I’m so excited to be part of the Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Blog Tour! I was given the wonderful opportunity by the lovely people at Barclay Publicity to do a review for the book!
Before I give my review here is a little info for you:
Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals Book One)
Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
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.
****If you would like to know more about BOOK 2 click this link here to go to my cover reveal post!****
About the Author:
Michelle Madow has always loved writing stories, but the possibility of being an author used to feel more like a dream than a reality. She didn’t share her stories with anyone until her junior year of college, when she signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing course. Her teacher and classmates read the first chapter of a book idea she had, and they loved it so much that they told her she had to finish the book so they could find out what happened next. By the end of the school year, Michelle finished that book, which would later be published as her first novel, Remembrance.
Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.
If you spend time talking to me there is something you will learn, I love Mythology! Especially Greek Mythology. So when I heard about Michelle’s new book coming out containing Greek Mythology in it I was excited to read it. When I read that fans of the Percy Jackson series (which is one of my favorite series next to Harry Potter) would enjoy it I was overjoyed!
I hate to say, while my expectations were extremely high with the good I had heard from a few people, this book fell slightly short of where I expected it to be at with all the praise. It was enjoyable, but maybe not as much as I was hoping for.
Here are a few things I did enjoy in the story:
- A Fun Story! I started reading this story, and before I knew it I was already almost halfway through it. The story was entertaining enough to keep me reading to see what Nicole was going to do and what would come next in her new life. This is one of those stories that is a nice read when you need something not as heavy to read in between books.
- Elemental Magic! I love magic, but when it has to do with elements it is a major plus in my opinion. I really like that we have a chance to see the characters use magic with all the elements not just one or two.
- Mythology! I already mentioned this once, but I loved that there is Mythology woven into the story. A little prophecy, the magic, characters, and even demons all of it can come from mythology. I love seeing it. I look forward to seeing what Michelle will do with this in the future books.
With the good comes the bad. Sadly there are a few things I didn’t like as much in this book:
- Not as much Character Development! We meet 5 interesting characters, and although we see them change slightly as the book goes on I didn’t feel as if there was much character growth with them. I would love to see a little more growth in the next books, especially with the main character Nicole.
- The Romance! The romance was not one of my favorite parts of the story. I am all for a swoon worthy story. I love for two characters to fall in love, but the insta-love between the characters in this story was just one of those situations I don’t really like. It felt a little to forced on the readers, and too quick. The romance was almost overpowering the plot. I, personally, would have enjoyed the story a lot more if the romance would not have been the main focus as much as it was. Plus, I’m not a fan of the way cheating was written into the plot for this story.
- Not a lot of explantation! There are times when things would happen, but not very well explained. The characters would just have a feeling, or it was something that maybe the other students understood but Nicole and the readers being new did not. I just think it would have been nice if some situations and certain points were explained just a bit more, or at least said in a way that would have been a better reason to why we don’t have all the answers.
Overall, the story had a bit of a bumpy start for me. I was not a huge fan of the sudden romance between the two MC and not as much emphasis on mythology and magic. But as the story went on I was able to find myself enjoying the book a bit more. By the end, I have found myself wanting to read book 2 a little more. I think my main issue was having this book compared to one of my favorites which meant I had extremely high expectations for it. Halfway though saved the book for me. I really enjoyed the adventure they went on toward the end, and seeing more of the magic was nice. I still wouldn’t call this one of my favorites books I have read, but I know I at least enjoyed it.
I would give this book a 3 1/2 out of 5 hearts.