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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Elemental Series by Shauna Granger Blog Tour: Earth (Book 1) Review @dyingechoes and #ElementalBlogTour

Hey guys! Today I'm featuring a review for EARTH, book one in the Elemental series, as part of the blog tour going on all week! Elemental was an awesome book and the start to what I'm sure will be an excellent 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.
I've always enjoyed stories where the characters magics are based on the elements. The idea of being able to control the various elements is such a fascinating thing, and really the possibilities are endless. Shay, Jodi and Steven are such an awesome group of friends. They are connected by their shared powers, but their bond is so much more than that. I loved the teasing and banter back and forth between them, not to mention the way they were able to communicate with only each other. I think it'd be awesome to be able to carry out secret conversations, or convey specific emotions, just by touching.
When the story starts, the three of them are planning to contact the angels to get some help for a friend of theirs, who is in a seriously abusive relationship. They think it's worked, and much faster than they imagined, but then weird things start happening and Shayna senses something much more sinister is at work.
This book is full of twists and all kinds of crazy happenings. People aren't necessarily who you think they are and you will be flipping pages to see how it's all going to go. This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to seeing what kinds of situations this gang finds themselves in next. Lots of magic, great friendships, twists and surprises. Definitely one worth picking up :0)
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.
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.

AND...Shauna is giving away some seriously awesome prizes for the tour! Check it out:

Grand Prize:

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)
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