Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Elemental

Author: Emily White
Pages: 260
Format: ARC
Source: Spencer Hill Press
Publisher: Spencer Hill Pressrc,
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Rating: 4/5


Summery:


Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should. 

But she wants to. 

For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner on an interstellar starship. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.

Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?

Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?

Review: 
This book has a bit of everything: romance, adventure, faeries, sci-fi, dysopian.  Right up my ally :p

I think it was a pretty solid book.  The idea was really good, the story line was really good, and the writing was really good.  The idea really sticks out to me; it’s so original.  I mean, who thinks of combining distopia with faeries?  It’s ingenious!  And the story line and writing just completed the whole thing, with great staging.  All the events flowed together perfectly, leading up to an amazing climax.  Perfect work, Emily White.

I didn’t expect to have a particularly strong female character in this book, but Ella fits the description perfectly:  she’s strong, kick-butt, and can totally take care of herself.  If you’ve read my other reviews, you’ll see that I love Maria V. Snyder’s female characters (Yelena and Avry), and I always say that they are definitely the strongest I’ve ever read about.  Well, Ella joins that exclusive club, because she is super kick-butt.
I really wish I could say I liked Cailen, because he was obviously supposed to be the main guy in this book, but unfortunately I didn’t.  I think what happened was White just didn’t develop him enough over the course of the book, so we didn’t get to connect and fall in love with him.
In the beginning, I loved Malick.  The whole book I was thinking, Is there going to be a love triange?and in a way I kind of wish there was because I liked Malick way better than Cailen, because I though he was a more developed character.  But by the time I finished the book, I hated him (read the book and you’ll find out why ;P)  In my opinion, it would have been better if there had been a love triangle because that would make what Malick did more groundbreaking.  But, that was White’s choice, and I’m not a published author, so I can’t really talk ;P

I really wish there were more books like these out there.  People are just sticking to the normal things.  Why not mix it up?  Why not combine werewolves and faeries and dystopia?  That would be cool.  So, tip of the hat to Emily White for having an open mind and trying something new.


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And now onto the giveaway


I am giving away one ARC edition of Elemenal.  Enter below and if you have anything to say feel free to leave a comment!! :)

The Rules:
~There will be one winner. 
~Giveaway ends on May 12, 2012 @ 12:01 AM
~This giveaway is US/Can
~Must be a GFC follower
~Must be 13 years or older.
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Thanks for entering and may the odds be ever in your favor!!

41 comments:

  1. HI Emily,
    This sounds like a book with a great combination of types of paranormal!

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  2. Great review Emily! I've been wanting to read this one for a while, but the ARC I was apart of never shipped it to me! Oh well! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Great sounding book. I love authors that mix up genres- adding sci-fi to fantasy, etc. It always gives the books just that extra oomph to push them above everything else out at the time. This book sounds like it will be a great read and I'm adding it to my to read list.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  4. Thanks for the great review Emily. I am always looking for something a bit different to read. Elemental sounds like it has something new to offer and I am adding it to my TBR. Thanks for the opportunity ti win this book!

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  5. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

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  6. Thank for the review. I would love to read this book. The cover alone makes you wonder what kind of story it is. I love unique reads.

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  7. Awesome review! This sounds like a really good book. I'm glad that it's a mix of everything, that's pretty cool! I also wish more books did that. A werewolf dystopian, lol, that would be interesting! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  8. I'm always looking for something new and exciting so I can't wait to read this one! Great review, I love strong female leads too :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. This book seems supercool- mostly because the main character actually WANTS to destroy something instead of avoiding her powers :D

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  10. can't wait to read this- i like that the author stepped out of the box too!

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

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  11. I have not read a lot of fae centered books lately, and this one definitely sounds like an amazing read! And I am always looking for new things to read! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't heard much about this one, but it sounds pretty interesting! Love the cover too!

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  13. How cool to be able to combust people just by looking at them. I can see that that would be a very useful skill to have! (I know I'm mean, but a little smoke would probably surfice) Would love to read this book!

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  14. Oh wow this sounds good. Havent heard of this before but you review is fab! Have to check it out., x
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  15. I love the mix of fae, sci fi, dystopian, romance, and adventure - if only life was made up so perfectly

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  16. Thank you for the review. Sci-fi and dystopian? sounds like a book for me!

    I would love to score a copy~ Thank you for the giveaway!

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  17. Awesome review, I will be making sure to check this one out!

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  18. I hadn't heard about this one yet and now I am so thankful you put it up. It just found a home on my tbr list!

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  19. Thanks for the great review!!! This book sounds like it has all of my favorite things in it so I am excited to read it!!! I will be adding it to my to read pile for sure!!!

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  20. I liked your honest review, especially about the characters. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  21. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I am always on the lookout for something different to read and this book sounds promising! Great review!

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  22. My sympathies! It's so unfortunate when what could have been an amazing read is ruined a bit by the hero not satisfying. I've been there.

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  23. I saw this on I Am A Reader Not A Writers book blast and now I can't wait to read this one!

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks really good. I totally agree that people tend to stick with the boring things, and they should combine a ton of different genres into one!

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  25. Thanks for the great giveaway! Saw this book on Goodreads and looks like a great read!

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  26. Thanks for this giveaway! This book looks original and like you, I like a little bit of everything in my books - romance, adventure, faeries, sci-fi, dysopian! This has it all!

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  27. This book is BLURLBING EVERYWHERE! Man I want to read it! Thanks so much for sharing this and giving away a copy! From one book blogger to another I also have to say I love your blog. Super cute! :D

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  28. Elemental sounds like a great read. Ella can burn someone with her mind. She has been held prisoner for 10 years, why exactly? I would love to read Elemental. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. I would love to read this book :X Thanks for the giveaway.

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  30. I love books so I really appreciate this opportunity.

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  31. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Thanks for the review!! Sci-fi and dystopia? Count me in!

    maneesha.s.haroon@gmail.com

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  33. I have heard a lot of good things about this book! Thanks for the review..

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  34. I'm so excited for this book. I love love love books where people have powers especially when people have air, water, wind, earth, or fire powers...the 5 elements :) This is prob why growing up i was a HUGE Avatar fan lol:)
    -JennyC

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  35. I have been anticipating this book, and now even more so! I am so glad to hear that there is a real strong female lead- it sounds like my kind of read. thanks for the great review- and the chance to win.

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  36. Great review! Yeah, I also wish more authors would blend different elements into their stories. This one does sound interesting. Definitely curious enough to check it out. :)

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  37. Thanks for doing this giveaway--I know it must be tiring to have to write reviews and give up the books, but we all appreciate it! :)

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  38. I have been waiting a long time for this book. It would be wonderful if I won it. Thanks for the chance. ;-)

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  39. I have seen a bunch of blogs hosting this book, which gives me the impression that this is going to be a great book! I can't wait to give my own opinion of it! :D
    Shaina

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  40. I like how the newest trend in YA books seem to be adding a bit more science/sci-fi to the plots! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Laura

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