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On the vernal equinox, Mona Lisa is taken against her will to NetherHell, the cursed realm of the damned. In this place, she will be torn from both within and without by desire, love, and ecstasy. And when her first love crosses the boundaries of the world to rescue her, she must choose her own destiny?before others choose it for her.


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On the vernal equinox, Mona Lisa is taken against her will to NetherHell, the cursed realm of the damned. In this place, she will be torn from both within and without by desire, love, and ecstasy. And when her first love crosses the boundaries of the world to rescue her, she must choose her own destiny?before others choose it for her.

30 review for Mona Lisa Darkening

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Sunny's 'Mona Lisa' series is a fascinating, dark fantasy filled with otherworldly creatures that are quite a bit different from the usual paranormal fare. Her world is based on the Monere, a society of moon descendants who 'bask' in the moon's rays to sustain their life. They are stronger, faster, and prettier than normal humans...and many, if not most, are quite a bit crueler. Mona Lisa is drawn into NetherHell this time, and neither her status as Queen nor her Hell mate Halcyon can help her ou Sunny's 'Mona Lisa' series is a fascinating, dark fantasy filled with otherworldly creatures that are quite a bit different from the usual paranormal fare. Her world is based on the Monere, a society of moon descendants who 'bask' in the moon's rays to sustain their life. They are stronger, faster, and prettier than normal humans...and many, if not most, are quite a bit crueler. Mona Lisa is drawn into NetherHell this time, and neither her status as Queen nor her Hell mate Halcyon can help her out of this one. Instead it may fall to Mona Lisa's bitterest enemy, Mona Louisa, to provide the knowledge and skills to save herself. If you haven't been reading this series, you don't want to start with this one! It would still be an interesting and different read, but you would miss all of the broad scope that's packed into such a small novel. The back cover states that Sunny's series will appeal to fans of Anne Bishop and Laurell K. Hamilton, and I agree with that. But I would add Sherri L. King, Laura Anne Gilman, Jennifer Rardin, and fans of C E Murphy's 'Shaman' series to that list. There's not as much sex in this book as in her previous, but the heat is still pretty darn high and in many ways I think this book rides that line between romance and erotica because of the number and 'kinds' of sex portrayed. I'm hooked on this series and look forward to each new book...so yet another for my groaning keeper shelves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    It's weird, I liked this one better than the last but I still can't rate it higher than a 2. The beginning was interesting but the end was incredibly disappointing and lame. Mona Lisa and her group are basking on the night of the Vernal Equinox and a dark light flashes across the moon. Mona Lisa disappears and reawakens in NetherHell; a separate realm worse than normal Hell. Once in NetherHell, Mona Lisa is taken to a gargoyle warlord who becomes incredibly interested in her because he wants to h It's weird, I liked this one better than the last but I still can't rate it higher than a 2. The beginning was interesting but the end was incredibly disappointing and lame. Mona Lisa and her group are basking on the night of the Vernal Equinox and a dark light flashes across the moon. Mona Lisa disappears and reawakens in NetherHell; a separate realm worse than normal Hell. Once in NetherHell, Mona Lisa is taken to a gargoyle warlord who becomes incredibly interested in her because he wants to have a baby with her ... oh no ... not that again ... The last book dealt with the whole baby thing and it's popped up here again. I don't know if Sunny wants to ride Laurell K. Hamilton's coattails as much as possible or if she's just baby-crazy. It's gotten to the point that I'm wondering why Sunny hasn't been brought up on plagiarism charges yet. #####SPOILERS FOR ANITA BLAKE AND MERRY GENTRY SERIES!!!##### Let me compare this series to LKH's Merry Gentry and Anita Blake series to give you an idea of how similar they are: - Female protagonist (Mona Lisa) has low self-esteem, can't understand why the men that love her think she's beautiful (same as both Merry & Anita) - this is a BIG one that drives me NUTS, why does every female have to have such a poor self-image? - Mona Lisa is the first half-human queen and so she has special powers no one has ever had before (same as Merry) - Mona Lisa has two fantastic lovers that look very different physically (Doyle/Frost and Jean-Claude/Richard - original pair at least) - One of Mona Lisa's lovers was changed and taken from her (like Frost was) - Mona Lisa also has a demon lover that her other lovers don't approve of (like Merry's Sholto) - Mona Lisa is a Damanoen or demon living (like Anita is a "living" vampire) - Mona Lisa's eyes change color when she's in a demon awakening state (like Anita) - Mona Lisa gains a lust for blood from her demon lover (like Merry & Anita) - The Monere call down the moon's light and bask in it until their skin lights up and also their skin lights up when they have sex (Merry's skin glows during sex too) - Mona Lisa killed a rival queen and gained her powers but a part of the other queen still lives inside Mona Lisa and occasionally comes out in dreams (identical to Raina in Anita) - The Monere gain power and gifts through sex (Anita & Merry both have magical vaginas as well) - new_user, you can add this to your "special" shelf! #####END SPOILERS##### So, why bother reading this if I'm also reading LKH's series? Well, for starters, the writing is better. Not much better but at least Sunny's books aren't repetitive messes like LKH's have become. Although the constant shifting of perspective was a poor choice. I can see where she was going with it but at times I found the words she chose didn't always agree with the subject. Like this: "Halcyon materialized in the business district of New Orleans. It was quiet here, just past the midnight hour, the stroke of time that split night from day." It was quiet here? Shouldn't that be there since it's told in third person? Does that only sound weird to me? There's other examples throughout the book but I'm too lazy to find them. I just remember that at times Mona Lisa's perspective was told in first person and then in third person and it just didn't flow right. Now, there were some positive aspects to the story. I liked the gargoyles in this book. I think she should explore NetherHell some more and include the gargoyles in future stories because they were the most interesting part of the whole thing. I know some people have said that this book didn't feel like it belonged in the series, but I'm kind of glad that she took it where she did. I actually hated the last book and also Dante's entry into the series. Now, the part after NetherHell is where I had my issue. It seemed like the last half of the book was lazily slapped on as an afterthought. Mona Lisa's trip to get her hair done and new clothes picked out took up waaaaay too much space. And the stereotypical gay hair and fashion stylists were borderline offensive. It felt like just a reason to get her and Dontaine together and I was bored to tears. And the "sexy" parts with him were not sexy at all. They felt forced. I actually thought the part with the gargoyle (hey, don't judge me!) was hotter and he didn't even touch her NetherRegions. I don't know if I'm going to keep up with this series. This was actually a second chance I was giving Sunny for a challenge this month. Do I give her a third now? I doubt it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lap

