|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.
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?