Book #49: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow

Witches are real. They’re descendants of the Greek gods.

Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods… but she doesn’t know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole and four others — including mysterious bad-boy Blake — are gifted with elemental powers. But the comet has another effect — it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes, it’s up to Nicole and the others to follow a cryptic prophecy in time to save the town… and possibly the world.

I can’t remember how I came across this book, but the cover was beautiful and I was wanting to read a new book about witches. Lately, I’ve been under a serious audiobook funk. The last three books I’ve tried were underwhelming and had to return them because of the writing and/or narrator. The Elementals was just another attempt of finding a book that had me actively reading.

Michelle Madow achieved that. Her concept of witches being descendant of Gods was intriguing. Not only do they have distant God blood, the witchcraft used is very similar to what I would consider witchcraft in real life. Instead of crazy mutant/psychic abilities, these witches need to concentrate and take in a color to manipulate things. Each color has a meaning and an element that coincides with it. It is very similar to chakras and what I consider witchcraft. It was a great twist and made the concept of witches believable.

I’m not too big on fiction based on Greek mythology, but that didn’t bother me in this book. It made the mythology more magical and interesting, something I was iffy about in general (I’m more of a Norse or Japanese myths kind of girl). The Greek myth part of the story isn’t the big deal in this story.

No, this story is about an unlikely group of kids working together. Each of the characters have a specific personality trait that is seen in many group styled young adult books. Sure, it could be a bit used, but I found that these characters and this story to be very enjoyable. I felt a part of the team and was yelling at them to do certain things. I was solving the puzzles with them.

I also had to buy the second book. Yep, I have it now. I think I found a new audio series to dive into. The story is only beginning and it is doing the siren’s song to me.

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