Broken Elements (Elements, Book 1)

Broken Elements (Elements, Book 1)

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by Mia Marshall
     
 

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For Aidan Brook, manipulating the power of water is as easy as breathing-until the awful night her magic fails, with deadly consequences.

Though Aidan tries to outrun her past, the grisly murder of an old friend draws her back to the scene of her crimes. In Lake Tahoe, she only finds more trouble. An estranged best friend, a dangerously attractive landlord, and a

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For Aidan Brook, manipulating the power of water is as easy as breathing-until the awful night her magic fails, with deadly consequences.

Though Aidan tries to outrun her past, the grisly murder of an old friend draws her back to the scene of her crimes. In Lake Tahoe, she only finds more trouble. An estranged best friend, a dangerously attractive landlord, and a couple of FBI agents are determined to complicate her life...and for the first time in years, she doesn't mind a few complications.

As the killer grows increasingly fixated on Aidan, her past and present begin to collide. To defeat the killer, she must learn to control her power-before her broken magic fails her for the final time.

BROKEN ELEMENTS is the first book in the award-winning Elements urban fantasy series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988976177
Publisher:
Mia Marshall
Publication date:
07/28/2015
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Mia Marshall has always been obsessed with stories. When younger, her version of cleaning her room involved neatly organizing her books, then ignoring all other messes in favor of re-reading The Wizard of Oz series just one more time. As an adult, she earned an unnecessary number of degrees in literature, education, and film. She planned to spend the rest of her life teaching stories to others until she got distracted and started writing those stories herself.

Mia has lived all over the US west coast and throughout the UK. These days, she lives somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where she is hard at work on the next Elements book.

