Elemental

Elemental

by Emily White

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ISBN-13: 9781937053048
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author


Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She's spent most of her life running away from the cold--even spent a year in Iraq--but now writes her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not writing, she's usually playing videogames with her husband or peek-a-boo with her kids.

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Elemental 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb writing and a great plot! Can't wait to read more by this author!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
mt256 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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.
thebumblegirl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I have to be honest, I had absolutely no idea as to what to expect from Elemental!But this greatly intrigued me..."Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should."For the last 10 years, Ella has been imprisoned on a ship since she was 7 years old. Why would a child be locked up in total darkness in an empty metal room from all of civilization for so long?And, after all these years, why has the ship landed? And where is this mysterious voice coming from urging her to take this opportunity to escape... Ella thinks twice before running - what if it's a trick? Where will she go? But the urge to finally put this nightmare behind her, to be free from the darkness, to go find the boy with the green eyes - her only memory - wins. She is blinded by the smallest beam of light, the sun feels like it's scorching her skin, she is weak from being underfed - she has her doubts and fears, but she is determined to get away and rather die than go back.Within minutes of her escape, she meets Meir. A kind stranger who instantly takes on a fatherly protective role to Ella. At first I was a bit put off on how Ella and Meir connected so quickly, but once you learn Meir's story and realize how badly Ella is craving to connect to someone, anyone, it completely makes sense.Ella's escape, even with Meir's help, is not easy. Nothing comes easy for Ella at all throughout this whole book. The story flows quickly, which is a wonderful thing. As you can see, the reader is thrown right in with Ella. We are asking questions and finding things out right alongside her. Ella doesn't remember anything from her past. She is unfamiliar with what is going on around her - what is going on in the galaxy, the different politics, religions - it's all so amazing! I have to honestly say that all of this does remind me of Star Wars a bit! And that's all the sci-fi I know, lol!As the story moves along, the mystery starts to unfold - we find out more about Ella, she's a faerie who is capable of controlling wind and fire. We also learn where she comes from, why no one was able to find her, who her enemies are, and who are on her side.And most importantly, we meet the mystery boy with the green eyes - the only memory that she has been clinging to for all these years was truly a memory and not a dream - and his name is Cailen.The ending is amazing! Yes, a lot of questions do get answered, but we're left with a few and with a small cliffhanger too! Which is amazing and was so perfectly well written! I can honestly say that this is one of those rare books were you are satisfied just enough to be able to wait a bit for that next book to be released!The only reason why I didn't give Elemental 5 bees is because of my weak stomach and running imagination during 2 or 3 scenes! One of them being... if you can handle bugs creepy crawling all over you, peeling and eating off your skin - then this is definitely a solid 5 bee book :)Fae the sequel to Elemental is to be released by in 2013.
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Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
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.
kendralsaunders More than 1 year ago
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.
DL_H More than 1 year ago
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!
Crazy_Book_Lady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Damn that retarded thing
Ivana_Reads More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She should be. -Robinwing med cat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello. Citrusstar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hy dude wazzup?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked back to the first result with her holding hands
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks back to camp.