O loosen up their personalities mesh ood with their magicIf you want a Mindful Yoga-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Simple Postures and Practices to Help Clients Achieve Emotional Balance good urban fantasy to read I definitely recommend this book If you like Elementals Shapeshifters and magic in your readingive this book a chance I just ot book two and can t wait to read it Definitely recommended Broken Elements has a promising start then it loses its way in the middle before coming back for a strong ending The beginning and the end are Die Hardbut the middle is 100% Hudson Hawk There are some ood moments in this book but they were too few and far between and I found myself struggling to finish It might have even been a 2 Star book if it wasn t for the last 20% which was pretty oodMany thanks to Match Books and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC The brilliant last uarter of this book with three major twists by my count or a triple twist with a bunch of secondary twists raises my rating from a very weak three stars to a weak four Before that happens although the story begins uite nicely with an unwanted reunion bad news and a plunge into radically different species it proceeds to writhe its way through the emotional issues of the first person narrator Aidan Brook who doesn t seem terribly mature despite her age of 65Aidan is an elemental you see destined to live for centuries so even though she lived on an island in Puget Sound or Georgia Strait among her own kind for the first forty years when she shucked that life and chose Lake Tahoe it seems she was barely ready for college and psychologically somewhere in junior high That s just my interpretation of the backstory that s brought out in sporadic references as she takes us through her adventure which or less resembles what s said in the publisher s back cover blurbThere are repeated references and flashbacks to that horrible night ten years before the events that drove her into self imposed exile deep in the Oregonian forest An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends the blurb correctly states Just don t expect everything to be as it seems on the back cover Most of the present mystery and the past events lie deep in spoiler territory and much of the world that the author has built and this is the meat of the story is revealed piecemeal throughout the novelHere s what we know near enough to the beginning to avoid spoiler tags Elementals are enough like humans to interbreed but they live for centuries or longer they inherit their powers over one of the four elements earth water ice and fire not air and they prefer to breed within their own kind and may live side by side with their many times reat HAMSTERS! A Fabulous Anthology (for Fabulous Raye) grandchildren Aidan is a strong water elemental like her mother but views herself as broken blaming her unknown father for making her partly human so that her powers desert her at critical times To solve the mystery and stop the killer she must join old and new friends back at Lake Tahoe but must also uncover the truth about her own pastHer elemental friends there are Sera strong fire Vivian low level earth and Brian weak ice two new friends are Simon a cat shifter and Mac a bear shifter see the front cover and find Simon and Mac The six occupy a cabin owned by Sera s father strong fire as they try to prevent murders Aidan learns that shifters have a natural history similar to that of elementals and a prehistoric origin in common with them The heavy information load is fairly deftly distributed through story telling and conversations including arguments among the six friendsThere are also two barely believable FBI agents remember Tahoe is an interstate lake shared by California and Nevada naturally baffled by murders that could only be done by elementals frozen hearts lungs full of earth no further evidence The agents have very interesting interactions with Aidan and SeraNo spoilers but to keep you from putting down the book before youet past all the parts that should have been edited out I need to tell you that much of Aidan s inner torment and mystification and many of her seemingly irrational actions make sense at the end For me those major twists were worth the slog through the rest of it DNF 25%Show don t tell The dialogue is awkward and way too wordy Speaking of wordy the info dumps are no joke and it comes up around 7% through the book Example of one of the worst info dumping nightmare I have ever come across in a long time Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice gonna put t Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to author Mia Marshall and NetgalleyAidan is 65 but she looks like she s in her twenties A semi powerful Water Elemental Aidan has the ability to control water but she s not as powerful as her full blooded Water Elemental mom10 years ago Aidan and her best friend Sera investigated a series of murders in which people were killed by an Ice Elemental who froze their hearts It didn t end well and Aidan has been feelinguilty about the conseuences of her actions ever since and has been hiding out alone in a house where nobody knows where she isNow Sera has found her and has disturbing news her human boyfriend Chris has been killed by having his heart frozenWorrying that maybe their murderer of ten years ago survived and has struck again Aidan and Sera try to find out what is Show Me How: Quilting: Quilting Storybook How-to-Quilt Instructions going on and to stop further murders Can Aiden and Sera stop the murderer forood this time Why does Aidan find it so difficult to control her element And what does her father s identity have to do with any of itThis was a #bit of an odd one for me it #of an odd one for me It a clearly paranormal element to the story but the majority of the storyline was concerned