    I'm disappointed with this chapter in Mona Lisa's life. Ironically it wasn't that I couldn't believe that Mona Lisa would end up in netherhell thanks to Mona Louisa, I so easily could believe that the evil queen had managed to take more of Mona Lisa's happiness away yet again. No, my disappointment comes from the fact that the majority of this story didn't allow us to catch up with all the familiar characters we have come to love through this series. The scenes with Amber, Halcyion, Gryphon and I'm disappointed with this chapter in Mona Lisa's life. Ironically it wasn't that I couldn't believe that Mona Lisa would end up in netherhell thanks to Mona Louisa, I so easily could believe that the evil queen had managed to take more of Mona Lisa's happiness away yet again. No, my disappointment comes from the fact that the majority of this story didn't allow us to catch up with all the familiar characters we have come to love through this series. The scenes with Amber, Halcyion, Gryphon and even her brother Thaddeus felt rushed and shortchanged - not to mention the rest of her beloved Monere family. Dontaine's scenes almost felt forced in an attempt to appease the reader toward the end of the story. I'm not against seeing more of Gordane in future books but I want the next installment to get back to what made these books enjoyable to read from the beginning - Mona Lisa's journey to find how she fits into the Monere lifestyle, her love for her people, her personality. So much of it seems missing from this book...

  4. 4 out of 5

    I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)

    Hmmm...where did this book come from? Did Sunny have a substitute writer for this installment? Ok...so...I liked it but, meh. It just didn't have the same feel as the first 3. It's like she didn't know where to go with the series, so she just took it "out there" like really, really out there to the NetherHell. Anyhoo. I might have been generous with the stars. If I hadn't been so inthralled with the series as a whole, I might have dropped it to 3 stars, but I am leaving it at 4. There is so much Hmmm...where did this book come from? Did Sunny have a substitute writer for this installment? Ok...so...I liked it but, meh. It just didn't have the same feel as the first 3. It's like she didn't know where to go with the series, so she just took it "out there" like really, really out there to the NetherHell. Anyhoo. I might have been generous with the stars. If I hadn't been so inthralled with the series as a whole, I might have dropped it to 3 stars, but I am leaving it at 4. There is so much insanity going on in this book, I could barely keep up--or was it because the point of view changed so frequently--it was a little strange. This was not my favorite, but there were some good points--one of which include Gryphon as a night in shining armor once again. I am looking forward to the next installment. I know Sunny has it in her to bring the series back on the up swing. ______________________________________________________________________ If you like this type of book, you might enjoy one of these groups. Check us out! Menage Readers Erotic Enchants Bookie Nookie's Erotic Lending Group

  5. 5 out of 5

    Treece

    I bought the first book in this series and didn't buy anymore. For me, the series has always had something missing and a hit or miss quality. Still, I do enjoy reading it b/c there are some good solid areas and interesting characters. This last book is a let down after Mona Lisa Craving. I'm hoping for the return of a character from book three, Dante. He's one of the reasons I continue reading. But hey, not everyone can be Anne Bishop and I don't expect them to either. There's a lot of interestin I bought the first book in this series and didn't buy anymore. For me, the series has always had something missing and a hit or miss quality. Still, I do enjoy reading it b/c there are some good solid areas and interesting characters. This last book is a let down after Mona Lisa Craving. I'm hoping for the return of a character from book three, Dante. He's one of the reasons I continue reading. But hey, not everyone can be Anne Bishop and I don't expect them to either. There's a lot of interesting plot areas, creatures and dilemmas (gargoyles, the return of Mona Louisa and Gryphon) but the end left much to be desired for me. It just fell flat on it's face and needed more rounding out and resolution. Mona Lisa's descent into 'death' and 'hell' works but things waver and just stretch out for no good reason. Out of all the books Sunny has written in this series, this is the weakest. It's a poor sequel to Mona Lisa Craving, and though it's not bad it's fair at most.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    Sunny took a completely different turn with her latest book in the Monere series, and, for me, it was a turn for the better. I must admit I was skeptical when I read that this book was to be set in Netherhell, but Sunny created quite a vivid setting and populated it with some of the most fascinating characters she has yet created. I loved the gargoyles. Also, this one was not driven by sex, and again, I found that to be an improvement. I don't know how she does it. I tell myself each time I read Sunny took a completely different turn with her latest book in the Monere series, and, for me, it was a turn for the better. I must admit I was skeptical when I read that this book was to be set in Netherhell, but Sunny created quite a vivid setting and populated it with some of the most fascinating characters she has yet created. I loved the gargoyles. Also, this one was not driven by sex, and again, I found that to be an improvement. I don't know how she does it. I tell myself each time I read a book in this series, that it will be the last one, and yet somehow I am sucked into reading the next one. Here we go again...

