Book Review: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals) – Michelle Madow

Synopsis:

Witches are real. They’re descendants of the Greek gods.
Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods… but she doesn’t know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.
When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole and four others — including mysterious bad-boy Blake — are gifted with elemental powers. But the comet has another effect — it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes, it’s up to Nicole and the others to follow a cryptic prophecy in time to save the town… and possibly the world.


I received an eARC edition of this title courtesy of Barclay Publicity via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So there were aspects of the book I really quite liked, for example the aspect of the powers intrigued me. And I loved how colours played a part of  the magic – I thought that was an interesting addition to the idea of elemental powers which, whilst totally alright on their own, did require some originality to them which Madow certainly provided .

Also – Greek mythology. I do love me some good Greek mythology and this book provided it sufficiently enough for me to be satisfied to the point where it made the rest of the plot bearable to finish which it may not have been otherwise.

HOWEVER. *MAJOR PROBLEMS AHEAD*

We were greeted by an irresponsible heroine – allowing a guy to cheat on his girlfriend? No way José – the protagonist  had no respect for the girl code. Or any code if we’re  being honest  as she cruelly  strung along both guys for the majority of the novel.
Also, irresponsible, thoughtless teenagers – whilst realistic in the aspect of teenagers not being in the most thoughtful of ages.  These  kids were wayyyyyy  too sure of their powers right after finding out about them which  just struck me as REALLY odd . If I were them I’d be petrified of using my power at first and would definitely NOT feel comfortable using it 48 hours after acknowledging the fact that it even exis ted. But that may just be my reasoning and I may be wrong about it …

There was also my old friend; insta-fricking-love. Done in the worst possible way with the aforementioned cheating. Man, I wanted to puke a little because I just really did not like the love story/ non-existent chemistry of the characters.

But even then, I somehow managed to finish the book in one, one and a bit hour sitting which in itself was quite a commendable effort. Although I do not see myself  returning to this particular title in the future, I might check out the other titles in this series or Madow’s other work in order to see whether this read was a case of “it’s not you it’s me” syndrome.

My Rating : 2/5 Stars. 

“My world had gone from normal to magical in only a few days

Nicole Cassidy

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