Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra (Book 2) by Michelle Madow
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**
4 ½ stars
The team of Elementals is back and ready for some answers. With their teacher Darius leading the way, Nicole, Blake, Kate, Chris, and Danielle begin practicing and honing their Elemental skills – and keeping their town safe from monsters that have escaped from Kerberos, the prison the Olympians locked them into after the Second Rebellion. As tension rise among the team, as do feelings between Nicole and Blake – but they have to keep those feelings hidden so they don’t upset the balance of the team, more specifically, Danielle. But when they come up with a plan to find out just how the monsters are escaping, catching and questioning one of them, tensions run even higher.
Now that they’ve figured out a temporary fix using the Books of Shadows, the adventure really begins – in Greece and the Aegean Sea. They must retrieve three things: the seed of the lotus fruit, the milk from the sacred immortal cattle of Helios, and the blood of a slain hydra. The only problem is that they ALL come with some kind of obstacle – the lotus fruit turns you into a glorified hippie, the immortal cattle don’t produce milk, and the hydra, well, it’s a hydra – with 5 different heads, poisonous breath and bite – not to mention that if you try killing it by beheading it, two more heads grown back in the one’s place. With nothing more than their magic and the weapons Blake (the fire elemental) created, they set off to create the only thing that could help them get and keep a hold on the escaping monsters until they can figure out how to permanently close the portal to Kerberos forever. With a few new friends they meet along the way, does the Elemental team have what it takes to complete this frightening mission?
One thing I love about the first two books so far is that they start with action and it doesn’t seem to stop throughout the entire story. Nicole and Blake’s crush on each other grows, Kate proves that just because she can “only” control plates, she is a complete bad ass, and we already knew that Danielle and Chris has amazing power and confidence. This story is very imaginative, while still giving the reader a glimpse into the actual Greek mythology. I also think that it’s great that the story is super interesting, has a lot of action, but keeps it clean as far as the relationships are concerned. This series would be perfect for anyone from 6th grade and up – and while an imagination is also necessary, Ms. Madow does a great job of painting a great portrait of her characters and the settings.