Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla

Luna Rising

By Selene Castrovilla

Genre: Women’s Fiction

About the Book

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 who 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 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.


This novel is about making mistakes in life. And righting those mistakes without taking yourself for granted.

Luna divorced her dead beat husband and is exploring her new found freedom. She makes some HUGE mistakes along the way. After Luna’s 20th or so mistake (yes I embellished), the story got a little monotonous. She continues to make the same bad judgements and sometimes dangerous decisions. She never learns from her mistakes. This got old for me toward the end of the book. However, I did enjoy Luna. She was just a little flighty and I wanted to “Gibbs slap” her many times.

I know it sounds like I did not enjoy this read but it is actually funny, charming and a little risqué. A perfect read for any day of the week!

Maybe there are no mistakes, Luna mused. Maybe there are only experiences to learn from.

About the Author

Selene Castrovilla debuts in women’s fiction with Luna Rising, but she’s no stranger to publishing. An award-winning teen and children’s author, Selene believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. Her novel Melt, Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy, received six honors including the IndieReader Discovery Award Grand Prize for Fiction. Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, her third nonfiction picture book about the American Revolution, was the recipient of four awards including Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth, International School Librarians’ Honor Book and Eureka! California Reading Association Honor Book. A companion book, Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold, is hot off the presses. Selene holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School and a B.A. in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats, where she sits on her deck in the summer, fall and spring (and at her picture window in the winter) and writes. She loves the color purple and coffee. Selene plays well with others, but with words even better. She is so grateful to do what she loves. National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson calls Selene “a writer worth watching.” Visit

About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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2 Responses to Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Luna Rising, Fredreeca! Your comments remind me of what I thought when I read Good in Bed and Fear of Flying. Both made me want to smack the characters at some point. Lessons are hard learned in real life, and I’m pretty sure all three books are based on experiences. It’s tough to share them, and even tougher to edit them! But I think the lessons from real life are the most helpful and relatable, even if they are harder to take. Thanks for sharing Luna’s story with your readers, and I hope she gives them insight, and pause.

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