Aqua by M.A. George is about 17-year-old Layla who lives with her Mom and Aunt Cora. Each year around Layla’s birthday, they move to a different city and different state. They always move somewhere close to water where they can get in a daily swim. In Aqua, they have just moved to Texas.
While at the beach, Layla meets Tristan and Pyke. She is immediately attracted to Tristan. Pyke, who is covered in tattoos and has a beard, scares her. While watching them at the water’s edge, Pyke dives into the water and doesn’t come back up. When she turns around, Pyke is standing there dry. The next time she sees the guys, as Pyke is diving into the water, he liquefies before he hits the water.
Layla soon finds out her life and family is not what she thought it was. George does a great job of creating a world where people live in the ocean and they can easily transition into water. They can also manipulate water and can make themselves dry quickly.
M.A. George does a great job of immediately drawing the reader into the story and the lives of the characters. She makes the reader care for Layla and Tristan. The characters have great depth to them and are all very different.
I had a hard time putting this book down. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about Layla and Tristan. I wanted to put my tablet next to my computer at work so I could read it while I was working. This is well worth the time if you like the paranormal genre.
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair), Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat