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Rising Tide: Dark Innocence: Volume 1 (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy) Paperback – 18 Feb 2014
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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
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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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?
When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother's lies—become obstacles in Maura's desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.” If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. If you want to find out what happens next, you’ll just have to turn the pages yourself to find out!
This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a spellbinding journey!
It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!
I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Claudette Melanson in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.
‘Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario with her 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.’
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.
For me, this story evoked all the feelings of being a teenager once again. The want to fit in with your peers, where every perceived difference can single you out. The need to be independent without the ‘rents clipping your wings. The angst created in almost every situation. Then there’s the hormones – oh, the hormones! – as the body goes through more changes than can be quantified!
Well, imagine that ten-fold for Maura. Always feeling like the outsider, especially given her aversion to the sun and the mystery surrounding her errant father by her tight-lipped and over-protective mom. No friends to speak of, but the want to be accepted. Then to be the victim of a cruel prank by her classmates, which could’ve had disastrous consequences, if it wasn’t for her ‘White Knight’ Ron. Yeah, you really start to feel for her, and the want to go into battle on her behalf.
“Wasn’t that what every human wished for – unconditional acceptance?”
Le sigh… we experience the blossoming of first love, even with the challenges Maura faces. Ron embraces all of Maura’s differences. These are no mere growing pains, that’s for sure *snorts* Yet, nothing deters his feelings for her. If only she didn’t have to move *wails* Every feeling is amplified.
Can Maura and Ron’s tentative relationship survive the separation? What do Maura’s strange cravings mean? Will Maura’s mom finally reveal answers relating to her father? What does all this mean for Maura’s future?
For all this and more you’ll have to read on. Once you do, I’m sure you’ll be captivated like me. I can’t wait to continue Maura’s voyage of discovery.
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