with the crime mysteryAidan female this of the storyline was concerned with the crime mysteryAidan female this me was a uite hard dark character She was still feeling uilty about the events in her past and had basically hidden herself away for the best part of a decade I m sure psychologists would have had a field day working through her issues Aidan had a really hard spiky shell metaphorically speaking and desperately tried to keep people at arms length It was uite difficult to really know her but not difficult to understand why she was like thisAidan s interaction with her friends was similarly distant and at times her observation skills were likewise hinderedThe storyline was mainly focused on the murders with the paranormal element woven in For this reason I d say that this series is probably best suited to those who like crime novels and reminded me of Rachel Caine s Red Letter Days seriesI liked the world building with regards to the paranormal aspects of this book and thought that the two enres were mixed well I also liked how clueless Aidan was with regards to the shifter community showing how the paranormals kept things so uiet that different camps were not necessarily aware of each otherThere were a couple of moments in this book where I thought what though firstly when Sera described someone trying to burn them alive as a bit discomforting just a bit and then later when Aidan happily oes off for a moonlit stroll totally alone with the man who she has just discovered is the murderer Stupid muchThe ending did shed some light on certain aspects of the storyline and explained a bit about the murderers true motives th. Ler rows increasingly fixated on Aidan her past and present begin to collide To defeat the killer she must learn to control her power before her broken magic fails her for the final timeBROKEN ELEMENTS is the first book in the award winning Elements urban fantasy serie. I have been suffering a bit from series hangover I have finished the completed novels of 2 series I really REALLY loved Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels and have really struggled to find another And then I found this little Girl in the Blue Coat gem I often find myself lukewarm about the first book in a new to me series After all the author has to introduce us to new characters and set up new situations and create the world within which we areoing to immerse ourselves Yep that s right I m Hunter Kiss going for the full 5 stars for this one There was not one single thing in this book that I didn t like or had me rolling my eyes or calling Bull shit Mr Han man special cookies if youet the reference thereI loved the characters Aidan the lead heroine had spunk snark and was broken at the same time Her best friend Seraoh how I wish I was Sera I like to think I AM Sera but that s just me MarySue ing myself I think Doctor Sleep grin Sera is a Fire Elemental and that sums her up Fiery sarcasticet up and Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure go ready to just DO IT She takes nouff from anyone and I just adored her You know that feeling you Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) get in yourut the butterfly one the excitement when you suddenly realize that by crikey you are REALLY This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World going to love this book Where it hits you about page 5 or so Iet that oh so rarely I had it with Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of London series and have it with pretty much all of Stacia Kane s Downside Ghosts books I Scouts got it with Mia Marshall s Broken Elements Big time See I knew absolutely nothing about this book or the author In fact I m not even sure why I chose it the blurb really didn t tell me much But I took a chance for some odd reason and oh am Ilad I did When you read as many books as I do and as fast as I do you end up with some stinkers And when you The Organ Grinders get a few stinkers in a row it s enough to make you cry I live for reading My nose is constantly in a book and I m always on the lookout for the next Book I Shall Cherish and Love It s rare So many books I ll sort of like I ll think that meh it was ok I ll try another one of the author s cos it was kindaood although I wouldn t say I love it so many books are just so so And then comes along a em like Broken Elements There s not a damn thing I would change about this book I wouldn t change the ending I wouldn t change any of the characters I wouldn t change the mystery at the heart of it How bloody rare is that How often do you stumble across a book that you enjoyed every single word of it Not once did the pace flag not once did I feel it dragging not once did I think why the heck would the character do THAT not once did I want to put it down and wander awayThe writing is snappy and bloody ood The characters ALL of them are well fleshed out and real The world building is brilliant Aidan tells us the story of the origin of the Elementals but not in an info dump way And yes I was The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body giggling when Simon added the origin of the Shapeshifters to it which Aidan was unaware of D Simon is my new Book Crush btwI hate to say this cos I know how overused the phrase is and I know it smacks of uberhype but seriously I did NOT want to put this book down There were a couple of days where I was a bit bleary eyed at work cos I was sitting up reading I don t oftenet so Silver in the Wood giddy and excited about a book but I truly can t help myself I thoroughly enjoyed this so damn much and y know there IS one thing I didn t likethe fact that the second book isn t out yet I wonder if Ms Marshall would consider a bribe of Tim Tams to publish the next one RIGHT NOWrin Broken ELEMENTS HAD A LOT OF BIASES had a lot of biases overcome with me I ve always maintained that I don t like first person PoV I don t like urban fantasy I prefer to have my fantasy in a totally made up world not my own and I am not a huge fan of shifters Broken Elements has all three So #When I Say This Ended Up Being A Really Enjoyable #I say this ended up being a really enjoyable you know the writer must have done something rightFirst of all it s a very polished professional product I know that sounds odd when talking about what is essentially an artistic endeavor but I have read uite a few self published or first time writings of late that were poorly edited clumsily put together
