Review: Earth (Elemental #1) by Shauna Granger

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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.

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In book one of the Element series, Shayna is an earth elemental.  Her friend Jodi is an air elemental and her friend Steven is a fire.  Their bond is strong and they help each other with their abilities.  When their friend Tracy needs their help getting out of an abusive relationship they pull together and summon someone who will truly love her.
When new students Ian and Jensen arrive Shay, Jodi and Steven think their spell worked quickly.  Ian comes to Tracy’s rescue and becomes her protector.  Jensen constantly stares at Shay.  He is borderline creepy and she isn’t sure about him.
Then when satanic spell casting seems to be happening, Shay and her friends are in a race against time to figure out who is doing it before someone dies.  Shay has to call on her powers and her knowledge to fight against the approaching evil.  It is going to take all three working together to save an innocent person from great evil.
I liked the three main characters.  Shay, Jodi, and Steven were a great trio.  Their friendship was solid and they knew each of their secrets.  The combination of the three personalities made a great read as they fight evil.

I loved how they investigated what was happening.  Their knowledge of magic was front and center.  Shay made a great heroine.  She was determined to help others and not go down the wrong path.  Her strength was commendable as was her ethical decisions.  The storyline was dark as things usually are when demons are involved.  The reader isn’t sure who is behind everything.  Jensen and Ian are top suspects but I personally felt the same as Shay.  The shock and sadness of what happened was a great way to bring things together.  The ending was positive but maybe not as some would want.  I liked the realistic feel of it.  A great read.  I can’t wait to read more.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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