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The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Redmerski
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Message From the Author:

The Darkwoods Trilogy was my first indie project and was published long before my bestselling novels. As with all of my work, I would love for you to read it, but please keep in mind before doing so, that since these books are so much older (and I've learned a lot about editing since then) there are numerous editing mistakes throughout the pages. I intend to completely revamp this trilogy as soon as I have the time, but until then, just know in advance that this is not my best work and I hope you won't expect my more recent novels to be written in the same manner.

J.A. 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.


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About the Author

J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J.A. Redmerski; 1 edition (January 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Broody Paranormal Mystery March 24, 2012
As a fan of paranormal young adult books, I dove into THE MAYFAIR MOON with great expectations. On the whole, I wasn't overwhelmed by the story, but I did like it.

THE MAYFAIR MOON is the story of Adria, a teenage girl living in Georgia with her beloved sister, Alex, her co-dependant mother and abusive step-father. After the two girls are attacked by what seems to be a werewolf, which is mistakenly attributed to their step-father, they are sent to live with an aunt and uncle in Maine. Alex is changed by the attack. She is sullen, distant, angry and eventually runs away from home, joining what appears to be a cult. Adria, desperate to find and save his sister, is befriended by a group, a mysterious family, the Mayfairs. Adria is immediately attracted to Isaac Mayfair, son of their leader. Being pulled in two directions by two warring packs, between her sister's group and the Mayfairs, Adria must decide between her sister and her heart.

So as I said, I did like THE MAYFAIR MOON. I found the author's writing to be precise and easy to follow. This is a book that I was able to read extremely quickly, despite the length. The writing is very descriptive, setting-wise, but never felt bogged down with details.

I also liked her take on werewolves. It wasn't just bites and full moons. There was a lot more going on than what I normally see. The werewolf world was full of centuries long vendettas, blood bonds, and political conflict. These variations added just enough to the story to make me feel as if I were reading something completely new.

But there were also a few things about THE MAYFAIR MOON that made it less than great, for me. For starters, the story moves fairly slowly. Once the girls move to Maine, there isn't a lot going on.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By K. Dome
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, this book is in a genre that is absolutely saturated and inundated with novels that are sub-par, haphazardly thrown together, and without a "real" sense of history, mythology, or simple logic. The Mayfair Moon is a standout in a such a way that it can cross over the YA genre, and move into other genres and appeal to a wide audience that hasn't happened since the "Twilight" series - and I DEFINITELY agree that Twilight is sub par in comparison to The Mayfair Moon.

As a previous reviewer stated, The Mayfair Moon is rich with its own history and mythology which stands out in comparison to other Paranormal novels. It definitely IS a fresh take on the werewolf genre - where werewolves are WEREWOLVES, not some sappy tortured soul with puppy eyes that only wishes for a normal life. This book does to werewolves what NEEDS to be done to vampires, bringing them back to their carnal, predatory roots. It's a breath of fresh air and finally brings the werewolves back to what they are - monstrous beasts.

The main characters in the books are developed in such a way that, while occasionally being borderline realistic in their reactions to events, leaves allot for your imagination to fill in. I found this to be a truly effective manner to be able to put YOURSELF in the characters shoes, and truly empathize with what is going on with the characters. Relationships which may appear haphazardly thrown together to others, in my case, left allot of room for my own emotions to be brought into the story and fill in the spaces.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Well Written YA Werewolf Novel August 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
'The Mayfair Moon' is a fantastic first novel in a trilogy about werewolves. The book follows our heroine, Adria (whose name I love!), as she moves in with her uncle in Maine and strange things begin to happen with her sister, Alex. Soon Adria finds herself surrounded by a weird family who seems to hate her, a handsome guy who is sending her mixed signals, and things she thought were only fairy tales. What is really going on behind the scenes of her small Maine town? What really happened to Alex and just who are the Mayfairs?

I found this book to be very well written and really addictive to read. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. The story flowed effortlessly and I loved the Maine setting. I'm not a huge werewolf fan, but this book may have me swaying a bit more in their favor. The characters were unique and had personalities of their own, along with problems that readers can relate to - so I was almost immediately invested in them and their stories. I liked the relationship between Isaac and Adria, even if it was a bit too syrupy and somewhat cliched at times.

The back story of the novel was done well and strengthened the main storyline. I enjoyed the entire werewolf concept of the book and all of it's tangents. I was definitely left wanting more after finishing the book, and I'm really glad that it's just the first book of a trilogy. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book so I can read more about Adria and Isaac and what will happen with them. I highly recommend this for fans of YA paranormal fiction and definitely fans of werewolf fiction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For paranormal fans looking for a wolf story with some romance.
At the time when paranormal stories were at their highest I loved this wolf series, but I must say I no longer have an interest in this genre. Read more
Published 7 days ago by annmric
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty poor
After a recent good experience with a young adult paranormal book, thought I'd give this a try. This was full of awkward and out and out wrong word choices, and punctuation and... Read more
Published 9 days ago by jbetht
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts
It was a good read. I did think it was difficult to start the book by in the end it was all worth it
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mayfair Moon
About a week ago I was lamenting the fact that I am so behind on reading the books that I have downloaded onto my kindle, and that I have so many now (over a thousand) that I can't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really liked the storyline. A new take on werewolves. It was an easy read. I loved the characters. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Published 4 months ago by jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Favorite Quote(s):

“And I thought that maybe I wasn’t so different after all. Everyone has their own troubles, their own battles to fight. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gabbie
5.0 out of 5 stars nice spin on werewolves
After reading a couple of the authors other books, I had to pick this one up. It was a nice spin on werewolves and I can't wait to read the next one and see what happens!
Published 7 months ago by Brooke K Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing paranormal story for teens
I regularly read young adult books and review them for parents. I found that the Darkwoods Trilogy is very uniquely crafted. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathy Kindle Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mayfair Moon
The first book in the trilogy. I didn't realize it was about werewolves when I bought it. Decided to read it anyway since I bought it. I got them on my Kindle instead of paperback. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Romance Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible but not great either!
The plot is quite interesting in this YA novel. The characters however are a little flat and one dimensional for my liking. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barbarina
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More About the Author

J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and award-winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. She has since signed three more deals with GC/Forever for titles THE EDGE OF ALWAYS, SONG OF THE FIREFLIES and THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO. Her works have so far been translated into twenty different languages. THE EDGE OF NEVER made it to #2 on the New York Times bestseller eBook list, and remained on the #1 spot on Amazon for two straight weeks. THE EDGE OF ALWAYS also made the New York Times bestseller list.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have already been picked up by one of Brazil's largest publishers. KILLING SARAI, REVIVING IZABEL, THE SWAN & THE JACKAL and SEEDS OF INIQUITY are the first four books in the series, and will not be the last.

Jessica may be a multi-genre author, but no matter what she writes, she thrives on intense characters, out-of-the-ordinary love stories, and edge-of-your-seat twists that give her readers whiplash. And she weaves some, if not all of these elements into every story.

Jessica is a lover of film, television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead. Her favorite movies are Fight Club, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Devil's Advocate, The Matrix, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other things on Jessica's wish-list are to hang out with John Noble, Bryan Cranston and Michael C. Hall, conquer her long list of ridiculous fears, find a shirt that she actually likes, and travel the world with a backpack and a partner-in-crime.

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