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December 21, 2012 Will that fateful day destroy our world, or did the Mayans have something else in mind? Maya Delaney knows. Unfortunately. Maya Delaney is just an average sixteen-year-old. She's busy dealing with exams, her soon to be ex-boyfriend and fitting in. But Maya's got bigger problems. She's hiding a major secret from her dad and having strange visions she can't control. In her struggle to figure out who she is, she learns that she is meant to fulfill an ancient Mayan Prophesy and bring forth a New Age...
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December 21, 2012 Will that fateful day destroy our world, or did the Mayans have something else in mind? Maya Delaney knows. Unfortunately. Maya Delaney is just an average sixteen-year-old. She's busy dealing with exams, her soon to be ex-boyfriend and fitting in. But Maya's got bigger problems. She's hiding a major secret from her dad and having strange visions she can't control. In her struggle to figure out who she is, she learns that she is meant to fulfill an ancient Mayan Prophesy and bring forth a New Age on earth. Will the spirit magic Maya wields be enough to defeat Toltec, an evil society bent on keeping her from her destiny? Or will that destiny itself destroy her?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984924011
  • Publisher: Balam Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/2011
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Bourke is an accomplished teacher who has spent the last fifteen years creating Spanish language programs for children. For most of her life, she has had a fascination with foreign languages, culture, and mythology—a passion that now colors and enriches her stories. When not writing, Martha enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her husband and their animals. She lives in Massachusetts.
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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    There was so much to appreciate in this novel that I don¿t know

    There was so much to appreciate in this novel that I don’t know where to start.  The fact that Bourke took shifters out of mainstream Caucasian society and gave them very deep ethnic roots was brilliant.  She dug into existing mythology and religion to develop a wildly imaginative and extremely captivating novel that puts coming of age into a very unique light. 




    You don’t just see the world that Bourke describes in this novel; you get wrapped up in it and blanketed in it.  This story is extremely well written, allowing you to immerse yourself even further into the action and reaction that accompanies it.  She brings everything to life very well.  It is brilliant.  




    The main characters in this story are very well developed.  You know who they are, what they’re like, and what they like.  I love how real the main character seems with all of her wild exaggerations.  They make her leap off of the page and into the real world.  I also appreciate the fact that the minor characters are quite well developed as well.  Bourke found the balance wherein you get to know these characters but they don’t accidentally eclipse the major characters.




    This is an extremely vivid world which is developed in such a manner that it is perfectly suited to the very vivid story that takes place within it.  It is a phenomenal story that leaves you dying for more.  Luckily for us, there’s a sequel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    This story is definitely interesting. Maya is Mayan, whose grand

    This story is definitely interesting. Maya is Mayan, whose grandmother holds very dear the ancient ways of their people. She tells Maya a few certain things (I won't ruin the story for you) and Maya pretty much flips out over what she's told. Though I suppose if I were in her situation I'd probably freak out too even if it wasn't as uncommon in the story as it is in the real world.
    I quite enjoyed Maya's narritive, though she "talked" in the narration as if she weren't exactly seventeen (she gave the aire of a fifteen year old), her little quips are very funny and there were many many moments when I'd crack a smile or burst out with a laugh while I read.
    It's very easy to slide into Maya's world. You easily get lost in the characters and backdrop.
    The Mayan culture is woven through out this story in amazing ways. Even while the reader enjoys the detailed adventure Maya and the others embark on, so much is learned about the lore and beliefs of the people.
    I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to getting the second so I can continue the story to see what happens next.
    I give this book 5 of 5 paws

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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    recommended

    enjoyable read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Surprising

    This book is far better than I expected. Though the cover is a bit off putting I love the book. Best book Ive read in a while.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    THIS BOOK KICKS SO BIG BUTT!!!

    I loved reading this book. I love the way the story plays out. I cant wait to read the nexted book. I love the idea of the world not ending after December 22,2012. But going on with everyone finding peace on Earth. I love the idea of peaple having a chance to find the Love they should have for everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    First, this is a different cover than my version of the novel. I

    First, this is a different cover than my version of the novel. I like this one much better.

    I really latched on to the premise of this story; the whole issue of the Mayan calendar ending in December, 2012, is fraught with mystery, trepidation, and awe. I was eager to pick up a book that depicts one version of how the mystery is solved.

    Maya is a like-able character who handles the changes she's going through marvelously well. She has good friends who stand by her, and a boyfriend who's not so like-able in the beginning but grows on you as he grows himself.

