Review of Riptide: Betrayal of Blood by Claudette Melanson

About the Book:

Riptide: Betrayal of Blood (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, #3)

Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been so overshadowed by peril …
Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possible…


Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life?


In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most…


In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, the reader will delve even deeper into the secrets guarded by Maura’s father, the mystery of Ron’s role in her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven members who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out the segment of Maura’s life during which she discovers she is a member of The Born—a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! This series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any other vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled with fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to two families made up of some of the most likeable vampires—for the most part—to ever exist.

My Thoughts:

 This is the third and final book in this arc of the Maura DeLuca series and I have waited a long time to read this book. I absolutely loved the first two and the pace that they set was something that made me want to rush through this book. The story is continued very well and the author manages to maintain the same amount of suspense. A whole new array of characters are introduced and some are very delightful. It is rather interesting to get to know Maura’s family and we once again meet Val, someone we became acquainted with very well among others. Millicent is endearing and there is no doubt that the reader will fall in love with her. Aldiva on the other hand is an interesting addition to the characters that are a part of this story.

There is a lot revealed about the Vampires and their existence. We are also told about the way they live their lives and the reverence with which many treat Maura is both sweet and overwhelming, for both her and the reader. We are also introduced to the other magical people who exist including faeries. The author has brought out Maura’s feelings of loss, pain, loneliness and her longing for her mate very well ensuring that the reader also follows them closely.

A few times it felt as though some points were continuously repeated, perhaps to ensure that the reader remembers some points which the author feels are essential. Maura has grown from the previous two books and is a stronger person both in mind and spirit. Some story lines in this part seem to be unnecessary at the moment, but may be picked up and pursued in later books. The pace picks up after the middle followed by some much awaited action. With the amount of information provided in this story and the number of characters introduced, I found myself left with a lot of new questions at the end of the story. Thankfully enough, there’s more to come and the story will be continued in different trilogy sets. Frankly, I am quite excited for those since this story, though a little slow, has set the foundation for wonderful twists and plots. Overall a satisfactory book and will whet the reader’s appetite enough to keep them waiting for the next.

Undertow: Death’s Twilight (Maura DeLuca Trilogy, #2)

About the Book:

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Maura finally found the truth she was always seeking…or has she?

After being left in the dark for all of her life, Maura’s father, Maxwell, has finally returned to reveal sinister family secrets Maura could never have dreamed possible—including his revelation that she is one of The Born. But his daughter soon discovers both he and her mother are keeping pieces of her reality hidden, still. As Maura struggles to unravel the mysteries surrounding her new existence and discover every piece of the cryptic puzzle, life appears intent on casting stumbling blocks across her path with every step forward.

Tragedy seems to stalk Maura, and those around her, as she stumbles along, altering the young changeling’s family, just when they have all come back together. The changes left in its wake could be for the better, or may threaten their existence, entirely.

With the arrival of Christmas comes the opportunity for Maura to draw close to everyone she loves—and finally reunite with Ron, her long-distance boyfriend. But permanence has always eluded her, and in her current state of flux this pattern endures, as fate seems intent on snapping the threads that bind her to those she holds most dear. Maxwell’s good intentions pave a road for Maura, littered with misery, while her mother, Caelyn’s, desire to shield her family from pain may tear her away from them, altogether. The perfect happiness in the young vampire’s grasp is so easily swept away and dragged under, out of reach. Can Maura erupt from the darkness and confusion to break the surface and find the life she’s always dreamed of?

In the midst of chaos, assistance materializes in the form of another of her kind—ephemerally beautiful, yet explosively volatile, this new vampire may prove capable of unlocking the puzzle-box Maxwell seems intent on securing from her sight. Maura will discover the darkest parts of herself in her quest to understand the being she is destined to become. Her new found friend has some shady intentions of his own—such as thwarting the love that has grown between Maura and Ron. Following in the wake of the impulsive vampire’s misguided instruction may further pull a naive Maura down into the depths of ultimate despair, heartbreak…and even destruction.

My Thoughts:

This is a wonderful sequel to the first book Rising Tide: Dark Innocence. After reading the first book in the series I could not wait to read the second book. This book delivers as much as the first did. In fact I must admit that this book is even better than the first. The author doesn’t hesitate to take the story to greater depths and she flawlessly weaves a story that will keep the reader enthralled.

I read this book at a stretch without putting it down. We are introduced to some major characters in this story. Maura’s father finally makes an appearance and for a little time it feels as if the family is back together. However, it is not the typical all is well that ends well kind of story. At this point, Maura comes to the realization that her parents are still keeping a lot of secrets from her even though they did reveal some things as though trying to appease her and keep her curiosity at bay. They may have good intentions in trying to protect her, but we all know that curiosity killed the cat. There are many twists that arise especially in the form of a new friend/vampire who claims that his only interest is in helping Maura.

The story is well written and gripping until the very end. The story ends in such a way that the reader will be left wanting more! As I mentioned in my review of the first book, this is a must read for all fans of vampire stories, Young Adult fiction, some romance and some mystery.

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Review of Rising Tide: Dark Innocence (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy)

About the Book:

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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.

About the Author:

Claudette Melanson lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. Vampires have been a passion since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.
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website: http://claudettemelanson.wix.com/author

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My Thoughts:

I came across this book quite by chance and was drawn to the story after reading the synopsis. It seemed like an interesting work of teen fiction and though I am way past that age, I thought it would be interesting to read. Luckily it turns out that my instincts were right and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

This Young Adult fiction deals with so many things that teenagers deal with today right from peer pressure to bullying and a sense of not fitting in. The story revolves around Maura, your average teenage girl who initially is at the receiving end of all the bullying the “popular kids” throw her way. At the same time she finds out that her body is undergoing some changes that she cannot understand. As the reader we are made aware of what is going on but Maura does not know and the author keeps it that way till the end laying a wonderful path for the next book.

As the story progresses the reader will come to know that Maura’s mother knows something about what is happening when she doesn’t seem too concerned about what her daughter is going through. This freaks Maura out even more and leads her to ask a lot of questions. Her hair lengthens and smoothens out, she has a sudden craving for blood which is unusual and unsettling to say the least among various other changes. Coupled with the fact that her father is not around and she doesn’t know why and her mother’s secretiveness, Maura is confused about whom to trust. Add to this Maura’s mother deciding to move them away, just when Maura is developing feelings for Ron who reciprocates them, we have some teenage romance in the scene.

The author has woven a wonderful story that will keep the reader hooked till the end and then waiting for the next book. This  is worth a read for all the fans of vampire novels and fantasy, fiction and young adult fiction.