Rising Tide: Dark Innocence

Rising Tide: Dark Innocence

by Claudette Melanson

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Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

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.

˃˃˃ Sure to become one of the Books to Read of the year, Rising Tide: Dark Innocence isn’t the usual YA vampire tale. Full of Mystery and Suspense, this Vampire Mystery Thriller packs just enough Romance & Humor, while delivering plenty of Dark Fantasy served with a side of the Supernatural. Maura, in the midst of her vampire awakenings is unarguably a vampire in denial. It is a novel that is certain to become one of the classic paranormal books of its time--the series is not only for Teens & Young Adult readers, but has been well-received by many adult readers, as well. Maura doesn't live in Castle Dracula in Transylvania, but she must still discover the bloodlines constructing the creature she is destined to become, while overcoming social issues, such as bullying, that rock her world. She is an strong Urban Fantasy female protagonist readers love. A preview is available using the Look Inside feature for the ebook and print copies, above. Scroll up to read a sample now!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045953214
Publisher: Claudette Melanson
Publication date: 05/17/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 106,753
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario with her four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head. In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories...along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours. Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

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Rising Tide: Dark Innocence 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
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.
Vanyahiril More than 1 year ago
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!
The_reading_wolf More than 1 year ago
The Synopsis Lonely, outcast Maura has no friends. While living with her single, distant mother, Caelyn. Maura is considered a freak. She is pale skinned and allergic to sun light. Her fellow classmates only pay her attention when they are bullying her. Maura often spends time wondering about her father, whom had abandoned her at birth. When a mean prank almost kills Maura, a classmate named Ron rushes to her side to rescue her. Ron sticks close to Maura's side even against her better judgement. It's at this time that Maura's body starts going theough bizarre changes. Her mother starts trying to make them move and ignoring Maura's changes. Through blood cravings, nightmares, a close persons death, what is Maura to do? The Review This book is so captivating. I was pulled in from page one. This story is very unique for a vampire tale. Most YA vampire books have a Twilight insta-love kind of feel to them and this didn't (thankfully). Its a great coming of age tale that evokes a light hearted read while still being a page turner. I loved the different characters that developed through out the whole story. They really find themselves and learn just who they are and what they're made of. Even though the characters in this are vampires, I really found them relatable on an emotional level. The writing was flawless and stayed on tract. I liked that there wasn't any detours or overly explained pages. The romance in this book was very sweet and hopeful. I can't wait to read book two, to see what Maura does with her new found knowledge.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
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.***
KVanderbloom More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I devoured it in one day. Maura has got to be one of my favorite characters of all time. The author developed such a deep connection between the reader and her characters. It is rather intense. The writing was flawless. The story line stayed consistent and didn't get distracted. This is the first book I have read from this author but it definitely won't be the last. I am already deep in to the next book of the series
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite It’s about vampires, coming of age, a mother-daughter relationship and romance. And it’s good. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence (Book 1 of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy) by Claudette Melanson centers on an awkward 16-year-old Maura. She has a complex and sometimes hollow relationship with her mother Caelyn, who’s heartbroken due to the absence of Maura’s father. I admire Maura’s maturity and resilience in trying to make her mother happy by being a good daughter who helps with chores (in fact, she mainly handles the housework) and being a straight-A student. As readers would definitely know right away what Maura really is, the protagonist herself doesn’t. Her sensitivity to the sun is regarded as a ‘condition’ that she was born with. She’s embarrassed about her very pale skin and baffled by her super hearing ability. Then it progresses to some mind control and intense craving for blood, making her more confused. To be frank, there is no unpredictable twist with the plot, if there is a twist at all. This definitely affects the pace of the story as we know where the story is heading. That said, it is fun to read and follow Maura’s vampiric transition and the things that she has to go through because of it, including how it affects her relationship with her boyfriend Ron. The prose is straightforward and it is a light read that is well-targeted for the YA fans. I also love the cover art; kudos to the cover designer, Rachel Montreuil. All in all, this is an enjoyable page-turner.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Teenager Maura DeLuca would rather be like everybody else, with friends, interests, places to go and people to support her. What she has, instead, is a secretive mother who shelters Maura, her only child, to the point of claustrophobia; an entire popular clique at school who love nothing more than faking her out; an unexpectedly nice classmate who comes to her rescue when she doesn't expect it; and, oddly enough, a whole bunch of weird physical symptoms. Those symptoms are worrying her the most. Who cries blood? Who craves raw meat? Whose dentist fears that her canines are rotting from the inside out? Whose ability to accumulate and retain knowledge has burgeoned lately? Maura's. And she has no idea why, or what's going on. But she suspects there are people in her life who do know, and are trying to keep her from finding out. Author Claudette Melanson begins her paranormal YA trilogy with RISING TIDE: DARK INNOCENCE. It's a challenge, in writing as a profession, to make the old and familiar