Okay Jenny, you were right…..I dug it. I’ve had this book for quite some time, after much prompting from my blogger buddy, and now I’m just bummed I didn’t get to it sooner! I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the similarities with this book and The Vampire Academy by Racheal Mead, and the Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. You know what, they aren’t wrong. But I will say that I heard the same thing when the Covenant series came out, Vampire Academy fans were hating big time. I read Covenant first, and then Vampire Academy, and similarities or not, I LOVED the Convenant series, and was not a fan of Vampire Academy. Even though they had some things in common, they had different themes, styles and characters, and it made them completely different. Such is the case with Whirl too. Raveling put her own stamp on this, hands down. I saw the common threads, but she made it her own, and I enjoyed it!
First off, I LOVED the idea of this world of elementals!! We got a close look at the water elementals and their various roles and just scratched the surface of their abilities. Ummm first time seeing Selkies in a book, and how sweet is that?! I can’t wait to see more of them!! This was clearly the start of a series, and a fantastical one at that, so Whirl ended up being more of an introduction to a very complex, imaginative world. I’m cool with that, as long as the world keeps expanding and bringing the wow factor, and I have high hopes for this as of now.
I liked Kendra for the most part, she’s kind of a badass, but like a baby badass in the elemental world. I like that she’s still got a lot to learn, it makes it fun for the reader to learn right along with her. She’s used to being mostly on her own and she doesn’t exactly play well with others, but she’s also that kind of heroine everyone likes because she has a penchant for befriending, and defending the underdogs, and who doesn’t like a good underdog? She can be a little brash but I’m cool with that, I think that will even out as her character grows throughout the series. Totally random, and really childish, but I also love that there’s cuss words in this book. I don’t know many 17 year olds that talk like granny church mums, so I’m glad when that comes through in a story. It makes it feel a little more real. And I have a mouth that can rival any sailor most days, so
I’m done waiting, I already have the sequel, Billow so I’ll be starting that like