Water by Terra Harmony

Elemental powers in the palm of her hand…and it won’t be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth.12755985 Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth’s survival. – Goodreads.com

The description and beautiful cover initially drew me to this book; however, I had mixed feelings when reading it.  I liked the author’s message that we’re all responsible for the Earth and the protection of its resources and everyone should do their part – I completely agree.  The story also started off with an action scene and immediately grabbed my attention.  When Kaitlyn is kidnapped (I’m not giving anything away here), her reaction is very justifiable – anger, confusion, and the need to escape, making it very easy to relate to her character.

After that, I began to question Kaitlyn’s actions and reactions as some of them were those of a teenage girl instead of a twenty-something woman.  She falls in love almost immediately with one of her captors for reasons never fully explained and acts like a self-absorbed child at times.  After a horrifying act of violence is committed against her, her initial feelings are completely understandable…..but then, she just seems to get over it, which I thought completely unrealistic.

The dialogue between the characters and pacing of the story were good, but I was missing an explanation of what exactly the organization did and the motivations and backstory of some characters, especially the antagonist.  There are three more books in the series, so maybe these things are made clear later.  Because of the violence in a couple of scenes, I would recommend this book for ages 17 and up.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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