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Broken Elements (Elements, #1)

Mia Marshall ì 3 review

Te 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 irst person narrator Aidan Brook who doesn t seem terribly mature despite her age of 65Aidan is an elemental you see destined to live Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World for centuries so even though she lived on an island in Puget Sound or Georgia Strait among her own kindor the irst orty years when she shucked that life and chose Lake Tahoe it seems she was barely ready or 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 lashbacks to that horrible night ten years before the events that drove her into self imposed exile deep in the Oregonian Sometime After Midnight forest An elemental killer is once again murdering herriends 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 Stop Inflammation Now!: A Step-By-Step Plan to Prevent, Treat, and Reverse Inflammation--The Leading Cause of Heart Disease and Related Conditions for centuries or longer they inherit their powers over one of theour elements earth water ice and Eyes Behind the Lines: L Company Rangers in Vietnam, 1969 fire not air and they prefer to breed within their own kind and may live side by side with their many times great grandchildren Aidan is a strong water elemental like her mother but views herself as broken blaming her unknownather School Dazed 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 newriends back at Lake Tahoe but must also uncover the truth about her own pastHer elemental riends there are Sera strong ire Vivian low level earth and Brian weak ice two new Chinese Fairy Tales Fantasies: Folio Society Edition friends are Simon a cat shifter and Mac a bear shifter see theront cover and Old Haunts find Simon and Mac The six occupy a cabin owned by Sera sather strong ire 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 airly deftly distributed through story telling and conversations including arguments among the six Cooking for Company: All the Recipes You Need for Simple, Elegant Entertaining at Home 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 elementalsrozen hearts lungs ull of earth no urther evidence The agents have very interesting interactions with Aidan and SeraNo spoilers but to keep you My Wifes Affair from putting down the book before you get 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 gonna put this under a spoiler because it s way too long view spoilerI turned off the music and began to tell the story I could almost hear my great grandmother speaking through my voice Magic existed at the dawn of time and it manifested as life This lifeormed alongside the lands as they shifted and the waters as they rose and Dîwana Jan fell Theirst creatures were a part of the land and the water and they came to know the earth s ways to understand them to the very root of their being They learned how to make the tides ebb and low to cause the desert sands to billow across the dry earth to make lava spew rom mountains and reshape the land I paused checking to see if my audience was still with me No one interrupted so I continued The land and water sustained life or the irst creatures by offering a continual source of magic the same magic that irst created this world and everything in it The creatures in turn cared or the land and water They helped the trees grow lush and tall and let the waters Naples! flowrom mountain to stream to ocean They brought rain to parched The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey fields and burnedorests whose time had passed letting new life blossom in their place In this way our world grew rich The earth and water so healthy and satisfied became complacent and Itsuka found themselves desiring something new something different From this desire was born humans and animals The humans and animals were beautiful and varied and the original creaturesound them remarkable in their way They did not mind that they ate the earth s plants and chopped down the trees or wood or they had worked or many years to create a vibrant and thriving world The humans were ew and they believed the world could withstand many of their kind The creatures did not oresee the speed with which the humans would spread or how much they would take rom the earth In despair they watched their world slowly recede The originals homes eroded as the humans took they watched their world slowly recede The originals homes eroded as the humans took a little bit and then a little bit Some chose not to ight at all and they simply disappeared moving ar rom any human settlement Occasionally one might hear whispers about these original creatures rumors that they live still moving deeper and deeper into the wilds each year though centuries have passed since any have been seen Those that remained joined with the humans hoping to share some of their magic and tie the people to the land they were slowly destroying I looked back at Simon His head was tilted back and they were slowly destroying I looked back at Simon His head was tilted back and eyes closed but he was still awake When he made no move to begin telling his story I continued After years of silent observation the originals ound it surprisingly easy to assume human shape and move among them As now beautiful women had power and it was not difficult to lead the human men to their beds The men s seed uickened in their wombs and as the children "grew the women whispered to their bellies speaking all the secrets of land and water By remaining in human orm and "the women whispered to their bellies speaking all the secrets of land and water By remaining in human orm and human children they Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka found humanity imprinted on their bodies They were unable to return to their originalorms and were Unbreathed Memories forever stuck between their world and the human world Though they mourned their loss theyound comfort in their children who possessed a magic nearly as pure as that of their mothers In this way the irst elementals were born many thousands of years ago So ar that matches the stories I have heard though perhaps mystical than is altogether necessary said Simon I would hear just a bit hide spoiler Source I received a digital copy of this book or ree 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 A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 full blooded Water Elemental mom10 years ago Aidan and her bestriend Sera investigated a series of murders in which people were killed by an Ice Elemental who I Love My Dad froze their hearts It didn t end well and Aidan has beeneeling guilty 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 All about Us found her and has disturbing news her human boyfriend Chris has been killed by having his heartrozenWorrying that maybe their murderer of ten years ago survived and has struck again Aidan and Sera try to ind out what is going on and to stop urther murders Can Aiden and. Ler grows increasingly Noni Speaks Up fixated on Aidan her past and present begin to collide To defeat the killer she must learn to control her power before her broken magicails her Handbags and Gladrags for theinal timeBROKEN ELEMENTS is the An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) first book in the award winning Elements urbanantasy serie. ,

