Book Review & Giveaway: Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla

Posted February 7, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review, Giveaway | 41 Comments

Book Review & Giveaway: Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla

About Luna Rising
Book Review & Giveaway: Luna Rising by Selene CastrovillaTitle: Luna Rising
Author: Selene Castrovilla
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication date: April 25, 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction
Length: 450 Pages
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N
My Rating:

Life begins at thirty-eight for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She’s got her freedom, but what she wants is love.

Luna knows she doesn’t need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the cautioning voice in Luna’s head that just won’t shut up, Luna sets course to find a mate.

Luna speed and on-line dates her way into several short-lived, surreal relationships. There’s Ari, the humorless Israeli who refuses to assimilate – to America, and to humanity. There’s Alex, the young and handsome ex-crackhead who informs Luna he doesn’t want to be monogamous while they’re in bed. There’s Memphis, the wild-eyed sadomasochist. There’s Red, angry and crippled, who becomes the catalyst for Luna to join Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.

But before Luna can proceed to recovery, she meets the elusive but oh so appealing Trip. He’s emotionally unavailable and has the Madonna-Whore Complex, but how can Luna (aka “whore”) let him go when she enjoys his dry wit so much, and his naked body even more?

Humorously haunting and packed with unspeakable truths, Luna Rising follows a woman’s funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with un-relatable men and an un-relatable world, and to figure out something even more un-relatable: herself.

My Thoughts

I didn’t absolutely love Luna Rising…but I will say that this book really spoke to me on a deep level and sometimes that is even more important that liking or loving a read.

In Luna Rising, Selene Castrovilla expertly creates a character in Luna that I think many women can relate to deeply…even though most probably would not admit it.

Luna appears to be your typical Long Island mom and soon to be divorcee but there is much more here than what you see at first glance. Luna has a history of sublimating herself and her happiness for others…a history of settling. When she finally kicks her (secretly gay and money mooching) husband to the curb it’s not even so much because of how he treated (or didn’t treat) her…but more because she knows at long last that this is not healthy for her children.

We hope that this is the start of a new chapter in her life but she immediately gets back on the same bicycle and tries to fill the void in her heart with an endless stream of guys that she makes excuses for and settles on despite the advice of her best friend and her inner voice.

At times humorous but mostly just devastatingly honest and saddening…I think that Castrovilla exposes a deep dark secret that many women share…sometimes…we are so desperate for love that we hold on to any relationship that comes our way…even if it seems so obvious to others (and to ourselves if we look close enough) that said relationship is unhealthy.

To be honest, I was frustrated to no end by how little she thought of her own worth to keep seeing these guys that were so clearly wrong. At one point, I almost stopped reading…it was just too much for me.

Luckily for Luna, with the unconditional love of her best friend Sunny, the pearls of wisdom from her chiropractor Dr. Gold, her inner voice Jiminy (yes like the cricket…lol) and most importantly her sponsor and gym trainer Joe {I loved Joe!}, she is finally able to let go and come to grips with what really matters in life. She is finally able to accept and forgive herself and those around her and move forward in a healthy way.

Her mom Loreena, Aunt Zelda and kids…especially Ben…round out a great cast of supporting characters. Luna Rising would not have been the same without them.


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About Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats.


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41 responses to “Book Review & Giveaway: Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla

  1. Fiza

    The cover drew me to read more about it, and I have to say that it sounds just as lovely as the cover portraits ^_^

  2. Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for this review! I’m sorry, I thought I’d commented at the time, but apparently not. I love your line about the book speaking to you on a really deep level–and also about how it will speak to women even if they don’t admit it. This book is not sugarcoated, though I do think their are some very sweet and happy moments. I appreciate your time, energy and thoughtfulness!

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