Thursday, June 27, 2013

Identified: The Maya Price Story by Faith A. Rice-Mills

Maya Price is a typical eighteen-year-old girl without many worries. 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 though her feelings for her best friend, Pete. Yet, 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, 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 at a training camp called Level One. he is teamed up with a group of seven other shifters, including a streetsmart 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 battles 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...

If you are looking for a new young adult fantasy, look no further. Identified: the Maya Price Story is a page-turning adventure with many subplots and themes that I'm sure will be further explored in new installments.  At least I hope so!

While I did like Maya as the story unfolded, she is a fierce heroine, I gradually began to question her choices.  But whereas most young adult fiction leaves it at that, Mills creates Maya to be accountable for her actions and the consequences they bring about.  All of the characters are relatable and I quickly became invested in the story.  Two dimensions, vividly depicted, and written in a third person perspective (Maya's), had me quickly turning the pages to see what would happen next.  I also really liked the journal entries from another character or Maya from a future time, that gives clues to future occurrences or more detail on the past.

All in all, a very stellar read and I can't wait to read the next one! By the end of the book, I was frantic to find out what happens next!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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