Betrayal of Blood

Young Adult - Paranormal
256 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2016
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Author Biography

Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She's wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full-time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories....along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

Riptide by Claudette Melanson is the third book about the life of teenager Maura, who is slowly transforming into a vampire. Her father, who came back into her life after having left her and her mother before Maura was born, is the first vampire who ever existed, and his blood runs through her veins.
Unfortunately, her father had to leave Maura alone again - and also took her mother who had been turned into a vampire to escape death. While he trains her mother, Maura is on her own because her big love, Ron, was driven away by her father, and her best friends also had to leave her life temporarily.
One after the other, the members of Maura's father's coven come into her life - but not all want to protect her.

I started reading Riptide by Claudette Melanson right after I finished the other two books in the trilogy (they were so good, it only took me two days for each of them). While you could probably enjoy the book without reading the first two books, I would recommend reading them in the right order. They are worth it. I enjoyed that the characters were not flawless and perfect like the vampires in other books. Yes, they are beautiful, but on the inside each of them has issues. Maura is a believable character - sometimes annoyingly so! You want to slap her for the things she does. The vampires and other supernatural beings have interesting quirks and do not quite follow the stereotypes that exist about them in literature. You get drawn into the story right from the first page, and it is hard to get out of it again. The writing style is lovely, and it is easy to imagine all the surroundings and the actions of the characters. Definitely a good choice for people who love vampire stories!

Maria Beltran

Riptide: Betrayal of Blood is the third and final instalment in a series written by Claudette Melanson. Maura feels isolated and alone as she is exiled by her father for doing something repugnant, in conspiracy with her adoptive sister and best friend who are now forbidden to get in contact with her. Estranged from everyone she loves, she is also confused by the absence of Ron, the mate that is destined for her. And to add to her discomfort, Aldiva, her vampire cousin, seems determined to destroy her. Her only comfort is the small hope that her extended family belonging to the Vancouver covens will come to her aid. As if all this is not enough, a dangerous riptide threatens to drown her.

Claudette Melanson’s Riptide: Betrayal of Blood is a paranormal story designed for young adults, but this does not mean that older readers will not enjoy it too. Although I have not read the first two installments of this series, it did not stop me from holding my breath as I turned the pages of the action packed Riptide. What sets this novel apart from books in the same genre is that it offers a completely different view of vampires. In addition to the magical world that unfolds before the reader’s eyes, here are two vampire families that are as likable as your favorite relatives. As such, it is easy to relate to the story, so much so that I have to remind myself this is a clan of vampires!

Lit Amri

Claudette Melanson continues the story of Maura DeLuca with Riptide: Betrayal of Blood (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, Book 3). Due to a hideous error in judgment, Maura has been cut off from her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie. Her struggles are further intensified by the continued absence of her destined mate, Ron, which also leads to some undesirable consequences. Despite her father’s instructions to the other vampires, the young changeling princess has to watch her back at all times as her cousin Aldiva detests her.

I’m excited to read about Maura and her vampire family again, as well as her constant struggles to fit in. Some new characters are introduced, adding more dynamics to the story. I really like Millicent; she’s elegant and cunning, one of Melanson’s best characters. There’s a lot revealed about the vampires in this third book. I like the fact that Maura continues to do her best and be optimistic about her place in her supernatural family, despite her hardships and mistakes.

There are still questions left unanswered, but the ending is wrapped up nicely. Melanson also revealed that there will be a new trilogy that will focus on a different time of Maura’s life. Simply put, this is another commendable installment from Melanson and I enjoyed it. As a fan of this series, I absolutely look forward to reading more about Maura and her family.