Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Review of "Mayfair Moon" by JA Redmerski

The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy #1)The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of the blog tour
              Thanks to A Tale of Many Reviews!
Genre: Paranormal YA

Description from Goodreads: 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.

My thoughts: Adria and Alex are sisters who are bonded closely together. Their mother is more concerned with her drunkard husband and is too needy to be a mother. She is more of the child, and the girls are protective and take care of her.

One evening Adria and Alex are out for a walk when they happen upon werewolves fighting. This event drastically alters their lives. They are both banged up by the incident, and it is in this condition that DFS shows up at their door.

They are uprooted and shipped off to live with their uncle in Main. While family life is better, Alex is struggling and shuts herself off. She ends up leaving for a lifestyle that is less than ideal.

Adria is left to deal with everything. There are some things going on that are inexplicable. Teens disappearing and assumed dead, rampant sickness, etc. One of her friends live with a bunch of people that make her uncomfortable, but there is a really good looking guy in the group.  Yup, here comes the love interest.

I liked the book. It kept me reading and anxiously turning the pages. At midnight I had to remind myself that I did have to get up in the morning and that it was really time to put the book down and turn out the light.

While the book is a fast and furious read, there are many parts that are predictable and follow the patterns of some of the paranormal books that have been previously published. J.A. Redmerski is able to keep her story unique though.

The book has resolution at the end, but it is not all pretty and tied up with a bow. She leaves room for the books that are to come in this trilogy, without the feeling of being left hanging. I personally really like that.

My content warnings: This book is fairly clean.  There are violent situations and material that is for an older YA audience.  There are situations that would be accepted in a wolf pack, but are not normal for humans.  For example. some of the girls trying to get the attention of the alpha and those are in a sexual innuendo sort of way.

Check out the rest of the tour!


Monday, March 19, 2012:
The Fairytale Nerd ~ Excerpt #2 and eBook Giveaway

Young Adult Book Reviews ~ Review, The Writer’s Cave Guest Post, and eBook 

Good Choice Reading ~ Excerpt #1
Reader Girls ~ Review and eBook Giveaway

Tuesday, March 20, 2012:
Chapter by Chapter ~ Review and eBook Giveaway
Pen to Paper ~ Review and eBook Giveaway
Bookworm Lisa ~ Review
Splash Of Our Worlds ~ Review and eBook Giveaway

Wednesday, March 21, 2012:
BookSpark ~ Excerpt #3 and eBook Giveaway
Dreaming Dreams ~ Review and Author Interview
Refracted Light | YA Book Reviews ~ Dream Cast Guest Post

My Pathway to Books ~ Top 10 with Jessica Guest Post and eBook Giveaway

Thursday, March 22, 2012:
The Autumn Review ~ Review and eBook Giveaway
JJ iReads ~ Review and Excerpt #4 
The Life of Fiction ~ Review and eBook Giveaway

Friday, March 23, 2012:
Endlessly Bookish ~ Review, Deleted Scene Guest Post, eBook Giveaway
A Tale of Many Reviews ~ Final stop and Grand Prize

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