Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow

Elementals; The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Witches are real. They're descendants of the Greek gods. Now, five witches with elemental powers must fight to stop a war against the Titans.

Nicole Cassidy is the new girl in town with a new problem -- she's a witch descended from gods. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, she's welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers -- and by Blake, the town's notorious bad-boy.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, and three of their classmates are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect -- it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes, they're forced to follow a cryptic prophecy, while learning to work together to stop the spread of evil. If only they can succeed in time to save their town... and possibly the world.

This book wasn't at all what I expected.  I'm not typically a "witch" story enthusiast, but this author did a fabulous job melding the witch element into Greek and Egyptian mythology, which you know I love. I've never seen this done in a book before, so I was pleasantly surprised, intrigued and sucked right into this unusual story.

I loved all of the characters from the start.  Some of them came across, at first, in a stereotypical way, but it didn't take long for me to see past that, as each character grew and changed.  With what the comet does to them, and how it draws them together as a group, characters changed with the circumstances, became stronger, and more individual.

And my favorite part of the story?  A quest.  I love a good quest, and the fact that the author placed these characters on a journey of clues and research was a great addition to the story that really pulled me into their world and had me in suspense with each new discovery.

The writing was very fast-paced, the story very interesting, and the romance sweet a little hot.  The book had all the elements (not pun intended) to really keep me interested and keep me reading.  When I reached the final page, I was left wanting more, which is the mark of a success to me.  I'm definitely on board to read the next book.  A good read!

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