Mar 19, 2012

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Mayfair Moon

Title: The Mayfair Moon              
Author: J. A. Redmerski
Publisher: J.A. Redmerski
Publish Date: 06 February 2012
Pages: 350
ISBN: 978-1-468-18552-2
Source: Paperback from author
Genre: Young Adult, romance, paranormal
Series: Darkwoods Trilogy
Other books in series:  Yet to be announced

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.

What would happen if you had a life-altering encounter with something that you never believed existed?  That happed with Adria Dawson.  Alex, her sister, and Adria would go to this certain spot when things were getting too bad at home, where her alcoholic step-father would get drunk and occasionally beat their mother.  One night, Alex wanted Adria to come to this party because there was a guy there she wanted to hook up with Adria.  Adria isn’t really into that, so instead, she goes to their spot.  Come to find out, Brent, the guy that Alex wanted Adria to date, had been listening when Alex told someone that she was going there to meet her sister.  He shows up and it makes both Alex and Adria uncomfortable.  They get him to leave, but take an alternate route home to avoid walking in front of his house.

It is when they are walking through the forest path that they encounter something strange.  At first they see a naked man.  Then what looks to be a werewolf.  The man screams at them to run, but Alex and Adria are not sure what they see and are unable to comply.  They are attacked and never hear about the strange incident again.  Adria eventually recovers, but her bigger sister never does.  She retreats inside herself and rarely comes out of her bedroom.  Because of this and an incident which causes suspicion of child abuse in the home, Alex and Adria are sent to live with their uncle Carl and aunt Beverlee in Hallowell, Maine.  Adria makes friends at the school,but Alex is still reserved and doesn’t go out of her room.  It is at school where she first meets the Mayfairs.  There is something strange about them and the way that they seem to follow her around and she keeps running into them.  Then there is William and Ashe.  Adria’s first impression isn’t a good one and it seems like there is bad blood between the two groups.  Does Adria want to get in the middle of that?  What happens when Alex becomes involved in things that she cannot handle?  How much is Adria willing to sacrifice in order to get Alex back?

This was one of those books that I seemed to not be able to put down.  I like books that add a twist to a popular topic and this book did just that.  The Mayfair Moon surprised me.  I had it set in my mind that I wasn’t going to enjoy it and I really did.  I cannot wait for the next installment in the Darkwoods Trilogy

I will admit that I wasn’t impressed with the cover and it is what made me think that I wouldn’t like this book.  I know that the old adage is to not judge a book by its cover, but I do that frequently.  A cover is what grabs your attention in the first place.  The cover for the Mayfair Moon is grayish-black and has a capitol M embossed on it.   I do like font of the words.  

Adria.  She is a strong character.  She has always been there for her older sister, Alex, and vice versa.  At the beginning of the book, Alex even talks about moving in with a boy and having Adria move in with them.  I like the way that she stands up to William and Ashe even before she knows what is going on. 

Alex – at the beginning of the book.  She takes care of Adria and always thinks of her wellbeing.

Harry.  He is one of Adria’s friends at school who stays true to her, even after everything that happens. 

Adria’s other friends: Tori, Sebastian and Julia.  They are fair–weather friends.

Zia.  She is a good friend to Adria while she is trying to figure everything out.  She is one of the girls staying with the Mayfairs.

Isaac Mayfair.  Things aren’t always peachy in Adria’s relationship with Isaac.  As a matter of fact, Adria has a hard time figuring out just what that “relationship” is.  Isaac is intent on keeping Adria safe, and for that, he is in the “like” category.

Alex – later in the book.  It is amazing the complete turnaround that Alex does in this book.  It adds to the conflict that Adria feels and asks her a very hard question: How far will she go to win her sister back?

William and Ashe.  From the first mention of them in the book, I don’t like them.  They are pushy and mean.

On this blog tour stop, I am giving away an e-book of Mayfair moon to one of the readers of this blog.

  • You will have 48 hours to respond or you will forfeit your prize.
  •  I reserve the right to cancel the contest at any time without reason.  
  •  I am not responsible for parcels lost or damaged in the postal system.  I will make every attempt to avoid this.
  • You must be 13 years or older to participate.
  •  Contest is international.
  •  Winner will be announced in this blog post at the conclusion of the contest.
  • Names will be drawn by that is within rafflecopter.  Winners will be notified by e-mail. 

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  1. A detailed review that goes down into characters. I've heard so much about this book on blogs and goodreads and the plot is captivating. Want to know what happens in the story!!

  2. I'm interested to see how the relationship between Adria and Alex changes. It's so intriguing to see how a character changes for the worse and learn why. And I'm always drawn to the friends become enemies idea (or rather, siblings).

  3. The werewolfs i love books with werewolfs
    go team Jacob!

  4. Thank you for taking the time to do this review/giveaway :) I really enjoyed your breakdown of the characters, and that alone makes me want to explore some of them more by reading the book :)

  5. I'm interested about the relationship among the two main characters and this so called "illness". Looking forward to reading it.

  6. I'm excited about the paranormal aspect involving the werewolf.


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