Moonshine

Moonshine

Daisy's starting a new job and stylish city life, but mage-hunters out for her dark magic threaten to destroy her vogue image. In the flourishing metropolis of Soot City (a warped version of 1920s Chicago), progressive ideals reign and the old ways of magic and liquid mana are forbidden. Daisy Dell is a Modern Girl - stylish, educated and independent - keen to establish h Daisy's starting a new job and stylish city life, but mage-hunters out for her dark magic threaten to destroy her vog...

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Title:Moonshine
Author:Jasmine Gower
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Moonshiners
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Moonshine Reviews

  • Ryan
    Mar 22, 2018
    This was a really fun idea for a novel - Prohibition-era urban fantasy, full of jazz-era character archetypes and a classic pulpy story about corrupt politicians, land deals, and murder. Once you get beyond that surface level of fun concepts, though, they don't actually meld together v...
  • Rachel Noel
    Jan 07, 2018
    *Free book for an honest review. This book was not what I was expecting, and that's a good thing. I genuinely thought this was an alternate, historical fantasy that would take place in 1930's USA. What I got was a fantasy world with as much magic as any other high fantasy world, but...
  • Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
    Mar 09, 2018
    I heard about this book from a blog newsletter. Roaring 20?s, Magic, ogres, and other element made it seem unique and one to try. I found nothing compelling about any of the characters to feel in interest in continuing to read. DNF at 21% - No Rating Coolcurry?s review was ve...
  • Rene Sears
    Feb 22, 2018
    This was such a fun book. I am a sucker for the 1920s, and while this is a secondary world setting, Soot City definitely has a 20s feel. Daisy Dell is a 'Modern Girl' with a new job as a typist in Soot City, but her boss's company is not all that it seems. In Soot City, there are i...
  • Jennifer
    May 30, 2018
    Interesting premise of the different kinds of magic. Definitely room for improvement - the story was confused and stalled in several places. The author's use of multiple points of view was muddled and caused confusion. And while I will believe a lot of things, I don't believe that the ...
  • Anna
    Jan 18, 2018
    If you enjoy urban fantasy and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," you're in for a treat - Moonshine is the intersection of fantasy and 1920's culture you never knew you needed. I really liked this book. It was creative and delightful. The characters were well-built and memorable (and minus a...
  • Stephanie
    Jan 30, 2018
    Moonshine is set in an alternate world with the stylings of the 1920s in America, minus some specifics of race relations; Daisy Dell is a recent college graduate who needs a job and finds one as a secretary. She doesn't exactly suspect that the job will introduce her to a world of boot...
  • Tim
    Feb 11, 2018
    This is a hard review to write as I feel I?m almost picking on it for things the book didn?t do. This is an extreme case of ?it?s not you, it?s me,? as I would in no way classify this book as a ?bad? novel. It was just disappointing at every turn. Look at that plot d...
  • Anna
    Apr 20, 2018
    I started this book with some optimism--the Prohibition era is full of possibilities, after all, and the heroine's optimism at starting a new job is as relatable as her glumness at celebrating alone. However, the writing is full of not-quite-correct word choices I wouldn't expect from ...
  • Beth Cato
    Feb 03, 2018
    I received this book through the publisher via Netgalley. In this secondary world-set riff inspired by the 1920s, Prohibition is in full swing--but the prohibited substance isn't alcohol, but mana, also known as moonshine: addictive stuff that gives normal folks magical powers while...
  • Madelyn Grace
    Mar 15, 2018
    D-I-V-E-R-S-I-T-Y This book checked so many boxes for me. Reading Moonshine was like a breath of fresh air. ? Own Voices ? Queer rep ? Polyamorous characters ? Genderfluid characters ? 1920's Chicago ? Magic ? Fantastical creatures (Orgres & Fair...
  • William
    May 07, 2018
    A roaring '20s style misadventure centered around an adventurous young career girl who joins a gang of mana hustlers during magical prohibition; I feel like I may have been specifically targeted for this one! Overall, it's a compelling and unique setting, full of fun ideas and a strong...
  • Kristen
    Jun 18, 2018
    This was an interesting premise and a unique kind of world-building, but it was just not a fit for my reading interests, and I did not finish it. I felt like this was a very issues-based story. There are gender issues, class issues, race issues [the magic people versus the "normal" ...
  • Lata
    May 06, 2018
