Title: The Mayfair Moon
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Darkwoods Trilogy #1
Publisher: J.A. Redmerski
Publication Date: February 6, 2012
Format/Source: Ebook/Received from author for review
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy, Paranormal
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. (From Goodreads)
Right off the bat, I found some bonus points for J.A. Redmerski:
- Adria’s sister, Alex, plays pool! I’ve been playing on a pool team for eight of the past ten years now, and I love it! 50,000 bonus points!
- Alex tries to set Adria up with a guy who looks like Ian Somerhalder. Any mention of Ian Somerhalder deserves like a million bonus points.
Lots of Action…
I love how this story starts with action right away. Adria and Alex see a werewolf right off the bat, and I was expecting them to happen to be friends with someone who comes out of the lupine closet or something. Nope! Bam – werewolf!
The rest of the story has lots of great action scenes thrown in, many of which are really suspenseful. There was one part (not going to go into too much detail – don’t want to spoil anyone) where I was like, “Oh my God, CREEPY!” and it just got creepier! Redmerski really seems to have the action scenes down pat. And I love action and suspense and all of that, so it was great!
I also really love twists and turns in the plot, and there was a nice one near the end which made some of the characters a lot more complex. I love it when the lines are blurred between whether a character is bad or good – it makes the characters so much more realistic and multi-dimensional. And the ending was a cliff-hanger, but it was a good one! I actually really liked the ending – it left me satisfied yet wanting more, which I think really is a good thing.
There were a few things that I didn’t particularly love about the story. For one thing it seemed kind of like Twilight without the vampires. A lot of things reminded me of all the characters and events in that series. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed the Twilight series, but it seemed like there were a lot of similar scenes. However, the overall story is quite different.
I also didn’t like the insta-love aspect of the story. I mean, Adria did have moments where she was really mad at Isaac, but she still felt totally drawn to him even though he was pretty much a jerk and a player in their first several encounters. And he tells her he loves her after them dating for like a week, and she comments on how it was the first time he had said it to her. I mean, I know that’s a big deal and when you’re a teen you often say it really early, but it was just a bit too instant for my liking.
This last beef is something that might not bother everyone, but it made it a little hard for me to read the story: the grammar and punctuation. I found lots of mistakes, and those things just really take me out of the story. However, I don’t claim to be the world’s best grammarian or anything, so I really don’t think I can complain too much. And I do think that the plot and the action scenes really made up for a lot of the errors.
My rating for The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski:
Really it’s more like 3 3/4 stars. (I think I may need to rework my rating system since I keep giving ratings with half stars and quarter stars!) I would recommend this book to people who love YA paranormal stories, especially those who love werewolves.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.