Compassionate. Sad. It deals with difficult subjects in a very delicate, but honest way and gives the reader an insight into a very prominent/Current topic, Mental Health. I said it before, Marisa is, not only a very beautiful person, but a truly gifted storyteller. Thank you for the ARC ebook in return for an honest review. I have preorder the ebook & paperback AND will definitely want a Hardback version, too! I love it more than words can say!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Castillo

    This was the most interesting book I've read in a while. I have to say the only thing I didn't like about this book was that I read the content warning. I have recently discovered that I'm the type of reader that needs to skip over those because they ruin the book for me. They give me more clues as to what's going on and what's coming, and so I'm able to piece things together very quickly. So that's more a personal issue with me than the book. For me, it didn't take me longer than chapter two or t This was the most interesting book I've read in a while. I have to say the only thing I didn't like about this book was that I read the content warning. I have recently discovered that I'm the type of reader that needs to skip over those because they ruin the book for me. They give me more clues as to what's going on and what's coming, and so I'm able to piece things together very quickly. So that's more a personal issue with me than the book. For me, it didn't take me longer than chapter two or three to put together what was going on ( no spoilers). Once things sort of started to "shift" with the characters, and I understood what kind of book this was going to be, I was hooked. It was an evenly paced book between action scenes and dialogue. Luna herself was a fascinating character. But Matthew had my heart and soul, and I was happy with the ending of the book. The author did a great job adding details and bits and pieces here and there so that everything fit together by the end. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy the darker side of fantasy stories. It was an excellent read that keeps you guessing and hoping right up until the end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Mathis

    I have to be honest as this book left me confused and with many questions as to what was so special about Luna and why was it so important to keep her hidden away from the authorities. I felt like there was story before this that I missed. Exactly who was Luna and why was she living in a home with all these other people and children who had special abilities. I saw where others really enjoyed this book but I really struggled with it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

    The Unraveling of Luna Forester by Marisa Noelle was such an incredible read, I am so impressed! First of all, let’s talk about that cover. Wow!!! But honestly, it’s what’s inside the cover that blew me away. Beautiful writing and a story that kept my attention from beginning to end. This may be my favorite read of 2021, so far. I love the characters. Luna is absolutely fascinating and Matthew was just perfect. Can I keep gushing? Probably…but honestly, you should be headed to pick your copy of th The Unraveling of Luna Forester by Marisa Noelle was such an incredible read, I am so impressed! First of all, let’s talk about that cover. Wow!!! But honestly, it’s what’s inside the cover that blew me away. Beautiful writing and a story that kept my attention from beginning to end. This may be my favorite read of 2021, so far. I love the characters. Luna is absolutely fascinating and Matthew was just perfect. Can I keep gushing? Probably…but honestly, you should be headed to pick your copy of this book up right now. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would. Highly recommended!!! Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yasemin

    This was a fascinating book to read. The book has a darker tone to it. I kept wanting to read more because of the mystery and excitement. The author did an excellent job of interspersing details and bits of information throughout the story such that it all came together by the end. This is a book that I strongly recommend. It was a fantastic book that kept you guessing and wanting to know more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jake Waller

    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this novel and it didn't disappoint. Marisa Noelle has a remarkable talent for tackling difficult topics in her novels, particularly around mental health, and The Unraveling of Luna Forester is no exception. A masterful blend of fantasy, adventure, and self-discovery, perfect for readers of any age, this takes you on a journey alongside Luna. Despite being the titular character, Luna plays second fiddle to the caring and complex Matthew, who takes it upon him I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this novel and it didn't disappoint. Marisa Noelle has a remarkable talent for tackling difficult topics in her novels, particularly around mental health, and The Unraveling of Luna Forester is no exception. A masterful blend of fantasy, adventure, and self-discovery, perfect for readers of any age, this takes you on a journey alongside Luna. Despite being the titular character, Luna plays second fiddle to the caring and complex Matthew, who takes it upon himself to make tough decisions time and again. A truly touching novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kerry https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com Robinson

