Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
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 over the elements. 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.
“My world had gone from normal to magical in only a few days. Everything I’d once believed to be true had been turned upside down, and even though it was crazy and possibly dangerous, I loved every second of it.”
Thank you to Michelle Madow for providing me an ARC of this book. This doesn’t effect my opinions about it in any way.
After Nicole Cassidy and her family move from Georgia to Massachusetts, she learns that not only is her school teacher and new classmates witches but she is one herself, too. One night when she was with her classmates, a comet flew overhead and everything became amplified. That comet changed the course of their lives, and opened up doors to a prophecy that left their lives in danger. Nicole and her friends must find a way to protect themselves and everyone they love.
I thought this story’s concept was really intriguing, since personally, I don’t find myself reading books with Greek Mythology so often. It’s a really quick and fast paced read, with strong characters and an interesting storyline. The world building was great, and it was one of the reasons I found myself turning the pages faster in the second half of the book.
I really liked Nicole’s character—the way she handled the fact that she was a witch was quite impressive. I would’ve totally freaked out if I were in her place. It shows that she’s a very strong character. I loved how she was able to adjust to the new surroundings—and her new life—so easily, and also got used to using her powers in less than a week.
One thing I didn’t really like about this book was the insta-love between her and Blake. I know that’s not very uncommon in YA novels, but I really wanted more of a developing relationship rather than an instant attraction. Though the ending does leave the readers wanting to know what will happen next, and I’d certainly be picking up the second book when it’s released! The copy I received had a sneak peek of The Blood of the Hydra (book #2 in the series), and I loved its first chapter. It’s going to be a very fast paced read too, and I’m sure I’ll end up loving it.
Overall, this book was a great start to what will hopefully turn out to be a great series. If you loved the Percy Jackson or the Harry Potter series, I’m sure you’d enjoy Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows as well. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great YA Paranormal/Fantasy read.