Elemental: The First by Alexandra May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book as a part of R2R.
This is a yound adult novel.
ROSE Frost receives a bracelet on her sixteenth birthday, a parting gift from her mother who claims it is a family heirloom. From that night Rose starts having vivid dreams and strange visions.
DAYS after, her family separate and Rose moves into her grandmother's house. Her dreams start to involve a woman called Halíka Dacomé. Is she a legend or a figment of her imagination?
DANGER strikes one night. Rose is first on the scene after she smells burning and discovers a car that has been purposely set on fire. She is convinced that the boy in her latest vision is inside the car. The mysterious Aiden Deverill pulls Rose to safety, but not before a window explodes and a ball of fire burns them both. She uses her secret healing gift to heal the scars and to all appearances remains unscathed.
But Aiden is free from burns too and Rose doesn't know why.
She is drawn to his alluring smile, his gorgeous dark looks and hypnotising blue eyes, but as they get closer her friends warn her off claiming that he's bad news.
Rose tries to find the truth about Halika Dacomé and more about why Aiden is so disliked, but she soon gets drawn into helping her friends solve the mystery behind the missing Warminster townsfolk. The latest missing person is her new friend Jez's father.
During the investigation she meets Morgan, a family friend of Daisy's who lives in the cottage at the bottom of Daisy's garden. He's kind, funny and clearly devoted to her, but Rose finds out that his hatred towards Aiden and his grandfather, Ben Deverill, lies rooted in a shocking event that happened years before involving both families.
For Rose, her new life is beginning but she soon realises that people are not always what they seem, and finds it difficult to determine who to trust.
What she always believed to be a happy family and a friendly town soon turns on its head when she discovers that her family secret, Aiden Deverill and the truth behind Halíka Dacomé is at the heart of the whole conspiracy.
This book was really interesting. It took a little too long for me to get into I think. Had I not had this to review, I might have stopped reading and missed a really good story. Additionally, at the beginning I think the author had a tendency to over describe things that weren’t really necessary to the story which made it drag on. But once we into the meat of the story, I couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t like Rose very much in the beginning or understand why she reacted certain ways, but I accepted that. It wasn’t so bad that I didn’t remain interested or invested in seeing the story through. Actually, I can’t wait to read the next in the series. I happen to be a big fan of Morgan, but we will see where Rose’s heart lies.
I recommend this book.
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