Series: The Maya Price Story #1
Publication Date: December 3, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Synopsis: Maya Price is a typical eighteen-year-old girl without much going on in her life. Her biggest problems include getting ready to leave her hometown for college, figuring out how to avoid her ever-so-strange stepmother, and trying to muddle through her feelings for her best friend, Pete. Yet, on one of her last nights in her hometown, she and Pete are in a car accident. A stranger pulls Maya from the accident, leaving Pete behind, and takes her out of this world and into another dimension.
Maya soon discovers that she has been taken to a dimension called Leets by a group of people that call themselves shifters. Shifters are of mixed human and onyx blood and have various abilities. These shifters are able to travel between dimensions and control the four elements (fire, earth, wind, water) and the five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste). Their leader, Victoria, informs Maya that she, too, is a shifter and that she must choose to join them or risk being sought out by their greatest enemy, a shifter named Leonas.
Maya joins Victoria and her ragtag group of rebel shifters in Leets, where she is teamed up with a group of seven other shifters. Her new "teammates" include a street-smart girl named Luz, who is especially adept at controlling fire, her twin sister Espy, and a nervous boy named Lamar, who can manipulate sound better than any other shifter. Together, Maya’s team trains for the battle that will soon be inevitable.
However, Maya soon learns that her purpose is not to just move the earth or send water flying into the air. There are rumors of a hidden prophecy and that the prophecy mentions Maya by name. Supposedly, the prophecy says that Maya will one day have to choose a side and will be essential in bringing her chosen ally to power...
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Meet The Author:
Faith A. Rice-Mills is the author of Identified: The Maya Price Story and a handful of short stories. She moonlights as a Spanish teacher, but has wanted to be a writer since she wrote the poem “The Jackowhipp’s Wail” as an eight-year-old. Her writer’s spirit resides somewhere between Narnia and Mount Doom, but her physical body lives in Texas with her family. Besides writing, she loves reading (and will take recommendations!), yoga, coloring with her daughter, and watching Parks and Recreation with her husband. She dislikes snakes, the word “literally,” and teaching double object pronouns in Spanish. She is currently working on Burdened, the second book in The Maya Price Story series and is writing whatever short story she has to get out of her brain.
I received Identified: The Maya Price Story by Faith A. Rice-Mills from the publisher for my honest review on their book tour.
Imagine waking up one day and not knowing that sometime that day you will find out that you have some sort of powers and have to leave your family to help people fight against the enemy. This is what happens to Maya Price, this book is her interesting and powerful story.
I’m not sure what it is but lately I’ve been reading books that contain characters with crazy super powers and every time I pick one up I’m skeptical but everytime I end up loving them, and that did not change with this book either I loved it! The thing about these kind of books is that they never get boring because there are never powers that are exactly alike. For example Maya has the power to manipulate the earth and its resources very easily which is something I haven’t seen before but it was very useful to her.
My favorite part of this book was that at the end of every chapter there was something special like an entry from Maya’s diary or a letter from someone in her family or friend circle. I enjoyed this so much because it gave you a short break from the story so that when you get back into it you are excited to see what’s going on with the characters.
The whole two dimensions thing was pretty cool as well, especially how they got back and forth between the two dimensions but one thing that I did not like about that is that humans can’t handle going back and forth so basically people like Maya can’t really have human relationships unless she were to stay on earth, which really sucks!
The characters in this book were really enjoyable like the twins Espy and Luz I loved how they obviously looked exactly the same but they had completely different attitudes and completely different powers as well. The only thing that I did not like that was incorporated with their characters was that they often spoke in spanish. Now this is good and bad good because when their spanish was small I could understand what they were saying but when there were long statements in spanish I could not understand them and that annoyed me. I also enjoyed Paige’s character and not only because we have the same name but also because she seemed like me more or less she did not talk much throughout the book and that is me all the way. Again though there was a part in the beginning of the book where she was being interviewed and even though I finished the book I still don’t understand why that interview was added but I wish I did.
Overall the book gets a 4.5 ouf of 5 stars it was phenomenal and I cannot wait for book 2!
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