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Elemental Reality
     

Elemental Reality

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by Cesya Marae Cuono
 

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When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearance twelve years later, the earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that's only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any Faerie

Overview

When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearance twelve years later, the earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that's only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any Faerie ever born. Now they have to use their powers to save their mother and family from the evil hands of fate that threaten to tear them apart. Welcome to her elemental reality.

Editorial Reviews

Laura Kreitzer
Brilliant! Hysterically funny with a side of romance and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983353713
Publisher:
Revolution Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
08/11/2011
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Cesya MaRae Cuono hails from a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Alvernia University where she majored in Business Administration and also received her certificate of Multi-Media & Production makeup from Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry. You can find any updates from Cesya on her website.

http://cesyacuonobooks.blogspot.com

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Elemental Reality 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TheMochaLatte More than 1 year ago
Elemental Reality is a novel that successfully drew me in with it's gorgeous cover and interesting premise. I couldn't wait to dive into it, so when I was offered a spot on the Elemental Reality blog tour I said "heck yes! Count me in!" Elemental Reality begins with the introduction of protagonist Callie Pierce, a 22 year old, or rather "21-again", who loves black and pink...everything! After her "21-again" birthday party - fully equipped with a black and pink polka-dotted cake - Callie, her sister and friends head out to celebrate. Later that night Callie is approached by two men, both mysterious and possessive. Cayden, one of the men, is alluring and handsome. The other is Oli, an all around good guy from Australia with piercing green eyes. Now comes the part where I was really confused. After the introduction of Cayden and Oli, I found myself reading about how "attached" and "possessive" they were about being around Callie. One turned out to be her new across the street neighbor while the other turned out to be very stalkerish. Ugh! Why were they constantly on the look out for her? Why play it creepily close? I had no idea what was going on, that is until later in the novel where Callie learns of her true identity and what she is capable of doing. That one revelation quickly tied in all loose ends and proved to change my complete perspective on Cesya's debut novel. I found myself really enjoying Cesya's laid-back writing style. It was an absolute breeze to get through and allowed me to enjoy it for what it was, a romantic fantasy. I also have to mention that I'm head over heels for Oli, his Australian slang getting me each time. *Badump* Hear that? *Badump* That's my heart skipping a beat. Damn you, Callie! (Completely jealous of a fictional character). I have to admit, however, that Oli's constant use of "ace" proved to be quite over the top and annoying. I'm more than sure that words like "alright" and "got it" existed in that adorable brain of his, right? Elemental Reality had it all; the fantasy, the action, the romance, the drama, and the steamy hot scenes that had me wishing the sequel would hurry the heck up and release itself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ADORED!
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
I was so happy when Jennifer asked me to be part of the ELEMENTAL REALITY blog tour, because I’ve been wanting to read this novel since the first time I read about it being published. Callie is a protagonist I really liked. She is straight-forward, tough and at the same times cares so much about the people surrounding her. The male protagonist is Oli, a hottie with Aussie slang that you simply must fall in love with. In addition we get to read more about Callie’s family, including her sister Lola, their parents and the secret around the girls’ heritage. And that secret is really exciting and exactly what made me want to read ELEMENTAL REALITY in the first place. Callie has some special powers and I really enjoyed her discovering and actually using them for good. She can control the elements. Fire, water, earth, wind and electricity. Describing the way Callie’s body reacts to different elements was well done, I imagined so many different sensations while reading it. At the beginning I thought the girl was involved with different guys way too fast, but that was only the result of them playing their magic. There is a dark and light magic and you should find out yourselves about the magical beings behind. Cesya MaRae Cuono also involved the concept of a paranormal being that I’m not too fond of and it was a surprise to me to find out what Callie actually is. To me the story would have worked much better if the special elemental powers were the only paranormal aspect about her. Callie’s mom went missing years ago and now the group around Callie and Oli’s family goes on a search for her, which promised to be exciting. In the end I was a bit disappointed, because their journey and adventures didn’t feel epic in the end but rushed. The story sometimes felt as if someone was pressing the fast forward button on a remote control. I wished for a more relaxed pace and more time for the girls to discover their new heritage. The writing style was engaging and the whole story and atmosphere felt good to me. The author has a great humour and often achieved to bring amusement to the story. So I’ll definitely read the sequel to ELEMENTAL REALITY, I’m already curious about the next chapters in Callie and Oli’s love story and the fight against evil. THE VERDICT Where I want other novels to be more fast paced and feature some action, ELEMENTAL REALITY sometimes needs to slow down a bit. Still I really liked the characters and the concepts of love and elemental powers Cesya MaRae Cuono invented.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
