Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Me, Myself and I discuss The Mayfair Moon

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.
Me:  When the book first opened up, I wasn't sure what to expect.  That was a good thing, especially when the werewolves showed up *shiver*
I:  Is that supposed to be an indirect way of telling me something?
Me: Not at all.  You decided to check reviews and got all cloudy behind the Twilight comparisons.  No one told you to check reviews.
Myself:  Can I please have my own clone of Harry?
Me:  Really?  Did you even read the book or just get stuck on Harry?
Myself:  I read a few reviews and I read the whole book.  Unlike little Miss I, the Twilight comparisons didn't cloud my enjoyment of the story.  And yes, I definitely enjoyed it.
Me:  Uh, I did too.  Did we just agree on something?
Myself:  Cool beans we did!!!  Here are the things I really loved:
- There's no sparkly anything.  It's ALL about the werewolves.  These creatures are beasts to be reckoned with, just the way they should be.
 - Unlike Twilight, the MC has some sort of teen reasoning happening.  I mean, she's a teenager after all, has some angst because what teenager doesn't, but there's not this "float on and just let everything happen, have no consequences" thing happening.
 - The werewolf backstory is pretty cool.
I: Okay, Myself, stop there.  You keep going you'll start in on spoilers.  Don't want to ruin the novel for others interested in reading the novel.  So who would you recommend this novel to?
Me:  Lovers of werewolf lore, Twilight fans who don't mind being without the sparkly vamps and YA readers who enjoy scenes with some butt-kicking going on.

So there you have it.  I have to add the disclaimer that I was not a big fan of Twilight (but a big-time thumbs-up to Stephenie Meyer because she did what I feel every author should do, enjoyed the success of her novel and banked it like crazy!!!  One of those "can't hate the player" admissions because good writing or not, that darned book sold like cold lemonade on a hot summer's day lol!!!).  Reading about the Twilight comparisons didn't help but I'm glad I pushed them aside and gave The Mayfair Moon a chance to stand on its own merits.  Have any of you ever read a review for a novel then had a different view of the novel once you gave it a chance?

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  1. I had to read your post twice just to get in more morning giggles! I am loving your Me, Myself & I book reviews. Keep em' coming. :))

    I'm reading Linger. Have 2 pages left. Very unsure of where she's taking the story, because at this point, it doesn't look so good for Grace.

    I'll have to check out Mayfair Moon!

    Oh, and I think I have the honor of being first in your life today...okay second to your sweet little one!!!

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  2. LOL!! So glad you enjoyed it. Me, Myself and are an interesting trio :-)

    And YAY! You're the first to comment. Sweet little girl is currently earning the title of "princess-of-stalling" since she doesn't want to go to school lol!!!

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  3. I admit, I was a major twilight fan....this book sounds good. Definitely checking it out.

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    1. You're a Twilight fan. I'm not. And we get along swimmingly :-)

      And I'm glad you'll check out the book. It was a good read.

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  4. Fun interview! I loved it. And I have to admit, I thought Twilight had a beautiful quality about it. Not the writing (constant adverbs and ellipses), but the concept and the setting. Anytime I go for a hike in the forest I remember scenes from the book and feel enchanted.

    The Mayfair Moon sounds like a great read.

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    1. See, there are so many reasons people loved Twilight. Mayfair Moon was definitely a great read.

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  5. Have any of you ever read a review for a novel then had a different view of the novel once you gave it a chance?

    All. The. Time.

    Actually, it happens more with movies than books but does happen...a lot.

    I also have to say the first thing that popped into my head with the book title was Anne Rice's Mayfair Witch series, LOL. Come to think of it, probably better than the Twilight series coming to mind. I generally detest reviews that compare books and the Twilight reference in reviews probably would have turned me off. But I trust your opinion so will give this a look :)

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    1. Mayfair Witch series. I think that is the one that delves into Taltos. I could be wrong about that.

