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Element, Part 1

Element, Part 1

3.7 43
by CM Doporto, Amygdala Designs (Illustrator), Melinda Fulton (Editor)

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College freshman, Natalie Vega, offers to be a test patient for several vitamins and supplements created by Kronberg Laboratories, a large pharmaceutical company where she interns. Immediately her body starts going through physical changes but when she runs into her former high school crush, Ryan Garrett, she is unaware of the life altering affects he will have on her


College freshman, Natalie Vega, offers to be a test patient for several vitamins and supplements created by Kronberg Laboratories, a large pharmaceutical company where she interns. Immediately her body starts going through physical changes but when she runs into her former high school crush, Ryan Garrett, she is unaware of the life altering affects he will have on her.
Recommended Age: 16 and up
Cross over Young Adult/New Adult Sci-Fi Romance

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CreateSpace Publishing
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5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish.

She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington. She briefly worked in the area of Public Relations and Advertising and then pursued a career in the field of Human Resources. CM considers herself a life-long learner and returned to school and earned her Master of Art's Degree in Organizational Development from Dallas Baptist University.

She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way. Visit her heroine blog at: http://cmdoporto.com

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Element, Part 1 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of my time. I read more than halfway through the book and then quit because its just awful. It is supposed to be about Natalie going though changes when volunteering to try out a supplement. That is only mentioned like once or twice then its all about global warming (which i dont believe in) and being in love with a country boy. Awful. Natalie is an incredibly annoying character. I hate reading about girls who play hard to get because their ex was a butt. Also, what does global warming have to do with anything! It was just randomly throw in the book. I felt like the author threw a bunch of ideas in a blender and spit them out. Wish i could give it zero stars.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Loved this unique sci-fi romance. It felt a little like a paranormal sci -fi, but think it is supposed to just be sci-fi. I loved Ryan, a lot, he is like the perfect guy, and unrealistic as I do not think you will find anyone, ever like him. He is too perfect, lol, but it’s ok, I still loved him, great one to have a fantasy about. Lol. I liked Natalie too, she was really down to earth, and easy to like. She handled her changes pretty well too. Won’t get into that much, trying to keep this spoiler free. Lise on the other hand, Natalie’s best friend and roommate I didn’t care for too much, she was pretty shallow, and to me seemed immature to an extent, wanting to only party, and a bit promiscuous from what was said of her past anyway. Sal seemed like a great guy too, he is Ryan’s cousin, and I liked what I seen of him, he and Lise were not a huge part of the story, at least not in this part one. Overall, I enjoyed the mystery of what was going on, and really loved the slow going romance of Ryan and Natalie. I found it admirable that they took the time to get to know each other, and didn’t just jump into bed. Their chemistry was hot though, whew, not sure how they were able to control themselves, as they have a bit of a supernatural chemistry going on. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the mystery types with some sci-fi in it. I sure hope part two is out soon, as it does end on a major cliffhanger, which I hate, I despise cliffhangers like that, and try to avoid reading those kinds of books until I have the next one in hand, when I can. If I read a review or something of a book, and they say it has one, I won’t read right away, lol, I will buy and wait, lol. (unless its for a book tour or something of course) 5 out of 5 stars, would give more if I could. Lots of promise with this series. I was provided a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
cinderLS More than 1 year ago
must get the whole series
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
This story centers around Natalie, a girl with the ambition to be a great scientist in Kromberg Laboratories, hoping the internship she was granted for the summer will be her foot in the door so to speak. Throughout the story there's repeated mentioning of Vitamins and Supplements that Natalie has been guinea pigging for the company which have toned up her body amazingly and made her work out sessions less straining on her. Strange things start to happen when she runs into an old friend from high school named Ryan. The two have an unusual affect on each other for seemingly no reason (Not once does Natalie even consider the pills she's been taking to be the cause).The story would be a great read for anyone who enjoys young adult romance. However, those of the more paranormal/Science Fiction nature, will find this book lacking in the paranormal department until about charpter 6 or 7. Keep in mind this book only has 8 chapters total. If I had written this, I would have waited for Element part 2 to be completed and then simply merged the two novellas into one novel to give the reader a better experience with the story as a whole. I still look forward to reading Element Part 2 since it picks up where this one leaves off and I already know since the paranormal elements come into play at the end of this one that they will be there in force in the second one. New Readers, I urge you not to stop reading this series simply because this part didn't live up to your standards, pick up a copy of Part 2 and see how the story plays out, you may get surprised. I give this book 3 of 5 paws
Rose-butterscotchbubbles More than 1 year ago
