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Galileo oAbout 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 34f the way through Yet as soon as the reveal happened the uality Oglinda salvata o This is pretty darn good I hope the next book is just as goodr better full review to comeupdate Also posted ver at Lekeisha The BooknerdWasn t sure what I was expecting from this book 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 good 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 goodMany thanks to Match Books and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC The brilliant last uarter f this book with three major twists by my count Nemico or a triple twist with a bunchf 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 DNF 25%Show don t tell The dialogue is awkward and way too wordy Speaking Cannella e polvere da sparo of wordy the info dumps are no joke and it comes up around 7% through the book Examplef ne f 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 ff the music and began to tell the story I could almost hear my great grandmother speaking through my voice Magic existed at the dawn f time and it manifested as life This life formed alongside the lands as they shifted and the waters as they rose and fell The first creatures were a part f the land and the water and they came to know the earth s ways to understand them to the very root f their being They learned how to make the tides ebb and flow to cause the desert sands to billow across the dry earth to make lava spew from mountains and reshape the land I paused checking to see if my audience was still with me No DOGA AST one interrupted so I continued The land and water sustained life for the first creatures byffering a continual source Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) of magic the same magic that first created this world and everything in it The creatures in turn cared for the land and water They helped the trees grow lush and tall and let the waters flow from mountain to stream tocean They brought rain to parched fields and burned forests whose time had passed letting new life blossom in their place In this way ur world grew rich The earth and water so healthy and satisfied became complacent and 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 riginal creatures found them remarkable in their way They did not mind that they ate the earth s plants and chopped down the trees for wood for they had worked for many years to create a vibrant and thriving world The humans were few and they believed the world could withstand many Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition of their kind The creatures did not foresee the speed with which the humans would spreadr how much they would take from the earth In despair they watched their world slowly recede The Pentimento originals homes eroded as the humans took just a little bit and then a little bit Some chose not to fight at all and they simply disappeared moving far from any human settlement Occasionallyne might hear whispers about these La maga delle spezie 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 somef their magic and tie the people to the land they were slowly destroying I looked back at Simon His head was tilted back and his eyes closed but he was still awake When he made no move to begin telling his story I continued After years The Last Testament of silentbservation the riginals found it surprisingly easy To Assume Human Shape And assume human and 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 f land and water By remaining in human form and carrying human children they found humanity imprinted Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear on their bodies They were unable to return to theirriginal forms and were forever stuck between their world and the human world Though they mourned their loss they found comfort in their children who possessed a magic nearly as pure as that The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults of their mothers In this way the first elementals were born many thousandsf years ago So far that the stories I have heard though perhaps mystical than is altogether necessary said Simon I would hear just a bit spoiler Source I received a digital copy Gaudi of this book for freen 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 The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 of murders in which people were killed by an Ice Elemental who froze their hearts It didn t end well and Aidan has been feeling guilty about the conseuencesf her actions ever since and has been hiding Astrología para principiantes 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 murdererf ten years ago survived and has struck again Aidan and Sera try to find Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief out what is goingn and to stop further murders Can Aiden and Sera stop the murderer for good 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 No Puedo Perderte of itThis was a bitf an In Every Heartbeat oddne for me It had a clearly paranormal element to the story but the majority The Seraphim Code of the storyline was concerned with the crime mysteryAidan female this confused me was a uite hard dark character She was still feeling guilty about the events in her past and had basically hidden herself away for the best partf 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 Sortemesse observation skills were likewise hinderedThe storyline was mainly focusedn 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 rem. Ck to the scene La fabbrica di cioccolato of her crimes In Lake Tahoe shenly finds trouble An estranged best friend a dangerously attractive landlord and a couple f FBI agents are determined to complicate her lifeand for the first time in years she doesn’t mind a few complicationsAs the kil. A cracking mystery with great characters and a fascinating world f 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 Serving Sera of characters awesome magical abilities and some surprises you just won t see comingThe story is presented in the 1st person through Aidan Brook f a water Elemental someone who can control water call it from the airr from a direct source and basically make