Jaguar Sun (Jaguar Sun, #1)
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Jaguar Sun (Jaguar Sun #1)

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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...more
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Balam Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Johanna
I usually don’t read YA fantasy. I can easily claim I’m a tough cookie when it comes to review books, because my taste level is extremely sensitive to bad editing, bad writing, stupid plot lines and idiotic characters. I say it how it is. Either your book’s great or it sucks.

Martha was courageous enough to ask whether I’d like to review her latest book: Jaguar Sun. I had no idea what the story was until she just told me it had to do with the end of the world and the Mayan calendar. Alright. She...more
Matthew DeBettencourt
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-s...more
Tracy
Timely and topical, this book is an intriguing glimpse into the Mayan Prophesy. The protagonist, Maya Delaney, is strong, funny and brave. Her entourage is a tremendous asset to the plot, providing humor and backup to Maya - while serving as a reminder that these are high school students who have been saddled with this awesome responsibility. The book is very well researched and written smartly. It pulls you in from the first chapter and you will find yourself wanting to keep reading to find out...more
Molly
Jan 29, 2012 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older teens, adults
Fast-paced and fun! Interesting take on the Mayan 2012 prophecy with some well-researched mythology woven into modern day life. Perfect for older teens and adults. Quirky and likeable characters combined with an action-packed story line equals a great start to a new teen paranormal series!
Danielle Thorne
4 1/2 Stars

I was intrigued with the smart premise behind this Young Adult novel and decided to delve into the shape-shifter genre after reading the blurb.

Maya Delaney has spunk, attitude, and a rather cynical view of the world as most teenagers do. She is tight with her grandmother, and still seems grief-stricken that her mother has passed away. Her relationship with her father is tentative, but it was nice to see them grow together as the story flowered.

The story opens with suggestions that Ma...more
Frederick Brooke
This beautifully crafted YA book revolves around Maya Delaney, a high school junior in deepest New Mexico. Right from the beginning I was hooked on Maya's voice, a little snarky and flip, but also more and more overwhelmed at all the things that are happening to her. Why is this jaguar shadowing her at school? Why does she have these nightmares that leave her so exhausted?

The author does a great job of creating a little world around Maya -- her single-parent father, her loser-mom who abandoned h...more
Heidi
Three Stars: An interesting entry into the YA field; shape-shifters, Mayan lore, December 2012...all combine in this unique read.

Maya is a normal teenager, surviving high school, confused over her current relationship; typical problems plaguing a young lady. However, her life is about to get interesting when she starts having strange visions and dreams involving a jaguar. She can't shake the ominous feeling, and then she wakes after another vivid dream to find a tell tale mark on her neck. She n...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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 wh...more
Melanie Adkins
High school is hard enough without adding anything to it. Just ask Maya. She's having some problems she isn't sure about and some boyfriend issues she's not sure she can handle. This is when she finds out she's a shape shifter. Maya is pretty freaked out when she sees her nightmare shadowing her during the daytime. The best place for advice- Grandma. Maya explains what's happening to her Grandmother and finds out she might be meant for even bigger things than she realizes. Her nerves are settli...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Mar 29, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Making Connections
Shelves: march-2012-reads
In an era in which the Mayan prophecy-allegedly announcing the end of the world in December 2012-has been the subject of fascination, fear, anxiety, and fact-finding, author Martha Bourke approaches the topic from a completely different perspective. What if the TRUTH about this “prophecy” was known? What if that Truth is known only to one person-a sixteen-year-old girl? Such is the premise of “Jaguar Sun.”

Poor, poor Maya-not only does she bear the name of a primarily extinct culture, she is Hisp...more
E.L.
Ok i have to say i loved loved loved this story! Like makes the top 10 loved! The story was original and interesting and engaging and...well i could go on and on lol I def want to know what happens next. Totally amazing! If itd let me I'd give it 6 stars!
Dan Rogers
A-MAZ-ING! I've got to admit, I am quite adept at judging things without even giving them a try. This book was no exception. When I first saw it I "knew" that I wasn't going to like it. I'm just not into the whole idea of shape shifters and all that other "weird" stuff. After having read the first chapter a couple of months ago I knew that I was right. Recently the Kindle edition of the book was free for 48 hours and I figured, what the heck, I'll get it just in case a family member may be inter...more
Claudia
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BookHookup
Everyone’s talking about it….2012! Will the world end…and, if so, how? Like a lot of people, I know very little about Mayan mythology and this book certainly shed some light on things for me. This story is about a Mayan prophesy and about shape-shifters, people who can change into animals. When the main character, Maya, begins to dream about a jaguar, she’s scared and confused. And, when she finally discovers she’s a shape-shifter, she quickly realizes that there will be many challenge in her fu...more
Dominique Goodall
I was given a copy of this in return for an honest review.



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 th...more
E.W. Greenlee
Although I am 53 year old male and an author, I try to read some of the young adult stories around. I could not get into Twilight after the first chapters of the second book. I took a chance reading "Jaguar Sun" because Martha is a excellent Twitter follower and I know how reviews help an author. But, I also know it had to an honest review.

