Review: Identified: The Maya Price Story – Faith A. Rice-Mills
Maya Price is a happy-go-lucky eighteen-year-old whose life is going just the way she wants it. She’s looking forward to the rest of her life, as well as spending more time with her beloved best friend, Pete. Deep inside, she harbors feelings for him that she wishes she could make known to him. He means the world to her, and she’d do anything to keep him close.
While out on the town one night, she and Pete are involved in a car accident, one that leaves her entire world fractured in more ways than one. For Maya, the events that have begun to unfold make her question her sanity. There’s a stranger who is now intent on saving her life. In her mind, he’s a bit of good fortune that she and Pete could use in the midst of such tragedy. Sadly, the man’s intentions are anything but good.
Transported to another dimension, Maya’s world is soon turned topsy-turvy. Everywhere she looks, nothing is as it seems. She’s now surrounded by a group of shifters, people with extraordinary powers that can manipulate the elements, and change at will. Such a thought is mind-boggling to her, and she does her best to deny what she sees. There’s no way she’s what these people say she is.
Unfortunately, there’s no time to decide as to whether what she’s being told is true or not. The prophecy has been spoken, and the enemy skulks in the darkest corners, ready to pounce on the unsuspecting. War is riding on the horizon, and Maya is the key to bringing prosperity to one of the world’s factions. She just needs to make the right choice. The question is, how can she do that when she’s not even sure that she’s the one the prophecy speaks of?
A truly unique storyline, Identified captures your attention from the get-go. We’re introduced to the loving Maya and her best friend, Pete. Their friendship seems to be very close-knit, and they’re looking forward to spending more time together. Sadly, the car accident changes everything for them.
Faith has taken the idea of shifters a little further, and given this group of rag-tag rebels super powers that will help them make their world a better place. I honestly found the concept quite intriguing, since when I think of shifters, my mind travels to werewolves, werecats, and the like. This is definitely a great start to this series, and I look forward to what’s to come.
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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…
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 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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