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"A thought-provoking take on the vampire mythos that makes you consider how the natural-spiritual and scientific worlds might intersect."
Countess Katerina Vaduva roams Eastern Europe as a vampire for nearly six hundred years experiencing the horrors of mortal man - wars, plagues, genocide and torture. For centuries, she seeks shelter and security in the castles of counts and sultans.
When her husband the Count of Slovakia passes, she pursues a new life with a colonel in the Prussian military. While her husband quests victory at battle, Katerina desires a Naturalist scientists who seduces her with knowledge and a greater understanding of herself, for this she will risk everything for the one thing she never had - immortal love and the pursuit of progress.
"If you like vampire stories, you will absolutely love Desperate Moon. It is, in my opinion, a different and very unique vampire book. This makes it a real page turner and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is the story of Katerina, who was turned into a vampire 600 years before. Now she is in the 1800's and has married an army colonel who cares more about wars and fighting than anything else. Katerina meets a doctor who is very much interested in researching blood and blood related illnesses. When he notices that she heals very quickly, he studies her blood. They become fast friends. This book will grab your attention and imagination. You will feel as though you are right beside Katerina as she relates her life for the past 600 years to the doctor. I loved this book because it is not your typical vampire story. It is deep and thought provoking and will capture your attention from the beginning to the very end. "
"Desperate Moon, a medical researcher and natural philosopher’s rational approach to life leads him to see a female vampire as a natural living creature rather than an esoteric monster, which leads to a truly loving relationship. The novel shows her growing openness to mutual friendship and respect after a lifetime of survival through seeking power and protection."
Synchronized Chaos Magazine
"...only lonely, desperate people gaze at the moon as if it holds all the answers to our dreams and possibilities."
'Desperate Moon' is a story of a woman's struggle to fit in, of a Vampire's need to be accepted, a man's acceptance of unnatural with love. 'Desperate Moon' is an intense tale spanning across centuries, which has a lot of pain, but love conquers all.
"This book is a good read for anybody. It's not necessarily for vampire lovers. You get a little of everything. You get some history, mystery, politics,science and of course, a little romance. The author has written a vampire story with a different approach. The book is basically about Katerina and her life as a vampire. The reader follows her as she stalks both victims and lovers. I don't normally care for vampire stories but this one with it's fresh approach along with the additions of so many other components was an interesting read. The author has woven a web of a combination of so many elements that you will turn the pages with wonder as to what will be next. The reader becomes so fascinated following Katerina and the other characters that you don't want to set the book down. This is a 600 year old vampire. The setting is the 1800's and Katerina is married to an Army colonel. His only interest is wars. She then meets a doctor who is doing research in illnesses that are blood related. He becomes interested in her when he sees she heals remarkably fast. He wants to study her blood. From the moment you see the cover, which is quite an attention getter, until you have turned all the pages, you will be waiting on the edge of your seat to see what Katerina will face next. I found that I was really fascinated with this book. I found a wanted some more when I finished. Perhaps there will be another book in the making. Hope so! "
"The vampire trend in books is still out there, and Jennifer Ott's take is quite different from the usual modern, YA versions. Desperate Moon is well rounded with oodles of philosophy, medicine, politics, and sex...I would recommend this for the fans as a thoughtful, East-European-flavour odyssey into the mental workings of vampires, as well as a nostalgic, historical type read."