Book Title: Chasing The Moon
Author: S.M. Soto
Release Date: October 28th, 2020
Synopsis: Selene has been in love with Endymion since he moved to her hometown. But as a beautiful boy that everyone loves, he’s never really noticed her. Till one night everything changes. And then they’re pulled apart by life choices and circumstances. Only to come back together years later and find that there’s so much more they have in common than they realised.
Review: This is my first S.M Soto book and I gotta say, the angst and the romance and the writing totally won me over. I absolutely loved the cover too and as someone who is constantly fascinated by Greek mythology, this book called to me. I know so little about the myth of Sele and Endymion, but Chasing The Moon sets that up nicely and prepares you for what you’re about to endure. And yet, there are a few twists and turns that really shock you and knock you off your feet. But all in all, this book won my heart, and my tears.
“We are star-crossed lovers, never meant to be. He is the sun, and I am the moon. I’ll always chase him, and he’ll always run.”
I’ve got a thing for wallflowers. I like them. They’re the underdogs in most stories, but they’re also so comfortable in their skin. To an extent anyway. But they’re also pining and longing for someone they can’t have and strangely, I relate to that part of their lives. That’s who Selene Drake is. She’s a wallflower. What she doesn’t realise is that she’s actually caught the attention of many people and that everyone notices her all the time. To Selene, she’s just invisible. Especially when the new boy comes to town and looks past her or calls her ‘kid’. She’s such a strong character too. To go through what she does, to endure that kind of pain and struggle with it for years makes anybody want to give up. But Selene holds on and it’s pretty damn impressive how far she’s willing to go to have a normal life.
Endymion Black is a lot like most other popular boys, but also not. He’s good looking and charming and he’s got every girl in town wrapped around his little finger. But he’s also not an asshole who parades around with a chip on his shoulder. And as he grows up, Endymion actually becomes even more interesting. He’s still handsome and charming and he’s still got all of that sex appeal, but he’s a decent guy. I even liked the fact that he vaguely remembers Selene as a kid, but he’s completely drawn to the woman she’s become. I think without Selene in his life, Endymion might not have captured my attention as much. We see so little of his family and personal life that his focus on Selene is what drives the character for a long time.
My biggest grouse with Endymion is the way he handled everything when a lot of truths come to light with Selene.
“I don’t know when it happened, but at some point, I started falling for the moon. For her beauty. Her light. I started falling for Selene, and I find the sensation I’ve been running from my entire life isn’t as bad as I once thought.”
Truly my favourite character in this book is Luna. Selene’s daughter is the star of the show. She’s six years old and she’s a riot. Every time she appeared on the page, I was cackling with how incredibly entertaining she is. Writing kids into angsty stories like this always makes me wary, because are they going to be used as a pawn or is it going to be uncomfortable and is the kid going to dislike the other character. But the combination of Selene, Luna and Endymion was perfect. I loved every scene she had with Endymion and honestly, I would do anything to read a book about Luna once she’s grown up.
“We belong to the cosmos, babe. Me and you? We were always meant to be.”
S.M Soto has woven such a brilliant story. The characters go through their fair share of drama and pain, but it’s the way they deal with it that makes them stronger. Selene is such a fantastic character. I loved every single thing about her, right from her teenage years to the adult she’s become and the mother she is. It’s a passionate story about falling in love and second chances and taking risks even when you know it could break you.
Chasing The Moon is about just letting go and reaching for everything you want. It’s a story about two lost souls finding each other again and coming together in the most fantastic way possible. I am in love with this book and everything that it is and I hope we get to see more from these characters soon!
Thanks to S.M. Soto and Social Butterfly PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.