Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow

The Prophecy of Shadows
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Elementals Book #1
ISBN:   0997239492
ISBN13: 9780997239492
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

Although I enjoyed THE PROPHECY OF SHADOWS there were a few things that made it so that I could not give it more than 3 stars.

THE PROPHECY OF SHADOWS reminded me quite a bit of The Secret Circle. Girl moves to small town, learns she is a witch, joins a small coven full of teenagers where there is a boy she likes and he likes her, but his girlfriend is a psycho jealous b**** and he can't leave her without causing problems. You get the gist.

Now there were differences and I thought the world building was pretty good, but I can't say I loved the characters enough to want to follow them into the next book. Nicole was just sort of blah to me. She started off pretty likable, but I found her to be a little too whiny. Blake the boy that likes her that has a girlfriend just rubbed me wrong. He cheated on his girlfriend instead of breaking up on her, enough said. There was a lot of teenage drama involved in not only their 'relationship', but with their little coven as well.

Overall I was able to read it without having to put it down and did enjoy most of it, I just don't think I would enjoy reading more.  

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.