Series: The Darkwoods Triology #3
Publisher: Self Published on February 6, 2012
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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.
“And I thought that maybe I wasn’t so different after all. Everyone has their own troubles, their own battles to fight. Everyone eventually faces darkness and hardship. Mine was just a little out of the ordinary and I could live with that.”
Favorite Character: Adria.
“No one used the F-word more than my step-dad, Jeff.”
My Musings: I’ve read J.A. Redmerski’s published novels, The Edge of Always and The Edge of Never, and I loved her writing style. So when I saw The Mayfair Moon on Amazon, I had to one-click. I was interested to see what J.A could do with paranormal.
“His whole body jerked forward, plunging him into the frigid, white ground. He was on his hands and knees, his head rolled up and backward, the whites of his eyes churning black. The first fiendish growl ripped through the air, echoing off every looming tree.”
The Mayfair Moon‘s paranormal creature of choice is werewolves. However, they are not werewolves as we think of them. Instead, J.A’s werewolves changed into half-human, half-beast creatures. At first, I was shocked and a bit grossed out, but that feeling eventually passed.
The Mayfair Moon was a very interesting novel. It follows Adria as she starts her new life up north after an attack by a half-beast–a werewolf. After the day that Adria and her sister are attacked, her sister starts behaving oddly. Eventually, Adria is thrust into a world where there are two warring packs, and her sister is part of one, and not to mention, they want her dead because of what she knows. Luckily, Adria befriends Zia, who is a part of the other pack, and they become friends. And soon, Adria finds herself falling for the ‘prince’ of the pack, Isaac.
“Isaac Mayfair was my world now.”
I liked Adria’s character. She was expressive and brave, and she assimilated well into the world in which she was thrown. She was tough, as well, and didn’t go running and hiding when danger came her way. I could really relate to her, and that made her shine.
“Isaac was way too controlled, so much that it made him unreadable.”
Isaac was the brooding type. Quiet, observant, powerful: those worlds pretty much sum him up. Although he was dismissive of Adria at first, they started warming up to each other as the novel went on. I’m glad that they didn’t have an insta-love–only an insta-attraction, which is more realistic.
“Isaac leaned in and kissed me long and hard on the forehead. I could feel the unbridled emotion in his touch, the undeniable need to protect me from everything. The warmth from his mouth spread all throughout my body.”
I also enjoyed the two of them together. Their personalities match up fantastically and they were definitely a power couple. Although they disagreed on some things and had some problems, they were still perfect for each other. They balanced each other out and brought out the best in each other. I can’t wait to see how their relationship continues to progress as the series goes on.
The world that J.A. built in this novel was unreal in a real way. It was creatively weaved and changed everything you thought you knew about werewolves. After the initial shock, I loved J.A’s use of half-human werewolves instead of the typical fully-transformed wolf. It really gave her an unique edge in the ever-growing world of werewolf-based paranormal novels.
The Mayfair Moon was a great novel with a unique concept that I couldn’t put down. After trucking through this novel at such a rapid pace, I can’t wait to see what else this series brings.