Feast: Harvest of Dreams

Feast: Harvest of Dreams

by Merrie Destefano

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ISBN-13: 9780061990823
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 4.26(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as a magazine editor to become a full-time novelist and freelance editor. With twenty years' experience in publishing, her background includes editor of Victorian Homes magazine and founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds, and a Siamese cat.

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Feast: Harvest of Dreams 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ShelleyJax on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (June 28, 2011) My Rating: 3.5 starsGenre: 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 a way to release her writers¿ block that has been nagging her since her divorce to her cheating asshat spouse. She figures Ticonderoga with its mysteries abound, will break the block once and for-all.Maddie remembers bits and pieces of her past, but nothing concrete. She does remember a kindly man named Ash, who she gets reacquainted with soon after arriving in town. She vaguely remembers creatures with dark skin and broad wings, shifting from one shape to the next. She actually thought it was all a dream, but now that she is back in town, she believes that it might have been real. What she doesn¿t realize is that by being back in town, she has put herself into harm¿s way from beings that she can only dream and write about.Our main male protag is Ash. Ash is a Darkling, and the guardian of Ticonderoga Falls. What is a guardian you ask, and lots of you have? He is responsible for not allowing renegade Darklings to feast on the dreams of the residents humans without his permission. Ash has been cursed to remain in this town after his wife was Lily was murdered by one of its residents. In a fit of rate, he not only cursed the family responsible, but he also cursed himself into remaining in town for as long as the curse remains in place.Ash remembers Maddie when his cousin tried to steal her away from him, and has vowed to protect her, or feast on her dreams all by himself. And, my does she have some nice dreams to feast upon! He also realizes that he is slowly falling into a funk that could harm the residents of the town, and cause him to become a Hauntings ¿ a spirit that stays in one place too long, with bad intentions towards those around him. He still pines for the wife that he believes he allowed to be killed, while taking up with another and having Elsbeth who is part darkling and part human. There have been quite a few questions put out about this story like what are Darklings? What is Feasting actually? And, what exactly does a Guardian do? You as the reader must answer them yourself after reading the book. Not paying attention to rumors or innuendos or even reviewers which includes mine. Truly pay attention to the characters in the book and read what Feasting actually means. Does it mean that the Darklings are in fact Vampires as others have stated? Don't allow yourself to get confused by the change in POV's. Normally I don't care for the abrupt changes in the POV, but with this book, the chapters are actually short enough that it actually works for me.This is a paranormal romance novel as Maddie and Ash discover their attraction to each other, as well as the danger from the Darklings that are supposed to answer to him while they are in town but have their own hidden agendas.Maddie is a really good character, with no discernable flaws that normally come from urban fantasy or PNR novels heroines. Her imagination is what ends up saving the day from the villainous louse who calls himself cousin to Ash. She has the ability to ward off any attempts to steal her dreams which makes her a dangerous weapon.I'm curious as to the release of this book after Afterlife was released as part of a series. This appears to be a standalone release as the story really does wrap itself up. DeStefano could actually continue to a sequel, and I'm sure there would be those interested in what happens next.Recvd ARC via Netgalley.com. Pub Date: 06/28/2011
seminoelgal More than 1 year ago
A famous Sci-Fi author moves to a woodland that she has dreamed about. This is like beauty and the beast, but more exciting. I hope they write a sequel.
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Buffy422 More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read Feast. I love faerie lore and the Wild Hunt. I thought this would be great. It wasn't. It wasn't the shifting POV and the short chapters that turned me off. I can follow complex stories. Presumably the two main characters are Maddie and Ash, but we spend too much time in other people's minds so their story isn't much of a story. I never felt like I understood Maddie or Ash or their motivations. Who brings their nine year old kid trick-or-treating after dark right after you've found a dead body and have been accosted by a monster in the woods? And the curse isn't much of a curse. I don't get that at all. And I don't believe for second that Maddie has fallen in love with Ash. It is too forced. And there are too many convoluted paranormal aspects to this story and none of them but the Darklings are evolved enough to be worth mentioning. The entire books seems like a rush job
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
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 story, allowing the reader to see deep inside their souls as events unfold around them. I also liked that, though Destefano uses multiple points of view, she doesn't rehash the exact same stories repeatedly. One chapter may be Maddie's point of view in terms of coming across a dead body, and the next chapter could be Ash reminiscing about a past harvest. While there does seem to be some sort of connection between the events of each chapter, the fact that they don't simply rehash the same event from a new perspective is refreshing. I really enjoyed the way this novel was written and I was enamored the entire way through. I also loved the idea that our dreams are feasted upon by unknown entities-huge winged creatures that harvest our dreams and possess the power to kill us in our sleep if they aren't careful. This was really intriguing, especially since most of us cannot remember our dreams upon awaking. I highly suggest everyone read this novel-it will keep you enthralled and in suspense from the very first page. Four and a half stars!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Highly regarded horror-fantasy author magical "Mad Mac" Madeline MacFaddin suffers from a severe case of writer's block. Needing to regenerate her brain cells, she and her nine year old son Tucker travel to Ticonderoga Falls based on her memories of a good time when she and her parents rented a cabin there. However, Maddie has forgotten the dark side of that childhood adventure in which the enigmatic Ash saved her life. Ticonderoga Falls celebrates the Harvest on Halloween night. However, it is not the humans who host the gala as the Others feast on the Harvest of Dreams of these foolish mortals. New and returned blood excite the Darkling as Maddie begins to grasp the connotation of the dreams she had as a child, but may be too late to save Tucker without a sacrifice; her only hope once again is with Ash the fallen bringer of the town's curse. Feast is an engaging romantic urban fantasy that grips the audience from the moment Ash welcomes back Maddie and never releases its' hold until the final confrontation. The story line is loaded with action, but several concepts are not developed, which hopefully will occur in future Harvest of Dreams thrillers. Maddie is a wonderful human in peril while Ash remains somewhat mysterious though he feels an obsessive need to keep Maddie and Tucker safe. Readers will Feast on this fine harvest but expect more insight into the Destefano realm. Harriet Klausner