Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
When high school junior Nicole Cassidy moves from her small town in Georgia with her family to Boston, Massachusetts, she is anything but happy. Moving schools, leaving friends, and all she’d ever known was not what she had foreseen for herself. And when she’s thrown into all of the honors classes at her new school, she is confused and further frustrated by the move. However, what she experiences from the moment she steps foot into her first class of the day is anything but normal or boring…especially when the teacher makes things appear out of thin air onto the chalkboard without so much as a wave of his hand. Nicole discovers that she is anything but ordinary – in fact she is a witch, no wand needed. With as much disbelief as she initially feels, the pieces start to fit into place that she is “different”. And when she sees Blake Carter, she immediately feels a connection with him – accept for the fact that he has a gorgeous girlfriend, Danielle – and not to mention that anyone caught even thinking about looking at Blake always ends up with something unfortunate happening to them.
As Nicole learns the basics of being a witch, she also befriends Kate and Chris, who insist on helping her along with her training. When it turns out that Nicole is a pretty fast learner, there are whispers that she is more powerful than she may know. During a field trip to view Olympian Comet, Nicole is put into a group including herself, Kate, Chris, Blake, and Danielle – they are all supposed to connect hands and “meditate” on the comet as it passes. But that happens next will change Nicole’s life even more radically – the five of them develop more advanced powers – the powers of the elements. The powers are far from normal, and they take the 5 witches on an adventure of epic proportions – and they do things they never thought possible, especially seeing as they are now tasked with saving the world from the tear in the veil that holds the prison of Kerberous and they are responsible for its lock cracking and allowing the Titans to slowly escape. With Nicole and Blake’s destinies truly tied together now, it’s getting harder and harder for them to deny the connection they feel – but with Danielle, Kate, and Chris’s destines also tied in, Nicole’s simple high school existence when from bad to worse as the group must fight to save not only themselves, but those they love – and quite possibly the world!
Nicole’s journey really blows off the pages from the very first page. She is thrown into such an unknown world so quickly, she scarcely has time to rebound from her head reeling in the new information about her bloodlines. And the fact that she finds love and a BFF…it’s like a dream come true for this newly minted witch. The only problem was, HOW did she form those relationships so quickly – was it specifically because of the comet’s effects…or what it destine to happen…? I’m truly hoping that we get some more answers in the next book – especially since I’m hopeful that Danielle will be able to find someone new so Nicole and Blake can explore their feelings further. The story had a good flow and great characters – great development of both! Looking forward to seeing what else is in store for the Elementals (as Chris so cleverly named them) in the next book.