    It wasn't really what I was expecting, I guess, and I don't want to say what kind of changes Maya goes through without revealing anything, but it's not usually the type of book I would pick up. With that being said, I did like the way this author approached those changes, and it actually didn't bother me all that much. There is also variety in this aspect, which again was unique...at least to me.

    The book was both slow and fast; the story moved slowly, but the timeline and events moved very quickly. If that makes any sense. Let me try to explain myself. The story takes a long time to get started and the plot itself moves slow, yet doesn't take enough time on significant events and seems to rush from one event to the next...there were certain things I would have liked have seen fleshed out. This is especially notable in the first half of the book; the second half of the book seems a bit better paced.

    There was much ado with the character (author) injecting little witty (sometimes) paranthetical thoughts while the story is moving. As the story gains speed, these parantheticals take a short hiatus, but then return at the end. They're okay if used occasionally and do inject some humorous thoughts from the character...but the over-use was over-done.

    The author kept telling you when something was going to happen, rather than let the story play out. "That's when I saw it." "And it only got worse from there." And things were always happening suddenly. "Suddenly, all I could think about..." "Suddenly, I realized..." "Suddenly, I felt a wave of nausea..." It occurred often enough for me to take note of it.

    Some of the concepts of the story are not fleshed out to my satisfaction. I can't go into too much detail without giving away parts of the story, but the changes Maya goes through seem to merge and blend bits of spiritual (?) and physical aspects (and the only way I can question this is: really, where do the clothes go and how do they magically re-appear?)... it made no sense to me. The ending, too, seemed anti-climatic. I'm not sure *what* Maya did means for the future of the world and humanity, because we don't really know what would have happened if Maya had been stopped from her mission. Her power seemed to be diluted from what we're lead to expect throughout the story. I guess I was expecting more, I don't know, BAM! And to that end, we don't know what it means for the future world and humanity now that Maya *did* complete her mission. It's vaguely referred to, but the whole conceptual future world is not mapped out in this book. It's hard to root for the character and her mission when you don't know what the consequences will be if she fails; not knowing removes the sense of urgency. What I got out of it was that life would go on as we know it (except I don't know where the bad players fit in); you can't get any more anti-climatic than that. Maybe we find out in the sequel, perhaps.

    The series may have potential if some of these things are addressed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

    3 stars, would´ve been 3,5 I think if possible. I really like th

    3 stars, would´ve been 3,5 I think if possible. I really like the idea
    of this story. So even if some things bothered me a little while
    reading, I wanted to know more all the time. My interest did not
    disappear. I think at times what put me off where some things the
    characters were saying, at times I felt they spoke too obvious things,
    things that could be left for the reader to realize. The whole Mayan/
    shifter thing going on in the book still interests me a lot so hopefully
    I´ll get to read the second book some day. I think that the best part
    was the last chapters of the book, the intensity grew which I liked.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Moments ago I finished reading Jaguar Sun. I am pleased to say i

    Moments ago I finished reading Jaguar Sun. I am pleased to say it was
    worth every moment glued to my iphone, eyes tearing from the tiny font
    and bright light. I have a pension for shapeshifters, and absolutely
    love novels that are able to roll history, fantasy and contemporary
    elements together. This young adult story is a fantastic read for teens
    and adults, making it a successful crossover! The authors voice is
    authentic and amusing, perfectly capturing a teenager's point of view. I
    look forward to reading the next installment of the Jaguar Sun Series. I
    highly recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    In a time when December 21, 2012 is a very popular topic, I figu

    In a time when December 21, 2012 is a very popular topic, I figured this book would be extrememly interesting to check out!

    I have to say that my favorite thing about Jaguar Sun is the world-building. Ms. Bourke chose to make being a shifter something that isn't a secret to the entire population. It's not something that can be kept a secret from anyone due to a tattoo that shows up on the back of any shifter's neck once they change.

    Maya, our main character, is still in high school. She lives with her dad, because her mom ran out on them a long time ago (I expect there to be more to that story at some point in the future), and has a very close relationship with her grandmother who is a Mayan elder.

    She also has two, very awesome, best friends...Twins, Lyssa and Damian. They end up playing a bigger part in this story than what we'd first think. But, besides all that, I LOVE these two! THIER relationship is so hilarious, plus the way they interact with Maya is just perfect. I love when authors choose to focus on friendships almost as much as they focus on the romance of a story.