made me wonder just what the person was thinking by their work to the world No worries here Even the cover has a professional look to it not just a canned photo with a bad font stuck on it It has almost a layered paper cut out look to it and the you look at it the you seeSecond the dialogue is entertaining without being overwhelming I reviewed another book recently where there was lots of snappy dialogue and inner thoughts but it was so unrelenting that it became wearisome instead of entertaining Not so with this book The back and forth between the characters seems much natural and stops when there is an actual serious conversation that needs to take place I laughed audibly several times throughout the book and that is a rarity for me The PoV character is likable a real must when you don t have any other PoV to turn toThird the story itself is interesting There is a murder mystery involving a serial killer that our heroes are desperate to solve since their friends are dropping like flies and the murders themselves point to an elemental being involved about half the characters in the story are elementals I figured out fairly early on who the culprit was but there were other twists in the story that made up for it Who Ms Brook s father turned out to be surprised me and made me happy since he was one of my favorite charactersOkay so that still leaves a couple of things that would normally et up my nose the urban fantasy enre and the shifters The story takes place primarily in Tahoe in a small area with cabins and camping This lends itself to isolating the characters and making it harder to track the murderer I was happy that I didn t have to wade through another Seattle or New York setting The world is big and full of interesting places no need to always set a story in one of the overdone cities Urban fantasy also has a tendency to be very Mary Sue That wasn t nearly so apparent in this story Thank you Our heroine is flawed she s not super woman and while her love life is involved in the plot it isn t overpoweringThe shifters are a bit different from what I m used to This isn t the clan of werewolves that stink up the book world these days These are people who are mostly loners thus far I m told there are otter shifters in book two and it s hard to imagine otters as loners One chap turns into a large black bear and the other turns into a small house cat Simon the cat is especially entertaining He has a penchant for lounging around nude and is truly oblivious to why anyone might be uncomfortable with thatOverall I was uite happy with the book It wasn t too long it wasn t too short left room for seuels but solved the primary mystery at least for now I m iving the story five stars I will be reading the second book soon A cracking mystery with reat characters and a fascinating world of elemental magic users I really enjoyed this The mystery element was so very strong and compelling You could The Second Cure get away with calling it Urban Fantasy but perhaps Paranormal Mystery would also work as. Magic murder and mayhem on the shores of Lake Tahoe For Aidan Brook manipulating the power of water is as easy as breathing until the awful night her magic fails with deadly conseuencesThough Aidan tries to outrun her past therisly murder of an old friend draws her ba.
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It was so centred around that aspect It had a Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities great cast of characters awesome magical abilities and some surprises you just won t see comingThe story is pres I received this book for free as part of aoodreads The Sorcerer's Apprentice giveaway I will beiving an honest reviewYikes WellThe book started off strongly And it had a lot of potential I Eagle's Gate grew to love the characters and their dynamics and I m a sucker for the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits trope The characters were also looking reasonably diverse Or at least diverse than I m used to seeing Vivian is mentioned early on to have dark skin and to have had airlfriend but those facts aren t ever brought up again Sera is ambiguously brown though in my mind she s Latina Everyone else is white but that doesn t stop me from racebending them I ll admit the world building and info dumps were hard to sit through I m still not 100% sure exactly how the culture of elementals works or whether they re supposedly immortal if at all I spent most of the book trying to figure out how everything worked World building clearly isn t strength of the bookWhere the World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi good stuff lies is with the characters Goodness I wish that this had been contemporary As I said the characters are wonderful and they re interactions are so fun to read The parts in which they weren t worrying about solving the case or working on their magic but instead just talking like regular young adults Simon was hilarious and I hate how his character was pretty much shoved into the background after the first couple of chapters Vivian too I felt didn tet the attention that she deserved Her character felt very flat and wasn t much than the technology one Then there s Mac Now I loved Mac when he was introduced He was fascinating and I liked how he didn t disregard