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(Elemental #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,591 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtere ...more
Nook, 237 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Shauna Granger
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Trisha Wolfe
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was not a good for a self pubbed book… This was a great book period. Right from the first page I lost myself in the story, and more than that, the characters. I cannot stress enough, even the writers I beta for, how important it is to write your teen characters’ dialogue authentically. I spend my days listening to my son and his friends talk, and this story was like being in the same room as real life teens. The writing was clean and clear, and flowed perfectly. I didn’t pause once and thin ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
The concept off the story was good. I like it. But everything else was just bad. The three main characters constantly got mad at each other, at other people, at everybody. And it was so frustrating that I almost couldn't finish it, but I forced myself cause I thought it will get better. It didn't.
Allot of stuff were obvious. But some stuff just didn't make sense. How did Shay know all this stuff about magic, from who did she learn, and she acted like and old lady all the time, nobody would thin
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I would first like to thank Shauna Granger for allowing me to review her book as part of the tour. I really enjoyed reading Earth and plan to read the next two books in the series very soon.
The first thing I loved about Earth, is that it’s not your typical young adult paranormal. It has been overdone and isn’t full of clichés. I really liked that the book is about elementals. Another thing that makes Earth unique is that the three main characters Shay, Jodi, and Steven already know that they ar
Ahrcadia the Duck Tamer
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stack, 2019
Lately, when you think of self-published authors, you think of scandals over responses to bad reviews or unedited 100 page books filled with typos and formatting errors, but authors like Shauna Granger are slowly helping to counteract those undoubtedly realistic images. I don't know why it always shocks me so much when I read a really awesome self-published book, especially after reading books by Amanda Hocking and a few others lately, but it still amazed me when I realized how great Earth was. ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. While there were some things that I thoroughly enjoyed, there were other things that put me off and eventually led to a lower rating. I've read a few books on witchcraft recently. I wanted to read more about Elementals and when this one popped up on Amazon I all but screamed with delight. I wasn't disappointed, I liked the book in general, but there were those few thingies that bothered me.
The final impression of this book was that Shauna spent a great
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shayna and her two close friends have a very special bond. They can work with the elements ti do amazing things. Shayna's particular element is earth. While they are learning to master theses forces though, someone rocks their town with dark magic and sacrifices. Shayna and her friends know they have to do something about it. As they learn more information, they realize they may be more closely tied to these events than they thought. On top of that, Shayna keeps having dreams where something is ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
A very good book in the Young Adult/Fantasy genres with 3 main characters that are believable and interact well without a lot of the whinging or teenage angst that seems to be in so many of these sorts of books.

The book focuses on Shayna who controls the Earth elemental and follows her on a journey which starts off as a dream in which she is being chased. It shows you her relationship with the two others; Jodi (Air) and Steven (Fire), which apart from the magical side seems to be a perfectly nor
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book; I never thought I would like it so much given how I felt nothing happened in the beginning. After 50 pages, all I remembered reading about was a typical school day for Shauna and her best friends, Steven and Jodi. I was thinking ‘where’s the plot’, and ‘am I going to have to read about her everyday life for another 200 pages?’ But then, sometime after that, I was completely absorbed in the book; the mystery and suspense w ...more

I received this book as part of the book tour. Shayna is a empath and also has the ability to control the four elements earth, air, water and fire. Her two best friends Steven and Jodi all inherited their magic from their families. Thanks to Shayna's affiliation to all the elements she's been able to help train Steven with fire, and Jodi with Air. Since they all share nature magic they are closely bonded so they can hear each other's thoughts, as well as feel what the other is feeling. Tog
Michelle  novelsontherun
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it

Shayna aka Shay, Jodi and Steven are Elemental’s. They have nicknames for each other. Terra = Shay as she is an Earth Mother. Fae = Jodi as she is an Air Elemental. Drake = Steven , who is Fire. There is a water Elemental, but we don’t meet this character.

