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Reviewed by Carol Coetzee for Readers' Favorite
I found Undertow: Death's Twilight an immensely delightful and enjoyable read. This is the second book in the Maura DeLuca Trilogy by Claudette Melanson, and deals with teenage Maura as she reaches the age of transformation from human to vampire. She is one of The Born, a vampire conceived by a human mother and vampire father. Her father returns to help with this transformation and her best friend, Susie, comes to live with Maura and her family at this awkward time. Maura has a lot to deal with between the changes in her body, her friendship with Susie, her love for Ron, her boyfriend, her father in her life for the first time, and her mother's strange behavior. A tumultuous time in any teenager's life becomes a strange and frightening time for Maura.
Undertow: Death's Twilight by Claudette Melanson is a wonderful take on vampirism and very different to any other vampire novel I have read! Myths are turned upside down, and the entire story takes wonderful twists and turns, keeping you glued to the pages. Maxwell is a stunning and mysterious father, overly protective, which leads to some hilarious scenes between them. I laughed as much as I cried. A tale that will grip your heart and squeeze, then suddenly release you into a restful state, to grip you yet again! Maura's desire to keep Susie in her life leads to great tragedy and painful life lessons. Undertow encompassed wonderful humor and also terrible sadness, tragedy, fear; everything you need in a great read! I certainly can't wait for the last book in the trilogy. It is going to be amazing!