Review of ‘Earth’ (#1 of Elementals series)
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.
What I thought
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, tense
Shauna Granger’s novel is not the first I have read recently in which teenager’s draw on elemental energy to use ‘magic’. Maybe due to this fact or because of the back story and detailed description of her characters I found it took time to relax into ‘Earth’. However, once the story developed I found myself fully involved in the plot – Shauna Granger’s pace of writing increased, along with the intensity and I think her use of description became a useful tool as the frightening events were more accessible to the reader.
Although I found Shay a guarded and focused character I really enjoyed the friendship portrayed between the three main characters and often the humorous banter shared between them provided much needed light-hearted relief!! I cannot wait to read Steven’s story 🙂
I also found it really refreshing that Shauna Granger only intimated at romance and it did not become the full focus of her story.
After the slow-ish start I really did enjoy the book and look forward to the sequels, especially if they all have climaxes like this one!
I recommend this book to fans of ‘The Secret Circle’ or similar.
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.