Jaguar Sun is an original story, with a setting definitely for young adults. The dialog is of your generation not mine. But I continued on to see where the st...more
Beth
May 23, 2012 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tween +
Recommended to Beth by: Making Connections YA Edition Group
Maya Delaney just wanted to be an everyday high school Junior. She accepted that she was kind of geeky. She has her best friends, Damian and Alyssa, and she seems pretty content with her world. Maya biggest problem is…she isn’t sure if she fits in with her boyfriend Matt’s life anymore because he’s become the star of the HS football team…well she thought that was her biggest problem.

Maya soon discovers she is becoming a shape shifter, a panther. But Maya isn’t even an average shape shifter from...more
Jonel Boyko
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 we...more
Carrie Ardoin
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 secret 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 i...more
melydia
When already awkward teenager Maya discovers she’s become a shapeshifter - a socially shunned minority of people who can turn into animals - she fears her life is over. Little does she know this is the least of her worries, as she is destined to play a pivotal role in the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar. (Yes, Maya is Mayan. It’s a little silly, but easily overlooked.) I sped through this book in a couple days. Maya is quite entertaining as a narrator, reminding me quite a bit of myself as a...more
Kristen Aube
Maya is my kind of girl. She has the same insecurities of any teenager, but is not letting “geek status” change who she is inside. She has a smart mouth, but still respects her elders. She has a hot boyfriend, but still thinks she’s an ugly duckling (and we all know how that story ends). All this and she has the world to save.
She is forced to grow up in a short period of time, but grandma and the twins are by her side no matter what. As with anyone in need, she puts her trust in someone who see...more
Christine Butler
Jan 18, 2012 Christine Butler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Paranormal
Jaguar Sun was a unique story that had a refreshingly new take on the shapeshifter phenomena. Bourke wraps the 2012 end of times predictions, Mayan calendar, and some pretty cool mythology together and spins them into a modern coming of age tale.

Jaguar Sun was a fantastic YA paranormal read. My only complaint about the book was that it seemed a bit rushed. I would have liked a few more details in the sometimes hurried plot. That being said, I definitely look forward to reading more from the aut...more
Jennifer Barry
With so many YA books about vampires, zombies, and fallen angels, it's refreshing to see that Martha Bourke has done something very different with Jaguar Sun. While certainly a supernatural story, it explores mythology that just isn't seen anywhere else. I enjoyed every last second of the book. It's a quick, fun read and obviously well researched. I found myself wishing for more in a few places - more detail, more romance, more explanation - but I know there's a sequel coming. Excellent debut!
May
This is a terrific book. The concept is interesting and different from the countless vampire/werewolves YA series out on the market now.... The heroine is likable. She is strong and tough... Looking forward to the writer's next book!

Darlene
Feb 11, 2014 Darlene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA and fantasy fans
Recommended to Darlene by: Kindle freebie
Maybe I should have read this near 12-21-2012, then the end of the world and or Mayan calendar would have added a bit more excitement. Maybe I have read too many teen girl becomes shifter becomes goddess. I just couldn't get into this.

I liked it okay. But the main character, Maya, diet coke addict, was not independent enough. In fact, I thought she was rather a crier and a fainter. A wimp. You would think that her gifts would make her a little bit stronger. You would think that her cool twin BFF...more
Erika
This was a very fresh, very new take on shifters for me. I don't know if the shape-shifting lore is based on real world Mexican mythology but it did make a for a interesting story and that's one of the things that was really great about the book. The fact that Maya didn't have to hide who she was because she lived somewhere that knew about the shifters already - that was really cool. I was also loving the 2012 Mayan end-of-the-world scenario too. Not making the romance between Maya and Matt the...more
Sandy
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?...more
Ana
Everyone’s talking about it….2012! Will the world end…and, if so, how? Like a lot of people, I know very little about Mayan mythology and this book certainly shed some light on things for me. This story is about a Mayan prophesy and about shape-shifters, people who can change into animals. When the main character, Maya, begins to dream about a jaguar, she’s scared and confused. And, when she finally discovers she’s a shape-shifter, she quickly realizes that there will be many challenge in her fu...more
Rosa (Bajan Rosa Books)
This Review was originally posted on my blog: http://bajanrosabooks.blogspot.com there is also an interview with the author posted there


Have you ever read a book so good you actually had a physical reaction to it. Well I can say that's happen to me only a few times. Jaguar Sun was one of those few book's and let me tell you when you read it you'll get chills.

Maya is a teenage girl who feel's out of place. She's Hispanic and can't speak or understand Spanish. She's convinced her Jock boyfriend l...more
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Martha Bourke, a native of Burlington, VT and Boston, MA spent fifteen years creating foreign language programs for young children and traveling. She now uses her knowledge of other cultures to create the world of Jaguar Sun, which includes two series: one YA, the JAGUAR SUN TRILOGY and one ADULT, the NEW BREED NOVELS. Both take place in the same 'world' and can be read together or as independent...more
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