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Jaguar Sun (Jaguar Sun #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  402 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Alternate Cover Edition for B006V4XLUK.

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
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Balam Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 09, 2012 Johanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 10, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 29, 2012 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 28, 2012 Danielle Thorne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Melanie Adkins
Mar 20, 2012 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Recommends  [#VoteCthulhu Why Choose the Lesser Evil?]
Mar 29, 2012 Mallory Heart Recommends [#VoteCthulhu Why Choose the Lesser Evil?] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Recommended to Mallory Heart Recommends 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
Jun 05, 2012 E.L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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!
Feb 11, 2014 Darlene rated it liked it  ·  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
Dan Rogers
Apr 18, 2012 Dan Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2012 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 03, 2012 Dominique Goodall rated it it was amazing
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
E.W. Greenlee
Jun 06, 2012 E.W. Greenlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jonel Boyko
Feb 21, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 07, 2012 melydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Debra Hartmann
Nov 22, 2014 Debra Hartmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reading adventure!

Really enjoyed this book. Was like I was right there with the characters. Recommending to my teen and to my friends!
Christine Butler
Jan 18, 2012 Christine Butler rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 13, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing
I just finished this today and it was awesome. I just loved the soul mates and shifters and animal souls. Ms. Martha Bourke is a genius. The twins were awesome. They offered support and lots of witty banter and then some not so witty banter that can be qualified more as arguing than just witty banter. And Matt is to die for. He is every young woman's dream and probably lots of older women's dreams to. The main character is named Maya and is( to no surprise) Mayan. I feel bad about her mother lea ...more
Jennifer Barry
Mar 05, 2012 Jennifer Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 09, 2012 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

My Rating: 2.5 / 5

Review to come soon.
Apr 05, 2012 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2012
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
May 22, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, own, ya
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
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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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