Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Feast Review & Giveaway

Breakout UF author-Merrie Destefano, releases her second book, Feast, today. It's very different than her first book, Afterlife, but I think a lot of readers will enjoy it. I pre-read and reviewed the new book a couple of weeks back, and now I'm sharing the goodies Destefano has been nice enough to gift to UF fans.
Now for the Contest...

We are Giving-Away:
  • Copy of FEAST (Not an e-book) 
  • FEAST & AFTERLIFE Buttons/Bookmarks

In order to be entered in the contest, please answer this question in the Comment Section:  What has been your favorite 2011 New Release read? (So Far).  Also, please include your E-mail Addy in your comment so I can contact the winner. Winners will be chosen at random on July 6th. Thanks for stopping by today and I look forward to reading all of your comments!
Feast: Harvest of Dreams
Destefano's 2nd novel, Feast, introduces a new world which is unlike her previous UF/Scif-Fi novel-Afterlife. If her previous book can be called a Blade Runner/Scifi type thiller, this one is more like a mythological monster tale. However like her other book, this one is also written in multiple 1st person POV.  The book starts off more like a dark romance than an UF adventure thriller, but because it relies more on solid writing & plot-building rather than the usual romance paradigm, I wouldn't classify this as a true PNR. A little over a third of the way through, the book begins to pick up, as the action and intrigue gets turned up a few notches.

And although I liked this book, I would have preferred a continuation of her first book, rather than an introduction to a new world. Currently, Destefano has no plans to continue either story, but hopefully that will all change once her readership increases.  And although there is a definite marked conclusion by the end of Feast, I'm still holding out for various open-ended questions to be answered.  Patient readers may enjoy this decent-somber monster tale.
Maddie, now a bestselling writer, spent blissful childhood summers in Ticonderoga Falls. And this is where she returns to, 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 areas 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. A clan of "Beasts"-Winged Shifters, who feed on humans & their dreams, return to Ash's forest for the yearly Samhain feast, just as Maddie makes her return to the place that still haunts her dreams.

Warning: Some Violence
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  1. What has been your favorite 2011 New Release read?
    Thats a no brainer.... Shadowfever my Karen Marie Moning. Wasn't that everyone's so far???

    glaukos5 at gmail dot com

  2. Shadowfever may have been my most satisfying anticipated read for 2011.

  3. My favorite Urban Fantasy release for 2011 so far has been Magic Slays by Ilona and Gordon Andrews.

    Speaking for myself, this installment really raised the stakes in the quality of writing for the series and it's now among by favorites.