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Water Lily: The Elemental Trilogy Book 1 by [Packard, Crystal]
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  • File Size: 1551 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Water Lily is a YA, Paranormal Romance by Crystal Packard. I love YA and Fantasy, but don't tend to stray into those that are more Romance heavy. This was a brilliant read though and where it might have got weighed down by romance, there was no chance of this happening as the author has just the right blend of humour to balance it. I found myself giggling along with some of the comic exchanges that occurred between the characters.

From the offset, I was immersed and invested in the MC, Lily, who is stifled and grieving at the beginning of the novel. It was thrilling to watch how events unfolded and how the fantasy world was introduced (no spoilers ;) ).

Within the fantasy world (Tellis), there was so much to enjoy. The story occurs within this new world - rich with tales of elemental magic and strange communes. There's a hint of darkness - with stories of child snatchings. It was fascinating to see how Lily coped and became a part of this world. There are strange, exotic creatures, a new language and troubling family secrets all to be discovered.

I'm definitely excited to see what happens to the characters next - and read today that the next installment might be called, Fire Lily.
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What a lively book, replete with charm! I loved it. The author must have been reading my mind as she wrote it, because I’m a sucker for Star Trek: The Next Generation (and for those of you who are clueless about Star Trek, yes, the different series do make a difference, with our passions for different casts and our snobbery toward other Star Trek series.) The author inserted some references, which hooked me.

But I must evaluate the book on its own merits, and I can vouch for it. The love story in this book is cleverly weaved into the background, as I don’t favour romance novels much. Aiden is very likeable, a guy who wouldn’t harm a fly. And the chemistry between man and woman was unmistakeable.

The fantasy scenarios using paintings as portals were terrific. My only complaint about the new world is that it seems so similar to ours, just set back by a few hundred years or so. But it’s enthralling, and seems like a fantasy as everyone seems so happy, talented, and engaging. But certainly a place I’d like to visit.

There were some confusing points for me, which the author could clear up in a subsequent version. I’ll try to word them so as to not give away any key plot points.

I thought it could be better emphasized that each water mural did represent a certain geographical, real-life, splitting image of a lake, river, or waterfall. When this idea is first introduced, I can understand the reader not knowing, but once the story progresses past that point, this could be made more clear. So, in essence, when the main character Lily has to choose a mural, she’s actually choosing to go to a certain location. This could be made more clear.
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Seventeen-year-old Lily mourns the loss of her best friend, Christine, who’d died recently in a car accident. The two teens collected oddities such as owl fur-balls. Since her friend’s death, an owl has been following Lily around. Christine understood Lily’s struggle to please her mother. Lily is being railroaded by her parents to major in practical nursing or paralegal programs, not art. Her mother trash-talks Lily’s grandmother, an artist. Lily is a sweet, innocent girl who is surprised when Brian asks her on a date. She doesn’t go because she’s heading from Southern California to Northern California to visit her grandmother.
When Lily arrives at her grandmother’s, she learns her grandmother is missing. With Lily’s ability to think creatively, she unravels clues to find her. Lily is spiritually connected to water and is a healer. Lily meets Aiden who soon becomes her boyfriend. He’s adorable in the ways he protects her but also aloof and playful. He’s different from his evil family, and she differs from her mother.
Crystal Packard’s Lily Pad targets new adult readers. Heroine Lily faces new sides of her young life—recognition of who she is and falling in love. The author weaves vivid imagery into the story. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy. I look forward to more books from Crystal Packard.
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Water Lily is told in the First Person Narrative, allowing the reader to become attached to the main character.

As this is aimed at young adults, I found the language and style easy to follow, as well as the plot, and I think that it would be perfect for that audience. This was well-written. The dialog flowed well, also.

I found the main character, Lily, was relatable and her actions believable in the wake of her friend's death. I have personally found that when someone we considered a friend passes on, a sense of uncomfortableness is left in their wake. Lily was likable in that aspect. The descriptions and dialog made me want to root for her.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes young adult romance novels.
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What an absolutely delightful read!

In this YA fantasy, the writing is completely transparent, with descriptions, dialogue, world building and characterization being set forth smoothly and flawlessly, allowing me to truly be transported.

The book opens in our world, with a glimpse into nearly-eighteen-year-old Lily’s life. We are given absolutely necessary details about Lily’s life: Her mother is (as best I could diagnose) a destructive narcissist, with a somewhat enabling husband, who demands absolute control over Lily’s life choices and who is not only disappointed in Lily, but constantly lets Lily know it. Lily’s best friend has recently died, denying Lily not only her best friend but the loving support she used to receive from her best friend’s mother who is too caught up in her grief to be able to comfort Lily. There are few things that bring Lily any peace, and those are her art (soon to be denied her by her mother), swimming (and water in general) and her grandmother, Meme, another kindred artist. The character building as we watch Lily in our world is critical and well done.

Lily leaves her home and family for a month-long visit with Meme… only to discover that Meme has disappeared. Lily’s two aunts (also visiting Meme) are delightful characters, even though we do not spend much time with them. (I wish they were my aunts!) What Lily discovers in Meme’s room are a fantastic mural on the wall and a dream journal… the only clues Lily has as to Meme’s whereabouts. Inspecting the marvelously detailed mural, Lily is swept into the world depicted there and realizes that Meme is likely trapped there and in need of rescue, but with no idea where or how to begin. She quickly meets Aiden, the young man of her dreams (literally!
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