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Rising Tide: Dark Innocence: Volume 1 (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy) Paperback – 18 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (18 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495373304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495373305
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • "How Melanson dealt with the vampire lore was interesting and fans of Twilight might enjoy Rising Tide. The cliff-hanger definitely leaves you wondering what's going to happen next." ~ Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
  • "It's about vampires, coming of age, a mother-daughter relationship and romance. And it's good. ... I also love the cover art; kudos to the cover designer, Rachel Montreuil. All in all, this is an enjoyable page-turner." ~ Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
  • "Maura stayed with me long after I finished the book."~Mark Matthews, Author of On the Lips of Children & Milk-Blood.
  • "Ms. Melanson has found an excellent balance here with a storyline that is straightforward enough to not be confusing and intriguing enough to remain compelling." ~Leslie Stokes for InD'tale Magazine
  • "Can there EVER be too many great YA fantasy novels? Claudette Melanson, author Rising Tide has definitely made a place among them!" ~Diiane Bylo, Top 500 Reviewer and owner of Tome Tender Book Blog
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full-time as an author since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head. In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories...along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours. Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

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Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Rising Tide: Dark Innocence is such a book.

The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book.

The book description says it all; “Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura's never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?
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Rising Tide: Dark Innocence was a gripping tale of a teenager undergoing strange changes in her life.
Her mother seemed distant, refused to talk about Maura's father, and insisted on a move to another country.
She found comfort and became close to a young man after he rescued her from a cruel prank by jealous classmates that almost killed her.
She tried to find answers for her strange cravings, her unusually pale skin, her aversion to the sun, physical changes, terrible nightmares, but her mother chose to ignore her concerns.
She was determined to find out what was wrong with her but was unprepared for the truth.
The book was well-written and I enjoyed reading it.
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Rising Tide is about Maura, a young loveable teenager who can't ever seem to make friends due to her strange looks and overpowering, overprotective mother. Maura's father isn't a part of her life and without ever really knowing why, it meant she relied very heavily on her mother. When changes start happening to Maura and her body, she assumes she has a deadly illness that is causing strange things to happen, but it isn't until the very end of the book that the cause of the change in Maura's body is revealed.

The identity of Maura (and cause of the changes) is kept a secret until the end. It was fairly predictable as the story went on - I could understand what was happening before it was presented to me - but it wasn't actually openly shown in the book until the very end. This worked great - whilst there was quite a bit of predictability, I liked the fact that it wasn't presented openly throughout the book as it did add a tiny hint of mystery and a build-up to the reveal at the end. The problem I have with this, however, is that the book is marketed as a Vampire book. The synopsis on Goodreads, Amazon, etc all gives away the premise of the book, removing any mystery and kind of defeating the purpose of this aspect being hidden until the end. I think the synopsis itself gives a huge spoiler so this book should have been marketed as a paranormal romance, but the synopsis should have been kept vague.

The book itself, however, was really enjoyable to read. The writing style was perfect for the genre of the book and whilst I may have expected a paranormal book to be more fast-paced, this one was much slower and contained little to no action, which worked well for the book.
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Being a fan of all things paranormal I'm always looking out for something a little different. Several friends recommended this so I downloaded myself a copy. I knew it was going to be different from the others after checking out the cover art. Very unique graphics rather than some sexy vampiric models draped seductively over the page (don't get me wrong I love those images too but we do get a bit bogged down at times).

So I delved deep within the pages and became hooked. Its hard to say why without giving anything away but this story really flowed for me, I just had to keep reading. The 'Dark Innocence' part of the title is more than appropriate with Minks mother (sorry but liked this little pet name better than Maura) seemingly wishing to keep her daughter as an innocent child. Being very secretive, and for a very good reason (dragged out to the very end) not allowing her daughter to mature into something that is inevitable.

This book covers some issues that many growing teens will experience such as peer pressure and finding where you fit into the world. Making new friends and being able to accept their help in times of trouble. I hope I haven't said too much?

I recommend this highly for teens & young adults or even old fans of paranormal like me. Don't take my word for it try it for yourself.
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