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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review, The Mayfair Moon by JA Redmerski

Tite: The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy #1)
Author: JA Redmerski
Published: January 2012
Genre: Werewolves! (that's a whole genre unto itself, right???)

After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many.

This story definitely filled my need for werewolves in my life.  And it brought werewolves to me in a new aspect.  JA Redmerski’s wolves are big, I mean, huge.  They are snarly big mean looking monsters.

First thing I noticed about this book is that it read very easily.  It felt like I was talking with an old friend, and I really liked that.  I didn’t feel like I was being told a story, so much as I was there for it.

Adria and Alex are sisters living in Georgia with their mother and her boyfriend.  Life isn’t perfect, its downright abusive on some levels.  But Adria isn’t old enough to get out, and Alex is staying for her sister.  On top of that, Adria feels like she needs to stay for her mother.  Then one night while they are out walking they witness something terrifying and crazy, and they are attacked.  It gave me the creeps, and I loved it! 

After that, life is not the same.  And CPS steps in to remove Adria; they send her north to Maine to live with family.  Alex follows because that’s her sister, and they stick together.  But Alex hasn’t recovered to the same extent that Adria has.  She’s quiet and withdrawn, and just…different.

Adria is quick to make friends in Hallowell, Maine, and I loved them!  Ok, not all, but Harry.  Harry is a fantastic friend, the kind of friend that everyone should have at some time in their life.  He is honest and brave, and loyal to the core.  I loved Harry, and I would love to see more of him in the future!

Gratuitous Hot Truck
I have to admit, when Adria met the “bad guys” I was a bit excited.  Tattooed, tall, badass…. Lifted trucks.  I mean seriously, they were my dream guys.  Well, except for the whole bad part.  But even that was a bit exciting.  But in dealing with them we learn a bit about Adria, and I thought that was fantastic.  Adria might be young, but she isn’t some child.  She is older than her years, and I just thought her whole personality was really something beautiful.

In fact, the whole cast was fascinating.  They were colorful and vibrant, and each new character (and there were many!) brought a whole new facet to the story.  But its time.  It’s time for the namesake of this book, Isaac Mayfair.

Isaac is an enigmatic young man, who lives with just a ton of people.  There is instant chemistry between Adria and Isaac.  The first time they lay eyes on eachother you know there is something there. 

                “I think I had been in love with Isaac Mayfair all along, but now was the moment in time in which I knew it.”

Isaac and Adria are so obviously made for each other.  I love each of them separately, but together they are absolutely wonderful.  Sweet kisses and long embraces, that feeling that you are loved, wanted, needed… that’s the gift of Isaac.  But just why is he such a she-wolf magnet??  Geez, I just wanted him to push them all off of him!  It was making me jealous!!  Otherwise Isaac is everything you could hope for in a man, a wolf, and a mate.  I love him!  I think I’ve said that….

This book has a ton of information in it, but you don’t feel like you are just reading facts.  JA Redmerski did a superb job of weaving history and facts in with the story.  I was super excited to see that the expected publication date is July 20 for the second book in the trilogy.  Don’t quote me if that has changed, but either way I believe it is coming up real soon.  And I will definitely be on that auto-buy list.

So whether you are a fan of Zia, Sebastian, Harry, Nathan, Beverlee, Alex, Adria or Alex…. Or any number of the others, this book has something to offer everyone.  There are some fight scenes that are awesome, that really show the brute strength of these wolves.  There are elders in this book, and their story is also one to really dig into.  Honestly, I just couldn’t have asked for more.  If you like werewolves, I think you will love this story!

About the author....

J.A. Redmerski is a  Contemporary Fantasy and YA writer - author of THE MAYFAIR MOON and DIRTY EDEN. She’s  a mother, werewolf & zombie fanatic, book addict and a happy hermit obsessed with the Universe. Oh, and AMC's "The Walking Dead".

Jessica started her first novel at the age of thirteen and has been writing something ever since. Generally, she loves characters in life and on paper. She pays attention to people, especially those whose personalities make them different from the rest of us: the drug addict roaming the Laundromat that talks to himself, the young, inattentive mother in the park with the meanest kid on the playground - (the entire cast of 'Swamp People') - characters fascinate Jessica and she hopes that it shows in her  literary work.

Some authors that inspire Jessica are Neil Gaiman, Cormac McCarthy, Max Brooks, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, Richard Matheson, William R. Forstchen, Carrie Ryan, Stephenie Meyer and Lisa Smedman.

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