About the Book:
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.
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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.