    The unravelling of Luna Forester is a clever fantasy tale loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood and is thought provoking and mind blowing. It is definitely one of those books that will stay with you long after you close the covers. Luna lives with a group of friends who have special abilities but when their house is burned down and Luna becomes catatonic, the group set off through the woods to find Luna’s Grandmother. Luna is the catalyst for the story however it is the main character Matthew, The unravelling of Luna Forester is a clever fantasy tale loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood and is thought provoking and mind blowing. It is definitely one of those books that will stay with you long after you close the covers. Luna lives with a group of friends who have special abilities but when their house is burned down and Luna becomes catatonic, the group set off through the woods to find Luna’s Grandmother. Luna is the catalyst for the story however it is the main character Matthew, who appoints himself as her carer, who leads the ay through the perilous woods. As Luna’s friends begin to die one by one, the tension rises and the reader is led on a dark fantasy journey that they won’t forget. The plot is intricately woven and contains the beautiful and the downright ugly aspects of a fairy tales, and life. It’s difficult not to give too much away but Marisa Noelle does a beautiful job of dealing with some very sensitive issues throughout this tale and it’s heartbreakingly beautiful at times. She writes with sensitivity and it’s such an excellent book to empower young people to discuss mental health issues. The beginning part of the book threw me into a pleasant confusion (purposeful so stick with it! It wasn’t frustrating and I was enjoying the setting and characters so much at no point was I giving in and when it comes, and you realise why – it’s totally worth it and so very clever. Such a tricky book to review without spoilers but just brilliant.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Render

    This isn’t my usual kind of read but the premise was so interesting I knew it was one I had to read. Although aimed mainly at young adults, I loved this book. With its fairytale elements both beautiful and terrifying, it drew me in from the start. But also blending seamlessly with the magical side there is element of ‘real’ life, with mentions of school, public services and family. There are quite a few characters which at first I thought I would find daunting to remember who was who, but each p This isn’t my usual kind of read but the premise was so interesting I knew it was one I had to read. Although aimed mainly at young adults, I loved this book. With its fairytale elements both beautiful and terrifying, it drew me in from the start. But also blending seamlessly with the magical side there is element of ‘real’ life, with mentions of school, public services and family. There are quite a few characters which at first I thought I would find daunting to remember who was who, but each person is so well written I never had an issue. For me, although this book is predominantly about Luna, it is also a story of love, friendship and love. It also tackles in a subtle way, mental health issues which can affect us all. I don’t want to go into the story as I found this a magical book and don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to visit another different type of tale which for me brought back memories of some the stories my parents read to me as a child.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Gee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow! I was not expecting the book to be like this. You immerse yourself so much into the characters as they are all so detailed. You can feel the pain with everyone of them. I wanted to shake Luna to wake up and scream at her but could feel Matthew's pain. I had an ideal what might possible be happening but I was not quite right. Absolutely amazing writing so gripping. Highly recommend. Wow! I was not expecting the book to be like this. You immerse yourself so much into the characters as they are all so detailed. You can feel the pain with everyone of them. I wanted to shake Luna to wake up and scream at her but could feel Matthew's pain. I had an ideal what might possible be happening but I was not quite right. Absolutely amazing writing so gripping. Highly recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leeanne

    Enjoyed this. I took me a while to understand the concept but the last chapter/ending made it all make sense

  12. 5 out of 5

    Smarzbar

    So I recommend going in blind to get the full effect & my review doesn't contain any spoilers. It is YA however if you need CW for things like death, suicide, mental health conditions, violence then it might not be for you. There is a detailed CW in the front of the book but again I recommend avoiding it if you don't want spoilers. The "MC" Luna doesn't really do much, she goes into a catatonic state after the family home burns down. Now our real MC Matthew has to lead the strange collection that So I recommend going in blind to get the full effect & my review doesn't contain any spoilers. It is YA however if you need CW for things like death, suicide, mental health conditions, violence then it might not be for you. There is a detailed CW in the front of the book but again I recommend avoiding it if you don't want spoilers. The "MC" Luna doesn't really do much, she goes into a catatonic state after the family home burns down. Now our real MC Matthew has to lead the strange collection that is the foster family through the woods to luna's grandmother's house, all while avoiding the authorities. Sounds great, until it all starts unraveling, quickly. For some the twist will be slowly revealed, I wish I was in that group because if this takes you by surprise it's really going to smack you around. The first part of the story is intentionally meant to be confusing, the short choppy sentences add to the chaotic setting and leave you with more questions than it answers. Just roll with it, allow it to bewilder you. I have to really appreciate how beautifully the author has handled the mental health in this book, so many turn these issues into horror tropes when they're introduced in fiction. This is the third book I've read by the same author and although they're very different stories they treat mental health seriously which is phenomenal especially for YA readers. It's important for that representation and the underlining message is one of acceptance and understanding, not pity or shame. Dark urban fantasy Chaotic Supernatural Found family Mythical creatures Twisty Psychological Heart wrenching TW unalive, self unalive, trauma, grief, v!olence, mental health issues

