From Goodreads: 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.
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 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!