If the cover doesn't catch the reader's eye, the plot will. The best part of this novel were the incredibly likable characters. Callie is a fun, sassy character. She marches to the beat of her own drum. I love strong female characters and she fit the bill. Lola, her sister, is just as sarcastic and tough-the reader will take an instant liking to her as well. There is also an Aussie in this book! I thought the author nailed the accent, I enjoyed reading about a foreigner as well. The events in this book were fairly exciting, the Goodreads summary details the plot very nicely. The reader shouldn't be bored. The ending was interesting, this book was full of slight twists...tricked me a few times. This book is recommended to teen/young adult readers.
Cicis_Theories More than 1 year ago
I really liked the voice that Cesya used. I felt that all the characters were very easy to identify with. All of the characters were so real and likable, even the ones I shouldn't like. The unlikables weren't likable in a happy, cheery way, but they were so intricately created that they were enjoyable to read. Every manipulation and mood swing was felt through the pages. The storyline was pretty darn good too! Not your Tinkerbell fairytale, that's for sure. I can honestly say, I am now a fan of books about faeries. And demons. Elemental Reality had every ingredient for my kind of story...funny, edgy, little bit of romance, a dark side and a little bit of conflict! Very captivating story and certainly an amazing work of art for a debut novel. I am most certainly looking forward to more from Cesya!
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I love the cover of this book! It's one of my favorite covers for the year and really does fit with the story. Callie is a very likable character. The story begins on her 22nd birthday which is always a sad day because it marks the anniversary of when her mother left the family. I love how the book starts and the relationship between Callie and her friends and her family. You really get a sense of how much they care about each other. The back and forth banter among them is snarky and funny and helps to move the story along nicely. The story is well paced until Callie meets Oli and Cayden and then everything speeds up - her relationship with Oli, finding out the truth about herself and her family, learning to use her powers, training to use her powers - it all happens in a very short period of time. Not that I like slow stories but I would have preferred if the plot and characters had more depth, especially since we meet so many minor characters in passing. That being said, the book has tons of action, hot romance and a nice twist at the end that will keep readers looking out for the next book in the series. Content: Kissing, profanity and violence.
Tonia0_7 More than 1 year ago
This book is red velvet cake drizzled in dark chocolate syrup. Yum. Not everyone likes a sweet story, but the heroine, Callie Pierce, dishes it out with a side of snark, glam/punk rock, and a little sexiness. This is the first of a series, and I am drooling for the second book. I give mad props to the story's creator, Cesya Cuono. Girl, well done and you earned yourself a die hard fan. Callie Pierce wakes on her twenty- second birthday, feeling that she has slept her life away. She misses her mother, feels distanced from both her father and sister, and questions her sanity. Callie feels an inner fire burning, well beyond the normal hormones of a young woman, and electricity tends to spark when she's around. A night out on the town is the catalyst needed to open her eyes to a unique world. The new boy in her life, an Australian named Oli, and her father reveal that she and her offbeat, energetic sister Lola are not quite human. This, and the knowledge that their mother may be alive, galvanizes Callie. The quest begins.
Tishia More than 1 year ago
Elemental Reality centers around Callie - a young woman in her early twenties. One day, odd things start happening to her. Shortly thereafter, Callie finds out that her and her sister are actually fairies - a fact that has been kept from them in order to protect them. Now that Callie knows the truth, she is on a mission to find her mother who has been missing for the past 12 years. I have a lot of mixed feelings on this book. Because of this, I'm going to do this review a little differently than I usually do. I'm going to break this up between what I liked and didn't like. I think I will start off with what I didn't like to get that out of the way. I thought that a lot of things that happened in this book were just a little too convenient. For instance, Callie and her sister just happen to be the most powerful faeries EVER born. They can do things that no other faerie can do, even though they have no training using their powers. Also, I didn't see how not telling Callie and her sister about them being faeries protected them. I found it funny that their wings just sprouted from their backs right after they found out about what they were. Also, I just wasn't sure what category to put this book in. The main character is 22 - but it had a young adult feel to it. Callie still lives with her dad. Her soul-mate Oli still lives with his parents as well. They didn't go past kissing, and Callie acted like her dad would freak out if Oli was caught in her bedroom. The way Callie acted and talked also seemed like a high school girl. On the other hand, I liked Callie's snarkiness. I loved the internal banter she had with herself, and also the way she interacted with her sister Lola. There were a lot of funny moments. There were a lot of well developed secondary characters as well, and I liked them all - especially Oli. He is from Australia, and I enjoyed hearing all of his Australian terms. Callie and Oli have some great chemistry together. Also, considering the fact that this is the author's first book - I think she did a great job. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. I think that most of you who enjoy YA paranormal romances would enjoy this book as well.
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BookSake More than 1 year ago
