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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Book Review: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1)

Release Date: January 26, 2016
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Length: 199 pages
Source: Review Copy via NetGalley

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

    

Review:

Protagonist: So when Nicole moves to New England, the last thing she expected to find at her new school was a homeroom full of witches, what's even more shocking is that according to them she's a witch too! Honestly, I'm not too sure how much I liked Nicole. I mean, she's an enjoyable character, and she definitely has her moments where if I were watching a movie I'd pump my fist in the air, but I felt like a lot of who she is was sucked up by her near obsession with Blake. I'll get to the romance in a bit, but I just wish that I was able to connect with her character better, because, as will probably be a theme with this review, she has so much potential.

Romance: The romance in this book is fairly straight forward, or at least there aren't two guys vying for Nicole's affections. From the moment she sees Blake, there's this instant connection that's hard for her to shake and worse yet, he has a girlfriend. The thing is though while I wanted to like this love story, I really did, I had a hard time feeling any chemistry between the characters, there was no real romantic tension and most of the time I just felt like I was told that they liked each other rather than feeling it for myself. Unfortunately I'm getting bored with the whole bad boy with a heart of gold cliche and since I went into this book knowing that was a part of the story I really only had myself to blame.

World-Building: So, this book held a lot of promise and while I wasn't completely bored or annoyed with it it had a lot of problems, but let's focus on the good for now. The magic system in this book is very unique and while it takes a bit to fully understand the concept behind it is pretty amazing. You guys know I love a book with a Greek Mythology background to it and this book handled it pretty well, I wish that the whole Greek Mythology thing blended with the Witch lore a bit more smoothly, but it still made for a great world nonetheless. However, there were various aspects of this world that were very confusing, not necessarily in an "I don't understand what's going on" way, but more of a "two plus two does not equal five" way. Also things seemed to move by really fast, and not because this book was fast paced, but more that the bulk of this book takes place in one day the second week since Nicole finds out she's a witch.

Predictability: For the most part the foreshadowing in this book was pretty heavy handed. It was easy to find out clues on what would happen next, who would do what, and how things came together. There were a few times that I was genuinely caught off guard, particularly towards the ending and final climax of this story. I have to say I expected more to come out of this book, like the synopsis reveals way to much about the basis of this installment, it's not going to spoil the whole book for you, not by any means, but there is one crucial key piece of information that the characters don't even find out about until very close to the end of the book.

Ending: As for the ending itself, there's a lot that goes down in the final climax of this story. There are a great many things that I'm nearly certain will come back again and play into the story in some way. The final action scene was pretty cool and it shows a great extent of the abilities Nicole has. The very end had that plateaued feel that most first books in series had.

Rating:


I struggled a lot with this rating because while I did really enjoy the story and I'm actually pretty excited to see what's coming next, there's a great deal in this book that falls flat for me. There are moments that I felt could have been drawn out a bit more, the chemistry between Nicole and Blake could have been better, and there were small aspects to the world that could have made more sense. At the end of the day, will I buy this book for myself or a friend? Most likely. Will I buy and read the sequel? Most definitely.

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