Seventeen year old Scarlet Flint is an Elemental, a mythological being: part human, half legend re-born. She doesn’t think her life can get any more complicated, that is until she inherits extra-special abilities from her Greenstone Goddess mother.
Hunted by other mythological creatures, Scarlet isn’t sure she can protect herself, let alone those she loves.
However, when her best friend Sterling is kidnapped, Scarlet is forced to become a far stronger person that she ever dreamed possible, causing her to make decisions which will change the course of her life forever ...
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Seventeen year old Australian Scarlet Flint thinks her biggest problem is that she’s telepathic. Until new images keep appearing as ink in her skin. And that’s even before she agrees to move to New Zealand, just to make her aunt Sarah happy ... There she learns that she is an Elemental, a half-human with special abilities gifted to her by Maori ancestors. Scarlet must control her burgeoning powers and uncover the secrets of her past, before she falls prey to deadly forces locked in an ancient battle, losing everything she has come to love ...
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Greenstone Garden is the second book in Vaya Dauphin's The Elementals of Aotearoa Trilogy. This is a young adult fantasy series which is set in New Zealand and is based on Maori mythology. Dauphin includes a detailed description of the characters she introduced in The Turquoise Tattoo, Book One, which makes this book one which can be read on its own. Scarlet is astounded to learn that the mother she had been told was dead is actually alive, well, not alive in the normal sense of the word, but living not very far from Scarlet's new home in New Zealand. Her mother is a Greenstone Goddess, which is a type of Maori earth mother. More important to Scarlet is the fact that if she, too, is to become a Greenstone Goddess, she can never have a relationship with Sterling, her boyfriend and soul mate. While The Greenstone Garden can be read on its own, I'm very glad I started with the first book, The Turquoise Tattoo. I was so impressed by The Turquoise Tattoo that I was initially concerned that the second book might not be as powerful and compelling as the first. I'm thrilled to say that The Greenstone Garden is indeed a worthy successor to the first book. Scarlet's road to maturity and adulthood is paved with conflict, awful surprises, and an increasing sense of self-awareness. The reader gets to share her expanding world vision as she meets her mother and learns more about the Maori mythology of which she is a living part. The Greenstone Garden is fascinating and filled with action and adventure. The heroes and villains exhibit many shades of gray, and the plot will keep you guessing throughout the book. The Greenstone Garden is an intelligent and beautiful work, and is a fabulous read for both young adult and adult readers.