Elemental Secrets (The Essential Elements Book 1) by Elle Middaugh

Elemental Secrets (The Essential Elements Book 1)Elemental Secrets by Elle Middaugh
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Valerie Moore is a Navy brat and when her father gets deployed yet again she gets sent off to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Her mother passed away years ago and with all the moving around Valerie has always found it hard to make new friends and fit in.

Valerie soon finds that her family has secrets that she never knew about with the passing of her mother. This new town she finds herself in is full of those with Elemental powers and Valerie finds that she herself is a descendant of those powers.

Elemental Secrets sounds like a really good fantasy read that I should have loved but unfortunately with this one it lost my interest fairly early on concentrating more on the high school drama portion of the book instead of the magical abilities.

Early in the story Valerie already finds herself in a fist fight over a boy in the school. She also can’t make up her mind out of two that are interested in her who she likes more. Normally I’m fine with a love triangle situation but next we know this turns into a love square with a third that interests Valerie. She just seemed to be all over the place with oh it’s a good looking guy and the description talked of her being a loner, didn’t make sense.

Then I have to mention the slowness of involving any depth to the Elemental side of the story. I think I was halfway before it gets any real notice and interest in the story due to wading through the drama portion. Then really it was a lot longer before it became the focus of what was going on, maybe 75-80%. Just not enough by then to care anymore after becoming irritated with the teen drama.

Overall, 2.5 stars for Elemental Secrets. Just wasn’t one for me but I’m sure some others would like this one a bit more than I did.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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