Monday, 31 October 2011

Review: Elemental: the First by Alexandra May


At the Other End:

"I was running through a forest, above me the wind fiercly crashed branch, twig and leaf. My body moved fluidly as I ran. Jumping over fallen boughs and ducking under low branches.

My candescent white glow shone under the thin clothes I wore, my urgency was sparking the intense light from within. The white light bounced off the forest floor and guided the way. I was my own illuminated beacon, and I had no use for torches or flashlights.

I had to hurry, there was no time left. They needed me and I could hear them, frightened and scared."

There's more to 16 year old Rose Frost, than just fitting in with the crowd, girly friendships and dating boys.
When Rose's parents go away on business overseas, she is left in the care of her grandmother in Warminster, Southern England.
As Rose rekindles childhood friendships, she soon find out that strange things have been happening that the townspeople won't speak of.
What is the connection between the missing people, the old monk priory and some strange looking crystals?
Rose and her friends try to uncover the truth. But for Rose, the truth may be harder to accept than she thinks.

First Impressions Last:

When I first saw this book I was fascinated by what the truth was going to be as well as from her sudden relocation to her grandmother's. The preview in Italics also got me interested the most as it made me want to read the story and made it not seem too "cliche  YA chick-lit" (I have nothing against Chick-lit). The cover is pretty too, but how can you not resist a pretty cover?

Behind the 280 Pages:

This was a great book but there were a few if-y's there that brought it down to 4 stars. And there was that cliffhanger at the end that was a cliffhanger but wasn't as much as it should've been. I didn't really get the ARGH feeling when there's a really good cliffhanger that makes me cry because the next one isn't out yet (I'm exaggerating....a bit). Because we knew more than Rose, it was kind of annoying to see that she couldn't pick anything up and to see her struggles as she tries to figure everything out. Because of this, the news at the end when she is told the truth just breezes past us because we already knew somewhat of the story but that was just the history behind it all that we didn't know. The prologue I thought should have not included Rose's perspective and just stayed on Deverill in the circle with the other guys. With the inclusion of Rose in the prologue it made me think that the prologue should have been cut short to only the talk with the men about their plans.
What is it really that we know about Aiden?

What's Next:

Finding the Time: January 2012
About: Rose Frost discovers from Aiden Deverill, the bad boy around town, that she’s a Primord Elemental in hiding and just like him, sort of. Rose always knew there was something off when he was around. She can never get a reading or feel his essence like she can other people. Her sensory abilities just won’t work.
Instead she has to use her female intuition which isn't always a good thing. He may be dazzlingly gorgeous with his sapphire blue eyes and black hair, and he may be from the same group of ancient races that her ancestors come from.
But it doesn't mean she has to like him. Until he tells her that he never wants to see her again.
Rose realises she’s on her own once more, she must find her missing grandmother, and some strange crystals to prevent the worst from happening - an apocalypse, the end of mankind. But a tragedy immediately happens for which Rose fears she may never recover from fully, and emotionally she plunges to the depths.
Her weird dreams of Nerído Xipilé make her second-guess Aiden once more. Is he really as evil as his grandfather? Does Rose have the ability to cure the black hatred that lies in his heart?
On this non-stop and fast paced journey, Rose comes into her own, discovers new abilities and the reason why she's considered The First. She faces new enemies and must deal with unexpected obstacles particularly when her gift is caught on camera exposing her to the world media.
But the only person who can truly rescue her in the end plays with fire.
Her time for the Unburdening and Integration into Halika Dacomé draws near, she only has seven days to find out the truth, once and for all, before it’s too late.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)


About Aiden (I have my doubts about him): Will we know when he turns on her? Do we know what his power is? How do we know that his power is not creating illusions? He could have created the boy on the street and purposely led Rose to the car and the fire, hoping to get her away from her friends as she started walking towards the fire. Did he put an illusion on the wounds to make him seem like the only trustworthy person? example:

"As Aiden sat down his pain was obvious. How he mad masked it before I could only put down to an adrenaline rush, his body would naturally have numbed any discomfort."
We know certainly that not every Royal Alien has the gift of healing because if they did, then Aiden would have been able to heal himself. AND, because he is a Royal Alien he would have a power as well. Now all I'm waiting for is for him to turn on her... which we should hopefully find out in the second book.

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