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Ava of the Gaia [Kindle Edition]

G.E. Nosek , Sarah Carolan
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ava Fae is delighted at the appearance of an alluring new boy at her high school, until she sees the dagger tattoo on the inside of his arm. She knows that tattoo, and it can mean only one thing—either she or the new boy will be dead by the end of the school year.

Harnessing the magic of the elements passed down to her through the centuries, Ava works frantically to discover the true intentions of the tattooed stranger. But she is not the only one with mysterious powers and she finds herself thwarted at every turn. Hunter and hunted engage in an intricate game of cat and mouse—unaware that a much larger war is brewing, a war that will be decided by the outcome of their struggle.

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About the Author

G.E. Nosek was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Rice University and Harvard Law School and works in public interest environmental law. She’s never met a dance party she didn’t want to join.

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  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ava will you marry me? August 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I started this book determined to rip it apart and immediately became swept up in the story. The principal characters, Ava and Lucas, feel like old friends now and I have to reread sometimes just to pay them a visit. Ava's dual challenges of surviving high school (literally) and saving the world are beautifully intertwined, making every moment significant to the overall plot and development. The magic is the kind of magic I would want. The action is raw and real. Many of the romantic scenes are, simply put, beautiful. There's no wasted space and the pacing keeps you constantly on edge until it all comes to a breathtaking climax. Please read this book so I have more people to talk to about it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fantasy young adult novel that's actually SMART August 19, 2011
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A strong, intelligent, self-assured female character leads the action in G.E. Nosek's first novel, which sets the tone for a book that dives into the very real pressures of adolescent life. This adolescent, however, is not like every other girl at her suburban high school. The fantasy element in "Ava of the Gaia" means that the title character deals with her fair share of mystery throughout the novel, but these other-worldy scenes are expertly juxtaposed against the everyday pressures that tug at all teenagers. Even when she would rather be fighting for her people's safety or holding conversation's with a companion who happens to be a black bear or a golden retriever, Ava is still tied to the responsibilities of attending school and socializing with friends. She is a character who is more mature than an average high school student, and has to take on much more responsibility due to her unique situation in life. Even for those who do not share Ava's powers, this book can be a useful guide for how to navigate early adulthood, while sharing in an engaging, smart tale of fantasy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ava Rocks! August 23, 2011
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Ava of the Gaia stands out from all other books in its genre. It is a delightful, quick read that leaves the reader hungry for more. What is so appealing about this author's impressive first book is the strong female protagonist, Ava. Unlike other books in this genre, Ava stays true to herself despite being hopelessly in love. She remembers who she is and does not compromise herself or her ideas about the world for love, but still experiences a satisfying relationship (who knew this was possible?). This book is great because there is a real plot complete with a great female lead, steamy make-out scenes, and a ploy for world domination - and don't forget the subplot about the importance of conserving our natural resources! When does the sequel come out?!?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and wonderful! August 20, 2011
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I absolutely loved this book and was hooked from the start for so many reasons. It is beautifully written and the characters and plot are so thoughtfully developed. I felt like I was reading about real people rather than just characters in a book, and I'm now a big fan of Ava- the awesome and inspiring female protagonist. I think there is definitely something in this book for everyone- fantasy, action, romance, and humor. Not to mention it is so much fun to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great teen romance novel August 17, 2011
By Anon
Format:Kindle Edition
In comparison to the current selection contemporary young adult books, Ava of the Gaia stands out as being a more thoughtful and well-written coming-of-age story.

It's so refreshing to have a strong female protagonist who has a personality and doesn't change herself for a boy. Not only that, but she makes a strong emphasis of retaining friendships, no matter how easy it is to get sucked into a romance! As the flipped saying goes, hos before bros. Don't worry, there's still more than enough action and romance--with extremely attractive guys--to satisfy.

The author doesn't dumb down plot points, and assumes readers are smart enough to understand inferences in small leaps in plot. Every single conclusion isn't totally spelled out, although it's easily comprehensible--what a relief! There's even a great philosophical subplot about human progress at the cost of nature. The superhuman world is interesting and not about vampires (hallelujah).

This book has it all: romance, friendship, action/mystery (including murder), and even enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Basically, if you're interested in reading a fun, entertaining teen romance novel with a side of superhuman powers, this is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and lovable new heroine February 10, 2014
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It's wonderful to meet a three-dimensional female protagonist who doesn't fit into any of the typical boxes--she's sassy and strong, in touch with her own powerful emotions, rebellious but thoughtful. Most interesting of all, there's not one single love interest out there for her--just like many of us, she's uncertain about whom she's meant to be with and intent on enjoying herself and forming connections with friends and lovers in the meantime. Nosek makes the story un-put-down-able with mysterious ancient Orders, earth magic, and an epic historical battle. Simultaneously, it's an intelligent environmentalist novel written for the 21st century, realistically and honestly bringing us face-to-face with our responsibility to our planet.

Need I mention that this is so much more worthwhile of a read than many other YA books out there with female protagonists... Can't wait for the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is really interesting
Ava can use and join like one with the element. She loves to interact with everything in the nature. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elen Tabita
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Do not start reading on public transportation!
I started reading this book on the train and almost missed my stop.

Ava of the Gaia employs excellent character development that is supportive of the environment without... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Holiday at the beach
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Hamlet
Literally the greatest work of art in any medium.
Published 6 months ago by John Tordoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Gripping and evocative, with a smart sense of humor. I've read it twice already and I'm sure I'll come back to it again and again.
Published 6 months ago by halliejay
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
I can't begin to describe how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The scenes are incredibly vivid and definite page-turners. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DC35
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
Ava of the Gaia is fantastic teen fiction. With a compelling, strong female lead, and an intricate plot -- I couldn't put it down!
Published 15 months ago by Carrie Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
I wanted to preview this book before buying it for a birthday present for a young teen. It was delightful! So engaging for any age.
Published 18 months ago by Robin Karpfen
5.0 out of 5 stars I need to know what happens!
As a law student I have little time for fiction (or anything really), but during my first year, I made an exception for this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rebecca Matte
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the Sequel
I didn't know what to expect going into this book, but absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the characters and felt so personally connected to Ava's story. Read more
Published on March 2, 2013 by CMM
5.0 out of 5 stars Avaaaaa!
Most teen girls battle hormones as they try to survive high-school. Ava has to battle the Order of Ares, a much tougher opponent. Read more
Published on March 1, 2013 by Jacob H. Smergel
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G.E. Nosek was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Rice University and Harvard Law School and works in public interest environmental law. She's never met a dance party she didn't want to join.

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