Tuesday, July 7, 2015


From Girls Heart Book Tours

Book Info-
Title- Aqua
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Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),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.


So this was a really interesting book. A very unique concept, something different.
It took a minute or two to get rolling, and I wasn’t sure it would go anywhere at first, it seemed obvious to me, the build up.  But suddenly the story developed in a way that began to really get my full attention and it simply grabbed me and I couldn’t put it down.
The story is super inventive, the idea of these unique people and how that came about was very interesting to read.  It was very visual, which I love, and I could see the characters easily...that earns points in my book.

The good news is when the young protagonist starts learning of this other world and her possible part in such a paranormal kind of thing, she actually didn’t react well at all.  She totally thought she might be losing her mind and did not simply open up to the idea immediately or nonchalantly and accept that this was her role..which seems to be the case in most stories of this ilk.  They never seem to freak out much...but this gal did.

And speaking of this gal, Layla...I gotta say, she is truly one of my favorite lead characters that I’ve read in a long while.  Absolutely loved her!  Her attitude, her insanely quick wit and humor, sarcasm, her questioning and her moxie...all of it...LOVED it!  Very current and believable.  Maybe a tad on the “adult” side sometimes with the dialog (not always something a teenager would say), but not enough to deter how much I loved her response to people and her situation.  Great, great character, well done M. A. George.

The only thing that brought this down a point for me was the ending.  I hate to say it because as I said, I really couldn’t put the book down and really enjoyed this character.  It just, for me, was this massive, thrilling build up with the battle and the taking of a character and the idea of why there was a conflict in the first place, it all seemed to go away and was “fixed” rather simply.  I was kinda like, huh...that’s it?  That’s all it took?

But I have to say, even with the small let down at the end...I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thrilling intrigue with an interesting paranormal twist.  It’s worth it to find such a well rounded and thought out character...and a different kind of “other world” for a change.
And ps.  Great Cover!


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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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