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Water (Akasha #1)

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,716 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
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. 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 m ...more
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Published September 26th 2011 by Patchwork Press
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Jul 28, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

Anyone out there remember Captain Planet and the Planeteers? Yeah.
Ok, imagine that Captain Planet is an annoying young woman, and the Planeteers are misogynistic men.
Ta-Da! You now have the plot of this book.

This is quite possibly the most craptastic thing I've read all year. I'm actually offended on a cellular level by some of its content, and that's hard to do. I don't offend easily. But this book managed to do it.
First, it bored me to tears. It
Oct 17, 2012 Robin rated it did not like it
Where do I begin?! I like to read reviews of books before I actually read them, because there are books that get bad reviews but I end up enjoying. Not this time around.

Other reviewers claimed the heroine, Kaitlyn, to be bada$$. I found her to be an annoying, childish brat. I kept questioning her age and going back to remind myself she was in her 20's and not in her early teens. When she is first kidnapped (which I don't understand why that had to happen) she has the right emotions; fear, anger
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
This is definitely an adult read. Many adult themes, situations, language, violence... you name it, it very well may be in there.

There was some especially uncomfortable moments in this book. I like the first book in the series overall, and am keen to read book 2, but not right away. It a disturbing book, but in an acceptable way. But I'm also a little disturbed at some of the review quotes of book 2...

Micah has a Daemon (from the Lux series) 'look' about him, but minus the attitude. But you ne
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)
Mar 06, 2015 Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults 18 and older
Recommended to Lisa D. Smith by: Terra Harmony
I had never heard of “Water” until I received an email for sign-up reviews. I was immediately dazzled by the cover art. There was something magical about the single drop of water suspended above a lone hand. That was what first drew me into taking a peek at the pages beneath. I was not disappointed. As for being her first attempt it doesn’t show as Terra Harmony had the ability to straight away draw me into Kaitlyn’s story.

She seemingly effortlessly moved the story along all while plummeting me
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Water from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Like the fluidity of water, the story continually evolved from one simple concept of a girl being held captive, to her becoming a Gaia (a controller of the elements) in order to save the environment, and more. Environmental issues are a topical issue, and having a controller of the elements to deal with these issues is definitely a unique and relevant take on the paranormal genre.

I was hooked on the
Whitley Birks
If the writers of the old Captain Planet TV show had been tasked with writing a book for ‘grown ups,’ they probably would have come up with something very close to this. Simplistic views on environmental issues, cheesy lines all over the place, powers that make no sense, plot lines that spiral off into nowhere, completely gratuitous scenes that require way more tact than this book is capable of… If you can’t tell, I wasn’t a fan of Captain Planet.

But that show, much like this book, had such an i
Nov 04, 2012 Deb rated it did not like it
I'm the type of person where if I start reading, I HAVE to finish the book. I've never felt more disinclined to finish a book than I have with Water. If there was, I can't remember because this book will probably stay in my memory as the book that I KNEW I would hate just from reading the first few chapters. I was a bit apprehensive when I started reading because of the warnings about a rape scene, but I was hoping it'd be a dynamic read in the end. Sadly not. The first chapter or two drew me in ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Natshane rated it it was amazing
Terra Harmony blew my brains into tiny bits, patched them back and blasted them with a shotgun, over and over again.

You wouldn't believe that Water was the author's debut novel. I was stunned by the amazingness of the story and even more by the writing. This might be one of the hardest review I ever written because I don't think my words could even cover an inch of my thoughts on this book, so for the heads up, I try to keep this review as professional as I could but do not be surprised if I had
Aug 26, 2012 Natalie rated it it was ok
This book read like what it was: a self-published eco-fantasy that must have seemed like a good idea at the time. With some more editing, and a rewrite here and there the prose could have been passable, and perhaps some of the story could have held together more believably. I managed to suspend my disbelief for long enough to finish the book - but only just. What was an interesting concept (powers derived from the elements, a team of eco-defenders) got bogged down with the practical details - w ...more
In all honesty, I haven't finished this book yet. If I ever finish it, I'll be sure to edit this review.

The reason I haven't is because I just couldn't stomach the characters, or the events for that matter. The majority of the story felt like a summary. Events were skipped and only mentioned in a very insufficient way! And those that were mention were either quite boring, completely unbelievable, or unrelated to the story line.

At the beginning of the story, a couple of memory flash-backs were ir
Midu Hadi
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Terra Harmony
Jan 10, 2012 Terra Harmony rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes - I'm reviewing my own book, and yes - I gave it five stars. I'm not cheating, it is really that my humble opinion, anyway. I have to say the book has been through a few minor revisions since I first published it. Based on feedback, I sent it through more editing rounds which I think really helped.

I also have to say, this book is definitely 'adult only'. There is sexual content, some of it non-consensual. If you are sensitive to that, this book may not be for you.

My book, above ev
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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Oh how much I love when book manage to surprise me! This is one of them.

This story is something new for me. The story still contains magic elements but in the same time is really realistic. Story about elements is not new. We all know about four basic elements and fifth spirit element and also story about Gaia is not new, but what is new (at least for me) is that the author put those elements together nicely. Not just that she also created relations betwee
Amanda  Nemec
Feb 13, 2013 Amanda Nemec rated it did not like it
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Apr 25, 2012 NayNay rated it really liked it
Kaitlyn Alder is introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her newfound 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.

This was an amazing story...the action begins right from the beginning of the book, having you hanging on the edge of your seat. The auth
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
WOW! This is a great beginning to a new series. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series.

Terra does a great job of developing characters and story that are completely believable. The fear, skepticism, anger and curiosity all expressed by Kaitlyn make her seem like one of my friends.

