Monday, April 18, 2016

Review and Giveaway - Elementals 2: The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow

--> Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra is the second book in the Elementals series. Join Nicole and the rest of the Elementals on their quest to save the world, or die trying, in this spellbinding sequel that fans of mythology, magic, and adventure will love!
About Elementals 2: The Blood of the Hydra

Title: Elementals 2: The Blood of the Hydra
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Series: Elementals #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eBook and paperback
ISBN: 9781311296788

A demigod who can kill with a touch. It’s an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret—not even Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they’ve encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world—or die trying.

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The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! To learn more about the first book, and to read the first four chapters for free, click here!

The Elementals series is available on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it for free!

My Review:

I was lucky enough to get an e-galley of this title from Netgalley, Dreamscape Publishing, and being part of the author's street team.  I've been a big fan of Michelle Madow since I first read her book Remembrance.  And the first book in this series so far, Elementals, started off with some great ideas and I was very excited to read on and see where the story would go.

Just like in my review of the first book, the synopsis above tells you pretty much what happened, and I don't want to repeat all of it.  So again I'll just talk about what I liked or didn't like!

Honestly, for the most part, there wasn't much that I didn't like in this one!  I really enjoyed the quest that they had to go on.  When they went to the island that was the Land of the Lotus Eaters, and had to keep from eating the fruit, it was great how the author thought of every way that the fruit might get into the people's system besides just eating the fruit.  They found some other demi-gods, Rachel and Ethan, on the island, and they were great to join into the quest and help.  Trying to figure out how to get between Scylla and Charybdis was really stressful.  Trying to not have to do what Odysseus had to do, and sacrifice six people from the boat, that got them to have to figure out another way, and even earned them a visit from Zeus.  Then, the next part of the quest was to get the milk of the immortal cattle on Helios's island.  That proved to be pretty difficult, not to mention also brought about another issue they will have to deal with. 

Then, getting to the final battle with the hydra.  All I can say is that Rachel, well she kind of annoyed me, and what she did, well, let's just say I feel like what happened to her was her own fault.  It seemed like for a minute Ethan might become a love triangle, but I feel like the author kept that from happening perfectly.   In a way that I'm sure will pop up in book 3 and lead to a really good story arc.  The five of the Elementals:  Kate, Blake, Danielle, Chris, and Nicole, are learning to work together better.  To get past the personal issues from Blake and Danielle breaking up.  And Blake just wanting to be able to be with Nicole, they will be able to figure out how that can work with the group and still have them be able to take care of the things they need to.

Another great book from Michelle Madow, as well as a great new book about Greek mythology in the footsteps of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and the Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter.

  About Michelle Madow:

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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