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maderlaina Dixon

    Wow just wow A amazingly loving family Heart wrenching and soul bracking story had all the feels in it 🥰 Feels u with love for every character I couldn’t put this book down 100% must read I cried I laughed I nearly throw my kindle “I’m about ready to eat a nun’s arse through a convent gate” I spat out my drink laughing Such a good pace to this book

  14. 5 out of 5

    G.R. Thomas

    How do I review this amazing book without spoilers? This was an incredibly immersive read. An eclectic group of people flee a house fire through a forest. They’re looking for safety with the grandmother of Luna. Luna has become catatonic, her best friend matthew is determined to save her. A terrifying journey through the bleak and dangerous forest ensures. Frightening monsters and beasts are at their heels. People start dying… matthew is trying to keep everyone safe, especially Luna. This story How do I review this amazing book without spoilers? This was an incredibly immersive read. An eclectic group of people flee a house fire through a forest. They’re looking for safety with the grandmother of Luna. Luna has become catatonic, her best friend matthew is determined to save her. A terrifying journey through the bleak and dangerous forest ensures. Frightening monsters and beasts are at their heels. People start dying… matthew is trying to keep everyone safe, especially Luna. This story hastens to an incredible ending that honestly broke my heart. So so good

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily Hodges

    Wow! I absolutely loved this book, and I found it so hard to put down! The writing is so good, and I found that the book moved at very nice pace. Not too fast, and not too slow. I loved the darker feel to the book, and the mystery and suspense in certain parts kept me hooked. Such a good read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Neal

    What a fascinating read! Luna lives with an adopted/found family of all sizes and shapes. A fire starts in their house, and they all must get to grandmothers house in order to survive. Initially, I was rooting for the whole crew to make it, and when they started to die off, one by one, yet Luna persisted, I was a little sad for her and her family. But in the final moments of the book, when everything gets tied up and revealed, it was a beautiful story. I taught HS, and middle grades, and that is t What a fascinating read! Luna lives with an adopted/found family of all sizes and shapes. A fire starts in their house, and they all must get to grandmothers house in order to survive. Initially, I was rooting for the whole crew to make it, and when they started to die off, one by one, yet Luna persisted, I was a little sad for her and her family. But in the final moments of the book, when everything gets tied up and revealed, it was a beautiful story. I taught HS, and middle grades, and that is the intended audience, and based on my experience, those audiences will love it

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Ladbrook

    This story is quite unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s full of characters who are challenging yet loveable. Everyone just wants to get Luna safely to her grandmothers. It shows how tragedy can be overcome with cooperation and compromise. It’s descriptive, sometimes eerie, frustrating yet heartwarming and beautifully absorbing. I wasn’t prepared for the ending, it really was the last piece of the puzzle fitting in to make the picture clear. I loved this book SO much. It tackles a mental health subj This story is quite unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s full of characters who are challenging yet loveable. Everyone just wants to get Luna safely to her grandmothers. It shows how tragedy can be overcome with cooperation and compromise. It’s descriptive, sometimes eerie, frustrating yet heartwarming and beautifully absorbing. I wasn’t prepared for the ending, it really was the last piece of the puzzle fitting in to make the picture clear. I loved this book SO much. It tackles a mental health subject matter so sensitively. It’s an absolute must read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Queenie

