Book Review

The Unraveling of Luna Forester – Marisa Noelle

I am so excited to be joining the blog tour for The Unraveling of Luna Forester by Marisa Noelle today, my first tour with Zooloo’s Blog Tours! Many thanks to Zoe for inviting me to take part, and to Marisa for providing me with a copy of the book.




When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart.

“Take care of them, Matthew.”


“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 Riding Hood 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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Well, what can I say? I finished reading The Unraveling of Luna Forester ten days ago and I am still struggling to put into words exactly how I feel about this mind-blowing book! I thought I knew what I was getting myself into when I started reading, but boy did I get more than I bargained for, and it was not what I was expecting at all.

First things first. There are a lot of characters in this book right from the outset, and it did take me a while to get each of them straight in my head. My particular favourites were Faith and Piper, but I am sure everyone who reads the book will find a different character to relate to. I did find that the adult characters frustrated me. My heart broke at times for Matthew and the pressure he was under, and I couldn’t understand why they didn’t take control of the situation instead of letting a teenager take all the responsibility. However, as the story unfolded and I came to understand the characters and their motivations better, all became clear.

On the face of it, The Unraveling of Luna Forester is a thrilling dark fantasy novel with hints of Little Red Riding Hood. Scratch beneath the surface though and you soon realise that it is so much more. I don’t want to give away any of the books secrets by saying to much, but what I can tell you is that this is a beautiful, sensitively crafter, wonderfully imagined masterpiece that, quite simply, blew my mind.


Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep.

She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels.

When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words.

Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77 or her website







Don’t forget to pay a visit to the other blogs taking part in the tour!