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Rising Tide: Dark Innocence

(The Maura DeLuca Trilogy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 a
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Createspace (first published February 15th 2014)
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Claudette Melanson Thanks for the response Bethany! I love Maura too! She's lived in my dreams for so many years. I never really fit in growing up either, so I understan…moreThanks for the response Bethany! I love Maura too! She's lived in my dreams for so many years. I never really fit in growing up either, so I understand how she feels about a lot of things. She is a deeply feeling character--I know because when I'm writing her it's like she takes over and lives inside my head. I really like Ron too. My college love was Ron and then my husband later, also a Ron. He is a combo of the two, but they were very much alike (both Virgos haha!)(less)

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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-shelter ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I'm... I'm too old for this book.

This is a very light vampire book. Actually I'm pretty sure there are no actual vampires?
Anyways, there's Maura, a different lonely young girl with no friends who suddenly experiences physical changes: she was always pale and averse to the sun, but now her teeth change, she craves blood...

You literally know from page one that she is becoming a vampire. But Maura is completely oblivous! I mean I'm becoming a vampire wouldn't be my first thought if I was exp
Ivana - Diary of Difference
When you finish a book in one day, you know it has left you breathless. I won this book on booklikes, and I wanted to give it a try, since it's here, and I wasn't disappointed at all.

Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy the book, the characters, the writing style, the story.

Basically it was a page turner and I just had to keep on turning the pages to see what is going to happen next and how things will unfold. It felt like this book covered pretty much a part of my life, as I grew up with my mom as well and we had to move (to different countries and not for the same reason as in the book but oh well close enough ^.^) too, also the bullying part. The way that scene was described and how Maura
Sherri Wingler
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just absolutely loved this book! I'm especially happy I found it after the 2nd book, Undertow came out. That way I don't have to wait to see what happens after the cliffhanger Ms. Melanson left us with. I've already 1-clicked the sequel, and I cannot wait to start it:)
I won't give away the secrets of this book for potential new readers. Discovery of a really amazing book is the fun of reading in the first place. There is one thing I do want to address, though. Several reviews have mentioned ho
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rising Tide: Dark Innocence (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, #1) Claudette Melanson

Maura has always been a bit of a loner. She doesn't make friends easy, and when she does they tend to just make fun of her, or are out right cruel. Her Mother Caelyn takes a new job in Canada, Maura feels this could be a fresh start and a better life for both of them. She has never know about her father, her Mother never wants to talk about him. This bothers her, and she wants to know more.

The school season is ending an
Mark Matthews
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rising Tide is the story of a teenage girl going through trials and tribulations of young adulthood. Lose of a father, medical concerns, failing to fit in with socially bullying friends - some of the usual. Plus there’s the odd shape of canines growing in her mouth, and this insatiable urge to drink the blood from raw steak packages.

I enjoyed reading this. This book made it on to the latter rounds of the Amazon Break Thru Novel contest and I can see why. I looked forward to what happened next a
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the paperback free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I’ve always been fascinated with vampires and it’s a rare occasion that needs to be celebrated when I find a great vampire novel in the YA genre. Rising Tide fits this perfectly and I’m so glad I got the chance to read it.

What I also loved about this was that it wasn’t simply the story of a girl falling into a group of vampires, and being turned blah blah blah because Maura has no idea. And I mea
Rochelle Campbell
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claudette Melanson‘s YA vampire novel, Rising Tide: Dark Innocence is full of teenage angst and passion coupled with the full range of the ebb and flow of the high school experience. This author has captured that time period aptly! While I am not a fan of YA fiction because of the overly dramatic teen emotional arc, Ms. Melanson does a very good job of making her main character’s drama very real and engaging.

This is book 1 of a trilogy that follows Maura “Mink” through her transformation into a
T.W. Barton
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a new series.

I saw the book prompted on Twitter and jumped over to the Amazon page, liked what I saw so I bought it.

I am a fan of good vampire book and series as you can tell by other books on my review site and this one does not disappoint.

The story line follows a teen girl that suddenly seems to become one of the cool kids, finds out she's moving to another country, gets attention from some boys, and seems to be suffering from a sickness that nobody knows what it is,
Madhuri Pavamani
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange things are happening to Maura “Mink” DeLuca.

The high school bullies are befriending her, raw meat makes her mouth water, her teeth are painfully sharp, and her mom has gone and decided the best thing for them to do is move to Vancouver.

As in Canada.

As in a whole other country.

And then she meets Ron. He’s gorgeous and sweet, funny and kind, and he’s just what Maura needs. All the strange and funky stuff happening to her just doesn’t seem to faze the guy. Couple that with his kissing skill
The first book I've started this summer by the beautiful sea

I really enjoyed reading it, though at some parts it felt very long without any clear purpose!
I liked that it was a vampire story but it didn't felt like it in a traditional way at all, and that makes me very excited for the sequel!

And I must thank the author Claudette Melanson for sending me the book which I definitely enjoyed!
This is book 1 in the Maura DeLuca trilogy.

