Review: OF WATER AND MOONLIGHT (Thunderbird Academy #1) by Valia Lind

OF WATER AND MOONLIGHT (Thunderbird Academy #1) 
Date Published: November 21, 2019

From Goodreads:
My power could save my friends—or destroy them. 

As I start a new semester at Thunderbird Academy, I have a lot to live up to. News of my sisters' courageous fight against the Ancient evil has spread, and now, everyone expects the same greatness from me. 

But all I want to do is: 
1) Find my dad. 
2) Figure out why my magic has suddenly gone on the fritz. 

It would be a lot easier if I didn't have to keep dealing with the ever-annoying Aiden Lawson. Shifter, nemesis, ridiculously gorgeous. I don't care how he makes my pulse race, I will not be deterred from my mission. 

But the war with the Ancients is just beginning, and now, Thunderbird Academy has become a sanctuary as well as a school. Each attack is deadlier than the last, and when the academy ends up under siege, my friends and I have no choice but to fight. 

Am I brave enough to trust my magic to save us? Or will my world come crashing down around me by my own hands? 

I'm in a fight for my life, and I, Maddie Hawthorne, have no idea what I'm doing. 

Welcome to my year at Thunderbird Academy. 

Full of magic, adventure, and romance, Of Water and Moonlight is the first book in an addicting young adult paranormal romance series by USA Today bestselling author Valia Lind that will keep you reading late into the night!

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

It's such a good feeling to have to know that I still love Valia Lind's writing as much as I did the first time I read her earlier works. 

Of Water and Moonlight is a fast-paced, romantic and highly entertaining read. Maddie is a likable heroine that you would root for from the very beginning. I honestly don't know though if there's a series I should have read first before this one? (Silver lining, that would mean more Valia Lind's books to read for me. So yeay!) Because if felt like the story started right in the middle. And at first, there were all these references to something I had no idea happened. Fortunately, it was easy enough to catch up and I didn't feel lost following the story. 

It's been a long time since I read about shifters and witches. But you should know that I have a certain fondness and weakness for tall, dark and broody wolf shifters. Aiden is my newest book boyfriend and if the sequel is nothing but him being all secretive and protective and mysterious, I would absolutely devour that. Jade is one character I have to say I can most relate to. I am a hopeless romantic. So the banter and chemistry between Aiden and Maddie? I'm all for it. 

I finished this in one sitting and I'm actually already right in the middle of the second book while writing this review. So excuse me, I have to get back to Maddie, Aiden and gang. And I really, really hope I'd finally get to meet Kate, Liam and the rest of the Hawthorne sisters.

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