*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way swayed my opinions.*
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When I heard about Michelle Maddow’s new series, Elementals, I knew I had to read it. The first book, The Prophecy of Shadows, introduces the reader to a world that combines greek mythology and witchery. The story follows the main character Nicole and four of her classmates from the unusual homeroom class she’s placed in where everyone is descended from Greek Gods. Because it’s become less common for Greek Gods to visit Earth and procreate, the offspring in the bloodline consider themselves to be witches since their blood is diluted. They’re discouraged from becoming involved with humans in an effort to preserve their bloodline. Being descendants has allotted them some unique abilities and they use colors to channel their energy. While Nicole is learning everything about her newfound abilities, a comet passes over her town and changes everything.
While I found much of the storyline of The Prophecy of Shadows to be predictable, I still enjoyed reading the story. The plot is very formulaic and full of common tropes but the story still manages to be engaging and quick paced. The main character is the normal human with a newfound ability that we learn everything through. She is pining for a bad boy (Blake) who’s in a relationship with a seemingly awful and possessive female classmate (Danielle – both of whom are in the Elementals group). Then we have the over-achieving intelligent girl (Kate), and the guy she likes (Chris) who’s more of a nerdy outsider. It’s almost like a modern day Breakfast Club of Greek Gods descendants, all led by their homeroom teacher Darius, a member of the Elders who helps to regulate magic on Earth. The group comes together when their powers are exacerbated by a comet and they set out on a hero’s quest to find the meaning of an illusive prophecy while learning about and testing out their powers.
I noticed many similarities between The Prophecy of Shadows and Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. Since both deal with Greek Gods, it’s difficult not to draw comparisons between the two series. While The Prophecy of Shadows is aimed at a slightly older audience, I still found the story to read at more of a middle grade level than a YA level. While the characters faced their trials and tribulations, it seemed a little too unbelievable to me that they would be able to master their powers so quickly. I understand that it’s the first book, but their obstacles didn’t seem challenging enough for the situations they found themselves in. This first installment did a good job of world-building and introducing the reader to the characters which leads me to believe that the second book will have a higher payoff. The ending already left us with a taste of the excitement to come!
Final Thoughts: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Maddow is an interesting first installment in the Elementals series. If you’re a fan of Greek mythology or Percy Jackson, I would definitely recommend giving this series a go. I had a lot of issues with the book overall but it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of reading it. The book is full of tropes and the story is formulaic but it’s also quick paced and keeps you interested. As you can tell, my feelings were very mixed on this one!
Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!
When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.
Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.
When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world. (via Goodreads)