The start of the book is really fun and quirky and all of the characters are one's you would want to hang out with. The best friends, who are a couple, are friends you'd want over at your place celebrating your birthday with you. The sister and dad are great family members, fun and caring. And the main character is the quirkiness to the story. Sometimes her quirkiness is a bit too obvious and off putting though. For a number of pages she goes on and on talking to herself (as if she had the angel/devil on her shoulder bantering back and forth) inside her head. Luckily it doesn't continue throughout the book and the story gets back on track. Midway through the book we are told that there is a war going on between the demons and the fairies. I reread that part again and again trying to figure out the actual reasons for the war, what each side was trying to accomplish, why the mom was gone. While there was a basic reason for the mom being gone, it wasn't filled out. And I still have no idea why it's considered a war. The story feels like it wasn't fully fleshed out - it has really good bones.and even muscle..but the skin holding it together seems to be missing. I wish it felt more complete as the characters are very entertaining. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
BreaEssex More than 1 year ago
I loved this! Faeries and hot Australian men-what's not to like? The characters were fantastic (especially Oli!). It is a unique view of faerie mythology. I liked the magic of it all and the interaction between Callie and her sister Lola. The ending just about killed me. Prepare for a huge cliffhanger! If it doesn't have you scrambling for book two, I don't know what will. Cesya, hurry up and write! We want to know what happens, and I need my Oli fix. Fantastic debut! I can't wait to read the rest of Callie's story. I will definitely be picking up Battle Scars (Elemental #2) the day it's available. Great job Cesya!
Ambur More than 1 year ago
I've read stories with Feries in them before, and of course, like most children, I've watched Peter Pan. Meaning I've met Tinkerbell...well, the Faeries in Elemental Reality are nothing like Tinkerbell. They aren't tiny, and they don't have pixie dust. :P That being said, Elemental Reality was incredibly unique. Cesya has created a world where Faeries are subdivided by gender. The males are Conjurers, and the females are the ones you'd call Faeries. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't tell you what the differences are, but I will tell you that they both have awesome powers where they can control either one element, or multiple elements. In this story, there are five elements, and I loved how they were described with the powers, it was awesome! :D Along with their powers, Faeries/Conjurers also have soul mates, each Faerie has a soul mate in a Conjurer and vice versa. I thought that was pretty cool. :D Now, onto the characters. I loved Callie. Her full name was Callista, which is a bit of a mouthful, and to be honest, I think Callie suits her much better...or perhaps Kitten suits her best. You'll just have to read it to figure out about the whole "Kitten" thing though. I am sooo not spoiling that for you. I also loved Oli...oh boy am I ever a sucker for accents, and Australian ones are definitely one that I have a particular weakness for, and I loved the slang that he used, so freaking adorable! :D I also loved Callie's best friends, Ady and Emery, their relationship was so awesome, and I loved their inside jokes. I was also impressed that Cesya managed to make me feel like I was on the inside of their "inside" jokes, especially since Elemental Reality isn't that long, but in only 260 pages she managed to make me feel as if I knew them, and that I was one of their best friends too. :) The settings were fantastic! I loved how they were described. From the bar scenes, to the scenes in the Faerie city, to the scenes in Callie's own house. They were fabulous, and once again, I felt like I was there within the story. Elemental Reality was an easy read, with a very smooth flow, and it's one of those books that you can definitely devour within a sitting or two. Cesya did a fabulous job with this story, and I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the next book! :D
Jessica_the_witch More than 1 year ago
Elemental Reality by Cesya MaRae Cuono My rating: 5 of 5 stars Review from The Guardian of the Crossroads When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearance twelve years later, the Earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that's only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any Faerie ever born. Now they have to use their powers to save their mother and family from the evil hands of fate that threaten to tear them apart. Welcome to her elemental reality. My Review: OMG!!! This book AMAZING!! Ok so the first thing that caught my attention when I got my review copy from the publisher. Was the cover. It is so pretty!! Callie is a wonderful main character. I love that she is not your typical teen and that she is 22 years old. It is so refreshing to have a character closer to my age. I love teen ya but reading about 16-17 year olds was getting kinda dry. Her sister is so cute and hyper. She reminds me of my daughter. Oli is so yummy I just can't stand it!! Ok so I'm a spoiler free reviewer so you done have to worry!!! So on to the story!! I didn't read the above little description so I didn't know that they were fay. So It was nothing like I was expecting! I can't wait for the next one in the series as this is printed as an Elemental Novel. I am a witch who is obsessed with fay. I have read almost everything I can find. Elemental Reality is a debut series that has faeries unlike any I've had ever heard of before. I was happlly surprised by Callie and Lola's ability to bend the elements to their will. And I love to see girls that can kick some ***!!! The book is told from Callie's POV which is also a nice get away from other books that I have read that are in numerous ones. And Callie's wars that she has within herself are just hilarious you will want to read them over and over. Another thing that I am happy to report is that this book has a very VERY short lived love triangle. I mean don't get me wrong I am a die hard Twilight fan but dragging out a triangle like that for 4 books was a little much. Im so happy that Cuono's writing didn't do that. I can't wait for the next one as this one leaves you with a cliff hanger that will make you drool for more!!! I hope that I will be fortunate enough to snag a printed copy for review and to do another giveaway and maybe some swag for the next go around. My Rating for this book is for teens 16 and up See more of my reviews at crossroadreviews (dot) com
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