    Yes, there's some romance. In the beginning of Jaguar Sun, Maya and her boyfriend, Matt, are having some relationship setbacks, but as the story progresses, we see some of the supernatural aspects in their lives just bring them closer.

    I enjoyed the premise. I enjoyed having an original story that involved shifters, but also something far from what I'm used to reading. A world where a young girl has to save the world using her shifting abilities, but it's all enveloped in a deep Mayan culture and history that just makes the story richer.

    The only negative thing I can say, is that some of the characters felt a little flat to me. And that's something that I hope can be addressed in further installments.

    My Rating: 3.5/5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    The story of Jaguar Sun follows a young woman named Maya. She i

    The story of Jaguar Sun follows a young woman named Maya. She is a bit socially awkward and very self conscious of the fact, it doesn't help that she has a Hispanic background in New Mexico and speaks no Spanish at all. Luckily for her she still has a few very strong friends. Alyssa and Damian are twins who have been around Maya for a long time and are wonderfully supportive, Matt is her boyfriend and dream guy. When Maya begins to be haunted by a shadowy figure that has been figuring in her dreams lately she thinks she is losing her mind. She goes to see her grandmother who is a Mayan elder for advice. Her grandmother tells her she may be becoming a shifter, and as the story progresses Maya discovers that there is a lot riding on her ability to master her new found abilities.

    I really enjoyed the role that shifters had in this book. It is a fairly rare occurrence, but not at all unheard of. They face some negative societal stigmas and some live normal lives without revealing their abilities. Maya's manifestation brings about some internal strife that would be expected in any teenager whose life gets turned upside down. The only aspect of the characters that I didn't really enjoy is the relationship between Matt and Maya. It was a bit too teen romance novely for me. The seemed to be inseparable and distance actually caused them discomfort. There is an explanation for this provided in the book, but it was still a bit overdone for me.

    There are many good aspects to appeal to readers highschool and up. The story is well done, the characters are easy to relate to, and there are multiple cultures that are highlighted. The Mayan culture is at the forefront, but there is also a lot of other South American cultures mentioned and Damian is gay and totally comfortable with it. There is a scene where he gets bullied and someone stands up for him and I really liked to see that acceptance displayed in a highschool setting. The variety of shifter is also very cool and the spiritual magic that Maya learns about as the story progresses seems to have very cool applications. This is a story that I plan to follow to the conclusion and I am really looking forward to the second volume.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Great read

    Martha Bourke is an author to follow. I was held captive to the last page. I can't wait to finish the series and move on to her other novels. This book was written for younger readers. I am 58 years old and have been reading adult novels since I was 13. The character development and detail are well done.
    Read this if you enjoy good fantasy this is for you at any age. Sanna

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    Although this is an interesting book (more on a teen level) I ha

    Although this is an interesting book (more on a teen level) I had to stop reading and simply deleted the book.
    Maya prays to and gets her power from Balam.  Balam is a demon, not a god!  
    As a Christian, I found it offensive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Love

    Very close to mayan stories, yet with a great modern twist which keeps you reading. Great noval. Mesoamerican history is my hobby so I understand it, but easy to understand if you're not well versed in history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Hello

    Okay my name is Alyssa and would like to send a short story to the author. But only to see if I have what it takes to become an authour

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    4.5 stars! Having gone to Mexico many times and listened to our

    4.5 stars! Having gone to Mexico many times and listened to our guide talk about the Mayan calendar at the Tulum Ruins, I was intrigued to read this book. There are so many pieces of the puzzle I want to put together about the Mayan calendar: what will happen to all the souvenirs’ dealing with the Mayan calendar in the Mexican shops after December, 2012 (do they pick another date?), what do the Mayan’s believe will happen in December of 2012 and how will this information be relayed in this book? After reading this book, I have to say, what a great job Ms. Bourke! The battle between the two sides was well played out and it was a battle I would have never dreamed of occurring.

    Maya’s relationship with her grandma provided the sounding board that she needed and I really thought that once she started to communicate with her father, things would be okay between them but then, it just fizzled out. This is a shame as there will be an issue of trust once she tells him what/where she has been. I am anxious to see where her relationship with Matt goes and I hope that he has something more to offer than just support.

