UF Review & Contest: FEAST by Merrie Destefano

Merrie Destefano’s Afterlife was a rough-and-tumble sci-fi noirish mystery, but put that out of your head, because Feast is not a sequel. It’s a lyrical rural fantasy with an almost fairy tale quality to it. Let’s take a look!
 
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Halloween is a bad time to return to the woods… Madeline MacFaddin (“Mad Mac” to fans of her bestselling magical stories) spent blissful childhood summers in Ticonderoga Falls. And this is where she wants to be now that her adult life is falling apart. The dense surrounding forest holds many memories, some joyous, some tantalizingly only half-remembered. And she’s always believed there was something living in these wooded hills. But Maddie doesn’t remember the dark parts—and knows nothing of the mountain legend that holds the area’s terrified residents captive. She has no recollection of Ash, the strange and magnificent creature who once saved her life as a child, even though it is the destiny of his kind to prey upon humanity. And soon it will be the harvest . . . the time to feast. Once again Maddie’s dreams—and her soul—are in grave danger. But magic runs deep during harvest. Even a spinner of enchanted tales has wondrous powers of her own.

MY THOUGHTS: As I said earlier, Feast (which seems to be starting a new Harvest of Dreams series) has a mystical, almost fairy tale quality about it as we follow Ash and Maddie through a spiral of events that ultimately gets her caught up in the mythical Wild Hunt come to rural Ticonderoga Falls. There’s a lovely, ethereal quality to the storytelling that keeps you moving through the book as Destefano slowly unfolds the mystery of what Ash and his not-so-nice family members are (but I won’t tell you since that’s a major mystery of the book), and how Maddie, just off a bad divorce and trying to get her emotional feet under her again, fits in, as well as her young son.
            Just a warning for point-of-view purists. The style in which this book is written can be a little intimidating, with the narrative shifting between several characters’ viewpoints and each written in first-person. It doesn’t make the story hard to follow, but it makes it hard—at last in the first third of the book—to keep the characters straight.
           
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

18 thoughts on “UF Review & Contest: FEAST by Merrie Destefano

  1. I’ve been dying to read Feast! I’m stoked that you reviewed the book. I’ve Heard nothing but good chatter about the story…

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  2. First of all, thank you for the giveaway! I’ve read a lot of great review about Feast and it’s already on my wish-list 😛 I love urban fantasies and I’m sure Feast is exactly that kind of book that I LOVE 🙂

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  3. Feast has been on my TBR list for a while. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  4. I am finishing up the FEVER series today (noooo!) and I need a new urban fantasy story so count me in please.

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  5. I think that I wouldn’t mind giving this one a shot.

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  6. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. This is one of the books on my wishlist. Please enter me for your giveaway if possible and thanks.
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