I love when I pick up a book and it totally blows me away - and this was definitely one of those books. Emma Raveling has written an incredible start to her Ondine series. I can't wait for the second one to be released to see what happens to Kendra and her friends.
Kendra is an independent, outspoken, fierce warrior who isn't suppose to be a warrior. For centuries the Ondine (the Water Elementals) have been a peaceful group. Protected by Gardinals, Demillars and Chevaliers from soulless demons called Aquidae's - who are controlled by "the Shadow".
After the death of her mother, Kendra is taken to Haverleau. A town from which her family (who she has never known) originates. Shielded from the outside world, this is home to the Water Elementals. Kendra is enrolled at Lumiere - to learn to control her gift.
One of the things I really liked about Kendra is how outspoken she was about her beliefs. She wanted the laws changed so Ondine could learn to protect themselves. Unfortunately the Council initially didn't like that idea, among other things. Kendra had to overcome a great many things to find herself, her powers and trust in her abilities.
With the help of her new friends Chloe, Aubrey, Cam and Ryder she learns the ropes at Lumiere. Like most teenagers, they break rules, sneak out and get into all sorts of trouble! We also have a bit of a love quadrangle - yes I said quadrangle. Ryder, Tristan and Julian all have a thing for Kendra - who will she choose?
I don't want to give away too much about the story, but this is one of the best Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels I've read. Emma's writing is fabulous, her characters are engaging, the dialogue is witty and fun. Her books will easily have a permanent home on my self and I will definitely be looking for Billow (Ondine Quartet book 2) when it becomes available!