RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2015
AUTHOR: M.A. George
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal.
SUMMARY:Meet Layla McKelland:
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),
Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),
International Woman of Mystery, and…
Okay, just scratch the bio.
The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene. Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.
Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels. The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt. And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.
When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction. And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water.
Especially not water.
*I have received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.*
Aqua is a refreshing take on a paranormal genre and we get to meet a new paranormal being that can live in water and on land. It’s the first book that I’ve read from the author. It’s unique concept piqued my interest and I didn’t have any expectations when I got this book. It’s got a nice plot, dynamic characters and all I can say is that I pretty much liked it but it wasn’t amazing enough for me to love it.
The story is about 17 year old girl Layla McKelland who lives with her mom and her aunt. On every year of her birthday, Layla’s family is moved from one coastal place to another coastal place without any questions. Now it’s Layla’s 17th birthday and it’s time for them to move to another new place but something exciting awaits for her in the near future which completely changes her fate. At the new place she meets two guys named Tristan and Pyke who may be not ordinary as they seem. When Layla witnesses Pyke transforming into something else she couldn’t believe her own eyes. After She was attacked in her own house by an unknown force she couldn’t take it anymore and confronts Tristan for the answers, who claims he knows more about her father and also about herself which she wasn’t aware of. Later she learns that she is actually not a human and her father is someone important which automatically makes her a target for everyone who opposes him. Now Layla has to deal with a war she wasn’t aware of and also her developing feelings for Tristan.
Layla is sassy, sarcastic, tough character who I’ve liked her better at the start but later she turned out to be more annoying than I thought which made me lose interest in her. Tristan is sweet, caring and a total gentleman who always feels protective towards Layla not just because it’s his job. Pyke is a total bad boy who always likes to get on Layla’s nerves. He may act like a bad guy but there is a goodness inside of him and that is what I like about him. As for the relationship, there isn’t any insta-attraction between Tristan and Layla instead their relationship developed slowly with friendship which I totally admire but the sad thing is I felt the lack of chemistry between them.
The plot was good but honestly I liked the first and last part of the book the most and all the training sessions with Tristan left me bored. There isn’t much world building in it which is a disappointment for me because I was looking forward to it when I picked it up. Another issue of mine is the pacing of the plot which seemed slow at most of the parts. As for the characters, they are quite good but I had trouble connecting with pyke because he is mostly AWOL in this book and I’d really like to know more about him. I liked the Author’s Writing Style, it was witty and realistic. Despite it’s flaws, Aqua is a great start for a new fantasy series.
Overall, it’s a good fantasy book for YA readers. I hope it’s sequel would be much better with better world building. Even though I had issues with some aspects of this book, It’s a unique read and definitely worth a try.
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