Identified: The Maya Price Story by Faith A. Rice-Mills
Series: The Maya Price Story series, #1
Publication date: December 3rd 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
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...
I have been fascinated with the idea of parallel dimensions for a long time. Sometimes it’s like stepping through a curtain and into another world; sometimes it’s jumping through a time portal; sometimes it’s catching glimpses of the others through the shadows. “Identified” takes it a step further with a different race of people including the hybrids of unions between this race of beings and humans. These hybrids are known as shifters and because of their unique heritage of half-onyx and half-human, they can move between the two worlds. Maya Price is a shifter, although she doesn’t know it until the night of the high school graduation party when the hunters come to find her.
The story is rich, the characters interesting, the plot fascinating. The flow of action is broken by excerpts from interrogations, journal entries, deep thoughts from the future from different characters. This gives added depth to the story, helping you to understand a little bit more about each character, a little bit more about the story line. While the pace isn’t as fast as other books, it certainly is a compelling read. I could do with more explanations on the rebellion and Leonas and even Maya’s birth mother’s story, as we only get a glimpse of that.
I read this book on my kindle (ecopy for book tour/review purposes) and my heart started to drop when I realized I was at 90% and there wasn’t a conclusion yet. Not even the makings of one! And then at 94% I wanted to cry as the book ended. I read on to see what I could expect in the next book and now I patiently wait to hear more of when it is due and when it is coming out.
About 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.
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