{Tour Stop} Black Moon (Paige Tailor #1) by Jessica McQuay – Review + Interview + Excerpt

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Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Published: December 10, 2012
Series: #1 (Paige Tailor)
Length: 240 pages

Am I losing my mind?”

Paige couldn’t help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she’s always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?


Black Moon is such an entertaining read. There is more to the whole “fairy” thing. Dwarves, werewolves, and all other kind of fantasy stuff takes part of the story. The book has lots of description especially the part where the main character, Paige, travels to the fae world.

Paige is a 17 year old who had no idea that she wasn’t human at all. Not even a bit. Right from the beginning, the readers gets to know about the world of the faes already. Paige isn’t the type of character that I would say I love. She can be hardheaded, and she just do things instead of thinking about it first. The story switches back and forth to 1st person and 3rd person. It’s mainly in Paige’s point of view, and there’s not a lot of dialogues. There were dialogues, but the majority are the thoughts and feelings of Paige.

It’s a fun and fast-paced read that you could finish in one sitting. I love how in the fae world, they had their own language, and Paige would translate it to English. Although they spoke a different language, they still understood English. Usually the books that has the concept of fairies had their fairy characters just speak in English so it really made Black Moon a unique fairy book. Sometimes it was predictable, but other times things just surprised me while reading it. The thing that I didn’t like was I felt like the story just revolved around Paige. I wanted to know more about the fae world, how the people were like etc. I would recommend it to those who loves the fantasy and paranormal genre.

3.5 of 5


Jessica McQuay There were three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words. Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, a goldfish named Sparkle and their cat, Talula. When she isn’t working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band, reading while enjoying a cup of coffee or heading to the theater and catching a movie with her husband.


Q: Welcome to Little Book Star! How long did it take you to write Black Moon?

Thank you so much for the warm welcome and for hosting a stop on my tour today! =) It took me a little over a year to complete Black Moon. That includes its conception through my own personal edits. There were, of course, more edits after I was signed to Charles River Press.

Q: How did you come up with the storyline?

The basic idea is something I had floating around in my head for years. But the actual plot formed as I began the writing process.

Q: What is your favorite scene in the book?

My favorite scene is when Paige is confronted by Rachel in the forest! So much fun to both write AND read!

Q: Do you have a favorite snack while writing?

Not a particular snack, but I do love to have something salty. Chips are usually my go to snack LOL!

Q: What are your top 5 favorite YA Paranormal books (in no particular order)?

Ooo, this is a fun one!
The Moon Dwellers by David Estes
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Morningside by Ashley Madau
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Thank you so much!
Thank you again for hosting me! This was a super fun interview!

I’m glad to have you here Jessica!
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I could feel the fear morphing into adrenaline as it seeped through my blood and coursed through my body. Suddenly I no longer cared that I was about to launch myself at a werewolf. Seven of them to be exact. But I wasn’t alone and I knew I was ready. It was all very clear now…this is what I’d been training for these past few weeks.

I shut my eyes for a brief moment, just long enough to center my core and fill it with the abundance of life energy in the forest surrounding us. I could feel the magic swirling and pooling within me, still a new sensation, but warm and comforting all the same. Now, I felt protected.

I opened my eyes as the filmy protective barrier around us fell back into the earth and seven pairs of eyes momentarily gleamed hungrily before launching themselves at us. I locked eyes with Naialah, nodded, and ran straight for the closest werewolf.
A month ago you wouldn’t have the slightest idea that I am who I am today. I still have a hard time realizing that Paige Tailor is no longer the shy, quiet, blend into the background senior in high school anymore. Actually, let me back up a bit. I am still a senior in high school, (for one more month), and by all accounts, anyone at H.H. High would say, if asked about me, “Oh Paige. She’s kind of quiet and keeps to herself. Really, she’s a bit of a no one on campus. But she is pretty smart.” And they would be giving you a completely accurate description of who I am. It’s who I always thought I was. It’s who I always thought I would be. A nobody. Someone who blended into the background and people hardly took notice of.

I believed that with one hundred percent certainty. Until it all changed. Until one day I woke up and the girl staring back at me in the bathroom mirror felt alien. Her eyes were still the same deep shade of green. Her brown hair was still the same long wild untamed curls. In fact, at first I couldn’t tell you what it was about my reflection that felt so unlike me. Was it my outside appearance? Or maybe it was an internal change happening subtly where no one else could see?

Maybe, more simply, I was losing my mind.

I probably would have gone with the crazy theory if it hadn’t been for the incident that happened later that day in science. It’s the incident that catapulted everything. The incident that ultimately led me here, with Naialah, confronting werewolves and hunting down a murderer.

4 Responses to “{Tour Stop} Black Moon (Paige Tailor #1) by Jessica McQuay – Review + Interview + Excerpt”

  1. 1 Miss. Lucinda Fountain December 19, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Thank you for a sneek peak at this book, that was so enjoyable to read hence i want to read more! This sounds like an amazing read and something that has really caught my attention.

  2. 2 Jessica McQuay December 19, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Thank you so very much for hosting a stop on my tour and for doing a read and review. 🙂 I truly appreciate it.

    The arc version of Black Moon does have errors and mistakes, but they were caught and fixed before the final print version. 🙂

    Thank you again! And I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

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