Monday, January 18, 2016

The Prophecy of Shadows {Elementals #1} by: Michelle Madow

"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!"

~About the Book~

Title: The Prophecy of Shadows {Elementals #1}
Author: Michelle Madow
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Source: *Received from publisher off of Netgalley*
Description:"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


I give this book a rating of 8.7 out of 10. Elementals brought a lot of new things to the table and set my bar for books that include magic higher. It not only showed the use of elements magic really well but intertwined with all that was this whole premise of Greek mythology. Michelle Madow really knew how to make the two work together in order to entice the readers.

The story enticed from the start, what's not to love about witches, elements magic, and a comet that will change the course of events for five adventurous teens. I believe the story had a medium pace to it, it wasn't so slow and it wasn't too fast. Also all the information required to understand the story was given at a nice pace. Never once did I feel lost or confused as to what was going on. I think Michelle did a really nice job of explaining everything that needed to be explained, but still left a lot of curious questions to me as a reader. One highlight of this book would have to be the witches magic, they cannot effect actually objects, just the emotional state of people and awesome is that?  I also loved all the adventure and suspense this book had to offer.

I know that I should probably start of this paragraph by mentioning how heroic and strong the female lead was, however I just can't mention Nicole first. I need to mention the most swooniest character I have ever laid my eyes on. Blake, Blake the boy who I don't even remember the last name for because all I remember is how hard I fangirled when he was first mentioned in this book. Not only was the way he was described absolutely prefect, but the way he came off so mysterious was even better. Now unfortunately, this amazingly yummy character has an over protective girlfriend who WILL, send anyone to the hospital who even dares to look at Blake. Though, does this really stop Nicole from looking, even talking to mysterious Blake? I won't say, you'll just have to read to find out.
My next character who I will mention now is Nicole, she makes a sudden move to a new town, which she finds gloomier than ever. Within the first few hours of school she is told that she is a witch and from here on out will be learning to use her powers. Now, Nicole handles it like anyone else would, she is totally freaked out at first. However as the story progresses, I as a reader loved seeing the way she developed into her magical self. With that being said though, I also really like that there is still room for her to grow and improve, therefore I am super excited for book 2 to be released.

In conclusion, Michelle Madow's Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows should be on everyone's TBR list if they not only enjoyed The Percy Jackson series, but also for those who enjoy the good use of story telling that revolves around magic and myths. I highly recommend this book, and hopefully for those who have read it will enjoy the book just as much as I did.

~About the Author~
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. 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.  
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Bogdana said...

Great review! i keep seeing this book around and I'm definitely curious to read it. It's going straight on my TBR :)

Eve said...

I just finished this book last night/this morning! Great review I'm working on getting my own thoughts together on this one!

Booknut101 said...

The cover image is just stunning! Beautiful review <3

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