Thursday, 18 July 2013

Blog Tour: Identified: The Maya Price Story by Faith A. Rice-Mills. Review and Giveaway!

Title: Identified: The Maya Price Story 
Author: 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...



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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My Review

3/5 stars

When I first saw the blurb for this book I thought it would be really interesting. I was not disappointed with the story.

I loved the prologue as it was directed at the reader and seemed to be very cleverly written.

However as I went on to read the first chapter it was no longer written this way which seemed confusing. I found it hard to read in the beginning as there was a lot of unnecessary descriptions. The layout of the paragraphs and the format were not aesthetically pleasing which made me want to stop reading it. 

However, I am glad that I continued to read it as the story was worth continuing on. Without spoiling anything I will just say that I look forward to the next book in the series. 

There was a lot going on which would usually capture my attention and leave me on the edge of my seat but unfortunately I was constantly distracted by the too-long descriptions and unappealing layout. 

I did like the story but overall my impression had to include the experience I had while reading it and this was it.


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