Rising Tide: Dark Innocence (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, #1) - Claudette Melanson


Could Maura's life get any worse? ...turns out it most certainly can.
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.

My thoughts:

I won a copy of this book a while back and had it sitting on my desk for a while, waiting to be read. Yesterday, I picked it up just to get a closer look at it and see what it is about and read the first chapter while I was waiting for someone. Next thing I know I was a 1/3 through the book. I had no idea I read that much already. That doesn’t happen often and if it does they are usually pretty awesome books.
This was one of them. It just had a way to sucks you into the story. I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting the book down.
While it was pretty obvious to me what was happening to Maura it was still great to read about her and to see what will happen next to her and how she deal with it then. Though I had a few times when I thought “How can she not get it?” But that was kind of the fun of it.
Her Mom kind of annoyed me in a way of “How can you not tell her? “ But not too much.
Ron, I really enjoyed him and the way he cared for Maura, but I can’t help the feeling that there is more to him.
What I also enjoyed is how the relationship slowly grew and unlike in some books where everything is so rushed.
The end was sort of a cliffhanger and I can NOT wait to read the 2nd book and see how Maura’s journey will continue now that everything has changed for her.

Overall I think I rate this book at a 4 ½ ★






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