My name wasn’t Mink, it was Maura. The embarrassing nickname was given to me by my mother because of the particular brown of my hair. Mom had told me I was born with a large shock of it on my head and it reminded her right away of a mink cap. Attractive…. But my real name had been a constant source of bother to me, so much that I would cringe almost anytime I heard someone speak it aloud. I had looked its meaning up one time, hoping for something generic, like “flower” or “happiness,” only to be stuck with “Sea of Bitterness,” glaring back at me from the web page. When I’d growled this discovery at my mother, her apologetic tone made me see that the dark meaning wasn’t an accident.
“It was a hard time for me, Mink,” she said casting her cat-green eyes down, “but really, don’t you think it’s a pretty name?”
I hadn’t known what to say in response. In time, I resigned myself to accepting that I was just a part of the disappointment that seemed to overwhelm her life. I knew that I was a constant reminder of my father, whom she’d lost before I was born. He had been the most magical thing she’d ever experienced, she’d told me once. I guess you could say I was the consolation prize she got stuck with. I tried hard to make up for his absence, but finally realized that none of my efforts could ever completely repair the fissure in her heart. The realization wasn’t enough to make me stop trying, though.
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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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