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Broken Elements 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
sarahemily More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book at dinner yesterday, and I couldn't put it down until I finished it around 1 AM. I can't remember the last time I read a book cover to cover. The author brilliantly weaves fantasy, mystery and a contemporary setting into a masterful piece of storytelling. I loved learning about the world of the elementals little by little throughout the book - each piece of information made me excited to read more. I loved all of the characters and the mystery story line kept me turning the pages long after I should have been asleep. I always love books that combine magic with the "real world" and this was a beautiful example. I'm not the most eloquent reviewer, but i really loved this book and would highly recommend it to everyone.
Fantasy_addict_atl More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book.  The heroine, Aidan, is an Elemental, a race of magical beings that can command one of the elements (earth, water, ice, fire).  Aidan is a Water Elemental, and a powerful one that has had issues with her magic.  She yes pulled back into a murder mystery with her former best friend Sera (a Fire Elemental) when a serial killer from their college days is back.  The two are joined by more Elementals and a few shape shifters as the group of friends try to figure out who is behind the killings and how they are connected to the past.  The story is well developed and contains several plot twists.  The only down side is that there isn't much romance going on in this first book.  Aidan does have a potential love interest, but it doesn't go very far in this book.
Lexie1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Recently it seems that the free books, ARCs, and R2Rs haven’t engaged me, but Broken Elements had me hooked quickly.  I read it in about 2 hours- it was that interesting!!Aidan, who is a water elemental has spent the last decade in solitude due to a tragic accident/mistake that happened while she and her former BFF Sera were involved in.  When Sera shows up on her doorstep saying the dreaded words “It’s not over” Aidan is brought back into the world of Elementals (of which Sera is a Fire). She gets reacquainted with old friends as well as new ones. She learns that the  history she was raised with left out vital details, so she learns more about the supernatural world than she could have ever predicted Marshall does an excellent job of developing her characters, world building, and having great dialogue. There are details dropped throughout the book, as well as questions. SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT*******Why does Aidan, who is one of the most powerful Waters alive) have problems accessing her powers when she is frightened or angry? *******END SPOILER ALERT) Due to the clues that Marshall laid out throughout the book around 1/3rd of the book I guessed exactly what was going on (but even then I wasn't  completely positive of my hypothesizes ) and that’s a rarity for me. In my mind that is a credit to Marshall’s writing; her storyline and clues weren't blatantly thrown in the reader’s face IMO.   The reason for the 4 stars is, for those of you familiar with my reviews, I save those for books that really cause me to analyze the subplots and keep me pondering the paradigms existing within myself and the world. Ok, and there are a few series that I love so much that I can’t wait until the next book comes out, but those are rare. I think most readers would give this a 5 star review. Regardless, I will be buying the next 2 books that are available in the series, because I enjoyed the story and characters that much. I did receive this book from LoP in exchange for my honest  opinion.  This in no way influenced my review.
MissRead13 More than 1 year ago
Marshall has nailed a first-class, fantastic start to a series with Broken Elements! This paranormal crime is wildly imaginative and unlike any other book currently sitting on one's shelf. The author is a lover of books and a storyteller at heart which has aided her to spin a tale that's fiercely creative. She takes her time telling this story which is paced so perfectly where nothing is hurried. Her choice of vocabulary will really catch readers' attention because she uses words to describe a character's emotion, or a setting or scene that are eye-catching and unusual, quirky almost. But yet we still know exactly what she's illustrating, which makes a writer super special because one could tell she took her time and included us paranormal fans in her thoughts as well as the gem of a tale she has produced. The whodunit plot is titillating, and the half-humans and shifters throughout keep us intrigued the entire time. The shifting happens in such a fluid movement that it conveys an immaculate image in one's mind to make it all the more believable. As a bonus, it was quite humorous at times, up to date and contemporary. She will gain a plethora of fans who will be anticipating the next work of art in her series. Bravo!
Schattenwolfe More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is nice to find a book that my tween can read as well. That really means a lot to me. She is only 11 and loves the inch thick books with some meat on them. The writer also left off with some very intriguing ideas of where this story could go. I look forward to the next book.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Mia Marshall and Netgalley.) Aidan is 65, but she looks like she’s in her twenties. A semi-powerful Water Elemental, Aidan has the ability to control water, but she’s not as powerful as her full-blooded-Water Elemental mom. 10 years ago Aidan and her best friend Sera investigated a series of murders in which people were killed by an Ice Elemental who froze their hearts. It didn’t end well, and Aidan has been feeling guilty about the consequences of her actions ever since, and has been hiding out alone in a house where nobody knows where she is. Now Sera has found her, and has disturbing news – her human boyfriend Chris has been killed – by having his heart frozen. Worrying that maybe their murderer of ten years ago survived and has struck again, Aidan and Sera try to find out what is going on, and to stop further murders. Can Aiden and Sera stop the murderer for good this time? Why does Aidan find it so difficult to control her element? And what does her father’s identity have to do with any of it? This was a bit of an odd one for me. It had a clearly paranormal element to the story, but the majority of the storyline was concerned with the crime mystery. Aidan (female – this confused me!) was a quite hard, dark character. She was still feeling guilty about the events in her past, and had basically hidden herself away for the best part of a decade. I’m sure psychologists would have had a field day working through her issues! Aidan had a really hard spiky shell (metaphorically speaking), and desperately tried to keep people at arms length. It was quite difficult to really know her, but not difficult to understand why she was like this. Aidan’s interaction with her friends was similarly distant, and at times her observation skills were likewise hindered. The storyline was mainly focused on the murders, with the paranormal element woven in. For this reason I’d say that this series is probably best suited to those who like ‘crime’ novels, and reminded me of Rachel Caine’s ‘Red Letter Days’ series. I liked the world building with regards to the paranormal aspects of this book, and thought that the two genres were mixed well, I also liked how clueless Aidan was with regards to the shifter community, showing how the paranormals kept things so quiet that different camps were not necessarily aware of each other. There were a couple of moments in this book where I thought ‘what?’ though, firstly; when Sera described someone trying to burn them alive as ‘a bit discomforting’ – just a bit?, and then later when Aidan happily goes off for a moonlit stroll, totally alone with the man who she has just discovered is the murderer! Stupid much?! The ending did shed some light on certain aspects of the storyline and explained a bit more about the murderers true motives though, which did help to explain things a lot. Overall; an interesting paranormal/crime novel. 7 out of 10.
Bonnie0 More than 1 year ago
Shifting Selves (Elementals #2) by Mia Marshall was better than I expected, and that is saying a lot because I loved the first book in this series. In this book the reader learns more about the secretive shifting community.  The gang is back, even the FBI agents that where in the first story are back for the second story. I really enjoy paranormal stories that are written like they could be real. The characters have depth, emotions, good days and bad days, as well as personal problems. These character traits sometimes makes situations in the story funny, romantic, dangerous, and even calming. The settings are perfectly detailed to describe the locations without boring the reader with pointless information.  If you enjoy paranormal stories, but are looking for a little change from the typically vampire, werewolf, and witch story Elementals would be a great read for you.  What kind of elemental or shifter would you like to be? 
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
Well thought out supernatural YA story with elementals and shifters. The main character has returned to the town of her college years after hiding away for a decade, the reason for her return is also the same reason she fled in the first place. Murder most foul. To make matters just a little more complicated elementals and shifters have to keep their supernatural side hidden from the human population. The thing is it gets mighty hard to explain to the police when you just happen to look like the perfect suspect. I enjoyed the analytical look at the elemental, the deep soul searching for some understanding and/or connection. What do you do when you fear that which is most ingrained in your being? Is the entity of supernatural part of the person or just an ability they just happen to have? These are questions that seem to swirl around in the head of the main character while she tries desperately to save not only her sanity but also her friends. Kudos to the author for the ending, I have to admit I did not see that twist in the plot coming. Not the killer the other sub-plot. It was so well hidden in plain sight that I never guessed. It certainly makes for an interesting scenario. Hopefully one the author will explore more in a possible sequel. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the world, the characters, the witty writing. It was light without being fluffy. So enjoyable. I had to force myself to put it down and stretch the enjoyment out for 3 days instead of gulping it down in just one sitting. I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of the series!
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