Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Water

Title - Water
Author - Shauna Granger
Series or Standalone - Book 3 in the Elemental series
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal
Publication June 19th 2012
(Goodreads)& (Amazon)
Rating 4 out of 5


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.


I received this book as part of the YA Bound Book Tour. School has ended and they are all hoping that the excitement has died down enough to enjoy a relaxing summer. While on her first day of surfing Shayna is drawn to the screams of a hysterical mother because she can't find her her son Toby. Shayna heads into the water to search and finds the boy was taken by mermaids, but they aren't your typical mermaids. There are the mermaids of nightmares and Toby said that they called him into the water to play. She free's Toby and returns him to his mother however she seems to have drawn the attention of the mermaids because while getting ready to leave the beach she can see them out deep in the water watching her.

Shayna tells Jodi and Steven about her experience with the mermaids who agree they should look into it because they would hate to have another kid go missing. They don't know much about water elementals because neither of them really are water, but Shayna would the closest since she can control all of the elements. Since they all lack the information they need to figure out what's in the ocean the trio heads off to do research. The girls drag Steven to check out the beach and even get him into the water to see if the mermaids call to him, even though he's not thrilled. Steven like the little boy is drawn deeper into the water as if called by the mermaids, thankfully he has the girls to keep him safe. The trio heads off to find out more about the creatures in the water. As the story progress more boys go missing return as if drained of life and sick with a unknown illness. With the threat in the water as well as the red tide that's rolled in no one is safe in the water. Finding out how to save the boys from the creatures in the water will test them all to the brink changing their lives forever. To save the two boys the trio will need the help of Debs coven of witches since the trio is elementals.

I'm a huge water fan after all I am a pieces so of course this book called to me more then the first two.  Totally didn't see Shayna as the surfing type but I think it fits the story well, and gives a good reason why they are checking out the water elementals. I found it interesting that when it comes to research the trio resorts to fairy tales, I really liked that aspect of the book. I was a little disappointed to see the relationship with Jensen is slowly starting to fade away, he's such a great guy and I think Shayna needs him to help ground her. I like they have their little bookstore where they can be who they really are and find all answers elemental. I also like how different the elemental magic is to your traditional magical powers from books. I found book three so far to be my favorite it's action packed a little more on the darker side then the first one but I like that aspect of it more. Overall I really like the series but I love book three, except for the whole Jensen issue maybe it will be fixed in the next book.

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