Author: Shauna Granger
Format: Paperback and eBook
Source: Purchased with Intent
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Elemental Series # 1
Best Read in Order: yes
Purchase Now: Amazon
About the Book:
Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start. Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.
Let me start by saying that if you are a fan of the television show Charmed (the early years – not near the end) you will enjoy this book. While not at all derivative, it does have a similar “feel” to the characters, and the fact that we start with a trio doesn’t hurt that feeling at all.
So – premise wise, the story was interesting: three magical friends with the power to manipulate the elements. While I would have liked to have seen more use and manipulation of those elements, the magic that was practiced did have some new twists, and the addition of old magic into the mix helped to increase the potential danger factor: especially after the bad guy(s) came to town. That mystery element was fairly easy to unravel, but the ride to the end was particularly satisfying and enjoyable, and didn’t feel like a major spoiler.
I like that the characters have friends that are non-magical, in fact they are fairly ordinary teens with fairly common concerns and problems, with the addition of the few twists from their magic. It gave the characters more depth, and added to the sense that you could know them: were you in the book.
Granger has managed to set up the story and the elementals in such a way that you want to continue on with the story: and since there are 5 planned books in the series and 4 are released at present: this is a great weekend read. It was a fun read, easy and not too challenging, perfect for poolside or the beach – or for curling up on a rainy summer day. There are some moments of strong language (the f-bomb is dropped) and some minor editing glitches, but noting dramatically distracting from the overall enjoyment of the story.
I purchased a copy with intention to feature at Children Read week at I am Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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