Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 16, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
Reading Challenges: Clean Sweep ARC
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Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),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 really enjoyed Aqua by M.A. George. It is a young adult paranormal, but it felt different than your typical book. For one thing, romance is certainly present in the story, but it was not the driving force. And for another, the main character Layla had to work VERY hard at developing her “abilities”. She was not super powerful overnight. To put it simply, Aqua is an excellent book. The progression and pacing are detailed and purposeful. The characters are fleshed out and fully developed and the relationships are never forced. Layla moves to a new house in a new city and state every year like clockwork on her birthday. Her mom and her aunt pack up everything and move to a new house. Always somewhere along the coast though. This time, they moved to Texas. Where Layla meets two guys down at the beach. One of which disappeared for quite a long time under the water and then inexplicably turned up completely dry on the beach minutes later. And that is just the start of the weird events for Layla. Obviously you know the book has to do something with Water. But I am not telling you exactly what that is. I will tell you that you that there are two guys: Tristan and Pyke, there is no love triangle, you may hate Pyke, you may love Pyke, you will probably love Tristan (I do!), and that the writing is excellent and will make you not want to put the book down. This book is on the longer end, so some of the scenes in the middle of the book felt kind of dragged out. It is slower paced than your average young adult book because the author takes you through all of the preparation before the action. I liked it because it felt completely realistic. If a teenage girl suddenly has her world turned upside down and supernatural introduced into it, she might not be an overnight superstar at whatever her ability is. Layla had to work at it. I haven’t seen that in a long time in books. Plus the romance with Tristan is about as opposite of insta love as it gets in books. They don’t even kiss until 80% into the story…of a 600 page book. I’m not sure if there is going to be a sequel or not…the ending kind of leaves that open, but I certainly hope that there is. I want to see more of everyone. Even Pyke.
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