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    2. Also, one of the things about Mayfair Moon I appreciated dealt with her handling of the werewolves. They weren't sweet, kind or darling. They were vicious killers to be feared.

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    3. Yeah, the Mayfair witches move into Taltos which was where I stopped, LOL. Her Vampires...yum...re-read those a number of times :)

      Definitely something I'd appreciate as well Angela. I want my Vampires hungry, my Werewolves driven by killer instinct, etc. None of the sparkling stuff, LOL.

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  6. Haha! That was really funny :) I'm not a Twilight fan, but I definitely appreciate the romance of her setting. I can see how a lush forest and a burning, forbidden passion captured so many people's hearts!

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    1. In the end, the storytelling really captured so many hearts and minds. Mayfair Moon tells and enjoyable story as well.

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  7. Hahaha sounds like a GREAT read. I am a Twilight fan, albeit not a rabid one. ;-)

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    1. Not a rabid Twilight fan? Say it ain't so lol!! But I agree. It's a great read.

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  8. That was a cute interview! As for reviews, oh, definitely. Books are so subjective.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the interview. I just have to remind myself that reviews can be okay and good but maybe...sometimes...giving a book a chance is just a worthwhile effort.

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  9. What a great way to review! Your alter ego(s) are downright funny. And I enjoyed how you brought the comparison to that other series into your review. It helped give a better feel to the story. Reading a new author is like walking into a dark room for the first time. You've no idea where the furniture will be, and so, hesitate to enter. Sounds like you're glad you did.

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    1. Those dames are a handful lol!!! Me and Myself got into a cat fight over Cael from Nadja's The Third Fate. Hilarious!

      And you're right. That is the wonder and mystery of reading something from a new-to-me author. It's unknown yet that is what makes it exciting to begin the read.

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  10. Thank you, Angela! :-) Love your review and I got a kick out of your multiple personalities, hehehe! They should get to know mine someday! Anyway, great review - thanks for taking the time to read it. :-)

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    1. LOL!!! Our multi-personalities would probably get together and start a rave :-)

      It was my pleasure to read it. And I'm glad I did. Go werewolves!

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  11. You, yourself and you are quite a crew! :) Thanks for a great review. I hadn't heard of this, but it sounds really good and I will most certainly have to add it to my TBR list!

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    1. Thanks for checking it out. Not a book for the cutie pies you visit at school but certainly one to sip on something relaxing so you can enjoy it.

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  12. Sometimes I think "big" books cause more harm than good because people automatically use them as comparison markers.

    Does Twilight have werewolves in it? I never read the series. But I do like shifter lore. I'm amazed that so many diverse civilizations have shifter stories in their cultural history. I've often wondered why that is. It's got to come from somewhere.

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    1. You're probably right, Maria. I can already hear the Hunger Games comparisons for my WiP MINGLED. Not sure if that will be a good thing.

      Twilight has shifter wolves. Not sure if it was intended, but they shifted more into just wolves, not the tall, standing werewolves from say, Underworld. The Mayfair Moon werewolves are more like the Underworld ones when I envisioned them in my head.

      From Greek lore to Native American, I've seen various shifter mythologies and they're all very interesting.

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    2. Yes, it was intended. Remember, the "werewolves" such as Jacob in the Twilight series aren't really werewolves. They're shifters that just change into wolves. Actual werewolves are mentioned in the last book by The Children of the Moon, or something like that.

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  13. This was funny!

    And I'll say that I never read reviews, mostly because I've learned that the books I like, no one else really does, and the ones I don't EVERYONE does. So yeah.

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    2. Elana, I can certainly see not reading the reviews, especially when you know you have different tastes in books :-)

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  14. I hadn't heard of this one. It sounds good. And I find out most of my books through reviews.

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    1. TBR lists are growing exponentially. Have to use something to help figure out a good read.

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  15. This is a very interesting form of a review, and very original.

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  16. I did like Twilight - but I've only read them once so a second read might well change my mind. I also like werewolves when done well so I may have to give this book a chance - thanks :)

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