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Gtag 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 a girlfriend but those acts 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 rom 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 Wish Upon a Wedding figure out how everything worked World building clearly isn t strength of the bookWhere the 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 soun 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 irst couple of chapters Vivian too I elt didn t get the attention that she deserved Her character Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other felt verylat and wasn t much than the technology one Then there s Mac Now I loved Mac when he was introduced He was Richard Nixon: The Life fascinating and I liked how he didn t disregard Aidan at all but genuinely took on her advice When Aidan indirectly told him that she was scared of him he didn t get 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 aull on romance There was certainly some insta love involved though This is why I strongly dislike I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! first person books as when romance comes up it sar 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 ingers 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 going to solve the case It just elt 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 Puppet Master 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 bearor the Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners first time It makes sense in context What could she do Try to calm him down Step away Go and get help See if he s okay What does she do She juststands there It took her about two chunky paragraphsor her to just describe how his eyes remained the same despite the Janae (Blacktop, fact that his body was changing blah blah all of this stuff about duality and repression Really there arear 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 or me Oh no As I said it was doing well or 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 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 character get called out on itSadly while the book makes it very clear that view spoilerBrian s hide spoiler This is pretty darn good I hope the next book is just as good or better ull review to comeupdate Also posted over at Lekeisha The BooknerdWasn t sure what I was expecting rom this book My irst 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 rom the story The writing world building and characters are all very well set upIn the beginning with Aidan being building and characters are all very well set upIn the beginning with Aidan being down after ten years in hiding I was kind of hesitant to keep reading Only because I was afraid that I wouldn t get enough backstory on the whys and hows of her sudden drop rom society I didn t have to worry or 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 get to know her as a character and she opened up and as the story unfolded I m glad to say that She Is Really A Fun is really a Why Diets Make Us Fat fun once she drops that wall she s built around herselfAidan is an Elemental Water to be exact There were lots of killings of people who were associated with Elementals years ago and Aidan along with herriend Sera Fire set up a trap Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., 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 againind 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 got 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 Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, from the moment that they met that they would be drawn to each other She handles him like no otherTheriendship between Sera and Aidan is very well drawn out At Everyday life in medieval times first introduction you don t know what will happen because there is obvious tension between them And after you get to the point of why that tension is there you understand both girls pain It was nice to see them getting back to their old selves and that bond that they share is hard to come by I love the backstory of both the Elementals and Shapeshifters Aidan is kind of a spitfire when weirst 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 to loosen up their personalities mesh good with their magicIf you want a good urban antasy to read I definitely recommend this book If you like Elementals Shapeshifters and magic in your reading give this book a chance I just got 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 in the middle before coming back or a strong The beginning and the end are Die Hardbut the middle is 100% Hudson Hawk There are some good moments in this book but they were too ew and ar between and I Dead Giveaway found myself struggling toinish It might have even been a 2 Star book if it wasn t Andrew Lost In the Kitchen for the last 20% which was pretty goodMany thanks to Match Books and Netgalleyor 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 Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism from a very weak three stars to a weakour Before that happens although the story begins ui. Ck to the scene of her crimes In Lake Tahoe she only Nope finds trouble An estranged bestriend a dangerously attractive landlord and a couple of FBI agents are determined to complicate her lifeand Rejected Rejected Rejected for theirst time in years she doesn’t mind a Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison few complicationsAs the kil. I have been suffering a bitrom series hangover I have Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz finished the completed novels of 2 series I really REALLY loved Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels and have really struggled toind another And then I Buck: A Memoir found this little gem I oftenind myself lukewa Yep that s right I m going Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors for theull 5 stars Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series 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 you get the reference thereI loved the characters Aidan the lead heroine had spunk snark and was broken at the same time Her bestriend Seraoh how I wish I was Sera I like to think I AM Sera but that