BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Earth by Shauna Granger
by Shauna Granger
Elemental Series, Book One
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.
MY THOUGHTS: 3 OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Shay and her two best friends Steven and Jodi share a special bond–they all have affinities for elements. While Steven works with fire and Jodi with air, Shay is the most powerful of the three and can access all elements–her main one being earth. Together they use their powers to help people and but the balance back in nature. But they aren’t prepared for what happens when the sexy twins Ian and Jensen move to town.
Soon, it becomes clear that someone is upsetting the balance of their town–making sacrifices and using dark magic. Shay is haunted by dreams that show her what’s going on. Together she and her friends must find out who’s behind the evil, and stop it before it goes too far.
I felt kind of so-so about this book. It started out promising, but as it went on I liked the main character less, and I saw the ending coming.
The part I loved most about this book was learning a bit about witchcraft and how it is related to nature. Though throughout the books, the characters never expressly call themselves witches, that is how I thought of them in my mind.
Shay was alright to me–at first. Though she is the most powerful of her friends, I am not sure how that made her their leader. She’s lucky they stayed friends with her at all. Shay came off bitchy and bossy on several occasions.
Steven was the gay best friend, and Jodi didn’t have much personality at all. More than once, it seemed they were sharing looks or conversations behind Shay’s back…which with her behavior, maybe she deserved. (A little note that drove me crazy–Steven’s devout, Mexican Catholic family has problems with him doing “magic” but not with him being gay? It seems that should be the bigger issue.)
Although there was a semblance of a romance between Shay and Jensen, it felt a bit forced to me. They didn’t really have much interaction at all, and most of it was snarky head games. But maybe they’ll be closer in the next book.
Basically, all the action came at the end, and I felt the buildup was a bit disappointing. You could tell who the “bad guy” was gonna be. Though I was thrown off a bit at first, I figured out what would happen about halfway through the book.
I’m interested to know more about the others’ powers…I have a feeling things from Jodi or Steven’s point of view would be a little more tolerable. I felt this was a respectable start for a series, but the main character’s attitude ruined it for me.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE ELEMENTAL SERIES:
It was a rough start to the school year for Shayna and her friends, Jodi and Steven, but thankfully summer break is near. Trying to sort out her feelings for the new guy in town, Shayna agrees to let Jensen join her on a group date with her friends. While out they end up at a local coffee house where their classmate, social outcast Jeremy McCormick, is humiliated by his baseball star brother. When Jeremy runs away from the jeering crowd, Shayna and Jodi hear the unmistakable sound of a thousand wings chasing after him, but no one else seems to hear them. These are not like any air elementals that Shayna or Jodi have ever encountered before and they fear Jeremy has gotten himself tangled up in something too dangerous for him to handle. But when Shayna tries to help Jeremy control his magical abilities she realizes it might be the biggest mistake of her life.
Shayna’s first surfing session of the summer is interrupted by the screams of a mother who has lost her little boy in the water. Without regard to her own safety, Shayna swims out, rescues the boy, but must escape the clutches of something far worse than she could have ever imagined – mermaids.
Compelled to answer the sirens’ call, the boys of Shayna’s town are drawn to the sea, but when they return are afflicted by an unknown illness, a sickness which is draining them of their life force. Unable to tell anyone about the mermaids, Shayna and her friends are forced to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and in doing so, Shayna will finally have to face the full force of her powers. Whether she’s ready or not, she will have to face her true nature.
About the Author
I don’t do well talking about myself. So as basics go, I have recently self-published the first two books in my Elemental Series, Earth and Air, Young Adult Urban Fantasy novels. Look for the third installment, Water, coming in 2012!
I have been working on the Elemental Series for the last four years and plan for it to be a 5 book series. It was a hard decision to self-publish but it’s been an exciting and terrifying ride.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dyingechoes , @dyingechoes
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