(The Essential Elements, #2)
Publication date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her.
After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.
When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.
From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up.
All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth, but how can she do so when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?
***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
This book picked up right where the last one left off. It was another great book by Elle Middaugh. I fell in love with this series because it was so different from what I have read. There aren’t really many books that have elemental inspiration within them.
Valerie … She is still trying to figure out which group she should join or even if she shouldn’t join any. She was away after the big fight at the end of book 1 and her entire world has changed. Humans now know about elementals and Val is trying to keep the safe from the Elitists.
Cade … I am team Cade all the way! I think he can be infuriating and frustrating with the way he treats Val sometimes. And all because of his family and their Traditionalist views. However, I think Cade opened up in this book a lot which I am excited to see where this will go with them.
Holden … I think Holden only likes Valerie for personal and political reasons. He is a part of the Modernist group. Throughout the entire book, you don’t get much interaction between Holden and Val since Holden is busy helping his dad run the Modernist group.
Overall, this was a great book and I look forward to the next book in the Elemental Series.
Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Most of her time is spent raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.
She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.