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Feast (Harvest of Dreams #1)

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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 wood ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Harper Voyager
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Lisarenee
Apr 19, 2011 Lisarenee rated it it was ok
Notes: I was allowed to read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. The book comes out June 28th.

Madeline MacFaddin has fond childhood memories of the town where she and her parents rented a cabin 25 years ago. Traveling through the area with her nine year old son, Tucker, she decides they'll spend the night. Maddie is an acclaimed author said to be a cross between Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. She's been experiencing writer's block and is hoping the town will inspire her imagination.

In th
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Sarah
Pay no attention to the cover of this book. It does a dreadful job conveying what's unique & beautiful about the story therein. Instead it blares the same old overdone paranormal romance hook: "I'm a Drew Barrymore clone guesting on Buffy the Vampire Slayer & this is yet another alpha-female-noir-urban-fantasy of the type that makes Sarah's brain bleed."

...But don't listen to the false advertising. This is an adult fairy tale. The writing is lyrical, dark, & evocative, but it stops j
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Ranting Dragon
Aug 03, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caleigh
http://www.rantingdragon.com/feast-ha...


Another spooky urban fantasy, Feast by Merrie Destefano offers an unlikely interpretation of mythical chupacabras and one isolated town’s dangerous encounters with them. Madeline MacFadden is a recent divorcee, single mom, and uninspired horror writer – but she has fond memories of her childhood summers spent at Ticonderoga Falls, and so she and her nine-year-old son trek there together in the hopes of reinvigorating Maddie’s creativity. But as Maddie find
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Mrs. Badass
Rating : C - or about 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Both reviews contain spoilers
I received this novel via NetGalley

http://badassbookreviews.com/2011/05/...

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. I thought that the idea of this novel is cool, but it needs more polishing to really shine.

Sounds good right? It should be better, and I hope some more editing before the release will h
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Amy L. Campbell
Note: Free review copy received via NetGalley.

Destefano has created some wonderful new mythical creatures and legends with the Darklings in her new novel, Feast. She writes about them with the care and passion of someone who truly loves her creation.

However, it feels like she isn't quite ready to let them go. Destefano isn't ready to stop working with this novel yet and it shows. Rather than relaying a cohesive story, Destefano focuses more on relaying each and every plot point, allowing each of
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All Things Urban Fantasy
From FEAST’s first chapter I was engrossed as much with the mythology expanding before my eyes as I was with the characters who had already won my heart. The balance of character development and world building excellence that was impossible to put down. With a dreamy quality that I associate with Charles de Lint or Nina Kirki Hoffman, and with a touch of her own urban fantasy style thrown in, Destefano transforms a piece of our every day world into something dark and magical.

That little piece of
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Brenda
Jun 18, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
I'd love to see inside Merrie Destefano's head. I imagine it would be brimming with fairies, dark creatures, brave loyal dogs, beautiful flowers, luscious forests, and all of the characters from her books. Feast is dark, yet hopeful. It's about loss, but also about love and acceptance. There are moments of intense courage and moments of profound danger. Reader's will love the imagery, the characters and the author's beautiful style of writing.
Sharon
Jul 23, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
http://ismellsheep.blogspot.com/2011/...

Merrie Destefano has done it again. She has released a book that isn’t like any others currently on the market. Many people have been confused by Feast because it wasn’t what they were expecting.
http://ismellsheep.blogspot.com/2011/...

This isn’t a traditional Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance. It is a dark Fairy Tale, a Fantasy. A story of dreams and nightmares, where the spoken word has a power of its own. Her descriptive prose builds a magical atmosph
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/07/...

Feast was a really nice break from the usual urban fantasy fare. Madeline MacFaddin travels back to Ticonderoga Falls with her young son, Tucker, and their dog, Samwise, to hopefully decompress from what was a painful divorce, not to mention the idea of her ex-husband marrying her ex-best friend. A wildly famous writer of graphic novels, Maddie is also hoping to break her writer’s block before her career takes a nose dive.
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Heather Book Savvy Babe
* 3 of 5 stars*
Feast, an urban fantasy novel, takes place in a small town in the mountains. The town is unknowingly protected and watched over by Ash, a Darkling holding onto a curse. When Maddie comes to town looking for respite and inspiration for a new book, she finds not only inspiration, but also supernatural creatures and legends. Ash’s enemies are ready to take the town away from Ash, and harvest the humans living there. Ash must face his curse to save the town, and Maddie, but some thin
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Renee
Jul 07, 2011 Renee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-book
4.5 stars

