Identified: The Maya Price Story
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'm not really sure how to start of this review for some reason. I guess first I should say that the prologue sucked me in rather quickly. Unfortunately much of the rest of the story felt slow for me. We're given information about Maya's adoptive family and the town she lived in. The first, I don't know, quarter, third, of the book, I'm kind of like "I please something happen now."
There were also, I'm not really sure what to call them, intervals, I guess, between chapters. They were diary entries, letters, etc. from varies characters, for me they seemed a little off and didn't seem to flow with where they were placed. I probably could have done without them, honestly some of them left me a little confused anyway. Not to say that I didn't like them or anything, they just felt out of place to me.
I know I usually like to talk about how much I like the characters in a book (or maybe don't like the characters), however, in Identified I can't really say that I liked the character or that I didn't. The characters were just kind of blah whatever to me. I can't really say that I cared much about them, not even Maya who is obviously the main character. Actually, when I think about it, for some reason she kind of annoyed me. I did like the story and I wanted to know where it was going, which was the main reason why I continued reading. Does that sound strange?
I'm not really sure if this is something that I would want to reread. I haven't really given myself much time to think about it. I also struggled with what I would rate it.
I have given Identified a 3/5.
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 reaGooding (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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