  7. 4 out of 5

    FlibBityFLooB

    In truth, I don't think that this fourth book in the Monere Mona Lisa series fits into the series well at all. For the first 100 pages of the book, I didn't feel like the storyline meshed with the previous books, and I frequently became distracted while reading. Also, I was a bit annoyed that the author kept skipping between first person and third person. It felt abrubt and confusing at times. I didn't hate the book, but I was left feeling disappointed...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindyg

    This was another great read...I love this series...Mona Lisa's life challenges are so great and yet she remains true to herself...The way this ended left me wondering if there was going to be another book...which I since have found out that it is indeed continuing...thank goodness because I really really love Mona Lisa's world. I highly recommend this series...fast paced with loads of actions, heart wretching moments and hot men.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rapid Reader

    Love this series! It's just too bad that the author has discontinued being a writer, so the series was left hanging. I was rather upset that one of the male love interest got killed. Good thing he didn't stay dead for long, though! The last arch of the series was fantastic! Note: I read all 5 books in one go.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Castro

    done running Mona Lisa Darkening is book four in the series A Novel of the Monere by author Sunny. This tale of love is poignantly beautiful- it’s a finding of one’s self and deciding to just stop running and let love be love. Enjoy!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    chris

    Not as good as the first or second book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dans

    All the books had so much more potential, i feel. I enjoyed the series but wish it went a bit differently.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat Crumb

    Fantastic ! You get lost in sunny's world . Always guessing where the story will take you. Action, intriguing, wonderous mystery and of course but not least SEX

