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All in all, Elemental is an engrossing story, with a unique plot line. Ella is an unlikely hero, and we get to experience with her while she becomes aware of who she is and what she can do. Destined to kill a god, having wings without knowing it and being able to control elements. These are all things that Ella had no idea about herself as she was imprisoned on a space ship.
It is quite a journey as she comes to grips with these things. And as new people come into her life, some that she can trust and others that she learns the hard way that she can't. All the while a mysterious guy who makes her feel alive, and heals her with his very presence comes onto the scene. But it can't be perfect for her, because one minute he is distant, and the next she finds out that he's hiding things from her. Cailen is very intriguing character and the memories that she has of his eyes, a friend when she was a child is quite a twist. Because how did he get from that boy to the man in front of her. I really hope that we get more of Cailen and Ella in the sequel Fae. I think it was fitting that romance didn't take a forefront in Elemental, but I hope it can in the next book.
The relationship between Ella and Meir is written beautifully. I love the trust and father/daughter type bond that they have. He is a rock to her and it is refreshing to read about that dynamic.
The terminology in the book kinda threw me for a loop, the different names of religions, gods and the societies, but I pretty much got used to it. I think that I am just not used to it, because fantasy/sci-fi isn't my primary focus.
Elemental is paced well, and there is always something new to discover and new twists being thrown in there. I will say it's pretty violent and Ella is hurt a lot. It doesn't take away from the story really, but it is a bit distracting at times... what will be injured next kind of thing. But I guess that adds to her relatability. She doesn't wake up a superwoman, she has to come into herself, and struggle through the pain. I had so many questions that at the moment I wanted answered right then and there, but I think that in the end that only helped me to bond with Ella more, because I am almost as in the dark as she is, and we discover everything together.
Bottom line: I liked Ella's character and once I just let myself go and enjoy the story she had to tell instead of being so caught up in terminology and unanswered questions, I went on quite a fun and action packed literary journey with her.
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Posted May 8, 2013
I graduated from bippa the boston institute of preforming arts and they let me choose what will go on tonight... so i chose a prom... anyways will you marry me since i am twenty now and you are twenty one? And will you join me at sticker for the maper mario sticke star rp? Ps the bippa place is at bippa res three and th prom is in the school gym at res one. I love you sweetheart. You were the bestest girlfriend ever. I love you.........Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 18, 2012
Elemental is the first book in the Elemental Trilogy by Emily White. It begins with a big mystery. Ella is trapped in a prison. She has been for the last ten years. She doesn't know why she's there or how long she's been there. Circumstances arise and she's able to escape her captors but not before she learns some information that confuses and intrigues her. She is aided in her escape by a man named Meir. He takes care of Ella and she warms up to him almost instantly. She looks at him as a father figure. Their relationship develops rather quickly. Meir thinks of her as a daughter as well. He risks his life to save hers.
This book has some really interesting and entertaining characters in it. As the story unfolds, the mystery behind Ella is slowly revealed. Ella's purpose and reason for incarceration are revealed. She is found, betrayed, and hunted by those around her. Ella has great character development. She begins this story as almost a shell of a person. She just exists, nothing more, nothing less. After her escape the changes in Ella are evident.
For the most part this story is good. Some parts of the story as well as some relationships did feel rushed. This is the first book in the trilogy, so I hope that over the next two books more will be revealed about the characters and their back story. I love the science fiction/fantasy elements in this book as well. I definitely want to check out the next book in the trilogy. This series has great potential and I look forward to reading more.
Posted June 13, 2012
I have to admit I didn't know what a space opera was when I picked this book up. Basically it just means the story takes place in space, and let me tell you that I loved the worlds Emily created in this book. Well, actually I should say I loved the way Emily described the worlds. I felt like I was there--aboard ships, on other planets. This is one of those stories where the setting is a character in itself. It added to the conflict and hiked up the tension.
The main character is Ella, and she pretty much has no idea who she is. She was taken when she was very young and only really remembers a boy with green eyes. I won't give any spoilers, so I'll just say that she escapes her imprisonment and goes on a journey to uncover her past. This turns into one battle after another where Ella discovers she has amazing abilities. Abilities that both frighten her and make her crave destruction. In trying to remember her past, she'll unlock her future.
