By- M.A. George
Genre- YA Paranormal
Publication Date- April 16th, 2014
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Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),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.
Ok first of all, how long has it been since I wrote an actual review guys? A LONG time! I did not mean to disappear, I swear! Second, that book trailer is amazing! I adore it! I'm gushing already and I haven't even begun talking about how much I absolutely LOVED this book. So alright, let's jump right in now!
Aqua is a Young Adult Paranormal story about a 17-year-old girl named Layla who lives with her mom and her aunt. Things are a tad bit odd at Layla's house; let me explain--every year on her birthday, Layla and her family pack everything up and move. Every year, without fail. To top that, they ALWAYS live near the ocean. Again, always. On her 17th birthday, Layla finds herself in a new town, just like every year and she meets some shall we say interesting new people and that's when strange things start happening.
This book captured my attention and held it hostage from the very first line. Layla is a kickass narrator and I loved seeing the story unfold through her eyes. She is a fantastic combination of fiery, funny, smart, sarcastic and awkward that I just adore. You can't help but root for her from the very beginning. She is, without a doubt, my favorite character from the book. I have to say Tristan is a very close second; very close! He's handsome and sweet and understanding and all the things we want our dream man to be.
This book has it all: action, suspense, humor, a few twists and even some tender moments. I could not put it down. I loved every single moment of it, start to finish and I sincerely hope the author decides to continue on with Layla's story in the future. This book gets a resounding five hearts from me. I haven't enjoyed a book as much as I did this one in a VERY long time! Thank you to the author for making reading fun for me again.
About the Author-
M. A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.
Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night. Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend). She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).
She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it. And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).
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