This book surprised me; I didn't expect it to be as good as it turned out as I have ready many vampire romance novels. I liked Ron from the moment the athor mentioned him. I found Ron and Maura's romance to be sweet although I did find it weird that they only started talking in a small amount of time and became so close. But still, I really did enjoy reading it.
Jenn : Godzilla is King
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I couldn't put this book down!! I had to keep reading it to find out what happens. I knew that Maura was born as a vampire but trying to figure out what her mother is. Does she happen to have some kind of connection to Maura and her Father and how is Ron so calm? I loved this book and I need to read the other books in series, I have to find out what happens!!!!!!
Thank you for letting me read your book:)
Lisa Reynolds
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rising Tide: Dark Innocence (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy Book 1) (2014) By Claudette Melanson is a really compelling character-driven book.

The story follows young vampire Maura as she goes on her journey to discovering this facet of herself. Along the way, the teenager has the usual teenage experiences such as bullying, trying to belong and finding love while trying to find herself. Maura is an incredibly likeable character who is easy to relate to from times gone by. She is very much not one-dimen
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
I first read this book back in March 2015. After which, I attempted (very badly!) to write my first ever review. I loved delving back into this book and becoming engrossed in Maura’s story all over again.

For me, this story evoked all the feelings of being a teenager once again. The want to fit in with your peers, where every perceived difference can single you out. The need to be independent without the ‘rents clipping your wings. The angst created in almost every situation. Then there’s the hor
Chrisoula Panagoulia
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have never read paranormal as I thought it wouldnt fit my tastes but I was wrong. This novel kept me hooked from the very beginning. Highly recommended to everyone.
Marie Colon
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book

Dang it I'm still shaking no seriously I even have goosebumps ! !
I applaud this book
Valerie (Howler_Puff)
I really struggled with the writing. There were too many exclamation points and too many “oh” and the use of * to be used inside a quotation mark. It was distracting from the story.
Simona F.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Free Kindle-copy provided by the author in exchange of an honest review***

Before the deed
I am always happily willing to lend a hand to a breaking-through author - or for that matter any author as generous as to provide free copies of their works.
It's like Christmas has come again, and I freaking love Christmas!

This occasion is screaming for some royal display of happiness:

After the deed
Turns out, I had very good reason to be excited about Rising Tide.
Ooooh, that ending! I want to know what c
J.C. Brennan
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rising Tide by Claudette Melanson
You want a good read? Do you love vampires? Well then, Look no further this one will knock you off your feet. Claudette has created amazing character that you will fall in love with. This young Adult adventure with its main character Maura will sweep you away on a relatable plot twist and envelops you with its fights, and romance. If you’re a fan of vampires, romance, and humor, than this is the book for you and I would recommend Rising Tide: Dark Innocence.
Kimberly Vanderbloom
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
Ann Swann
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I loved this book. Adored these characters. The relationship between Maura and Ron was just awww. I listened to the audio version (a couple of technical glitches by the narrator, but it did not detract from the story).

I will definitely listen to the rest of the series!
This is very much a cute YA read. If you like high-school, teenage hell, and cute vampires, then you'll love this one. So, I'm morphing staight on to the next novel.
秀儀 Nightingale
I had to stop.

This book is clearly for younger YA readers, I just couldn't continue with it. Made it to chapter 7.

Saying that, I've read children's book that are better written than this.
Maura (Maura) is a girl made to grow up faster than she should. Her fairly strict mother keeps a close eye on her, especially after the “loss” of her father. Maura never quite fits in, so she is excited when the popular kids begin to pay attention to her. As it turns out, their attention was part of a cruel joke that leads to a head injury and a broken spirit. Which lasts a short while, as she soon meets Ron: he is older, attractive, sweet, plays in a band, and instantly dotes on her. Their roma ...more
Caitlin Farley
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sheila Carsins
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable story, but it's a cliffhanger.

I liked the book right up until the end which wasn't an ending. I don't mind sequels where the same characters and places are used each time, as long as there's a proper ending for each book. There wasn't a proper ending for Maura's story, and it introduced a new, "old" character at the last minute, like he'd been a part of the story plot all along. And Maura's love interest was left in limbo. Uh uh, no way, so not okay! I don't like cliffhangers. The only
Brenda Mohammed
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rising Tide: Dark Innocence was a gripping tale of a teenager undergoing strange changes in her life.
Her mother seemed distant, refused to talk about Maura's father, and insisted on a move to another country.
She found comfort and became close to a young man after he rescued her from a cruel prank by jealous classmates that almost killed her.
She tried to find answers for her strange cravings, her unusually pale skin, her aversion to the sun, physical changes, terrible nightmares, but her mother
R.K. Emery
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-paranormal
Ultimately I really enjoyed this story! It was a fast paced and action packed read.

The romance was a bit rushed for my tastes, but I think that happens a lot in Paranormal stories. It's more of a BAM we know, than a slow build.

I liked that the Author managed to take aspects of YA Paranormal that every reader loves and combine them with new ideas so as to not make us feel like we are reading the same book.

This is the start of a series and you can really tell that from the ending. I hoped we wo
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Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with seven bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters, Beckett, Sansa, Daenerys, & Caramel. 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 ...more

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