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

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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.

My thoughts:

 I really enjoyed this book as much as the first one if not even a little more. While it definitely is a YA book it is not childish and keeps your attention as an adult.

This book starts up pretty much where “Rising Tide” ended and I enjoyed that we don’t have a huge time gap between the story and books.

We get to meet a few new characters in this book and one big one that is her father. Another new character that I really like was Vlad and I hope we get more of him in the next book.

In this book Maura has to accept and learn about what she is about to become and that is not all that easy to her. First to learn about Vampires and that she is about to become one herself is hard enough. Like all that is not enough to deal with she also gets to know her father more, (who actually moves in with her and her mom). A lot of things are happening in this book and without giving to many spoilers , some things are happening to her mom that will change her and her family but also her best friend Susie is going through some pretty rough things and becomes a big part of Maura’s life.

And let’s not forget Ron, well things are not as rosy for them either and things become complicated for them as well and I cannot wait to see how it all works out for them at the end.

This book was a great fast read with action, heartbreak, romance and suspense and the end is a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read the third and final book to find out what will happen to Maura, her friends and family.

The only minor thing I (personally) dint really care for was the fact that she called her father “dad” from the very beginning. I find it kind of odd she has never met him and or lived with him but calls him dad from the very beginning. But like I said it is minor and my personal opinion and doesn’t take anything away from the story.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and rate it at 4 ½ ★

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*I received a free ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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