2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery
2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal
2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook
Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014!!!
Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night
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.
Table of Contents
4. Sink or Swim?
5. My Mother
7. Roller Coasters and Haunted Mansions
8. Pizza and a Movie…And a Little Bit of Blood
9. Video Games, Guitars…and Denial
10. Gig Night
11. I Think My Mother Was Bodysnatched by Aliens
12. The Last Few Weeks
13. Vancouver! Well, New Westminster
14. School Daze
15. Darker Daze
17. All I Ever Wanted Was the Truth…Right?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Melanson's "Rising Tide" is a treat. You'll warm up to the young girl who is worried about everything and it turns out that she is right to worry a lot! Now I find myself needing to read the second book in the trilogy and I imagine that it will follow that I will read the final book as well.
Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite Maura DeLuca has never been a normal teenager. A mysterious illness that causes intense nausea when she spends too long in the sun and sickly pale skin have ensured that her school mates consider her a freak. She didn’t think she’d be leaving anything behind when her overprotective mother first announced that they’d be moving from Maura’s childhood home in Pennsylvania to Vancouver, Canada. All of that changes in the last weeks before the move. Unfortunate incidents lead Maura to meet and become involved with Ron and befriend his best friend’s girlfriend. Suddenly moving to Canada seems like the end of the world. But it isn’t just her social life that changes: Maura’s hair is growing at an abnormal rate, her dentist believes her canine teeth are rotting from the inside out, and she’s developed a craving for blood. I generally abhor vampire fiction but Rising Tide tempted me with what sounded like a distinctly different approach to the genre. I wasn’t disappointed. Claudette Melanson’s portrayal of Maura’s changes is refreshing and well written. While the reader can easily interpret what Maura’s physical changes imply, I thought the character’s reaction was accurate. There are several deviations from the canon regarding vampires, but I believe they’ll be acceptable to fans of the genre when one keeps in mind that Maura is in a state of transition. The romance between Maura and Ron is the perfect balance between sweet and realistic. This book does end on a cliff-hanger, but its mitigated by a sneak peek at the first chapter of the second book in this series. Rising Tide is a must-read for vampire fans.
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite This rip-roaring blend of romance and mystery will have readers enthralled from the very start and keep them turning the pages until the satisfying denouement. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson is a stunning opening in the Maura DeLuca Trilogy, a story that follows the life of Maura, a lonely girl abandoned by her father since childhood. Her mother is there, but she is like a stranger who wants to have nothing much to do with her. She seems to keep everyone away from Maura, as if she were a pestilence. Maura knows she is different, and it’s not only because of her pale skin. Her classmates make her feel that way, too, because they keep their distance from her. When she gets the chance to meet the only person who seems to accept her as she is — the handsome and insanely attractive Ron — her mother, Caelyn, decides to take her away to Vancouver. Follow this incredible story of love and loss and a young woman’s search for her identity; it’s dark and heartbreaking, entertaining and absorbing. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence is expertly written, a story that features compelling characters and excellent prose with descriptions that create powerful images in the reader’s mind. Told from the perspective of the protagonist, the pathos comes out clearly, one of the elements readers want to see in this kind of novel. The author has a unique gift for great settings — social, cultural, and physical — and the reader is transported to the world of the protagonist and the inner workings of her heart. Claudette Melanson's book is a page-turner; rip-roaring, and utterly compelling.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Rising Tide: Dark Innocence: The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, Book 1 is a young adult paranormal coming of age novel written by Claudette Melanson. Maura just couldn’t get why her mom suddenly wanted to drag her off to Vancouver, BC. She was a junior now in high school and had expected to complete her high school experience in Pennsylvania and then go on to college. It wasn’t that she had tons of friends in school -- she actually didn’t have any when her mom sprung the news on her, but her life would be drastically altered by the move. Granted, the cool, cloudy environs would be a welcome change from Pennsylvania’s blazing summer sun, especially for Maura. Unlike the other kids, Maura’s skin had a ghostly pallor, and she was highly intolerant of the sun. That difference from the rest of her peers had marked and shaped her lonely school existence. Direct exposure would not only cause her skin to instantly redden, but she’d feel physically ill from it. Making the upcoming move even harder, however, was her sudden popularity in school. First it was the perky cheerleader, Katie Parker, who had tormented her since they first met in grammar school; then there was Ron who made her world rock. Claudette Melanson’s young adult paranormal coming of age novel, Rising Tide: Dark Innocence: The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, Book 1, is an entertaining and well-written story about a young woman on the cusp of undreamed of changes. I loved watching as Maura’s world expands from her stifling and introverted existence of study and housekeeping for herself and her controlling mom to a life filled with friends, dating and even an open-house party at a frat house. Melanson leaves plenty of tantalizing clues for the reader to suss out the nature of Maura’s burgeoning transformation, and the tautly dramatic ending of the story had me looking forward to the next book in her Maura DeLuca Trilogy. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence is most highly recommended.
It's fun to read something that makes me forget to check the clock. I was up a little later than I intended last night! This was a true young adult read, & I'm pleased I bought this one as a paperback, so my girls can read it when they get older (they're toddlers currently ;) ). The only thing that threw me, was the internal dialog marked by asterisks, instead of italics. I've never seen it done that way before, so it took me out of the story, temporarily. I got used to it by the end of the book, & it's just a simple style choice, so it doesn't take any stars away from my review. The romance was well handled & sweet. (The way I prefer romance, even as an adult. I guess I'm still a child, deep down inside) Poor Maura, I felt for her. I saw some other reviews say they thought she was silly for not realizing what she was becoming. Really? If you saw all these little changes in the mirror, especially as an adolescent, what would you think. Maybe I'm a fairy-tale monster? No, you'd think you were sick, just like Maura. Unless you grow up in a culture where these monsters are real. All in all, this was a great read. I'm excited for the sequels , though it will be a couple weeks before I can buy them. I definitely want this whole series in paperback!
I want to start off by saying that I read this book in 2 sittings - the first one I read over 75% of the book before I had to go to bed and then couldn't wait to find out how it ended. The author leads up to the climax and keeps you guessing the entire book. When things were finally revealed I could hardly keep from jumping up and yelling I KNEW IT! When we first meet Maura DeLuca she is a really shy and timid girl who is incessantly teased and/or ignored at school. She doesn't seem to have any friends in the beginning, until the most popular people in school take an interest in her. She isn't sure but they are so nice and she gets drawn in, and finally becomes the butt of a horrible prank ... one that could have taken her life. But she is saved by a handsome guy named Ron, and they immediately strike up a great romantic friendship that ultimately becomes more. But one thing stands in their way - Maura and her mother are moving to Canada in a few weeks and Ron can't go because his mother is ill. Maura is a very good character because we get to see her going from this timid girl to one that is far more confident in herself - with the exception of the changes that are going on in her body. A lot of strange things are happening - like her hunger pangs when she sees raw meat. Her mother Caelyn is very overprotective but pretends that there is really nothing going on with Maura. Because the book is written in the first person we see everything from Maura's perspective so the reader is just as unaware of what is happening as she is. It definitely keeps the reader interested and I could not wait to gobble up more and more pages. Definitely a must-read if you like paranormal books! ***I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review. I never guarantee positive reviews and all opinions are 100% my own.***