Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra (Book 2) by Michelle Madow

Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra (Book 2) by Michelle Madow

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**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.

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Elementals: The Head of Medusa Michelle Madow Cover & Blurb Reveal

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Elementals: The Head of Medusa by Michelle Madow Cover & Blurb Reveal

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals 3: The Head of Medusa is the latest installment in Michelle Madow’s exciting Elementals series. Follow Nicole and her fellow Elementals as they journey to the end of the world, unsure of who to trust, and facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? And if they don’t, will the ones who do be able to find the strength to continue?

Title: Elementals 3: The Head of Medusa
Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Publisher:Dreamscape Publishing
Series: Elementals #3
Format: eBook and paperback

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Synopsis:

THE EPIC JOURNEY CONTINUES IN THE THIRD BOOK OF THE ELEMENTALS SERIES.

Moving to a new town wasn’t supposed to be easy. But for Nicole Cassidy, it meant discovering she was a witch with never before seen elemental powers. Mysteriously given a mission that could help save the world, Nicole and four other gifted classmates journeyed to Greece, where they battled ancient monsters and barely escaped with their lives.

Now Nicole and the Elementals have returned home, and while her relationship with Blake—the fire Elemental—is finally heating up, she can’t rid herself of the guilt that she’s responsible for the death of one of their own in Greece. But she must remain focused, because the portal to the prison world of Kerberos is weakening, and Typhon, one of Earth’s deadliest creatures, has escaped. Now the Elementals must retrieve the only object in the world that can destroy this dangerous monster—the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the world, unsure of who to trust, and facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? And if they don’t, will the ones who do beable to find the strength to continue?

Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.

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About the Author:

Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She 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 went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back 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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Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars

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.

Claimed By Light (A Bound By Hades Novel) by Reese Monroe

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Claimed By Light (A Bound By Hades Novel) by Reese Monroe

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars!

Having lived for hundreds of years…easy – falling in love and being vulnerable, that is truly terrifying to Gate Keeper (or demon hunter) Halena Girard!  After her sister or Companion as she was called is killed in the line of duty, protecting her, Halena has had a very hard time letting anyone in.  But when a smooth talking Slade Bennet comes walking to up to her at a local bar with ulterior motives of his own, she can’t help but feel something for him…he’s different, she can sense it.

Sent on a mission for the very demons that Halena kills, Slade is there for one thing, and one thing only – to save his little sister Abby from the fate of being a demon the rest of her life…even if that means betraying the gorgeous red-head and turning her over to the demons.  As Slade watches the demons do their worst to Halena, he figures he is just an innocent bystander who is protecting his baby sister, given their parents death when she was young – and of course, Slade now feels responsible for his rebelling sibling.  But is that all there is to it, or was the passion and lust that was between he and Halena real, before he turned her over to be tortured by the demons she is supposed to return to Hades?  With the help of other Gate Keepers and his little sister, Slade and Halena have to chose – fate or rebellion, as only one will work for them.  The Great One has a plan and Slade as her Mate is part of it, but is Helena strong enough to follow it blindly for the sake of the safety of humanity?

WOW – let me start by saying this book was great!  I had a hard time putting it down – there was action, romance, betrayal, and much more written through the pages of this book.  I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the context – how The Great One created the Gate Keepers, they dispatch the demons and keep the balance, etc.  And I don’t think there is a red blooded woman alive that wouldn’t want Slade fighting on their side!  He’s loyal (well, he ends up that way at least), loving toward his family, and H-O-T!  This was a very enjoyable read – looking forward to more from Ms. Monroe!