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diandra {Ambrosia Books}

    Reviews like this (and more) can be found on Ambrosia Books Oh, Mona Lisa. You were the love story of my early twenties. I wanted nothing but to be like you. Men who fought for your honor (sexy men, at that), connection to the moon, sex for power. That was the life... After years hiatus of continuing this story, I finally picked this up and read it, so full of nostalgia. I was shocked, utterly shocked at what I read. I'm so upset to say this and it truly brings tears to my eyes, but Mona Lisa.... Reviews like this (and more) can be found on Ambrosia Books Oh, Mona Lisa. You were the love story of my early twenties. I wanted nothing but to be like you. Men who fought for your honor (sexy men, at that), connection to the moon, sex for power. That was the life... After years hiatus of continuing this story, I finally picked this up and read it, so full of nostalgia. I was shocked, utterly shocked at what I read. I'm so upset to say this and it truly brings tears to my eyes, but Mona Lisa.... I am so so disappointed in you. Urg...Mona Lisa was a straight up ho in this book. A low self esteemed ho. I truly don't remember any of that from earlier books, but maybe it was there and I never noticed. It made me so uncomfortable that this woman would call herself not pretty, average, ugly. She is the heroine! Sunny built her to be strong and independent and stubborn. I was shocked by the repetitive nature of the line "I'm not pretty enough". Talk about self esteem issues. Women nowadays are already so self concious, so to sit down and have to read about a woman who is a goddess constantly say that about herself was truly unnerving. Another thing that urked me was how Mona Lisa's mind and decisions seemed to change when sex or babies became involved. Like when she met the gargoyle. In her narrative in one scene, she was saying over and over about how she didn't want to have sex with him, how she hopes he doesn't rape her, make her do things she doesn't want to do, or murder her. But all he had to say was, "I want children" and her legs spread like peanut butter. So much for "I dont't want to have sex. Please don't make me fight you." Mona Lisa...I'm so disappointed. Persuaded by the act of sex. I loved the men who surrounded her. They have always been my favorite parts of the series, and the reason why I pick up the books. Each male had their distinct personality (and sexual style), it makes you drool at the dreaminess they seem to possess. Amber has always been my favorite, a rough warrior lord who knew how to love. Who else doesnt want a man like that. I always picture Amber as a mix between Clay Mathews and Wolverine. Can someone morph these pics together and send it to me? *shivers* The writing style is also not the best. It pretty low in standards compared to other books I've read. But it didnt stop me from enjoying the story the author Sunny was trying to tell. Is it better than her previous books, Hell Nah! Her first two books were epic. She built a world I had never seen before and would kill to be a part of. But over the course of her series, it began lacking more and more. I'm already so invested in the story, that I can't not finish it. I will someday, but after this one, i'm in no rush to. I give this book 3 Stars This is still one of my favorite series of all time. I'm still pretty sad that Sunny isn't writing anymore. I'm waiting for something epic to happen and fell that this series was cut before its prime.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Realistically, this gets a 2.5 from me...the unfortunate requirement of rounding gives Sunny the advantage of a 3.0 on this one. I was disappointed on so many levels unfortunately. The only thing holding this together for me was Sunny's writing style, although the Halcyon and Gryphon chapters were written in 3rd person omniscient which REALLY, REALLY bothered me to no end. It was like putting on the brakes in the middle of raging rapids -- just bothered the holy heck out of me as a reader. Additio Realistically, this gets a 2.5 from me...the unfortunate requirement of rounding gives Sunny the advantage of a 3.0 on this one. I was disappointed on so many levels unfortunately. The only thing holding this together for me was Sunny's writing style, although the Halcyon and Gryphon chapters were written in 3rd person omniscient which REALLY, REALLY bothered me to no end. It was like putting on the brakes in the middle of raging rapids -- just bothered the holy heck out of me as a reader. Additionally, this one felt very forced to me...the plot, the conflict, hell, even the relationship with Dontaine. It was as if Sunny really only wanted a trilogy and the publisher forced a 4th out of her. I was half way through and almost ditched it completely to start on something new. I even went so far to skip through the book to see if it really was worth seeing to the end. I finally decided to go through with it, because, heaven knows, if there is a 5th I want to be able to understand the history of the last book. ***SPOILERS*** I DESPERATELY wanted this to pick up where Craving left off. It felt disjointed to have a completely new story line pop up for Mona Lisa after the last three novels seemed to build and flow. There was no tie up for Halcyon and Gryphon at the end. Halcyon was so concerned about her from the beginning with the necklace and connection, yet when his mate was in dire trouble at the end...he was a NO show. Again...forced plot and conflict and I HATE conflict for conflict's sake (and please don't tell me to get a grip because this is a romance novel). I really was going to throw the book away if she ended up sleeping with the gargoyle. Really. That would totally compromise all that she is -- her likeable human traits that make her such a great character. Thank GOD she showed an inkling sort of grief for her miscarriage in this novel (it was one sentence). I know the circumstances with her prg in Craving were shaky, but a loss is loss and her human part would acknowledge that, regardless of her past. I know it was tied up in the epilogue in Craving, but I hoped that it would be explored a little more. I almost thought this was written before Craving the way all of it played out. Maybe that's really it. This was written before Dante and the baby and that's why it seems so off kilter to me. My suggestion...read it if not only to prepare you for the 5th in the series (HOPEFULLY!). That and to help keep you warm through the cold winter. ;-)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dhfan4life

    Finally this series is starting to pick up some traction for me and get really good for me. In this installment of the Monere series, our main character Mona Lisa is abducted into cursed realm known as Netherhell. There she meets her first set of garagoyles and even learns that NetherHell is a place for truly bad individuals. Such as the damned demons of the Monere world as well as human convicts, gang members, and even corporate fraud types as well. Which is not all that surprising for Mona Lis Finally this series is starting to pick up some traction for me and get really good for me. In this installment of the Monere series, our main character Mona Lisa is abducted into cursed realm known as Netherhell. There she meets her first set of garagoyles and even learns that NetherHell is a place for truly bad individuals. Such as the damned demons of the Monere world as well as human convicts, gang members, and even corporate fraud types as well. Which is not all that surprising for Mona Lisa until she discovers in this same realm that the former queen Mona Louisa that she had killed in a previous book is much stronger in this realm and they can actually take turns being in control of her body (that is do to the fact that Mona Louisa's demon essence and light was absorbed into Mona Lisa when she initially tried to kill her). So with this discovery Mona Lisa and Louisa realize that they have to work together if they will be able to survive their journey. Which is quite the journey indeed when they come across Grphyon and Prince Halcyon coming to their rescue. Even after being rescued the adventure is not complete just yet for Mona Lisa as she under goes a mini self awareness journey where she gets a make over and finally allows herself to feel love for her Master of Arms. And unfortunately it leads back to her needing and reclaiming another part of herself once more. But once whole Mona Lisa, her guards, her brother, and staff all go back to living their lives more peaceful than before. So I have to say that waht I really enjoyed most about this book is all of the adventure that it had in it and even the make over part in the end. Because Mona Lisa grew up not always feeling as loved and having self worth. But she finally regained that in this book and didn't back down from it. What I didn't like about this book was the double negative in the cursed realms name. I mean NetherHell seems to denote the same thing to me. I mean nether means beneath and hell is the fiery place below that of the living realm and even heaven. So I just didn't see the point of using a double negative name. But beyond all that I would still recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

