February 4, 2016

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! Today I'll be sharing my review of the book with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1)
Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Format: eBook and paperback
ISBN: 2940152448849


Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

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. 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. 

The Prophecy of Shadows is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult fantasy series that will leave readers begging for the next book. The story follows our main character - Nicole - as she begins her new life in Massachusetts, after moving there from Georgia. On her very first day at school, she discovers that her homeroom is actually a secret meeting place for all the witches in the school. Even more shocking - they believe Nicole is a witch herself. As she begins to adjust to life at her new school, she finds herself being drawn to Blake - the notorious bad boy who has a girlfriend. Blake can't seem to stay away from Nicole either, no matter how hard he tries. When the Olympian Comet crosses the skies for the first time in over 3,000 years - it leaves Nicole, Blake, Danielle (Blake's girlfriend) and a couple others from their homeroom with strange new powers. On top of the mysterious abilities, the comet has also opened a portal - one to the prison world where the Titans have been held captive for hundreds of years. Now there are actual monsters on the loose and attacking people - which leaves the coven with the task of decoding a cryptic prophecy - if they have any chance of saving the world.

I'm a huge fan of anything having to do with witches and witchcraft, so I was immediately drawn to this book after reading the description. I've read several of the author's other books and have yet to be disappointed, so I had high hopes and expectations going into this novel. I'm so glad to say that the book didn't let me down in the least. The plot was exciting and intriguing, and I was sucked inside Nicole's world from the very beginning. The story mixes together paranormal concepts with mythological aspects, which I found to be a breath of fresh air in the genre. I loved learning all that I could about the town, its history and the history of the coven, along with every little detail about the witches and their powers. Another aspect of the story that I couldn't get enough of was the mythology. I'm somewhat familiar with mythology and I loved every little detail that was included in the book. Mixing the two - the mythology and the witches - had me hooked almost immediately and I couldn't seem to read fast enough. There were some great twists and turns throughout the book, which kept me on my toes (even though I was already hanging on every word). The romance in the book was well balanced and didn't overpower the main plot line - it actually enhanced it and made the story all the more exciting for me as a reader. Overall, this novel was a fantastic start to a captivating new series that fans of YA fiction will definitely want to get their hands on!

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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