Aidan at all but enuinely took on her advice When Aidan indirectly told him that she was scared of him he didn t et all defensive or act like a douche about it He tried to calm himself down and apologise though his anger was perfectly justified And then the romance happenedOkay okay so it wasn t a full on romance There was certainly some insta love involved though This is why I strongly dislike first person books as when romance comes up it s far prevalent and vivid than in a third person book Seriously the team was about the drive off to solve a case and Aidan was literally wondering about Mac s abs and I kid you not running her fingers over them The worst part is that I wouldn t mind so much if 1 they were actually together 2 it wasn t just before they were Who Is Muhammad Ali? going to solve the case It just felt way too inappropriate and random There is a huge difference between a slow burn romance and stretching out romance that consists of nothing but exchanging one liners and describing the colours of ones eyes And that s how Aidan and Mac s relationship development felt Aidan seemed to be smitten with Mac at the most inappropriate times which made it extremely difficult to support their relationshipEg when Aidan witnessed Mac turning into a bear for the first time It makes sense in context What could she do Try to calm him down Step away Go andet help See if he s okay What does she do She juststands there It took her about two chunky paragraphs for her to just describe how his eyes remained the same despite the fact that his body was changing blah blah all of this stuff about duality and repression Really there are far important things to talk about in this situation rather then whether your crush s eyes look like honey copper umber etcAnd that s not all that brought this book down for me Oh no As I said it was doing well for the most part About 34 of the way through Yet as soon as the reveal happened the uality of this book rapidly declinedBooks involving creepy possessive Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything guys are one thing It depends on how the book itself treats it Is it romanticized Or does the book clearly show that it s wrong and does the characteret called out on itSadly while the book makes it very clear that view spoilerBrian s hide spoiler This is pretty darn ood I hope the next book is just as ood or better full review to comeupdate Also posted over at Lekeisha The BooknerdWasn t sure what I was expecting from this book My first time coming across it a couple weeks ago I immediately started reading after I downloaded it There are little things that irked me but #Not Enough To Turn Me Off Completely #enough to turn me off completely the story The writing world building and characters are all very well set upIn the beginning with Aidan being tracked down after ten years in hiding I was kind of hesitant to keep reading Only because I was afraid that I wouldn t et enough backstory on the whys and hows of her sudden drop from society I didn t have to worry for long because along the way there are Aidan s recollections of what happened all those years ago and why she is wallowing in self hatred and doubt I really wanted to et to know her as a character and she opened up and as the story unfolded I m lad to say that she is really a fun character once she drops that wall she s built around herselfAidan is an Elemental Water to be exact There were lots drops that wall she s built around herselfAidan is an Elemental Water to be exact There were lots killings of people who were associated with Elementals years ago and Aidan along with her friend Sera Fire set up a trap for the persons responsible It all turned horribly wrong in the end and Aidan cut off all communication with everyone and turned tail Now ten years later the killings are happening again Only now the victims all have a connection to either dating Aidan or Sera at one point in their lives The other connection is that the victims are all Shapeshifters They are being killed by a powerful Elemental Earth and being left in various locations near Lake Tahoe With the help of some local Shapeshifters and Elementals Aidan and Sera try to once again find the killer The problem The FBI is keeping a close watch on Aidan and Sera now that these killings seem like no coincidence How can Aidan and Sera do there job if the humans have eyes on them This just ot harder than Aidan thoughtSecondary characters seem to hold as much of the story as the main characters Simon is one that I really liked His wicked sense of humor and what he shifts into made me smile a lot while reading I won t spoil it but you will laugh when you read it Who would have thought he could be of any use to them He held his own perfectly I especially love Mac Think of a mactruck and you can just about imagine his shifting abilities I love the romance building between him and Aidan I knew from the moment that they met that they would be drawn to each other She handles him like no otherThe friendship between Sera and Aidan is very well drawn out At first introduction you don t know what will happen because there is obvious tension between them And after you et to the point of why that tension is there you understand both irls pain It was nice to see them etting back to their old "Selves And That Bond That " and that bond that share is hard to come by I love the backstory of both the Elementals and Shapeshifters Aidan is kind of a spitfire when we first meet her which put me off a little You d have thought that she was the Fire and not Water But after Sera and Aidan both start Ck to the scene of her crimes In Lake Tahoe she only finds trouble An estranged best friend a dangerously attractive landlord and a couple of FBI agents are determined to complicate her lifeand for the first time in years she doesn’t mind a few complicationsAs the kil.