    This book literally has it all. I was amazed at how Sunny managed to surprise me at every twist and turn of the pages. It was non stop action, passion, and hot romance. Mona Lisa, a mixed blood monere queen who has the ability to compell people against thier will, heal and totrure with just the palms of her hands (from the goddess's tears), call weapons to her with her mind, and recently the ability to suck out someone else's life force. Not to mention non-human speed and strength. Oh and she is This book literally has it all. I was amazed at how Sunny managed to surprise me at every twist and turn of the pages. It was non stop action, passion, and hot romance. Mona Lisa, a mixed blood monere queen who has the ability to compell people against thier will, heal and totrure with just the palms of her hands (from the goddess's tears), call weapons to her with her mind, and recently the ability to suck out someone else's life force. Not to mention non-human speed and strength. Oh and she is immune to human diseases and heals very quickly. Queen Mona Lisa is kind and loving to her people and is very rare in the monere world (not just because she's immune to silver and the 1st mixed blood queen ever) but by the way she rules her people and doesn't take men to her bed just for her own selfish pleasure or the gifts they may give her by having sex. That's right Monere queens give power to thier men by having sex and mona lisa can share her gifts as well as inherit thiers. Queen Mona Lisa recently sucked the life force out of mona louisa who killed her first love, warrior lord gryphon and took blood from Halcyon, the High Lord of Hell and also mona lisa's lover. By doing so she became demon living. In order to cover the demon's secret Halcyon goes in to the high court in front of the council and claims mona lisa as his mate and she accepts. Mona lisa has demon essence and in her and therfore now has demon stregnth and the uncontrolable urge to drink blood. Queen Mona Lisa, High Lady of Hell is surrounded by her people basking under the moon's light when a black hand reaches down and grabs her. She is sucked into netherhell, the cursed realm. In netherhell mona lisa loses her powers and her heart is not beating. And Mona louisa has come out to play and she is strong enough to control and take over mona lisa's body in this realm. Read the book to find out what happens next. I promise this series is totally worth your time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Mona Lisa Darkening is the fourth book in the Monère, Dark Fantasy, paranormal romance series. When I first read Mona Lisa Awakening, I was shocked that I haven't heard of this series more than I did. I instantly loved it and found the characters very likable. The characters are one of my favorite things about this series. Halcyon is my favorite. I love Gryphon and everyone else, but I still keep going back to Halcyon. He's unique. The heroine, Mona Lisa is a mixed-blood queen among the Monére. A Mona Lisa Darkening is the fourth book in the Monère, Dark Fantasy, paranormal romance series. When I first read Mona Lisa Awakening, I was shocked that I haven't heard of this series more than I did. I instantly loved it and found the characters very likable. The characters are one of my favorite things about this series. Halcyon is my favorite. I love Gryphon and everyone else, but I still keep going back to Halcyon. He's unique. The heroine, Mona Lisa is a mixed-blood queen among the Monére. As children of the moon, they gather to bask in its light when the moon is full to derive energy. the night of the vernal equinox(a very special night for the Monere), when the barriers between both worlds become thin, she gathers her people under the full moon. But, instead of drawing in it's white light, the darkness envelopes and snatches her and she's transported to NetherHell, the realm of the damned...Even the Crown Prince of Hell, Halcyon, dares not go. I honestly LOVED Sunny's NetherHell idea. I felt that when she described it, I really was there. (Not that I want to be there). She has a was of describing a scene, that fits to a T. While Mona Lisa is fighting hard to survive in NetherHell, she is captured by a gargoyle warlord named Gordane. AND. if that's not bad enough, her true love, Gryphon, has recently been killed and is now in the realm of hell. She's also sharing her body with the spirit of his killer, Mona Louisa. Mona Lisa is having a hard go, and things seem to just pile up on her shoulders, but being the strong Lady she is, she will fight to make it through.. I hope.. Her books are very imaginative and filled with fantasy. You won't be let down with the amazing characters and erotic scenes. It really is an amazing original series, that will keep you up all night long!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    The past two books in the Mona Lisa series ended on such sad notes that I decided to take a break and read other books that had a more cheerful ending. Well, that never happened. I felt compelled to read Mona Lisa Darkening because even with it's not so happy parts, I have enjoyed the overall series immensely. This book was a total surprise because all others have been written in first person from Mona Lisa's point of view. For the first time we were able to glimpse other events that were taking The past two books in the Mona Lisa series ended on such sad notes that I decided to take a break and read other books that had a more cheerful ending. Well, that never happened. I felt compelled to read Mona Lisa Darkening because even with it's not so happy parts, I have enjoyed the overall series immensely. This book was a total surprise because all others have been written in first person from Mona Lisa's point of view. For the first time we were able to glimpse other events that were taking place while Mona Lisa was away from home. Surprise, she went missing yet again (kidnapped twice in the last book) but this time Mona Lisa finds herself in Nether Hell, aka the Cursed Realm. The story was very creative and Sunny did such an amazing job at describing Nether Hell in such vivid detail. I felt that there were two journeys in this book. ML's physical journey home, and an emotional one that was far over due. Even though ML loves her men greatly, she had been pushing Dontaine's love away. Deep inside she was still grieving from Gryphon's death, so she had set up barriers in order to protect herself. Dontaine tackled the matter head on for what turned out to be a very happy ending. This book almost felt as if it were meant to be the last of the series in that, Mona Lisa had sex (great sex) with all of her lovers in this book: Gryphon, Halcyon, Amber, Dontaine and a darkly erotic scene with a gargoyle. And I'll just say the scene with Gryphon and Halcyon was an unexpected surprise. And Amber did something was so sweet..I just love that man. He is on of my absolute favorite characters/lovers of all books I've ever read. Issues with Mona Lisa and Mona Louisa sharing the same body were finally addressed. This book ended on a feel good note for once so It gets a solid 5 star rating from this fan.