Caelyn was in the kitchen, pouring coffee into a travel mug to take to the office. Her eyes popped wide when she saw me bound around the corner. “Maura? Your hair is up?”
I rolled my eyes, but to be honest, her surprise was justified. This really was a first. I tried to smile nonchalantly, and shrugged. “I wanted to try it out.”
“Weird…but ok…” She shrugged as well and turned back to the counter. I was on my way to the cabinet to dig out my favorite honey-flavored cereal, when my mom’s arm came across my path to block me. In her hand was a plateful of scrambled eggs.
“Here, Maura, why don’t you eat this?” my look of disappointment caused her to use an infallible tactic—guilt. “I got up early to make them for you.”
“And…what’s wrong with cereal?” I took the plate obligingly.
She tried to sound indifferent, but I noticed the nervous tremble, underlying, in her voice. “It’s time you put more protein into your diet.”
“Mom, I’m almost seventeen, and you pick now to become more concerned with my diet.”
“You’re right, I should have done that a long time ago.” She patted my head affectionately, and of course with that, the battle was over for me. I was now resigned to the eggs, my sugary, morning fix lost to me.
I took a whiff. A cook Caelyn was not…that was another reason I took on kitchen duty, but they smelled mouthwatering. “Mmmmm,” I surprised myself by scooping a wad of them up with my fingers, not bothering to grab a fork. I wolfed half the plateful down in this manner before I noticed my mother staring at me open-mouthed.
I laughed nervously, blushing profusely. “Hey! You’re right, protein is good.” I didn’t want to, but forced myself to take the time to fetch silverware and went to sit at the dining room table.
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Maura's life just can't get any worse...or can it?
Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura's never been the best at making friends. Unusually pale with a disease-like aversion to the sun, she seems to drive her classmates away, but why?
Even her own father deserted her, and her mother, before Maura was born. Bizarre physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, drive Maura to fear for her own life. And her luck just seems to get worse.
Life is about to become even more bewildering when her mother's abrupt...and unexplained...decision to move a country away sets off a chain of events that will change Maura forever. A cruel prank turned deadly, the discovery of love and friendship....and its loss, as well as a web of her own mother's lies, become obstacles in Maura's desperate search for a truth she was never prepared to uncover.
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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance
Rating – PG
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