I love to read paranormal fiction and as such I've read a lot of it in the past few years so not much surprises me but Merrie Destefano has once again captured me from the first page with her imaginative characters and originality. The elements that make an awesome story, interesting characters, fascinating, fast-paced plot and tons of action tinted with just a hint of romance were all present in spades! Feast: Harvest of Dreams reminded me of a scary fairy tale. At times it left me bre
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Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
May 09, 2011 Kelly % Books-n-Kisses rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:
Dreams, it is what we do when we sleep… But have you ever wondered what happens when you can’t remember your dreams? Well the answer is here in Feast: Harvest of Dreams.
Oh Merrie has done it again. She has my mind spinning. Feast was a very interesting story. Interesting in a very Wonderland meets Paranormal kind of way. Merrie does a great job of setting up this world for us, a world of good and evil. I got really sucked into Ash’s world and his struggles to deal with who and what
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A Book Vacation
Jun 25, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

HarperCollins has been extremely gracious to allow me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release yesterday, and I must say, I’m in LOVE! This was a beautifully written novel and I was captivated the entire way through. One of my favorite aspects of the novel is the multiple points of view, which is turn creates very short chapters. There are many characters within the novel, both good and evil, and having their perspective of events is such a great aide to the s
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Julia
Jul 05, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
FEAST had the dreamy quality I associate with Charles DeLint or Nina Kiriki Hoffman, transforming a piece of our every day world into something dark and magical. Maddie soon had me wrapped around their little finger, just as she won the heart of ancient, damaged Ash and reckless, amoral Thane. FEAST had me cringing in anticipation and yelling at the book when characters were in danger, Destefano completely swept me away into her dark dream.

Full review at All Things Urban Fantasy.
Tanya
Aug 05, 2011 Tanya rated it really liked it
I won this book through a blog contest =) This was a new kind of paranormal read for me, a little darker setting. I read half the book in one evening because I was so into what was happening and what was going to happen. This book is written in each characters POV so you hop back and forth between them, which I thought was pretty cool. You get to see and feel how they do. I thought the story was great and very unique. I'm sure Merrie's Afterlife series has it's own uniqueness so I will probably ...more
Jackie Uhrmacher
Jun 20, 2011 Jackie Uhrmacher rated it it was amazing
Merrie Destefano has a spider’s talent for weaving words into wicked phrases. Every scene in this novel was beautiful and enticing. I feel horrible because I don’t have the ability to describe just how captivating the imagery was. Feast was like a dark fairy tale come to life, full of monsters and heroes and things that go bump in the night that feed on your dreams. Part Urban Fantasy, part Horror, I fell in love with this world.

Full review available here: http://www.bittenbybooks.com/42575/fe..
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Amanda
Jun 01, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
Book- Feast: Harvest of Dreams by Merrie Destefano
Published by: HarperCollins on July 1st, 2011
Received by: Netgalley

This book was unique and intriguing, but hard to follow at times. I enjoyed the storyline for it’s individuality and found the characters somewhat interesting. However I felt the story was not cohesive and I was left lacking any connection to the characters in the end.
Pam
Apr 15, 2011 Pam rated it it was ok
This book really frustrated me. The story was OK but it left me with more questions than it answered! I felt like I came into it with the story already in progress and with no one to answer some simple and key questions...very unsatisfying.
Leah Dibner
Apr 20, 2011 Leah Dibner rated it it was amazing
I thought this story was amazing. I loved the new creatures, the Darklings, and I really hope that this is the first book in a series. The ending made me think that it probably is.
Jane
Jun 15, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing
Yummy!
My review will post Friday, June 30, 2011 on http://www.glitterinthesun.com.
Kater Cheek
Sep 10, 2016 Kater Cheek rated it it was ok
This novel takes the sexy supernatural trope and adds enough of a spin that people who like this subgenre will likely find this refreshing and new. Alas, FEAST does not put enough of a spin on it to catapult it out of the ordinary for people like me, who are a little jaded and weary of the sexy supernatural.

