*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Author: Morgan Sheppard
Series: Wraidd Elfennol, #0.5
Date Published: March 20, 2016
Marella has grown up on the island of Wraidd Elfennol, where humans, animals and the very Elements live in harmony together.
Since she was a youngling, the draw towards Water has always been the strongest. It is one of the reasons Marella wants nothing more than for that Element to be her Primary, so she can become a Water Weaver, gifted in hydromancy. Each youngling goes to the main village of Charon for the Test to find out which of the Elements they are strongest in, which in turn, will determine their futures.
Marella’s best friend since childhood, Daren, is also going for his Test. They have been best friends since childhood, getting into many adventures together, as their families spend rest days together.
Yet when the day comes where their fates will be decided, doubts and insecurities creep into Marella’s mind. What happens when you don’t get what you wish for? And what happens if you do? At this time of their lives, when their paths are about to take Marella and Daren to different places, will they get what they wish for?
Marella is an incredibly intriguing book. Although the whole choosing thing was very reminiscent of other novels, it was very unique in the plot aspect. I really enjoyed reading Marella and I can’t wait to continue the series.
The number one thing about Marella that I loved was the animal-human communication/connection! Essentially, the humans are assigned an animal after their test. This animal becomes their life partner and is able to communicate with them. I thought this was very unique and added an element to the book that really pushed it over the top.
Another thing that I really enjoyed was the characters. It was so different reading from a younger perspective than I usually do, which was really interesting. In addition to that, the characters were very fun to follow as they were going through a huge change in their life. This made for some pretty enthralling scenes.
Overall, Marella is a phenomenal book with a bunch of fast-paced and entertaining scenes. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a traditional type book with a twist!
by L.J. Smith
Goodreads 2018: 1/100