Steven is fun, witty and oh so snappy with the makeup touch up, when a girl needs a little touch up in her day. Jodi isn’t as fun as Steven and Shayna appears to be like their leader. They can speak to each other in thei
I generally try to avoid YA books as they're not as action packed and gory as I like to read in an adult UF book, but for a freebie on the Kindle I thought I would give this one a shot and I'm glad I did! It was really good and had lots of action - maybe not the same kind as I normally read, but at least this wasn't your usual girl falls in love with boy at first sight kind of YA book that I've read before.

I liked the fact that our 3 main characters, Shayna, Jodi and Steven already had their ele
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Big Al's Books and Pals review blog on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Shayna is the earth elemental, with empathic abilities, so naturally this book mainly focuses on her. Since it is her blood the caster wants she carries the story and is more fully developed than Jodi or Steven. I assume they will be more fully fleshed out in their own stories and I look forward to that. Shayna's magic speaks to the dirt, plants, and animals, although she can tap into the three o
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that if you are a fan of the television show Charmed (the early years - not near the end) you will enjoy this book. While not at all derivative, it does have a similar "feel" to the characters, and the fact that we start with a trio doesn't hurt that feeling at all.

So - premise wise, the story was interesting: three magical friends with the power to manipulate the elements. While I would have liked to have seen more use and manipulation of those elements, the magic that wa
Celise Winters
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I'm so sorry everyone about my extremely long leave of absence. But, it is summer now, and I'm back, hopefully for the long run this time. As is to be expected, I have not been reading in quite a while. But the first book that I picked up is Earth. I definitely do not regret it!

I've always been a fan of mostly any book having to do with the dealing of elements. There are many people that say that it is overused. But, I keep reading these types of books, to find
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Elemental Series by Shauna Granger is one of THE BEST series I have read this year. I have read a lot of series and this one blew me away. It took me by surprise and when I heard there was going to be a tour I jumped on board. I have to say that this is one of those series that stays with you long after you finish reading. A Huge Thank you to AToMR Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour.

In Earth we meet Shayna, Steven, and Jodi. They can manipulate and control the four elements eart
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I could use the excuse that I read YA books because my 13 year-old is reading them and I want to know what she is reading. But, in this case, I just told her she had to read this book. I did caution her there is some language that she should not repeat out loud.

What did I love about this book? First, the relationships. The featured relationships between the three main characters (Shayna, Jodi and Steven) are solid. They have their issues, but they stick with each other. At times, I wished there
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2rs
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Let me start by saying I loved this book -- this was another one of those books that I had a hard time putting down! I ignored laundry, a dirty kitchen, a whiny toddler and put off dinner, just so I could read one more chapter...ok, just ONE more chapter....The main character Shayna is well defined, likable, and feisty. She is an 'Earth Elemental', meaning she has the ability to control and fe ...more
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Reading Earth is like taking an honest look at Mother Nature and how we are connected to it, including the unknown (paranormal). While what I call 'paranormal magic' makes for an entertaining read, 'earth' magic is a part of literature that does not seem to be explored as much. Shauna Granger has excelled at exploring this. At the same time Granger has found the perfect balance of 'earth' magic and teenage reality - you can't help but love Shayna's emotional roller coaster in her attraction to J ...more
Kat (Why Read)
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a book about naturally inherited powerful teenage witches. The truly original and interesting part of the story is the background on how each character were born into their powers and the alias they conjured to address each other. Shayna is an earth elemental, was born during an earthquake, and goes by Mother or Terra. Steven is a fire elemental, was born in a house fire, and would like to be called Pyro, but is referred to as Drake. Jodi is an air elemental, was born during a tornado, a ...more
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Earth pulled me right in from the beginning with its mystery and “who did it” feel. And then it kept me anxiously flipping pages till the end to find out. I kept saying no, no; please don't let it be who I think it is! But what also had me going were the three Elementals. Shayna is the leader of this threesome. She is one seriously tough girl that’s going to do whatever it takes to protect her town and classmates from the evil that has come to her peaceful town of Ojai. Jodi and Steven are her t ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I've been a bit disillusioned recently with young adult and self published books recently. I'm more of an adult urban fantasy person these days but this was definitely worth a read.

However, I saw this on amazon for about 68p and couldn't resist- I've been on a bit of a witchy craze recently with my reading choices.

