Author: M.A. George
Series: Aqua, book 1
Genre: Paranormal, Young-Adult
Page count and format: 299 pages, Ebook
Published: April 16th 2014 by Smashwords (first published April 14th 2014)
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair), Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),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.
The blurb and the cover of Aqua drew me in. The cover is really beautiful and unique and the blurb, yep totally sold me. This book was definitely like a breath of fresh air and the concept was totally unique. I mean I don’t remember reading any book where one could materialise onself in water. Have you? So moving on to the review part…
The story revolves around a girl named Layla who lives with her mother and aunt. Each year during her birthday they relocate to a different place. Although she is frustrated by this constant changing, she doesn’t question her elders. But one thing about their relocated place always remains the same, they always move somewhere near the coast or the water. She meets two guys at the new place at the beach- Tristan and Pyke and then she sees Pyke completely materialising into water which stuns her, she is certain she has gone mad until she is actually attacked in her home where she seems to drown in her kitchen where Tristan comes to her rescue. After this incident nothing remains the same as she comes to learn about the whole truth and also the truth about herself and what she is.
I loved the plot, it was totally different from anything I have ever read. Layla learns that her family belongs to an underwater kingdom and they have adapted to live outside the water as well. And they have the capability to transform fully into water. I mean how cool is that! She also learns that her father was a leader of the rebel group in their kingdom because the government there was against the human community while her father wanted to live in harmony with them. But unfortunately they had captured him and all these years her mother has been searching for him endlessly. The plot was full of action and I never felt bored for a second.
The characters were great. Layla was a total bookish character, she was introvert and preferred hiding behind a book rather than socialising. She also loved to write. When at first she saw the bizarre occurrence she thought she had completely gone crazy and when Tristan told her the truth she fled from the scene, her reaction was completely natural. I think I would have done the same, well if I hadn’t fainted at the sight of someone turning into water in front of my very eyes. 😛 It took her sometime but then she handled things maturely although what she did towards the end was a bit childish but oh well, all well that ends well. I specially loved her inner monologue, they were humorous and totally funny.
I liked Tristan. He was gorgeous, smart and caring. Although he was trusted with the role of a bodyguard for Layla, they were friends first. The romance was well built, they slowly moved from friendship to love though the romantic aspect is a minor factor in this novel. Another character worth mentioning is Pyke. I think he’s going to play an important role in the following novel and I sense a love triangle brewing. This time I secretly hope I’m right. *SIGHS* I always end up rooting for the bad guy. Though he’s not actually bad, he is Tristan’s friend and he loves to get on Layla’s nerves. They sort of called a truce between them at the end where he agreed to help Layla and they “almost” became friends. I definitely want to read more of him in the next book.
The writing was descriptive and vivid. I liked it but it was a problem for me as well. I felt it was too descriptive at some places causing the pace to slow down. And at times I felt it was dragging because of the same reason. That’s why at first I had a bit of problem in getting into the story but after a while I fell into the rhythm and I didn’t face a problem anymore. But I have to say, I liked her writing style which was really beautiful.
Overall, the plot was definitely unique and different than any other novel I’ve read before. The characters were great and I liked them although they sometime got on my nerves. The romance was okay, it didn’t play a major role in this novel and the writing was descriptive and beautiful. I’m definitely looking forward to read more works by this author. Actually I already have the first two books in her Proximity series and I can’t wait to dig in.
Definitely yes if you love fantasy although the plot moves a bit slowly towards the beginning but it picks up its speed soon enough.
So guys have you drowned in this one yet? Or are you getting ready to do that? Share your thoughts with moi!