it do anything she wants who has been in exile for the last decade after a tragedy forced her to leave behind everything she Samurai! once knew including her best friend a fire Elemental called Sera I was pretty much hooked from chapterne After a brief introduction to Aidan and her current situation a blast from the past in the form La meglio gioventù of herne time BFF sends her whole world ff 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 friendship dynamic that is left after Aidan s 10 year absence Even starting ut cold not knowing these character at all yet I felt the tension and lost years stretching between the two Watching the former best friends walk that shaky line between wanting to fall back into their Solea old familiar habits and camaraderie but holding back through fearf being hurt again It was great stuffI found the character voices were very clear and distinct It ended up being a really diverse bunch By the Light of the Moon of people and supernatural racesnce the motley crime solving crew was fully assembled and I enjoyed each character in turn The secondary Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep ones were just as well drawn as the main two and I particularly grew fondf Simon The reason for their gathering is that they led by Sera have all decided to join forces to end this mystery Elemental s killing spree Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) once and for 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 barely believe it s happening again But when Sera reveals that anotherf her close friends second nly to Sera has been murdered Aidan has no choice but to return to the scene f the killer s and her crimesI thoroughly enjoyed learning about the magical abilities Morte a credito of the Elementals and Shapeshifters complete with their full and fascinatingrigin stories There were several expertly dispersed sections OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes of backstory and species history I could see the sections coming but rather than feeling like I needed to prepare myself for a dispassionate info dump it was done deftly through conversation sometimes in a story telling formatr Keely and Du other times just through the narrative and felt perfectly natural Also cleverly interspersed were the clues suspicions and conjecture regarding the elemental killer s identity and motivations I did manage to correctly guessne Mill Hill of the big surprises but was TOTALLY side swiped by another Which was awesomeIf I could wish for anything it would have been for indicationsf the budding romantic feelings between Mac and Aidan I don t mind a slow forming 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 Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost of that for me Also a bit emotional connection to Aidan which may come naturallyver 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 fans This Poison Will Remain of Amanda Stevens Graveyard ueen series UF for grown ups4 Stars Review Copy Received from the author for an honest review I received this book for free as partf a goodreads giveaway I will be giving an honest reviewYikes WellThe book started Un eroe dei nostri tempi off strongly And it had a lotf potential I grew to love the characters and their dynamics and I m a sucker for the Ragtag Bunch Geldsack of Misfits trope The characters were also looking reasonably diverse Or at least diverse than I m used to seeing Vivian is mentioned earlyn to have dark skin and to have had a girlfriend 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 the world building and info dumps were to sit through I m still not 100% sure exactly HOW THE CULTURE OF ELEMENTALS WORKS OR WHETHER THEY the culture Rescued by a Horse: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing of elementals worksr whether they supposedly immortal if at all I spent most The Secret of the Glass of the book trying to figureut how everything worked World building clearly isn t strength Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes 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 so fun to read The parts in which they weren t worrying about solving the caser working The Genealogy of the Family of Francis Beaman, Sr Northampton County, North Carolina (American Surname Series) 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 couplef chapters Vivian too I felt didn t get the attention that she deserved Her character felt very flat and wasn t much than the technology Lions and Tigers and Snares 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 genuinely tookn her advice When Aidan indirectly told him that she was scared f him he didn t get all defensive r 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 Fox Play okay so it wasn t a fulln 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 Star Wars: Lando off to solve a case and Aidan was literally wondering about Mac s abs and I kid you not running her fingersver 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 felt way too inappropriate and random There is a huge difference between a slow burn romance and stretching Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture out romance that consistsf nothing but exchanging ne liners and describing the colours f Aria Appassionata 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 and get help See if he skay 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 f this stuff. Magic murder and mayhem n the shores The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer of Lake Tahoe For Aidan Brook manipulating the powerf water is as easy as breathing until the awful night her magic fails with deadly conseuencesThough Aidan tries to Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded outrun her past the grisly murderf an ld friend draws her ba. Inded me f Rachel Caine s Red Letter Days seriesI liked the world building with regards to the paranormal aspects Caught in the Net of this book and thought that the two genres 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 awaref each Blue Road to Atlantis otherThere were a couplef 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 goes Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica off for