    HECK YEA!!!!!!!!! GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! I find it ironic that I really like horror/gothic fantasy vibes when I couldn't even watch Finding Nemo without crying & turning it off but yk here we r and no one is allowed ot judge me ok as an actual review tho it's like delightfully confusing at the beginning and it kinda gets a little dreary towards like, the ending bc ur like 'please hurry up' but the ending is lovely & makes it worth it ok actually major spoiler that completely reveals the ending her HECK YEA!!!!!!!!! GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! I find it ironic that I really like horror/gothic fantasy vibes when I couldn't even watch Finding Nemo without crying & turning it off but yk here we r and no one is allowed ot judge me ok as an actual review tho it's like delightfully confusing at the beginning and it kinda gets a little dreary towards like, the ending bc ur like 'please hurry up' but the ending is lovely & makes it worth it ok actually major spoiler that completely reveals the ending here so do NOT open this if u don't want the book utterly spoiled 4 u: (view spoiler)[ also I'm honestly. so addicted. to books that discuss mental health. and this one was talking about DID (Dissassociative Identity Disorder) im pretty sure and the wAY the author WROTE IT like I am OBSESSED and in LOVE and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the ending made me want to go back and analyze and it's genuinely one of those books that makes me so heckin EEEEEEEEEEEE I am very happy I read this- words genuinely do not describe how much I adored this book and the ending so im going to keyboard smash here: HSDJKALSDJKGHALSKJDGHALSDJHGAKSDHALGKSHDLGJASHDLGAJHSDLGJHALSDJKGHALSDJGAHLSDKJGHALSDKGHALSKDJHGLASKJDHGLASDKHJGLAKJSHDG ethics and mental health, man. any book that talks about either ethics or mental health is a book that I am obSESSED with and this one. the ENDING. the ENDING. just. SDJHKAGLSDKGHA SHE HAD DID OFC SHE DID I JUST ?¿?¿?¿ I actually probably should've seen that coming far earlier but I didn't read the content warning too closely lol (hide spoiler)] anyway I want cheese

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    I received this book as an arc from the author. I had trouble keeping my interest. The story was very slow and more crazy things happened as the book progressed. Luna seems to be catatonic and as the story progresses her friends die off. The black moss people are killing everyone and all the beasts are helping. They are everywhere. Then they meet robin snd Monty and help when it’s needed. There is one goal. To get Luna to grandma. In the end I think I understand what was happening but it was hea I received this book as an arc from the author. I had trouble keeping my interest. The story was very slow and more crazy things happened as the book progressed. Luna seems to be catatonic and as the story progresses her friends die off. The black moss people are killing everyone and all the beasts are helping. They are everywhere. Then they meet robin snd Monty and help when it’s needed. There is one goal. To get Luna to grandma. In the end I think I understand what was happening but it was heard to follow

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    This is an interesting one that I feel like could lead into a prequel novel of some sort. Very dark and exciting stuff, and Luna was an interesting character. In fact, the whole novel had an engaging undercurrent to it that kept me guessing and wanted to keep turning pages. I think it would be really solid if some kind of prequel was released that dove into this story a little more...it could be interesting as well!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Victoria

    This book is not for everyone. I had no idea what this was about going into it. It’s definitely a mind fucker ngl. If you like dark fairytales this is a dark retelling of little red riding hood. It’s v slow and you don’t find out the mystery until the v end. However, I v much enjoyed the allegory for trauma and recovery. Especially in children

  22. 4 out of 5

    Curly Mrs F

    Mind blown!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bookdom

    4/5 What a story. As summery of the book says it is about the promise Matthew gives to Luna to keep everyone safe that ' take care of them Matthew ' she asked him and he promised. So now it's his duty to save everyone and reach their destiny. If it is not for ending I would give this 3. Because it hurts me every possible way. But when you know the secret of Luna forester, you would be like what? is it real? And Matthew becomes my favorite character. To be honest I become bored at some point and sa 4/5 What a story. As summery of the book says it is about the promise Matthew gives to Luna to keep everyone safe that ' take care of them Matthew ' she asked him and he promised. So now it's his duty to save everyone and reach their destiny. If it is not for ending I would give this 3. Because it hurts me every possible way. But when you know the secret of Luna forester, you would be like what? is it real? And Matthew becomes my favorite character. To be honest I become bored at some point and sat on the edge of my seat with tension. disclaimer: People who have high b.p. don't go near this book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hunter-Gray

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nacziedit

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Reid

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bess

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Geary

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma-louise Smith

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