Review: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)


If I saw Rising Tide on a bookstore I probably wouldn’t even pick it up, I’ll be honest. But after reading it I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up its sequel.

As you probably already guessed this book surprised me in a very positive way. I was expecting something in the lines of Twilight but with the genders reversed (so kind of like Life and Death). Well, Claudette tjrew a “no” at my face with the turning of every page!

Not only were the characters very lovable but I also found myself really caring about what happened to them! Claudette writes in a very simple but gripping way and she managed to created a little nest of love around Maura. Even though they were all very different I loved Maura, Caelyn, Ron, Merinda, Susie and Shane.

While most vampire books focus on how the protagonist deals with the situtation of either being a vampire or being with a vampire, Rising Tide focus on how to deal with becoming a vampire. How you notice the changes but really you don’t think they add up, its puberty ad first and the maybe a disease. I would characterize Rising Tide as an accurate portrait of what it would be for a regular teenager from our “real world” to have her life overlapping with the supernatural world. The word “vampire” only appears in the last sentence of the book! A very refreshing prespective!

The only thing I would add to Claudette’s book really would be a bit more of emotion in some excerpts (I won’t specify more since this is a spoiler free review). But other than that, great job!

I would recommend if you’re looking for a different vampire series with very good characters with an interesting sense of humor.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★☆☆☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Maura seems to drive her classmates away 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.

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.

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.

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. 

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication:  February 18th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 274
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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