Author: Michelle Madow
Series Number: 2
Publication Date: April 18, 2016
Genres: YA, Adventure, Mythology
Where I received the book: I received this book in exchange for an honest review via netgalley.
A demigod who can kill with a touch. It’s an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.
Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.
Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.
The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?
(queue the ugly graphics because i still haven’t made better ones yet sigh)
i read this book a few days ago and wow it was so bloody boring. i’m not even going to sugar coat it. wtf did i even read? i don’t know if anyone’s read the first book (prophecy of shadows, review here), i thought it was okay, but i saw a lot of room for improvement. unfortunately, there was none of that in this book. i was very disappointed that it actually felt like it got worse. it’s also really short???
i’ve read a couple of other reviews, and there was this one (here) that i agree with so much and would love to comment on:
“It’s more of a Contemporary Romance book than a Greek Mythology/Adventure book.”
okay, hell yes. i don’t know who decided the overall categories for this book but it felt like there was little focus on the actual adventure and waaayyy too much on the stupid (forced) relationship between blake and nicole that i physically can’t ship. i can’t get over how annoying it was that nicole want blake so badly — i don’t care??? i’m reading an adventure, please leave the subplots as SUB. also, chris and kate? i shipped them in the first book, but during this one it felt forced and annoying, especially when that rachel chick came along and kate went all jealous. kate doesn’t seem like the sort of person who lets her feelings get in the way of their “mission”, but that’s exactly what was happening here.
while on the subject of characters: the amount of mary sue’s in this book is astounding. nicole’s like ‘wow look at me i can shoot a perfect arrow, i’m amazing at magic’, it’s been a month since the whole ordeal started and you’re somehow better than literally everyone? only special people can use black magic, and you use it like it’s no big deal? how about you actually learn and struggle like every other real person out there?
someone rachel and her brother (i can’t even remember his name ugh) managed to join in their little mission thing and fight the hydra — with what training?? they’ve been stuck on the lotus island for a couple years and before that they were tourists/students. where did they learn to fight?
also, blake’s a dick in my opinion. i don’t have a care in the world for him (or chris for that matter). istg you can kill any one of these characters and i don’t care because i have no emotional connection to any of them.
this is my last negative point, i promise. there are loads of plot holes and unanswered questions in this series, i’m not sure if it’s something that’ll come in time or what? anyway, i really want to know: how do witches and demigods relate to one another??? like, i get they’re in the same world and whatever, and the question was probably answered in the previous book but i can’t remember. are witches related to demigods like offspring type thing??? it just feels so far fetched ugh.
okok, here’s a positive thing: i love the writing style! it’s written in a way that i read it so quickly. even when i was bored, i got through it in no time.
i also really liked how madow threw in the odyssey as the primary source of mythology throughout this book. as someone who’s read it, it was a little boring. but i guess if you haven’t read it, it’s a nice way to catch up on it instead of putting yourself through the agony of the original. (i’m just saying the odyssey isn’t written for young adults and gets boring quite frequently).
overall, i rated this book 2 stars (i think it’s obvious why), and i wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless you’re seriously into middle grade contemporary or something.