    I was really intrigued by the idea of a Prohibition-like place where magic is illicit. Added to this, the city the story takes place in suffers from a constant fall of ash thanks to a nearby volcano, so two interesting elements forming the backdrop of the story. And the story has a var...
  • David Harris
    Feb 03, 2018
    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy via NetGalley This is a strange, mixed-up yet nevertheless joyful book. Set in a world going through something like 1920s-era US Prohibition, it strongly evokes the spirit of the Jazz Age: our heroine, Daisy Dell, is "the very pict...
  • Sarah
    Apr 02, 2018
    Well written. However I felt it was more Voodoo New Orleans than 20s Chicago and I found it a bit too creepy. Also it just sort of stopped with no satisfactory end. Nearly gave it a four. ...
  • K.J. Charles
    Sep 10, 2018
    An extremely diverse (racially and queer rep) fantasy set in a 1920s city that's very like Chicago with prohibition and speakeasies, but for magic. The premise is that most magicians drink mana, a highly addictive substance that causes serious physical damage, to get magical energy; so...
  • Belle Wood
    Sep 16, 2018
    An excellent book. The premise is exciting: that in a city not unlike a mob-era Chicago, mana (the elixir that helps magic happen) is prohibited. A daring young Modern Girl (a flaming youth if ever there was one) finds that her new boss is the manager of a speak-easy responsible for br...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Oct 01, 2017
    Moonshine is a debut fantasy novel inspired by the roaring twenties. Daisy wants to be the perfect embodiment of the Modern Girl, stylish and independent. However, she also uses arcana ? and magic is outlawed in Soot City. When mercenaries start targeting magicians, Daisy will fin...
  • Gawelleb
    Jul 20, 2018
    Bof bof ... Je voulais mettre 2 mais je ne suis jamais entrée dans l'histoire, les personnages m'ont laissée de glace et l'intrigue aurait pu être très bien si elle n'avait pas été aussi superficielle. ...
  • Lucy-May
    Feb 06, 2018
    Fast paced, a fantasy twist on Chicago in the 1920s, an unpredictable plot, with darling characters & fabulous writing - what more could a reader want?! Seriously, I absolutely loved this read; world-building is so important to me & the world-building in Moonshine was phenomena...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    Mar 02, 2018
    If we were to look at a map of where this story takes place, I get the sense that it would not just be a map of our works with the names changed. Though I?m usually not a fan of books based on a somewhat recent historical time period being in a different world, this book made it wo...
  • J.S. Fields
    Nov 25, 2017
    4.5 stars Another book from the #DVsquad and #DVpit! Woohoo! I'm delighted that I got a chance to review an ARC. As with CITY OF BRASS, this was an enchanting fantasy with a deep connection to its time period. Daisy is a Modern Girl in a sort of post-apocalyptic version of the Ro...
  • Claudie Arseneault
    Jan 16, 2018
    DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher. This does not in any way impact my review. tw: (view spoiler)[violence, assassination, torture, addiction, weight-loss discussion (hide spoiler)] The moment I heard of MOONSHINE, I was excited to read it. Magical sp...
  • Crittermom
    Jan 27, 2018
    Moonshine is a fantasy with jazz age pizazz.  Ashland lies at the foot of a volcano, and Soot City is a bustling metropolis complete with gangsters, speakeasies and Modern Girls (flappers straight from the mold).  But there is something else that defines Soot City - the existence of ...
  • Acqua
    Dec 26, 2017
    ...ownvoices aromantic rep? I know it's a side character but I have to read this now and also: that cover. ...
  • imyril
    Jan 26, 2018
    There?s a brilliant concept here but the execution drags and at 50% I feel like there?s half a plot and no characters I?m more than mildly interested in. There?s aspects of the world building that I like, but that?s about it. Just not for me. DNF I received a free copy...
  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    Mar 01, 2018
    Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts! I received an ARC of Moonshine from Netgalley. Some people had been mentioning that it was an #ownvoices book for aromantic representation, and I?m always looking for more of that. It?s ownvoices for aroman...
  • Katherine
    May 28, 2018
    Moonshine initially is a good storyline. It has potential to grow and become better. I say this because we learn somewhat about the ashlands, but we dont get a geographical background of it. There was also twin characters and it took me awhile to learn that one of them is fluid and som...
  • Jay
    Jun 14, 2018
    Moonshine is the debut novel from Jasmine Gower, and what a debut it is. I must start by confessing to an innate love of magic- give me a solid magic system, and I?m ten times more likely to pick up your book. Gower delivered in spades. Her world of magic has two main schools- met...