on February 6, 2012
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.
The Mayfair Moon starts off with a dark tone that you later find out is intertwined throughout the entire novel. Sisters, Adria and Alex Dawson have had an extremely rough upbringing, between their drunken and abusive stepfather and their mother who just doesn’t seem to care, it’s no wonder that the sisters have clung to each other throughout their life.
What the book description calls as a “nightmarish” event turns the sister’s lives upside down when they come upon two werewolves battling in the woods. Like a domino affect, this awful encounter leads to the sister’s being sent from their home in Georgia to their aunt and uncle’s in Maine. Alex has a harder time adjusting to the uprooting unlike her sister, Adria, who quickly finds her own niche at Hall Dale Highschool.
As the days go on, dangerous forces (which later on you’ll learn about) begin to affect Alex’s behaviors and decisions leading to a rift between the once-inseparable sisters. Not only do the two get thrust into a centuries-old Lycanthrope war; they end up on opposite sides. A huge chunk of the novel revolves around Adria coming to terms with Alex’s new-found allegiances coinciding with strange occurrences such as the disappearances of fellow students and the shifty attitudes of some backwoods residents. Although Adria seems to easily accept the possibility of werewolves existing early on,, she doesn’t actually “put the pieces” together until 3/4 of the novel.
It took me while to get into The Mayfair Moon, I believe it was around page 30 or so when I really became enthralled. However the rest of the book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through by creating many mysteries and questions that I needed answered for my own sanity. One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the relatively-realistic approach it took towards romance especially when it came to Adria. Although at the end of the novel Adria is head-over-heels in love I felt like the relationship was believable enough due to the moderate progression. I find that many novels these days tend to rush the romantic progression leading to unbelievable and almost-laughable relationships — luckily The Mayfair Moon did it right!