Rising Tide

Dark Innocence

Young Adult - Paranormal
240 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2014
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Author Biography

Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Guelph, 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 Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Rising Tide: Dark Innocence: The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, Book 1 is a young adult paranormal coming of age novel written by Claudette Melanson. Maura just couldn’t get why her mom suddenly wanted to drag her off to Vancouver, BC. She was a junior now in high school and had expected to complete her high school experience in Pennsylvania and then go on to college. It wasn’t that she had tons of friends in school -- she actually didn’t have any when her mom sprung the news on her, but her life would be drastically altered by the move. Granted, the cool, cloudy environs would be a welcome change from Pennsylvania’s blazing summer sun, especially for Maura. Unlike the other kids, Maura’s skin had a ghostly pallor, and she was highly intolerant of the sun. That difference from the rest of her peers had marked and shaped her lonely school existence. Direct exposure would not only cause her skin to instantly redden, but she’d feel physically ill from it. Making the upcoming move even harder, however, was her sudden popularity in school. First it was the perky cheerleader, Katie Parker, who had tormented her since they first met in grammar school; then there was Ron who made her world rock.

Claudette Melanson’s young adult paranormal coming of age novel, Rising Tide: Dark Innocence: The Maura DeLuca Trilogy, Book 1, is an entertaining and well-written story about a young woman on the cusp of undreamed of changes. I loved watching as Maura’s world expands from her stifling and introverted existence of study and housekeeping for herself and her controlling mom to a life filled with friends, dating and even an open-house party at a frat house. Melanson leaves plenty of tantalizing clues for the reader to suss out the nature of Maura’s burgeoning transformation, and the tautly dramatic ending of the story had me looking forward to the next book in her Maura DeLuca Trilogy. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence is most highly recommended.

Lit Amri

It’s about vampires, coming of age, a mother-daughter relationship and romance. And it’s good. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence (Book 1 of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy) by Claudette Melanson centers on an awkward 16-year-old Maura. She has a complex and sometimes hollow relationship with her mother Caelyn, who’s heartbroken due to the absence of Maura’s father. I admire Maura’s maturity and resilience in trying to make her mother happy by being a good daughter who helps with chores (in fact, she mainly handles the housework) and being a straight-A student.

As readers would definitely know right away what Maura really is, the protagonist herself doesn’t. Her sensitivity to the sun is regarded as a ‘condition’ that she was born with. She’s embarrassed about her very pale skin and baffled by her super hearing ability. Then it progresses to some mind control and intense craving for blood, making her more confused.

To be frank, there is no unpredictable twist with the plot, if there is a twist at all. This definitely affects the pace of the story as we know where the story is heading. That said, it is fun to read and follow Maura’s vampiric transition and the things that she has to go through because of it, including how it affects her relationship with her boyfriend Ron. The prose is straightforward and it is a light read that is well-targeted for the YA fans. I also love the cover art; kudos to the cover designer, Rachel Montreuil. All in all, this is an enjoyable page-turner.

Salena Smith

This is an Awesome book/series.I love everything about it. Maura the main character in the series is a young Vampire girl, who is like any teenage girl, That falls in Love,with a boy named Ron, and through the changes she faces.She's not sure if through love will survive. At the end of the book, It leaves you wanting or craving more! I'm one of those reviewers that don't tell everything in the book, because I would rather read the story myself than hear it from a review. Claudette Melanson is an Amazing Author! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

Divine Zape

This rip-roaring blend of romance and mystery will have readers enthralled from the very start and keep them turning the pages until the satisfying denouement. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson is a stunning opening in the Maura DeLuca Trilogy, a story that follows the life of Maura, a lonely girl abandoned by her father since childhood. Her mother is there, but she is like a stranger who wants to have nothing much to do with her. She seems to keep everyone away from Maura, as if she were a pestilence.

Maura knows she is different, and it’s not only because of her pale skin. Her classmates make her feel that way, too, because they keep their distance from her. When she gets the chance to meet the only person who seems to accept her as she is — the handsome and insanely attractive Ron — her mother, Caelyn, decides to take her away to Vancouver. Follow this incredible story of love and loss and a young woman’s search for her identity; it’s dark and heartbreaking, entertaining and absorbing.

Rising Tide: Dark Innocence is expertly written, a story that features compelling characters and excellent prose with descriptions that create powerful images in the reader’s mind. Told from the perspective of the protagonist, the pathos comes out clearly, one of the elements readers want to see in this kind of novel. The author has a unique gift for great settings — social, cultural, and physical — and the reader is transported to the world of the protagonist and the inner workings of her heart. Claudette Melanson's book is a page-turner; rip-roaring, and utterly compelling.

Caitlin Lyle Farley

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 involved with Ron and befriend his best friend’s girlfriend. Suddenly moving to Canada seems like the end of the world. But it isn’t just her social life that changes: Maura’s hair is growing at an abnormal rate, her dentist believes her canine teeth are rotting from the inside out, and she’s developed a craving for blood.

I generally abhor vampire fiction but Rising Tide tempted me with what sounded like a distinctly different approach to the genre. I wasn’t disappointed. Claudette Melanson’s portrayal of Maura’s changes is refreshing and well written. While the reader can easily interpret what Maura’s physical changes imply, I thought the character’s reaction was accurate. There are several deviations from the canon regarding vampires, but I believe they’ll be acceptable to fans of the genre when one keeps in mind that Maura is in a state of transition. The romance between Maura and Ron is the perfect balance between sweet and realistic. This book does end on a cliff-hanger, but its mitigated by a sneak peek at the first chapter of the second book in this series. Rising Tide is a must-read for vampire fans.

Kayti Nika Raet

In Rising Tide, the first book in the Maura DeLuca trilogy by Claudette Melanson, sixteen-year-old Maura (whose name, she'll tell you, means Sea of Bitterness), is about to move all the way from her small town in Pennsylvania to Vancouver in Canada. She doesn't mind the move at first, she’s pretty much a loner, and with summer approaching going to Vancouver means a lot less sunlight for her to be allergic to. She's fine with the move until she meets Ron. Handsome, nice, and good, he saves her from a humiliating experience with people she thought were her friends. He's someone she wants to learn more about, but with the move to Vancouver looming in the near future and strange and mysterious things happening to her body, the two love birds might not have as much time together as Maura would like.

I thought Rising Tide by Claudette Melanson had a great premise and I was drawn in by the gorgeously rendered cover. I love vampire books and I love seeing all the different things done and created within the genre from the romantic to the horrifying. Even though Rising Tide is described as a vampire book, nothing vampiric really happens until more than halfway through the book. Rising Tide focuses more on the romance side of this paranormal romance with Maura slowly coming out of her shell as she dates Ron, who plays the perfect boyfriend throughout. He enjoys all the same things she does, and is super concerned and caring. He's the guy pre-teen girls dream about and he's very adept at ignoring all the weird things that Maura does like crying tears of blood and munching on a guy at one of his gigs. Sometimes I wondered if he even noticed the changes Maura was going through, but I guess in Rising Tide Melanson wanted to show that love conquers all. How Melanson dealt with the vampire lore was interesting and fans of Twilight might enjoy Rising Tide. The cliff-hanger definitely leaves you wondering what's going to happen next.