Saturday, July 30, 2016

Undertow: Death's Twilight by Claudette Melanson (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy #2)

Undertow: Death's Twilight
by Claudette Melanson


Series: Maura DeLuca Trilogy - Book 2
Publication Date: November 13, 2014
Publisher: Claudette Melanson
ISBN-13: 9781503256309
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Print Length: 360 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2015 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention Award
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Maura finally found the truth she was always seeking…or has she?

After being left in the dark for all of her life, Maura’s father, Maxwell, has finally returned to reveal sinister family secrets Maura could never have dreamed possible—including his revelation that she is one of The Born. But his daughter soon discovers both he and her mother are keeping pieces of her reality hidden, still. As Maura struggles to unravel the mysteries surrounding her new existence and discover every piece of the cryptic puzzle, life appears intent on casting stumbling blocks across her path with every step forward.

Tragedy seems to stalk Maura, and those around her, as she stumbles along, altering the young changeling’s family, just when they have all come back together. The changes left in its wake could be for the better, or may threaten their existence, entirely.

With the arrival of Christmas comes the opportunity for Maura to draw close to everyone she loves—and finally reunite with Ron, her long-distance boyfriend. But permanence has always eluded her, and in her current state of flux this pattern endures, as fate seems intent on snapping the threads that bind her to those she holds most dear. Maxwell’s good intentions pave a road for Maura, littered with misery, while her mother, Caelyn’s, desire to shield her family from pain may tear her away from them, altogether. The perfect happiness in the young vampire’s grasp is so easily swept away and dragged under, out of reach. Can Maura erupt from the darkness and confusion to break the surface and find the life she’s always dreamed of?  

In the midst of chaos, assistance materializes in the form of another of her kind—ephemerally beautiful, yet explosively volatile, this new 
vampire may prove capable of unlocking the puzzle-box Maxwell seems intent on securing from her sight. Maura will discover the darkest parts of herself in her quest to understand the being she is destined to become. Her newfound friend has some shady intentions of his own—such as thwarting the love that has grown between Maura and Ron. Following in the wake of the impulsive vampire’s misguided instruction may further pull a naive Maura down into the depths of ultimate despair, heartbreak…and even destruction.

Undertow: Death’s Twilight is the second book in the Maura DeLuca trilogy and the sequel to Rising Tide: Dark Innocence. In this dark, urban fantasy, readers will discover a world full of uncommon vampires, troubled romance and a splash of blood—and uniquely devoid of werewolves. The rollercoaster that is Maura’s life continues in this YA, paranormal novel that fans of the Twilight series, Vampire Diaries, and Vampire Academy will love. Reminiscent of the classic Fairy Tale, the characters introduced in this series are at the other end of the spectrum from the vampire found in the age of Bram Stoker and his famous Dracula. Although there are ties to the myths created by Stoker and his timeless novel, the Maura DeLuca story possesses a sprinkle of magic, coupled with ‘monsters’ that—in most cases—retain the majority of their humanity.

Undertow: Death's Twilight by Claudette Melanson
(The Maura DeLuca Trilogy #2)

Undertow: Death's Twilight (Maura DeLuca Trilogy, #2)It has always been Maura and her mother, but after seventeen years, her father has returned and Maura will slowly be fed the realities of her existence and her future. Maura is special, she is one of The Born, thanks to Maxwell, who is to reality what Vlad the Impaler is to fiction and myths. While their family reunion should be one of discovery and joy, another revelation from her mother will break Maura’s heart and leave her alone, just when she needed her father the most. The rollercoaster ride continues for Maura as her life becomes one filled with blood and an unknown future that looms large on the dark horizon.

Maura is changing, she becoming like her father and there is no one to help her, no one to guide her and clearly the myths and commercial knowledge of vampires is useless. Even the first Christmas she has ever experienced as a family is marred when her young love, Ron comes to visit and she finds herself facing the fact that she may never be able to see him again.

Only the chance meeting of a 200 year-old vampire with a cocky attitude and the face of angel gives Maura the information her father didn’t have time to impart, but that very information could mean the death of her dearest friend. Two teens, blind to the seriousness of their actions, caught up in the glamor of vampires and fangs will make one bad decision that could haunt them forever.

Claudette Melanson, talented author of many genres, a true vampire aficionado brings book two of the Maura DeLuca Trilogy, Undertow: Death’s Twilight to life in all of its dark and angst-filled glory. Feel the loss and confusion of one teen, left alone through no fault of her own, her eagerness to please her best friend and her mental immaturity that causes her to make bad choices. Maura feels like a normal teen, adventuresome, unstoppable and unaware of the choices she makes. From the start, I felt for her, her family and just knew something earth-shattering was going to have. Trust me, it does and Ms. Melanson fills each page with some raw realities that raise the tension and suspense to a nerve wrenching pitch!

I absolutely loved Ms. Melanson’s words, put together with breathtaking brilliance and a love for her craft. THIS is great reading for all ages!

I received this copy from Claudette Melanson in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Aggghhhh Squeeeeeeeeeee! I saw this pop up and my heart was in my throat! You liked it! I am fulfilled yet again as an author. Your review is sheer poetry, Di! Thank you!! Fancy a copy of Riptide? lol

    1. You are an amazing author! I, Um already own it! I needed it, like NOW! :)

  2. You are amazing in all you do for authors! Thank you! I am truly honored <3

  3. No werewolves, hmm...LOL I keep meaning to try this series. I'll add it to my series list so I remember this time:)