seem new and exciting. It's an even greater challenge to ensure that the new, exciting spin on that old material is new enough and intriguing enough to capture and hold the attention of our youth, who simply don't have the patience or desire, these days, to slog through a boring or predictable work. Melanson has clearly studied her target audience with great care, given the success of her work. Her vampires are different than the norm --- not Twilight, not Anita Blake, and not Bela Lugosi, but her own creation ... the old and familiar made new. The perspective is different, too: Maura is a scattered, hormonal, insecure, unsettled, slightly rebellious teenage girl, with an appealing sweet voice (the story is told in her perspective, first-person) and conflicted desires: for her mother, for her cute classmate Ron, for popularity or at least to belong somewhere, for answers. Especially answers. Who among us can't relate to that? Something strange starts happening; we want to know why, and how, and when and where we can find a cure or solution or resolution, whatever it may be, because it's in not knowing that fear is born and takes over. There's also nothing like mystery to keep a reader turning pages, and the pacing in this novel is such that I read it in just a couple of sittings, intrigued and curious to find out (as soon as possible!) what was going on with Maura, though I had my suspicions by about a third of the way through the work. A future edition of the work would benefit from a close proofread, and more fully developed subplots and characters to add depth and interest to other aspects of the book than just Maura's romance with Ron and her out-of-control body. A unique work, "different" in every good sense of the word, RISING TIDE: DARK INNOCENCE will no doubt fascinate the young adult reader in your life. # # # Author: Claudette Melanson Title: RISING TIDE: DARK INNOCENCE (#1) Series: The Maura DeLuca Trilogy ASIN: B00IHN4S00 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Can there EVER be too many great YA fantasy novels? Claudette Melanson, author Rising Tide has definitely made a place among them! With a fresh approach to the paranormal world, she teases us with clues, leaves fluorescent bread crumbs and we follow, even though we think we have everything figured out, we can’t help but read on. The journey to that final page was one heck of ride, filled with life’s little bumps, a few major hurdles and one teenaged girl who is likable, yet a little over-sheltered and innocent! Maura and her mom have been a solid team all of her life, but as team captain, her mother can be a little overbearing, a little too restrictive and a little too over-protective, while keeping her own secrets buried deep. Always having been a little different than the “rest” of the kids, Maura has been an outcast, bullied and alone. Her skin is pale, she reacts to the sun by becoming ill, hmmm, could she have a vitamin deficiency? As if that isn’t enough for this teen to get angsty over, she meets the kindest boy ever, who seems to like her no matter what. What makes her so special to Ron? Why is her mother accepting Ron into their closed off world? When distance separates these two, Maura is certain he has his reasons for a lack of communication, is it another girl? Maura’s tears fall, but even they seem strange and unusual, and her appetite? Whoa, can you say, it just isn’t fair to be able to eat the way that girl does! Something huge is going on and someone new is hiding in the shadows, and he said WHAT????? Okay, worst and best ending ever! Ms. Melanson knows how to captivate her audience, place them under a gentle spell and, POOF like a magician she drops the curtain, saving her encore for the next installment of this trilogy!
Four More than 1 year ago
This Is Not Your Father’s Vampire Story  Rising Tide: Dark Innocence — hmmm, all I can say is, “AWESOME!” Claudette Melanson puts an extremely interesting twist on the vampire genre. Rising Tide is the coming-of-age story of Maura DeLuca, and it is not immediately apparent that the novel has anything to do with vampires. Melanson shows Maura’s struggles as an outcast teen who knows she’s different, but has no idea just how different. Rising Tide is extremely well-written and pulled me in right from page one. Maura is immediately likable as she struggles with self doubt and feeling like an outcast. The story has the feel of Dark Shadows (the TV series from the 60s, not the Johnny Depp remake.) Rising Tide: Dark Innocence is just the beginning of Maura's journey as she learns that she has come from a very old, very elite bloodline. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! This is an absolute must-read for vampire fans!
Snoopydoo77 More than 1 year ago
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 ¿
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In Rising Tide, the first book in the Maura DeLuca trilogy by Claudette Melanson, sixteen-year-old Maura (whose name, she'll tell you, means Sea of Bitterness), is about to move all the way from her small town in Pennsylvania to Vancouver in Canada. She doesn't mind the move at first, she’s pretty much a loner, and with summer approaching going to Vancouver means a lot less sunlight for her to be allergic to. She's fine with the move until she meets Ron. Handsome, nice, and good, he saves her from a humiliating experience with people she thought were her friends. He's someone she wants to learn more about, but with the move to Vancouver looming in the near future and strange and mysterious things happening to her body, the two love birds might not have as much time together as Maura would like. I thought Rising Tide by Claudette Melanson had a great premise and I was drawn in by the gorgeously rendered cover. I love vampire books and I love seeing all the different things done and created within the genre from the romantic to the horrifying. Even though Rising Tide is described as a vampire book, nothing vampiric really happens until more than halfway through the book. Rising Tide focuses more on the romance side of this paranormal romance with Maura slowly coming out of her shell as she dates Ron, who plays the perfect boyfriend throughout. He enjoys all the same things she does, and is super concerned and caring. He's the guy pre-teen girls dream about and he's very adept at ignoring all the weird things that Maura does like crying tears of blood and munching on a guy at one of his gigs. Sometimes I wondered if he even noticed the changes Maura was going through, but I guess in Rising Tide Melanson wanted to show that love conquers all. How Melanson dealt with the vampire lore was interesting and fans of Twilight might enjoy Rising Tide. The cliff-hanger definitely leaves you wondering what's going to happen next.