I found that the general grammar and spelling in this was pretty good compared to a few ebooks I have read recently, plus the story was interesting enough
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews
Earth by Shauna Granger tells the story of Shayna and her two friends Jodi and Steven. The three friends have some power of the basic elements with Shayna being the most powerful by far. When evidence starts to appear of someone doing some heinous black magic rituals. These rituals coincide with the arrival of a set of twin brothers to their town the friends have to figure out if they are behind the dark magic. The fact that there may be a spark between Shayna and one of the brothers adds anothe ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This series is going to be really interesting. I love stories about this kind of magic. I also really enjoyed the mystery that surrounds Shayna. She is an earth elemental but she seemed to be so much more. She was more powerful than her friends and I have a feeling that we are not done learning about some hidden talents from her. I bet there is a lot more to come from her.

I liked her two friends more than her sometimes though. Jodi and Steven were so funny and loyal. I loved how they stayed by
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Honestly, self published books often have a negative connotation. They are seen as not good enough to be published with a publisher.

This book was just as good, if not better than some of the books that have a big name publisher. This book was easy to read and had a great story. I didn't get hung up on any awkward dialect or situations. Congrats Shauna for a fabulous debut novel.

This book is full of adventure and mystery. The main character, Shayna, and her two best friends, Steven and Jodi, are
The BookWhisperer
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Earth is a very fresh read that mixes a young adult romance and imaginative magical twist. While witchcraft has been a common experience in the paranormal genre; this book seems to take on a deeper understanding of their abilities and beliefs. Much of this story is detail and character building which gives the story an overall slower pace than what I have come to expect. Although, I feel that this novel laid a very strong basis for the following books to come. The potential is evident in the las ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
It was hard for me to rate the book. It was good, interesting, the two thirds made me not want to stop reading and after that point I got to the moment where I just wanted to drop it. It got boring. Shayna was interesting, strong, at the moments to strong for her age, she new things and what bothered me we never got an explanation why, she got mad very fast and with all the positives it was hard for me to like her. There was no swearing through the book and close to the end they involved more of ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
One thing I enjoyed in this book were the elements used in it. There was magic, drama, guys, etc. All of this put together with a great story line really grabbed my attention. The story line itself is very exciting to read. I loved to get into the magic and feel everything that the characters are going through.
Another thing I like are the characters. Each character is unique and plays an important role. Shay is a great characters. She has a good head on her shoulders, thinks about everything fir
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I found this book to be quite enjoyable and original. Unlike many YA stories, it is not all about romance or discovering strange new powers. The characters already have their powers and are doing their best to use them for good, such as protecting a fellow student from an abusive boyfriend. Shayna, Jodi and Steven are all likable and fairly mature but not above a little bit of fun. The chemistry between the three of them is great.

The introduction of the two mysterious and handsome brothers, Ian
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Earth avoids many of the annoying trends that seem to have appeared lately - there is no excessive whining, no ridiculous love triangle, the characters take responsibility for their actions and do ask for help at logical places. A giant +1 for that. The descriptions of magic and the related rituals performed by Shayna and her friends is detailed and descriptive, and these slower, more descriptive sections are balanced by periods of fast-paced action. This makes it a great book for taking a break ...more
Danielle (Dannie)
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r-books-read
I loved this book!! The author did thorough research on the content of the book and the storyline is truly unique. This book, from the very beginning, pulled me into the story and would not let me go. The magick that is part of the storyline is researched and written in the true meaning and use of 'white magick' versus 'black magick'. It was also a 'who-done-it' mystery that kept you guessing. Every time I thought
I was on the right track for how I thought the book would end, there was another tw
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Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. She released the first installment of her Paranormal YA Series, The Elemental Series, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. In December of 2013 she release the first in her Paranormal Post-Apocalyptic ...more

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“I was always the kind of girl who believed in magic...” 9 likes
“Shayna thinking about Jensen:
" ....From my first glance I knew he was atleast three or four inches taller than me and I could tell his lightweight sweater hid a well muscled chest and arms, but lean, not meaty. I was aware of an excess of saliva in my mouth and forced myself to swallow, trying not to blush when I heard Jodi snicker quietly next to me.”
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