A Breath of Air (Dryad Quartet #1)
by Katie Jennings
Synopsis: Her name was Capri, and she was Air.
She was born with a gift she didn't understand. A gift so strange, so remarkable that she had kept it secret for as long as she could remember, despising that it made her different when all she wanted was to be normal, to belong. As an orphan, belonging to someone, anyone, would have been an incredible blessing, one she would have given up all that she had just to get a taste of.
But the truth was that she didn't belong in the orphanage in Virginia, or even in the United States. In fact, she didn't belong with human beings at all. Because she wasn't one of them, not really. She was something much more extraordinary.
She could shift the direction of the wind, create billowing clouds out of nothing, and charm birds into dancing on her open palm. She belonged to an elite group of beings, responsible for preserving the balance of nature and the safety of Earth from an underworld that deserved to be feared, and needed to be controlled.
And after years of being lost, she had at last been found, and now the truth of how she had ended up so far from home was becoming horribly clear to her.
But there’s someone who doesn't want her to return; someone who knows Capri was the only witness to an act of heinous treason and violent murder. And when she begins to search her memories for details of the night she was taken from her home, details that will implicate a killer, she finds herself the unwary target of an otherworldly dark force intent on silencing her by any means possible.
Review: This book was picked for an online book club and it was not my first choice of books. Fantastical stories are generally not up my alley. I labeled this book fantasy because the world in which the characters live is one that does not exist but other than the characters being charged with controlling nature and the presence of demons, this does not read like a fantasy book. This book is more about Capri trying to figure out who she is and learning to be who she was born to be with some mystery and romance thrown in. The book is written in an easy to read way and sometimes it's a little too easy to read. I felt that at the beginning the dialogue was quite cheesy but it get better by the end. I saw on GoodReads that some people categorized this as young adult fiction which would account for the writing style. Capri also didn't seem believable to me at the beginning and she seemed very young. She jumped into her new world without looking back and with very few concerns. But the book got better as it went on. I am intrigued to read the other 3 books in the series but I'm not going to rush out to get them (or keep the book I have since all 4 books are in one). I may eventually get to them but I also will be OK if I don't read the rest.
Rating: 3 stars