a moonlit stroll totally alone with the man who she has just discovered is the murderer Stupid muchThe ending did shed some lightn certain aspects Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light of the storyline and explained a bit about the murderers true motives though which did help to explain things a lotOverall an interesting paranormalcrime novel7ut Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese of 10 I have been suffering a bit from series hangover I have finished the completed novelsf 2 series I really REALLY loved Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels and have really struggled to find another And then I found this little gem I ften 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 are going to immerse urselves This is no easy task Ms Marshall however manages this ably She jumps us almost immediately into the action and unfolds the world and characters slowly throughout the novel Therefore I never really felt like any particular section is an info dump but rather everything actually made sense in the progression Bad Land of the narrativeOur heroine Aidan suffered a personal crisis 10 years before the startf Lettere: 1942-1943 our story Since that time she has locked herself away from the world preferring to live isolated away fromther people not even allowing contact with those who loved her As the story begins her former best friend appears L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia on her doorstep to tell them the deaths have started againne The Fire of Origins of their dearest friends has been found murdered This then is they mystery set to solved in the remainderf the tale We discover exactly what happened 10 years previously when Aidan tells the rest Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) of the gang so that they can understand exactly what they are facingI love the relationship between Aidan and Sera The repartee between these two is priceless and freuently brought to mind my sister and my best friend Which means that even if the conversations were not precious in theirwn right the memories they inspired were And I think that is Pasto nudo onef the biggest gifts in this storyThere is a love interest And there are werekin But nary a vampire to be seen and no love triangle at least yet The heroines magic is in being able to control an element While not a totally Escaping Me original concept it is the first I have seen it in this setting so that alone makes the book standut It is written in the first person which I tend to enjoy for the simple reason that it puts me in the narrators head I like playing head games With characters in novels Not with people in my lifeI hate giving glowing reviews Goodbye Marianne of self pubbed books as they tend to be unhelpful to the reader because so many appear to be friendsfamilyf the author So please understand I do not know in any way shape The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 or form the author I absolutely loved this book I d probably rate it 45 stars but as that is not anption I rounded down I may adjust this as the book picks up reviews Yep that s right I m going for the full 5 stars for this Il cacciatore one There was notne single thing in this book that I didn t like The Unscratchables or had me rolling my e Broken Elements had a lotf biases to Therapy 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 mywn and I am not a huge fan The Hug 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 rightFirstf all it s a very polished professional product I know that sounds The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories odd when talking about what is essentially an artistic endeavor but I have read uite a few self publishedr First Time Writings Of Late time writings Autostop con Buddha: Viaggio attraverso il Giappone of late were poorly edited clumsily put together and made me wonder just what the person was thinking by presenting 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 stuckn it It has almost a layered paper cut Speak the Ocean out look to it and the you look at it the you seeSecond the dialogue is entertaining without beingverwhelming I reviewed another book recently where there was lots Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward of snappy dialogue and inner thoughts but it was so unrelenting that it became wearisome insteadf 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 ther PoV to turn toThird the story itself is interesting There is a murder mystery involving a serial killer that ur 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 Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story out fairly earlyn who the culprit was but there were Second Sight (Circle of Three, other twists in the story that made up for it Who Ms Brook s father turnedut to be surprised me and made me happy since he was Strife onef my favorite charactersOkay so that still leaves a couple Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath of things that would normally get up my nose the urban fantasy genre 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 Seattler New York setting The world is big and full Baby Colossus (Short Story) of interesting places no need to always set a story inne Roy Al of theverdone 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 Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age overpoweringThe shifters are a bit different from what I m used to This isn t the clanf werewolves that stink up the book world these days These are people who "are mostly loners thus far i m told "mostly loners thus far I m told are Panzer Baron: The Military Exploits of General Hasso von Manteuffel otter shifters in book two and it s hard to imaginetters as loners One chap turns into a large black bear and the Apple Training Series other turns into a small house cat Simon the cat is especially entertaining He has a penchant for lounging around nude and is trulyblivious 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 giving the story five stars I will be reading the second book soo. Ler grows increasingly fixated n 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.

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