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Tina ♥ Bookaholic
English Review:
This book was a quite roller coaster of my feelings, as well of my enthusiasm for it. I have won it at a Giveaway on a Blog and I started to read it without any informing what it is about exactly. At first it was very difficult to come into the story, because it begins right in the middle and I had no clue who the protagonist was, where she was and in which world the whole story played. I got the information presented only in little pieces, and after the first confusion vanished
Jan 24, 2012 Ritesh rated it it was amazing
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Jun 07, 2012 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disturbing, really disturbing and not in a good way. I mean having those elemental powers is a great idea for me. That's the one thing that kept me reading this book. But the rest, I don't even know. I have mixed feelings with this book and most of it is disappointment. It's just that all the things that happened to Kaitlyn really frustrates me. The supposed rape scene, the real rape scene. I don't like it. The words used weren't that violating or anything but just thinking about it, I don't kno ...more
May 29, 2012 Tanecia rated it really liked it
*I received this book for review from the author*

This book is Awesome in a sad twisted way...

When I got to the first few chapters I was a little skeptical on where this was going and most of all will it keep me interested.....? Yes IT DID!!!

I really enjoyed this book! The concept of the story is truly authentic to anything I have read to date. I have never been so conflicted while reading a book until I read this one. In the beginning I was a bit thrown off by what was happening because the auth
Christie Rich
Apr 27, 2012 Christie Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to thank Shut Up and Read group and Terra Harmony for the chance to read and review this book.

The premise of the story, the amazingly beautiful cover and recommendations from a few friends who had rated the book highlyand are what made me want to read Water. First of all, I like Terra's writing style. Reading this book was easy and most often fun.

That being said, I didn't connect with the story or the characters as much as I wanted to. Don't get me wrong, the story is good, but a few th
Apr 26, 2012 Quiana rated it really liked it
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. 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.

The synopsis for Wate
Amos Cassidy
Apr 27, 2012 Amos Cassidy rated it really liked it
This book started with a bang and finished on one. I loved the energy contained in Terra Harmony's writing. The premise of the book is unique and I was immediately pulled into the Chakra's world.
My only issue was with Kaitlyn, the cocky and kick ass heroine. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love a heroine who can hold her own but at times she came across as flippant rather than just cocky. There were situations where her cocky responses just seemed out of place. I would have connected more with
Bookish Michelle
**I receive an e-copy of the book through Read it & Reap program via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review**

I would say that Water is an action-packed paranormal story that led me to turn the pages to find out what happens next. The theme for the book is unique, focusing on eco-environment issues and this is a theme not touched by many (from what I've seen & read but I may be wrong). A warning to all who are interested in reading Water: it contains sexual scenes (some of it is non-c
Jan 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This story was a slow start for me. It felt like I was coming in to the middle of a story and I needed to catch up. I spent quite some time trying to figure out what was going on and I ended up putting the book aside for a few days. I kept coming back to it to read some more in hopes that I would get into it. It took me 23 days to read this book but I didn’t give up and now that I am finished I am glad that I didn’t give up on it.

This book had a ton of action and well developed characters. The
Jan 25, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book, plain and simple. I am EXCITED about this book and the books to follow. This new author has completely amazed me, sucking me into this world she has created that I didn't want to step away from. This review is actually kind of hard for me to write as I don't want to post any spoilers!

The action starts from the first chapter as Kaitlyn finds herself in the middle of an avalanche, waking up in an unknown place with unknown people and not being treated very kindly by her captors.
Jan 16, 2012 Lola rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but the beginning wasn't that good, so 4 stars for this one. When I found this book the idea of a book focussed on elemental powers attracted my attention. In some books elemental powers do play a role, but mostly as a side effect. Here it is the focus. Altough I think the blurb is giving a slightly different impression of the book. If you expect people playing with their element and trowing raw elemental power at each other it isn't exaclty what the book is about. It i ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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At a Glance
Water is the kind of book that drove me a bit crazy. I never knew how I felt about it. I kind of wanted to dislike it, but then I loved it at the same time. After I was done, I was shocked by what I just read. And even though there were many things that bothered me about this book, I couldn't help but think about it long after I put it down--in a good way.

The Good
Here's the Story
All of Kaitlyn's escape attempts have failed. This organizat
Nov 20, 2011 Alexia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Where to begin… ok, this book is right up my alley! I enjoyed it so much that it kept me up till early hours of the morning – I could not put it down! I love the storyline and how Kaitlyn’s dreams are (in a way) connected to her everyday life and emotions. Terra Harmony is an amazing author!

Kaitlyn is such a kick-ass, sarcastic and witty chick. She rocks my face off! She has this amazing way about her – stands her ground and fights for what she believes in, even when the odds are against her. He
Shy The WidowMaker
May 07, 2012 Shy The WidowMaker rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I expected at all and that's why I loved it. It was a truly unique story and a great concept. Let me start off by saying the cover was so amazing. The simple element of the ball of water was all that was needed. It said so much about the book already.

This book jumped right into the action with us meeting Kaitlyn who I loved instanly. Kaitlyn has a knack for weird things always happening around her. She is rescued early on and wakes up at a secret location. We soon learn tha
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Terra is author of The Painted Maidens Trilogy ('The Rising', 'The Betrayed', and 'The Taking', the Akasha Series ('Water', 'Air', 'Fire', and 'Earth'), and 'The Kindred Curse Anthology'.

Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5 year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor's and master's de
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scarred my skin. “And I hope this will never heal. It will remind me to never take anything for granted; other people’s intentions, your safety, or . . . you.”
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“Oh, no. You can’t just come trotting in here like some hero. I’m saving myself this time. Go away!”
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