I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Elemental #1
Published by CreateSpace on May 1st, 2011
Genres: Angels, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Witches
Source: blog tours
Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start. Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it's only a ploy to draw her out; she can't let someone die because of her.
Shayna and her two best friends, Jodi and Steven are elementals. Their powers coincide with earth, fire and air. Keeping their powers a secret is a must in their small town. But when mysterious brothers, Ian and Jensen stroll into town, strange things start happening in her town. And she’s determined to put an end to it.
There’s a lot of wonderful story development, but not a lot of character development. We’re shoved into the story with very little back-story as to how they got their powers in the first place. How in the world did they all become frends and realize they have powers too? I don’t understand how they have elemental powers and are also witches at the same time? Maybe I’m not versed in witchcraft but I’m guessing they’re missing one element which is water. There are four natural elements and since earth is the strongest one, naturally it had to be the main character right?
I’ve always enjoyed when new characters are brought in and they stir the normal lives of the cast of characters. Ian and Jensen are no exception. They brought a lot of drama and swoon worthiness that are evident in most novels. I couldn’t help but smirk every time Jensen would appear on the pages. The mysterious silent ones are always hiding secrets.
As for the writing style, I wasn’t too keen on the massive slang usage of “dude” and “babe.” It was a bit much, and considering the fact that these teens live in a small town would make me think they don’t swear as city teens would. Also the ebook the ebook was broken up into pages that would get cut off so I had a hard time reading what was there. Maybe if the ebook was cleaned up and formatted properly it would be that much more readable.
Overall a great story and a lot of promise to a budding series!