Page Number: 359
Series: Darkness Rising Trilogy - Book 1
When I first picked up this book, I was a little apprehensive. I really enjoyed the first trilogy in this series, and I missed reading about the characters, but I didn't want my view of those books to be affected if I didn't like this new set of characters. Silly me thinking I'd be disappointed.
Maya lives in a medical research town on Vancouver Island so small it's not even on the map. Strange things start happening around the claustrophobic town, and Maya is determined to get to the bottom of them. When the new boy in town, Rafe, starts taking an interest in Maya, she soon learns he's harboring dark secrets. And one of those secrets may be connected to his interest in her: her paw-print birthmark.
First of all, I love that this story is set in Canada. In a national park, no less. It was a stark contrast to New York where the first trilogy was set. A huge portion of this story takes place out in the forest, and I kind of wanted to go out and read in the woods near my house just so I could be more involved with the story.
Maya was an interesting character. She was so different from Chloe. Where Chloe was shy and sweet Maya was outgoing and direct. I really need to stop comparing these books. I'm curious to learn more about what Maya is. Her powers were defined only vaguely, and I've never read about anyone quite like her. On to Rafe. I didn't feel an immediate connection with Rafe, and I kept second guessing him. I did like him, just not as much as I hoped. I might grow fonder of him in the next books. Daniel was a character I really liked. He was protective and sweet, and he and Maya had a wonderful relationship. Maya's parents... What? Yes, she has parents. She has a normal (sort of), close, caring relationship with her parents. I loved every scene between the three of them, as Maya was constantly teasing them.
Then there was the cliff-hanger, that I was dreading, but knew would be there. Sigh. Now I want the second book all the more. I need to know what happens because I am hooked!
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