Today I have a special review of an awesome YA novel entitled The MayFair Moon by JA Redmerski!
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m a Contemporary Fantasy and YA writer – author of THE MAYFAIR MOON and DIRTY EDEN. I’m a mother, werewolf & zombie fanatic, book addict and a happy hermit obsessed with the Universe. Oh, and AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.
I started my first novel at the age of thirteen and have been writing something ever since. Generally, I love characters in life and on paper. I pay 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 me and I hope that it shows in my literary work.
Some authors that inspire me are Neil Gaiman, Cormac McCarthy, David Moody, Philippa Gregory, Max Brooks, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, Richard Matheson, William R. Forstchen, Carrie Ryan, Stephenie Meyer and Lisa Smedman.
Also, almost more than anything I love nature and this beautiful planet that I live on. I just wish everyone else did too….
I loved this book. My favorite in the paranormal genre have been the stories regarding lycanthropes. So yes, I started reading with fondness for the subject, but in reading so many books with that subject matter, It is always a thrill to see how a specific tale will differ from all the rest. I was not disappointed, Mayfair Moon had a gritty, urban flavor with the detailing of the main characters Adria’s life at home;where Adria and her sister are one another’s protection and strength. But Adria world’s changes one day, when she and her sister witnesses a harrowing occurence, a man turning into a wolf. This sends Adria’s sister into a downward spiral that she never returns from.
Her older sister stops speaking, is moody and volatile and basically remains in her room This leaves Adria to fend for herself in the minefield of her own life with an emotionally absent mother and a stepfather that repulses her. So when the opportunity comes where she is able to move out of town and live with another family member, Adria is apprehensive, excited and sad at the same time(due to she doesn’t wish to leave her mother)…Adria sister does come with her, but she still has the same behaviour as she recently adopted at home, the moodiness, anger etc. Although, Adria jumps right into school life with new friends and such, attempting to put the traumatic experience of what she and her sister saw behind her. But things come full circle, and Adria has to face the fact monsters are real…when she learns that humans who turn into wolves are real, and that her sister is one of them. Also, the fact that some of the kids she begins to hang with are shifters as well and that the very hot guy she likes, is one as well; and so the tale commences with Adria dealing with this knowledge, attempting to avoid a war with a opposing group of wolves who her sister has become involved with, and handling her new relationship.
This was a very interesting take on this familiar tale, I loved the Gothic undertones, the characters….I enjoyed how the author detailed the relationship between Issac and Adria… It was a fun read, that kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what would happen next and hating when it came to an end. I will defintely read the rest of the series and I fully recommend this book!