Book Review: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

6 Aug


Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Mystery

Date Published: Feb 18, 2014

Publisher: Ingramspark

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.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Maura has always been different and has kept to herself. It’s not that she doesn’t want friends, she’s just never had any friends. When she’s a junior in high school and her cheerleader neighbor suddenly wants to befriend her, Maura is suspicious but grateful to finally have a  circle of friends. When it turns out to be a terrible prank, she should be devastated, but she’s rescued by Ron, a senior she recently met and is getting to know.

Maura is moving to Canada soon so she doesn’t want to get close to Ron, but she can’t help herself. He’s supportive no matter what happens, even when he sees her scarfing down raw meat and drinking blood from a wound. And her overprotective mom actually lets him into their lives.

 I like Claudette Melanson’s writing style. You can feel Maura’s concern about her health. I was surprised, though, that the thought of vampire didn’t even cross her mind, especially with the blood craving.

As in many young adult novels, the relationship between Ron and Maura is sweet but unrealistic. Ron is a perfect book boyfriend, one that we all wish existed.

The end of the book turned out as I expected. It wasn’t a disappointment but I want to find out what happens next.


About the Author

Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with 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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One Response to “Book Review: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson”

  1. ehmusings August 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    Thank you for posting


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