Review: Whirl (Ondine Quartet Book 1) by Emma Raveling

Blurb:

An Impossible War. An Explosive Magic. An Inescapable Destiny.
– The World of Water Elementals – 
Book 1 of the Ondine Quartet

Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war. The Aquidae are immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.

Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.

When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past.

Alone and with no one to trust, she must navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.

All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down…

An edgy young adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance, Whirl is recommended for older teens and mature readers due to strong language and mild sexual situations.

I just finished rereading this book and I love how it pulled me back in!  The writing style and character development really help you identify with Kendra.  She is thrown into this world with little knowledge of who exactly she is and what that means.  She is a great female main character- strong, independent, edgy, but also has some insecurities, as does everyone.  

She has difficulty identifying and getting close to people due to the way she was raised.  Initially, she does not understand why she was raised to be emotionally cut-off, but then learns when she is named the sondaleur.  

I loved this book!  It was a little difficult to follow with the different terminology, but there is a section in the back that gives a little definition.  This book is also a very interesting and creative piece of work.  I love reading and writing, and am amazed at some of the ideas people think up.  

I give this one a 5 out of 5!  Highly recommend!!!

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