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Author: M.A. George
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication date: April 16th 2014
Source: Review copy
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Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack...seventeen is a bit early to despair),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.
Aqua is the first novel I've read by M.A. George and definitely won't be the last! This book has it all - great characters, plenty of action, mysterious happenings, and snarky dialogue. Oh, the dialogue! Sheer genius! I laughed out loud a countless number of times, especially with the ever-changing, colorful descriptions Layla gave Pyke.
Right from the start I felt Layla and I are kindred spirits with our mutual love of writing. I just really loved this girl! I felt for her and couldn't believe she has to move every year on her birthday. Layla, her mother, and aunt literally spend Layla's birthday packing up, driving to their new destination, and unpacking in their new home. That's no way to spend a birthday! Not to mention being the new girl every school year - I agreed with Layla that it would be better to be home schooled.
M.A. George was so good at making Layla brush off strange events that she almost had me convinced this wasn't going to be a paranormal story even though I knew it was. The banter between Tristan and Layla was priceless. Layla narrates the story as though she's having a conversation with the reader, and I felt like I really was getting to know her and endeared her to me.
I had been dying to read this book since I first heard of it, and I'm ecstatic it not only lived up to my expectations but surpassed them. I could have read Aqua for the dialogue alone - it's witty, realistic, and flowing. I loved discovering the mystery of Layla and her family. Aqua is a book worthy of reading more than once.
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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