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    The Monere series by Sunny has always fascinated me. The idea of a species of people who are ruled by their own queen and need the moon to survive was genius on Sunny's part. And to add it onto that, this book is surely to please fans of later Laurell K. Hamilton writing; Mona Lisa is definately a girl who is not afraid to have more than one lover. However, this book in particular fell short for me. The initial plot was fascinating; Mona Lisa, while basking in the light of the moon, is suddently The Monere series by Sunny has always fascinated me. The idea of a species of people who are ruled by their own queen and need the moon to survive was genius on Sunny's part. And to add it onto that, this book is surely to please fans of later Laurell K. Hamilton writing; Mona Lisa is definately a girl who is not afraid to have more than one lover. However, this book in particular fell short for me. The initial plot was fascinating; Mona Lisa, while basking in the light of the moon, is suddently grabbed by unseen forces and finds herself trapped in NetherHell. There seemed to be no way out and to add onto her problems, the essense of Mona Louisa inside her is trying to claw it's way out. Then, she is captured by a group of hideous monsters who takes her back to their gargoyle king Gordane and is added to his harem. However, he takes special interest in her and wants to take her for his bond-mate. That was the part that really hooked me in. What is she going to do now that she can't get out of NetherHell? Will she accept the proposal of the gargoyle king? And then after that, everything basically went down the drain. Mona Lisa gets rescued, and everything is A-okay. Oh, except for the part where she has this moment where she goes on and on about how not beautiful she is and doesnt deserve the love of Dontaine. Then after a makeover, she is suddenly GEORGOUS and cannot get over herself. And the thing that had me almost laughing and rolling my eyes: Mona Lisa dies during sex. Yes, thats right. So future readers, dont go into this book expecting too much. Grasp onto the first half of the book and enjoy it while you can. The second half is just too ridiculous for words.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Mona Lisa is off on her craziest adventure yet. She is somehow sucked into NetherHell. While there, she must rely on an enemy hidden insider herself for her survival. She rescues a gargoyle child, becomes coveted by a gargoyle king, and manages to make some allies in the most unlikely places. This one also bounces back and forth between Mona Lisa's 1st person POV and 3rd person POV of Gryphon and Halcyon, who travel to NetherHell to rescue her. She has some disturbing/touching moments with the t Mona Lisa is off on her craziest adventure yet. She is somehow sucked into NetherHell. While there, she must rely on an enemy hidden insider herself for her survival. She rescues a gargoyle child, becomes coveted by a gargoyle king, and manages to make some allies in the most unlikely places. This one also bounces back and forth between Mona Lisa's 1st person POV and 3rd person POV of Gryphon and Halcyon, who travel to NetherHell to rescue her. She has some disturbing/touching moments with the two of them as well as some self relaization when it comes to Dontaine. I was so torn about rating this one. I wanted to like it so much more than I did. There were a few things that really bothered me. Someone else had mentioned to me that this one didn't seem to fall into the series...that it seemed out of place. She was right. It just didn't seem to follow the flow. Almost as if she were taking the same characters and placing them into a different genre altogether. Almost like she decided to take a sabatical from the already established story line. Also, there were a few things that just didn't make sense to me. My logic apparently didn't catch up with the emotional aspects of a few scenes with Halcyon, Gryphon and Mona Lisa. And there seemed to be an element missing from the end. I'm not sure. It just seemed so rushed. With how much I liked the last book, I was hoping this would follow along that line. But it seems it may have been just a fluke. I was also really hoping to see Dante in this one. I'm hoping he'll be back in Mona Lisa Smiling next year.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the fourth book in the Children of the Moon series by Sunny; and it was actually my favorite of the series. The setting was more interesting than previous books and there was a lot more action; there wasn't as much sex and romance so people who really dig that may not like this book as well as some of the previous ones. The book starts out with Mona Lisa basking for her Monere. Suddenly a black light comes out of the moon and Mona Lisa is taken somewhere else. Strangely enough Mona Louise This is the fourth book in the Children of the Moon series by Sunny; and it was actually my favorite of the series. The setting was more interesting than previous books and there was a lot more action; there wasn't as much sex and romance so people who really dig that may not like this book as well as some of the previous ones. The book starts out with Mona Lisa basking for her Monere. Suddenly a black light comes out of the moon and Mona Lisa is taken somewhere else. Strangely enough Mona Louise's personality is stronger in the new place and Mona Lisa soon finds out she is in a different version of Hell than she ever knew existed. Can Gryphon and Halcyon save her before something more deadly finds her? I really liked that Mona Lisa's character took things into her own hands in this book. Mona Lisa's compassion matched with toughness really set her character above all other characters and made her character something special. I loved that both Halcyon and Gryphon were in this book a lot; Halcyon is my favorite character and it was interesting to see him have to deal with limitations to his power. Once again though Amber was absent for most of the book. Mona Lisa did make some progress in her relationship with Dontaine which was nice to read about. I thought this book had more purpose, a better story, and a faster pace than the previous book. There are less sex scenes than normal; the ones that are present are well written. I enjoyed that this left more room for action scenes. After the third book I was ready to give up on this series, but after reading this book I am convinced to stay with this series a bit longer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,

