Mayhem

Mayhem

A YA feminist mash up inspired by The Lost Boys and The Craft.

It's 1987 and unfortunately it's not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy's constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem's own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren't like everyone else. But when May's stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem's questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.

Title:Mayhem
Edition Language:English
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    Mayhem Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This is tough, because I loved what the author was trying to do here, but Mayhem begs the question of how much material can you pull from an original story and be considered a retelling, versus plagia...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I think I’m gonna express my feelings briefly this time. I’m giving Switzerland stars to this book! ( which means 2.5 stars rounded up 3 and I gave more points because I enjoyed the promising and ...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    When I heard the premise of this one (a feminist, female-fronted retelling of the Lost Boys? SIGN ME UP) I was SO excited. I had clearly had pretty high hopes for this one, but this book ended up bein...

  • Elle (TheBookishActress)

    2 1/2 stars. I see what the author was trying to do with this book: the 80s-Stranger-Things vibe, the concept of vigilante justice, the storyline about abuse. I only wish these aspects translated. Thi...

  • Monica

    This was a very enjoyable read for me! It was quick and kept me engaged the entire time. Even though it was definitely taken from the Lost Boys story, it had some unique differences. That being said, ...

  • MissBecka

    "Inspired by Lost Boys & The Craft" is fairly accurate.I would probably have said it more closely resembled Practical Magic, but that's just me.Either way it was riveting and hella fun to get sucked i...

  • Lilith Black Bee

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  • Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I am so happy to have the opportunity to be part of the blog tour for Mayhem by Estelle Laure. Thank you to the team at Wednesday Books, fo...

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    I feel Mayhem. Her brokenness. Her journey. Her resolve. I feel Mayhem.Mayhem is a unique book in which different components in the story defy the borders of the genre in a swoop through contemporary ...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    3.5 starsThis is kind of an odd review... apologies in advance. (Another case of it's not you, it's me.)Writing: ★★★★Plot: ★★★★Pacing: ★★★Enjoyment: ★★Mayhem had all the ingr...