This is such a quick read, and it's full of adventure. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Posted June 1, 2012
I’m writing this as part of the Great Reviews party for Emily White’s book!
Elemental is a pounding, relentless story of a young girl facing trouble and terror from all sides. Sure, Ella has been imprisoned for most of her young life, and sure, she’s got people trying to actively kill her- and a god searching for her so he can destroy her- but she’s also fighting a power within herself that is even more frightening than anything her enemies can throw at her.
Questions of loneliness and the responsibility of power are presented time and time again as Ella escapes her confines and befriends a series of older, mysterious men who are trying to decide her fate for her. She grows out of a coltish, weak prisoner into a strong young woman who is capable of crossing the line of morality in the name of revenge and delicious destruction.
The atmosphere is disturbing and the danger is ever present. Altogether, this is an exciting science fiction fairy tale for girls and boys alike, with touches of romance and lots and LOTS of action.
Posted June 1, 2012
I've known Emily for a long time ("Great, another friend review!"), but that's because I knew from early on that she was destined for publication and I wanted to follow her progress. She has always had a knack for description that doesn't become distractful, and realistic dialogue that flows naturally. She's taken that gift and wrapped it around a story in ELEMENTAL that is both engaging and compelling, and that's from someone who normally doesn't read sci-fi or fantasy. I only gave it four stars because I reserve five for the classics, but you really can't go wrong with this book! And the best part is...there's more to come!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2012
Elemental is moving and sad, funny and frightening, all in turns. I loved the deeper meaning and religious message; it reminded me of the Narnia books, but without being hit over the head with a Bible. And Ella is a wonderfully complex character who really does explore whether she is a force for good... or for destruction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2012
Posted May 4, 2012
Ella was an interesting character. I liked her spunk, but sometimes wished she was a little pushier in getting answers. Ella is a brave, strong female character. The reader will follow the plot through Ella and will cringe when Ella is injured (happens a lot) and cheer when she finally gets something she needs. The story revolves around space and fantasy, the author writes smoothly with little to no awkward transitions. There is an underlying feeling of mystery and helplessness. The reader will be dying to know the answers to some of Ella's queries.
Overall, the Goodreads summary above is great to read through to pick up the plot. The plot itself was mostly fast-paced. There were a few slow areas here and there, but nothing that dragged on. The characters were fairly easy to like and connect to. Ella's character will take some getting used to, but is worth the attempt. The love interest added that perfect amount of tension without taking over the story. The other characters are interesting to get to know. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
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Posted May 1, 2012
Posted May 1, 2012
This will have to be a three-part review because at different stages I had different feelings about Elemental. The beginning was very fast-paced, promising a lot of action and opening many questions: Where is Ella? Why was she imprisoned? Who is she? The first thing I noticed was that the author can write pain and desolation. Descriptions of Ella's injuries and her pain were so accurate that I almost felt physical pain just reading about it. Her escape set the stage for what I believed would be a thrilling ride to the last page.
Much as I took to liking Ella in the beginning, I didn't feel the "click" with her. She is confused, skeptical and quite weak. She has every reason to be in that state, but I couldn't sympathize with her. There was something off. Maybe the voice, maybe her swings between "I can't trust anyone" and "I want someone to love me". So that middle part left me confused. On the other hand, some of the most hilarious stuff happens here (like, the cat. Oh my God, that cat's name. I was laughing my head of.)
And then, the big bang. I mentioned before that Emily can write pain, but she can also write betrayal, rage and destruction. That last part pretty much redeemed the weak middle. Emily pushed Ella to her max and it wasn't pretty for anyone who was standing too close (anywhere on the planet, to be precise). That last part is what I've been waiting for and what makes me want more.
Emily White combines some of my favorite supernatural creatures in this space opera. I've read a lot of stories involving elementals, but the majority of them also included witchcraft. Here, something familiar was put in a completely different context and given a new twist.
Posted May 1, 2012