This book was just O.K. Not great, but ok.  The first 3/4 of the book or so read very much like a Spanish Soap Opera, which I don't particularly care for. The reactions each character had were very dramatic and emotional, and not very realistic (especially the main character, Natalie). Each scene gave a clear picture of overly dramatic people, and picturing it as anything but a Soap was very difficult... The writing was not realistic at all- the dialog was somewhat cheesy and irritating, and had a lot of phrases that don't make much sense. For example, Ryan is supposed to be a Southern Texas cowboy, yet many of his lines read like a surfer guy from SoCal...then he'd have a random line like "this condo is kickin'" ...what??  It seemed very disjointed and confused- like the characters aren't completely defined, and very unsettled.  It also somewhat seemed like a book written by a dictionary...every phrase was something you'd expect to hear from a proper English professor...not college Freshmen (even if some of them were nerds...). It just wasn't very believable or realistic, and got to be somewhat monotonous in tone.  The reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 2, is because once the plot got going (past the monumentally frustrating main chunk of the book with a lot of redundant personal challenges and internal turmoil from the main character) towards the end of the book, it actually got interesting. I hate when books leave on a cliff-hanger, but it did leave me wanting to read the next book, now that there's more of a story than "Oh my, I'm so afraid to trust anyone, but gosh darn it, you're sexy, and I just want to bang you so bad, who cares?!" *fake Southern accent there*.  I'm hoping the next book will be better, and since I am still considering reading the series, I'm leaving it a 3 star instead of 2... I'd recommend it if, 1) you don't mind cheesy Soap Opera plots and dialog to trudge through til the last few chapters, and, 2) the next book in the series/the series all-together, sounds interesting to you.
theeternalscribe More than 1 year ago
Book Review: I had mixed feelings about this novella.  First, the book is first and foremost a Young Adult Romance and SciFi is a far second.  Most of the story revolves around the budding relationship of Natalie and Ryan.  While I was definitely engaged in their romance and I was enthralled by their plight, I think I was expecting a little more freaky stuff. That being said, I suspect the next part in the series will have a great deal more freaky stuff.  Sadly, like many of the novellas I've read, especially ones broadcasting they'll part of a series like this one, I felt a lack of closure. I loved the dream sequences most of all.  But I guess I have a thing for dream sequences because you can stretch the limits of reality even beyond the limits of your story.  I also loved the part where they're dancing and he's singing "Getting you home" by Chris Young (which is a song, by the way, I really like).  All I was thinking was that it was probably not the most apropos song when they intend to wait till marriage. I was a little frustrated with Natalie and her whole I don't want to get hurt again thing.  I get being hurt and being afraid of getting hurt again.  I don't get taking a single experience and extrapolating it consciously to the entire male population.  This bugged me throughout the story and made me want to yell at her to get over herself. I really enjoyed the last ¼ of the book and the ending was great.  It took a while for the story to really build.  The author gives you bits and pieces and clues, but unfortunately it has more than one part and you only get the first part with this book.   Now, onto a few of my pet peeves.  I'm not overly fond of reviewing ARC copies, as this one was.  I'm never certain what will be removed from the finalized printing and what was, in fact, a mistake.  Why doesn't she put up a fuss when he suggests adding a class in May when they had their schedules finalized in April?  And, I don't know about you, but when I hit someone really skinny, I go down.  No muscle and no fat means you contact directly with bone... which is very painful.  Last time I did it, I was on the floor for ten minutes trying to regain the ability to walk. All in all, if you enjoy a good YA Romance with just a dash of weird, I think you'll enjoy the book.  It's sweet and angsty.  There's danger and suspense and shady dealings.  It really picks up around 3/4 the way through the book.  I found myself really wanting the two to get together and really frustrated as their pasts and presents kept clashing and keeping them apart.  Looking forward to Part II.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in the process of reading this book, so far so good!  I am not really into sci-fi books so much...but so far this has held me captive and I am enjoying the relationship building between Ryan and Natalie for sure.  I am up to Chapter 6 in the book and look forward to what's in store and for CM Doporto's next book! DRaley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the characters, even like the story somewhat, BUT! It's a cliff hanger! Felt like the story did not become interesting until the end and then it left me scratching my head saying, "What the hell?!" I'm a bit baffled and not sure if I want to invest the time to read the second book that you need to purchase (and I don't mind), for fear of an intense, yet hurried ending where the majoriry of the book had no substance like this one! I apologize, but I calls it as I sees it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read the rest of the story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natalie has no depth and her relationship with Ryan is boring. I agree with another that said it was like the author threw a bunch of ideas in a blender and then spit them out. Lots of word repetition, which I hate the most. Uninteresting.
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eheinlen More than 1 year ago
The book is well-written, but it moved way too slowly for me and I lost interest. The characters were realistic.
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The story line consists mostly of Natalie's bad relationship with a former boyfriend and why she doesn't trust the new guy in her life. That's fine and typical of many romances but it goes on...and on...and on. Meanwhile we're given scenes with Lise, Natalie's bff which go something like 'He's so hot!', "Who? Ryan?" "Well, him too but I can't wait to have sex with his cousin." Not that there's any actualy sex and not that there's any actual sexual tension of any sort. But that seems to match the plot because there doesn't seem to be any actual plot either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok not the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible. There is hardly any plot, and it could do with more explaining. I do not reccomend this book for anyone. If you want a good book, go and read the divergent series, or the elementalists, the arena wars, every soul a star, or the grey wolves series. Those are all great books with fabulous plots. This book shows no potential, and is very boring. I am sorry to say, but dont waste your time on this book whe you can benreading other books. For the sake of boredom. DO NOT GET THIS BOOK! It is the honest truth, and i will not lie. This book had me snoring right after i read the first 10 pages. Sincerely, Artemi D'Avrohan
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