Where Shifters Meet for Drinks

Blue Moon Cafe Series

Fiction - Paranormal
160 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2013
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it. She made her debut in English with a short story published by Every Day Fiction, and also has one included in Evolved Publishing's "Evolution: Vol. 2" short story collection. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler’s Revenge”, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

"Where Shifters Meet for Drinks: The Blue Moon Café Series" by Ioana Vison is a collection of seven short paranormal stories. The short story is not an easy genre to market, especially given the proliferation of novellas these days. However, this collection works almost as a short novel, given the unifying underlying theme of shifters, and the characters who are common throughout, although the disparity in the stories’ lengths mean they don’t really equate to chapters. Werewolves - mutts - and the less common were-eagles who double up as crows are the main characters we meet, but there are humans and “smoking hot vampires” too. The Mayor is trying to keep things calm in his town with a rather volatile mix of different shifter species and has various levels of success.

There are plenty of humorous touches and lots of imagination in evidence in these quirky, tightly-plotted stories. There’s romance, tension, craziness, suspense, and threat. Each story in the collection has a slightly different tone, from comedy in 'Once in a Blue Moon', with the added moral of ‘be careful what you buy off someone in a bar’, and tension and conflict in 'A Mutt Problem', to definite foreboding yet optimism in 'The Day We Shot the Moon out of the Sky'. The various characters are sparsely yet adequately portrayed. This author concentrates her writing energy where it matters most - in creating atmosphere and entertainment. The book would benefit from a more original title since there are a lot of books with 'Blue Moon Café' in the title, many of them short story collections, and this book may be lost among them. It is unique and distinctive and deserves to stand out from the crowd.