Mad Mac is reeling from a divorce, and she takes her young sun Tucker to Ticonderonaga Falls, a resort town she'd visited as a child. She hopes that there she'll be able to overcome her write
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Rebecca
Jul 02, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

I received this book for review from the publisher through NetGalley, and I have to admit that I’ve been putting off writing the review because I have mixed feelings about the novel. In fact, I forced myself to read the book a second time, because I wasn’t sure I could do a fair review based solely on my first reading. I’m glad I read it a second time, because it definitely improved with a second reading. This book totally creeped me
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Favorite Quote: ”Rest, my sweet. Save you dreams for me. For no one but me.”

Madeline MacFadden (Mad Mac to her fans) spent her summers growing up in Ticonderoga Falls. When her marriage falls apart she brings her son back to this idyllic village in hopes of recapturing the peace it once brought her. But Maddie doesn’t remember everything about Ticonderoga Falls. She doesn’t remember the darkness, the legends, or the mysterious caretake
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Ruby
Jul 03, 2011 Ruby rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, faeries
This review was first posted on http://www.rubysreads.com.

I surprised myself with my enjoyment of this book. Faeries are not my favorite supernatural creatures (as I think I've mentioned), but the publisher sent me a copy for review and I was determined to give it a try. In the beginning, I was sure I wasn't going to like it. When things really got started, about a quarter of the way through, I got sucked in, as I am wont to do. I read the last half at a gallop and resurfaced blinking like a ne
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Miranda
Oct 22, 2011 Miranda rated it it was ok
Originally posted on fancyterrible.com.

Sounds potentially fun and scary (despite the horribly written jacket copy), right? Yeah...not so much. I think this was supposed to be some sort of terrifying fairytale with a romantic undercurrent (yes please) but it was really just angst and monsters. Sometimes angsty monsters. In the forest. So let's call it...woodland horror lite.

When I like a book, I read it to the detriment of my life. I will skip sleeping, eating, and peeing in order to continue fli
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Shelley
Jun 12, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (June 28, 2011)

My Rating: 3.5 stars
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

**Review**

Feast: Harvest of Dreams is the story, mainly, about Maddie McFadden who is a successful screen writer and graphic novelist who has been compared to Steven King and Neil Gaiman. Maddie, her son Tucker, and wolfhound named Samwise, return to Ticonderoga Falls twenty-five years after she spent the summers there with her parents. She is trying to find
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Marcela (BookaholicCat)
2 Stars

This review is also published at http://thebookaholiccat.com

I don’t know where to start with this review, I really wanted to likeFeast but instead I felt disappointed and had serious problems reading it, I even considered a couple of times not finishing it. I pushed myself to continue reading it because I know how much work an author puts on her/his work and I really hate to DNF a book.

I was very excited when I first read the blurb about this book. I thought it will a very interesting a
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Jael
Sep 08, 2011 Jael rated it really liked it
Merrie Destefano's last book, Afterlife, kind of had a dreamlike quality to it that I enjoyed. For some odd reason I'd equate to laying on a bed of marshmallows. Don't ask me why, but I do. This time around, there is a shift in her writing style I don't know if she was targeting a different audience now or what, but it's still fine.

If anybody has read Terry Pratchetts Lords and Ladies you know that he points that 'No one ever said elves were nice' and that 'They'd smash up the world if they tho
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Nicole
Jul 01, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
Originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2011/07/01/...

Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: NetGalley

Let me start by saying that Destefano has some of the most amazing ideas. Her concepts for both Feast and her Sci-Fi Series The Resurrection Chronicles blow my mind. For me though, the execution just didn’t work.

Feast follows the story of a small town set in the mountains. The locals are aware of the legend of the shape shifters that come out to hunt and harvest once
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Michelle
On the surface, Feast has every element which fans of paranormal romance fiction would enjoy. It has otherworldly creatures with a mysterious past, a strong central female character, a gorgeous backdrop, mystery, tension, danger. Unfortunately, the elements are combined in such a fashion that makes Feast extremely confusing and just plain forgettable.

In any paranormal storyline, the most important thing an author should do is to fully describe the supernatural creature. Unfortunately, Ms. Destef
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