s just me MarySue ing myself I think grin Sera is a Fire Elemental and that sums her up Fiery sarcastic get up and go ready to just DO IT She takes no guff Five Days Left from anyone and I just adored her You know thateeling you get in your gut the butterfly one the excitement when you suddenly realize that by crikey you are REALLY going to love this book Where it hits you about page 5 or so I get 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 got it with Mia Marshall s Broken Elements Big time See I knew absolutely nothing about this book or the author In Searching for Robert Johnson fact I m not even sure why I chose it the blurb really didn t tell me much But I took a chanceor some odd reason and oh am I glad I did When you read as many books as I do and as Blood on Silk fast as I do you end up with some stinkers And when you get aew stinkers in a row it s enough to make you cry I live Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol for reading My nose is constantly in a book and I m always on the lookoutor 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 kinda good although I wouldn t say I love it so many books are just so so And then comes along a gem 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 Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing flag not once did Ieel 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 good The characters ALL of them are well By the Lake of Sleeping Children 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 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 often get so 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 liketheact 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 NOW grin Broken Elements had a lot of biases to overcome with me I ve always maintained that I don t like Bill Carey Rides West/The Town No Guns Could Tame/Bowdrie Rides a Coyote Trail first person PoV I don t like urbanantasy I prefer to have my Erano guerrieri fantasy in a totally made up world not my own and I am not a hugean of shifters Broken Elements has all three So when I say this ended up being a really enjoyable read you know the writer must have "done something rightFirs A cracking mystery with great characters and a "something rightFirs A cracking mystery with great characters and a world of elemental magic users I really enjoyed this The mystery element was so very strong and compelling You could get away with calling it Urban Fantasy but perhaps Paranormal Mystery would also work as it was so centred around that aspect It had a great cast of characters awesome magical abilities and some surprises you just won t see comingThe story is presented in the 1st person through Aidan Brook Moral Disorder and Other Stories f a water Elemental someone who can control water call itrom the air or Sallies of the Mind from a direct source and basically make it do anything she wants who has been in exileor the last decade after a tragedy orced her to leave behind everything she once knew including her best riend a Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing fire Elemental called Sera I was pretty much hookedrom chapter one After a brief introduction to Aidan and her current situation a blast rom the past in the orm of her one time BFF sends her whole world off kilter and the mystery that drives the book is revealedI thought the writing was excellent intelligent witty thought provoking It immediately showed the interesting but highly awkward The Exposure friendship dynamic that is left after Aidan s 10 year absence Even starting out cold not knowing these character at all yet Ielt the tension and lost years stretching between the two Watching the Shinjuku Paradise former bestriends walk that shaky line between wanting to Grave Matters fall back into their oldamiliar habits and camaraderie but holding back through ear of being hurt again It was great stuffI ound the character voices were very clear and distinct It ended up being a really diverse bunch of people and supernatural races Once The Motley Crime Solving the motley crime solving was ully assembled and I enjoyed each character in turn The secondary ones were just as well drawn as the main two and I particularly grew ond of Simon The reason Immigrant Voices, Volume 2 for their gathering is that they led by Sera have all decided to joinorces to end this mystery Elemental s killing spree once and or all The killer is not being careful about revealing them to the human population and that puts them all at risk It was bad enough when it was happening 10 years ago and Aidan s been having nightmares about It Ever Since She Can ever since She can believe it s happening again But when Sera reveals that another of her close riends second only to Sera has been murdered Aidan has no choice but to return to the scene of the killer s and her crimesI thoroughly enjoyed learning about the magical abilities of the Elementals and Shapeshifters complete with their Grace's Turn full andascinating origin stories There were several expertly dispersed sections of backstory and species history I could see the sections coming but rather than Nine Lives: A Chef's Journey from Chaos to Control feeling like I needed to prepare myselfor a dispassionate info dump it was done deftly through conversation sometimes in a story telling ormat or other times just through the narrative and elt perfectly natural Also cleverly interspersed were the clues suspicions and conjecture regarding the elemental killer s identity and motivations I did manage to correctly guess one of the big surprises but was TOTALLY side swiped by another Which was awesomeIf I could wish Medicine Woman for anything it would have beenor indications of the budding romantic Paisley Goes with Nothing: A Man's Guide to Style feelings between Mac and Aidan I don t mind a sloworming romance at all but while I m waiting I love watching all the little clues gestures and lingering looks etc So there could have been a whole boatload of that or me Also a bit emotional connection to Aidan which may come naturally over the series as I get to know her To sum up if you love a good mystery and powerful magical abilities and can appreciate well crafted characters get this bookHighly recommended to ans of Amanda Stevens Graveyard ueen series UF The Girl at the End of the World for grown ups4 Stars Review Copy Receivedrom the author or an honest review I received this book or Romans free as part of a goodreads giveaway I will be giving an honest reviewYikes WellThe book started off strongly And it had a lot of potential I grew to love the characters and their dynamics and I m a suckeror the Ra. 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 ails with deadly conseuencesThough Aidan tries to outrun her past the grisly murder of an old riend draws her ba.