    I would have given the book 5 stars but I thought Maya was just too accepting of her new abilities and her relationship with Matt seemed rushed to me. I realized she didn’t have much time to think things over as time was ticking away but I felt she drove right in, feet first with most of her tasks. As a teen in power, we’d like to think she’d at least hesitate a bit or reflect back after her actions and realize the consequences of her actions. Looking forward to Maya's next adventure.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    One thing I love about stories is shape shifters. I love the tal

    One thing I love about stories is shape shifters. I love the tales of them, the rules, and the world building in this book. It definitely took me by surprise of how much I liked this book.

    What I liked most about this book is the world building. I like the way the rules of the shape shifters were, the cults, and of course mixing it in with some real facts made the story much more intriguing.

    The characters of the book had much growth in them. I adored how each characters were able to lean with what they are and help each other out. The loyalty that stem out of them is amazing. To see them work together to fight against darkness is great!

    I loved the love interest! Why: For once, I can read a story with a love with no love triangles! YES! At first I was wondered that it would go that way, but I loved that it didn't. These two stuck by each other through thick and thin. My only gripe was bot being able to see their relation ship fully from the past. I would love to know more about them and how they got together in much more detail.

    Jaguar Sun is a great tale the spans generations of history. It's filled with loads of ancient language, facts, and action. If you want a story about shape shifters and a great love, read this!

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Maya Delaney is a 16 year old girl living with her dad since her

    Maya Delaney is a 16 year old girl living with her dad since her mother ran off when she was a little kid. Thankfully, Maya is close with her maternal grandmother, who helps her keep in touch with her Mayan roots. Which, as it turns out, comes in really handy when Maya discovers a scret about herself that really rocks her world.

    It is SOOOOO hard to talk about this book without giving away main plot points! But I'm going to try.

    First of all, I am so very very glad that someone has done a story involving ancient Mayan mythology. Greeks and Romans are great and all, but this is such a fresh topic! And I am very impressed by Ms. Bourke's knowledge of the topic. She obviously put in a lot of research while writing this book, and it definitely shows. My Latin roots thank you :)

    The characters: Maya is very likable, in a sweetly dorky way. She laughs at her own jokes and makes frequent asides in her own head. The twins are just hilarious. Lyssa is a firecracker and Damian is so smart. Even though he is a gay character, I'm glad the author didn't OVERTLY try to insert his sexuality into every aspect of his being. Sometimes I feel authors do that with gay characters, and it takes a lot away from the story. Matt seemed sweet enough but I didn't really get too good of a feel for him in this book. Maybe in the next one.

    The plot: Mmm, definitely a couple of delicious twists in there! I was in awe when Maya finally found out the whole truth about herself and was able to make full use of her abilities. At every turn, I was like, "Dang, she can do that, too? AWESOME."

    The action towards the end was also well written and fast paced, and really left me wanting more! There were plenty of LOL moments for me in the story too...but I can't divulge them without spoiling. Just know the book will make you at least smile.

    The only quibbles I had with the story are minor, but added all up they led me to this 4 star review. At first, Maya seems to take everything that is happening to her way too much in stride. If it was me, I'd have been far less accepting! Also, the relationship with Matt. She goes from one day being about to break up with him, to the next knowing he's her soul mate. Even with the mystical reasons surrounding it, it was a little hard for me to buy. The final thing that threw me off happened towards the end, and again it had something to do with Matt and Maya's relationship and the lack of believability for me.

    Overall, I thought this was a great read and I am very excited for the next chapter in Maya's life! Great job, Ms. Bourke.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

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    The Sun Rises on a New Author (See what I did there?)

    Jaguar Sun by Martha Bourke is a thrilling science fiction, cultural history lesson all rolled up in a fast-paced coming-of-age young adult adventure. It is a first person narrative in the perspective of a high school student named Maya Delaney who lives in New Mexico. She comes from a family descended from the ancient Mayans (who'd have guessed?), but she's just your average, everyday awkward teenager with boyfriend trouble, a few close friends and an addiction to Diet Coke.

    Also she's a shape-shifter. She soon learns, at sixteen years of age, that she has the ability to "phase" into an animal form. Along with this ability, however, Maya has to prepare herself for a number of new experiences and responsibilities.

    I was captivated immediately by Jaguar Sun. The characters were lovable (and more importantly, believable), and the story kept me hooked. Just when I thought I knew what was about to happen, a twist! The first person view gives the reader a unique insight into Maya's mind and the struggles she faces with her friends, the Mayan myths, and the dreaded Toltec.

    I would recommend this story to anyone! (No, really, ANYone). It's geared toward the young adult genre, and any teen reader who likes adventure would love it, but its a story adults would enjoy too!

    (Can I give it SIX stars?)

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