    4.4?5?0? Wow this was good.. Interesting.. It brought a new depth to the Monere world. It was slow paced though, I gotta say.. It would do well as a stand-alone. Because it was so rich, it didn't necessarily seem like a prior book introduced this one. I liked it:) SPOILER? ALERT! This was Halcyon and Gryphon's book, well 3/4ths of it was JUST-Mona Lisa, and that other Queen who I actually like nowX), which I found very very intriguing and awesome. I hated missing the guys but she can certainly take 4.4?5?0? Wow this was good.. Interesting.. It brought a new depth to the Monere world. It was slow paced though, I gotta say.. It would do well as a stand-alone. Because it was so rich, it didn't necessarily seem like a prior book introduced this one. I liked it:) SPOILER? ALERT! This was Halcyon and Gryphon's book, well 3/4ths of it was JUST-Mona Lisa, and that other Queen who I actually like nowX), which I found very very intriguing and awesome. I hated missing the guys but she can certainly take care of herself and I would even enjoy it if the series was just her I think..? But then it'd be a different world and series then.. Anyways, aside from Halcyon and Gryphon there was a yummy new guy, a gargoyle. Boy was I happy he wasn't meant for Mona Lisa, YES! No more men for her please. I MISSSEDDD Dante. What with the ending of the last book and all(GODDDDD) I uber missed him and kept worrying about him.. And then I started missing Amber. No fair, where was he for most of this?? *annoyed* She just keeps pushing him away.. bissshh. Oh and Gryphon made a new impact here, I like.. of course Halcyon will always win over him and Gryphon's not as yummy lovable loving adorable sweet huggable like Amber, Halcyon and Dante but I reallly do like him too. More than D-guy/Dontaine..pssh. D guy doesn;t even exist on the map for me. Mehh. Oh and the beginning of this book? SLOW. Boring. I wanted a faster pace.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    This series has a major theme common with the two Laurell K. Hamilton series: a tough on the outside, loving on the inside magically powerful heroine and her relationships with many different men who are mostly cool with sharing her. Ridiculous? Absolutely. Really interesting if you like complicated relationships, YES! There's some interesting action and alternate realities thrown in too, which I like. Premise of this fourth installment in the series: Mona Lisa gets accidentally sucked into Nethe This series has a major theme common with the two Laurell K. Hamilton series: a tough on the outside, loving on the inside magically powerful heroine and her relationships with many different men who are mostly cool with sharing her. Ridiculous? Absolutely. Really interesting if you like complicated relationships, YES! There's some interesting action and alternate realities thrown in too, which I like. Premise of this fourth installment in the series: Mona Lisa gets accidentally sucked into NetherHell where the baddest of the bad guys go for their afterlife. She helps rescue a gargoyle child, earning the friendship of the king of the gargoyles, who helps her and her rescue party (Halcyon and Gryphon) escape NetherHell. Confusingly, they escape to Hell, which is where GOOD souls go for their afterlife. From Hell, Mona Lisa crosses back to Earth. Along this journey, Halcyon is forced to put Mona Louisa's evil juju from Mona Lisa's body, inadvertently injuring Mona Lisa in a way that makes her seem wholely human. She nearly dies. Of her relationships, Lisa helps Gryphon come to terms with his demon incarnation, developes a romantic interest in a gargoyle named Gordane, cements her relationship with Dontaine, and discovers that she is very uneasy about the concept of matrimony, managing to hurt Halcyon's feelings in the process.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Noel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed this volume, but I feel like it should have been split up into two separate books. I wish that the events in Netherhell were extended to a longer period than the brief 24 hours. I wanted to learn more about those characters and the location. There seemed to be much more about them than the glimpse we were given. With the continued perspective changes from first to third person, I would have also really enjoyed reading about the friendship between Halcyon and Gryphon and all of their ex I enjoyed this volume, but I feel like it should have been split up into two separate books. I wish that the events in Netherhell were extended to a longer period than the brief 24 hours. I wanted to learn more about those characters and the location. There seemed to be much more about them than the glimpse we were given. With the continued perspective changes from first to third person, I would have also really enjoyed reading about the friendship between Halcyon and Gryphon and all of their experiences in their quest to find Mona Lisa in Ntherhell. The resolution to the story was wrapped up far too quickly for my tastes. I wish there had been more time and attempts to discern Mona Lisa's spiritual wound and how to fix it. We were presented with multiple possible solutions that were left unexplored. I wish there were more interactions between Amber and Mona Lisa and between Mona Lisa and Dontaine. It would have been nice to see the later relationship grow. I also wanted to see how or if the change in Mono Lisa's spiritual conditions changed the relationship with Halcyon. What about Mona Lisa's relationship with Thaddius? Are we ever going to see Dante again?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Hum, well, I wanted to find out what had happened to Gryphon, and I did. But ... the rest ... There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that bugged me, taking up precious space in the book instead of adding more to the overall storyline (IMHO). Initially I thought, "cool, Netherhell ... interesting, kinda spooky", then "come on already" was all I could think while pushing through the pages. I did enjoy learning about the Gargoyles and thought parts of their storyline was interesting, but Hum, well, I wanted to find out what had happened to Gryphon, and I did. But ... the rest ... There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that bugged me, taking up precious space in the book instead of adding more to the overall storyline (IMHO). Initially I thought, "cool, Netherhell ... interesting, kinda spooky", then "come on already" was all I could think while pushing through the pages. I did enjoy learning about the Gargoyles and thought parts of their storyline was interesting, but .... Dunno, just missing something for me in this one. Hopefully, Mona Lisa Eclipsing, will offer what this one lacked (not exactly sure what that was, but it was missin' somethin'). I am interested to see how things play out now that Mona Lisa's "whole" again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    K

