Earth by Shauna Granger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of the blog tour
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
AGE recommendation: Older teen, violence and profanity.
Description from Goodreads: 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
My thoughts: Honestly, self published books often have a negative connotation. Many believe that they are self published because a publisher would not accept the manuscript. This book was just as good, if not better than some of the books that have a big name publisher. This book was easy to read and had a great story. I didn't get hung up on any awkward dialect or situations. Congrats Shauna for a fabulous debut novel.
This book is full of adventure and mystery. The main character, Shayna, and her two best friends, Steven and Jodi, are all able to manipulate elements of nature. They are fledgling witches. They do their best to not enter into the darker sides of witchcraft and are dismayed when someone starts to use blood sacrifices in their town.
On top of that, Shayna has nightmares where she is being chased by a beast and wakes up in the morning with claw marks and bruises on her body. Something is not right and the three of them have to figure out what is happening before midnight on Halloween.
There is a little bit of a love interest for Shayna in this book. I hope to see more of the interplay between them in the next book which comes out soon.
This is a great book to read for Halloween. It has all of the elements of a spooky story. There are witches, demons, possession, rituals, runes, and sacrifice.
Giveaway:Now for the part of the giveaway. In order to enter, leave a comment with your email address.(You must be 13 or older to enter.) This will gain you entry for the eBook on this blog as well as enter you for the grand prize. You must comment on all of the blogs participating in this tour to gain an entry into the grand prize giveaway. Here is what you can win, I know I will be commenting because I REALLY want it. :) The last day to enter for the eBook on Bookworm Lisa is October 31st.
Comment on every blog’s post to be entered into theGrand Prize for a signed print copy of soon to be released Air and bookmark! Second Grand Prize is a signed print copy of Earth and a bookmark!
Here is a link to all of the participating blogs!