Air (Elemental #2)
October 31, 2011
Paperback 258 pages
An ePub was provided
by YA Bound for review
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.
We’re back with the magical trio of Shayna the Earth elemental, Jodi, the Air elemental, and Steven, the Fire elemental. All three have powers, all three have magical powers that they use to defeat other beings. And in this case, that person is Jeremy, the goth loner boy who is bullied by his older brother at a poetry reading. When the trio witness thousands of beating wings surrounding them, they realize that Jeremy may be dangerous, and helping him could cost them their lives.
I really enjoy this series. There’s so much to read about. The power within Shay keeps growing in each book, and I can’t help but wonder how strong she actually is. She was rather controlling and I guess you have to be if you’re the strongest and the leader, but I guess what I’m saying is maybe she could have relaxed a bit. Her bossy ways really annoyed the other two. Jodi and Steven are back as supporting characters and I rather enjoy their dynamic relationship. They’re all such wonderful and loyal friends, you can’t help but want to say “Awww.” (Yes some parts are cheesy.) I grow to admire how powerful they are when they use their powers together. It’s all very open and raw. I can’t help but remember how the trio’s teamwork reminds me of the TV show Captain Planet. They all had elements too.
Love the visualizations that Shauna Granger has evoked in the elemental series. She writes her action scenes so well that I always have a movie reel playing in my head. And not to mention those spells that they say all rhyme and I always loved any book or movie that had anything to do with magic.
What I need more of is how their powers came to be. There is no explanation as to how they received it. It was rather assumed that they were just born with it. There are several clues, but no questions have been answered, so please Shauna, add more history into it.
“If you know something bad is happening to someone, you don’t ignore it just because it doesn’t affect you directly,”—Shay
“Hi, Mr. and Mrs. McCormack, I know this sounds crazy, but your son, Jeremy? Well, he has supernatural abilities and can communicate with faeries and seems to have gotten himself mixed up with an evil faerie; a Sylph to be exact. We have reason to believe that he’s on his way here to try to hurt you or, worse, kill you. But never fear! We, two teenage girls, are here to save the day!”—Shay
“After so many years, the king’s thoughts broke into mine, you learn that eternal life is not a blessing, as many fantasize.”
Water (Elemental #2)
June 19, 2012
Paperback, Kindle Format, 216 pages
An ePub was provided
by YA Bound for review
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.
Shay gets caught up in a fight with some dangerous sea creatures and as always has help from her two very best friends Jodi and Steven who are also teenagers with extraordinary magical powers. Together they must stop the the sea creatures before they drain the sleepy town’s souls one by one.
Definitely my favourite of the series so far. Why? Because it’s about sea creatures. In this case, it’s about water nymphs. Or as everyone knows, thanks to Disney, mermaids. (My favourite Disney movie!) I loved the plot behind this one and it was definitely fast paced. Even for me. I generally felt that the plot was moving quickly, and there were no slow parts which is a great thing because I hate slow moving plots. Every chapter had something to add to the storyline and I was rather thankful that it wasn’t longer that 300 pages. (Sometimes I get so bored when it’s too descriptive..)
There’s more focus on the storyline than any of the character development, unless you count Shayna’s growing powers. I also liked how they finally argue in this one. Not every friendship is perfect and to know that the teens in this book fight like regular normal teens is realistic. There is very little romance in Water, but there is a scene that has some mild passion, so I am warning anyone who is younger than sixteen to be wary of that.
I always thought Water is the natural element more so that Air, but I guess since Jodi is an Elemental, she could control both? What I didn’t understand was the extended paranormal aspect of who and what the Elemental trio are. I just couldn’t picture them to be the beings that was described at in the end. Maybe it’s because it’s mixing the two genres together that confused me. I sure hope to find out more because I would really want to know. I can’t wait until Fire comes out. I’m not even sure if that’s the last book in the series.
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.
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And to my readers (or fans of my covers), I have beautiful bookmarks that I would love to share with you. If you’d like one, drop me a note with your contact info and I’d be happy to send you one!
There is a signed copy of each paperback, Earth, Air and Water and a matching bookmark for each. There is a mini Jack-o-lantern (that I carved) and an awesome, sparkly candle (electric) and some fun Halloween treats that include candy, stickers and copy of one of my favorite Halloween movies, Monster House. (US only)
3 other winners will also receive a ebook from the series, winner’s choice from Earth, Air or Water. (Open Internationally)