    2.5 stars This almost felt like reading two different books. The first 2/3 of the book was okay but then it sort of wraps up and feels like the end of the book and the rest of the story seemed added on as an afterthought. A new dilemma is presented to prolong the story enough to revisit past characters and to throw in some sex. And when I say "some sex", I mean as in Mona Lisa getting it on with 4 different men all within the last 1/3 of the book. I guess she's making up for lost time. And then i 2.5 stars This almost felt like reading two different books. The first 2/3 of the book was okay but then it sort of wraps up and feels like the end of the book and the rest of the story seemed added on as an afterthought. A new dilemma is presented to prolong the story enough to revisit past characters and to throw in some sex. And when I say "some sex", I mean as in Mona Lisa getting it on with 4 different men all within the last 1/3 of the book. I guess she's making up for lost time. And then in the very last scene everything is resolved all neat and tidy within a few paragraphs. I felt jipped and the resolution wasn't even believable and it was never explained how it was even possible when it should have been impossible. There are other issues and inconsistencies but I'll refrain from ranting. I have enjoyed previous books written by this author but I'm disappointed in this installment. I hope she can get it turned around for the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trang Nguyen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It took me about half the book (Page 125) to finally get into the book. In Sunny's, previous books the romance and the sex hit the pages within the first couple chapters. However, in this book we find Mona Lisa is pulled from her realm and pulled into NetherHell, a place far worse than anyone could go in the after life. She runs into people, exotica animals, and an interesting way of life. She is finally saved by Halycon and Gryphon. (which I find there presence in this book was short lived) She It took me about half the book (Page 125) to finally get into the book. In Sunny's, previous books the romance and the sex hit the pages within the first couple chapters. However, in this book we find Mona Lisa is pulled from her realm and pulled into NetherHell, a place far worse than anyone could go in the after life. She runs into people, exotica animals, and an interesting way of life. She is finally saved by Halycon and Gryphon. (which I find there presence in this book was short lived) She is returned to her world but without her powers and is living as a normal human even though she is queen. Mona Lisa struggles with the fact that she has lost her powers and is faced with Donatine, her Master of Arms upset with her because she does not freely give her love to him. That pretty much summarizes this book. Nothing real special about this book. I just hope the next book will offer a better plot and romance that brings her old lovers back into the picture.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I must admit I haven't read this series since the first one and I wasn't all that impressed, I agree that the premise of the series seems a mish mash of Hamilton and Bishop but I liked Mona Lisa as a character so I picked this one up (knowing I was missing a whole lot in between, I didn't mind) If this is an example of how the other books after the first one are I'll pick them up, there wasn't an over abundance of sex and I enjoyed the plot. I don't understand though, I heard this was the last in I must admit I haven't read this series since the first one and I wasn't all that impressed, I agree that the premise of the series seems a mish mash of Hamilton and Bishop but I liked Mona Lisa as a character so I picked this one up (knowing I was missing a whole lot in between, I didn't mind) If this is an example of how the other books after the first one are I'll pick them up, there wasn't an over abundance of sex and I enjoyed the plot. I don't understand though, I heard this was the last in the series? It seems to have ignored most of her, uh, entourage shall we say and focused on Halcyon, Gryphon and began a NEW one with Dontaine. I'm sure this won't be the last, if it is I think actual followers of the series would be disappointed, having picked the 4th book and only reading the 1st one I'm expecting more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Di

    There are definitely some elements of this series that I've found to be rather derivative of others-- demon dead, matriarchal societies, vampirism, etc. The reason why I still read on is entirely due to the main character. She describes herself as sort of plain and flat-chested in a race full of beautiful Queens. (Man, I can relate!) In this book, she has an experience of what life is like without her other supernatural powers, and for me that balances out the fact that she seems to be the roman There are definitely some elements of this series that I've found to be rather derivative of others-- demon dead, matriarchal societies, vampirism, etc. The reason why I still read on is entirely due to the main character. She describes herself as sort of plain and flat-chested in a race full of beautiful Queens. (Man, I can relate!) In this book, she has an experience of what life is like without her other supernatural powers, and for me that balances out the fact that she seems to be the romantic lodestone for no less than 5 hot guys. :) A specific gripe: Halcyon, one of her numerous love interests, uses the phrase "between you and I" in one of his lines. ::Shudder:: Object, not subject pronoun!

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