Whirl by Emma Raveling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The world of paranormal young adult has now expanded into the sea with the Ondine Quartet. Rogue Ondine Kendra Irisavie loses her mother to the monsters that she has always been running from, only to have her life completely turned upsidedown on her 17th birthday. The Aquadine, demon soliders of the evil which is the Shadow find her on her birthday and A Guardinel named Tristan Belicoux saves her. Her destiny began the moment she was born, but everyone except her seems to know about it when she is returned to her place of birth to her grandmother the Governor of Haverleau, to the truth about her.
I geniunely enjoyed this series, it's not yet completed for those of you who prefer to read series that are complete. However, it definitely doesn't leave you completely hanging. The world of Ondine is unique from many of the other paranormal sort of young adult books I have read previously in that there are no vampires/werecreatures/witches, rather they are ancient magical creatures from the sea. I like the difference, it was refreshing and yet it had the same angst and drama that sculpts the genre into what it is. The style at which Emma Raveling paints her story and characters gives them a flesh, they aren't perfect and they are all individually deeped by her descriptions. Her attention to detail however, doesn't draw away from the storyline, but rather enhances it.
I would recommend this book and the entire series thus far written including the 2 supplementary books Chevalier & Warrior Prince, as they give a perspective not seen from the main series which is written in First person narrative from Kendra's perspective.
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