Feast, by Merrie Destefano
ARC from Netgalley
Madeline MacFadden (“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
Rating : C – or about 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Sounds good right? It should be better, and I hope some more editing before the release will help.
I had a very hard time with this novel. I’m not even sure how to start this review.
It was all so confusing. First, I guess I’ll start with some questions for the author, then some points.
1) What is a Darkling? How did they come to be, where do they come from, and what the freaking heck are they!!
~After reading this novel, I STILL HAVE NO IDEA!!! That is not good. This novel needs tighter editing, more information available for the reader, and to plug the major plot holes that are pretty glaring.
2) What is a Guardian, why are they necessary, what exactly was this Curse, and what did it entail. The details were sketchy at best. We really need more information.
~Ash is the Guardian of Ticonderoga Falls. OK. Good for him. What does this mean? What is his job, why is he there, what does he do?
3) What is this legend Keeper Business?
~The term was just tossed out there, and we were expected to understand. With no concept of what the Darklings even are, how can we fathom what a Legend Keeper is? Also, When Joe is Telling Maddie the Legend, WHY did you do it off-screen? That would have answered SO many questions for the reader!!
4) What exactly is FEASTING. How do the Darklings harvest dreams? This is not explained and the readers have to try to extrapolate the information between the lines, and it is difficult with so much conflicting information.
~They are not vampires? Why does the Sheriff point out the two holes on the neck, and a seemingly empty body that is ‘flat”. OK, so these Darklings–do they use their fangs to drink the blood, and with the blood they also get dreams, hopes and aspirations from their victims? The blood is incidental? If so, it would be nice to know that. There was too much telling, and absolutely no showing of how this works. It went like this “We harvest the dreams.” “Mmm I am harvesting” “Oh, I harvested too much, now he/she is dead”
5) Pretty much each chapter was in a different point of view. From every character in the novel. EVERY. ONE. Maddie, Ash, Thane, River, Elspeth, Sage, Sienna, Joe, The sheriff, The dog, It was a revolving door of characters, and took away my interest.
~ Since we had so many story lines being interwoven, it was hard to connect to any one character.
6) There really is no love in this novel. I didn’t feel the romance. At all. I’m sorry, but it didn’t work for me. It came out of left field, at the very end, and it wasn’t believable. This aspect of the story needs work. The interest needs to be throughout the novel.
The writing style was nice, I liked how Merrie Destefano writes. Her words are poetic, and lyrical. She paints a vivid picture. But this picture just didn’t work for me.