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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!