REVIEW: The Blood of The Hydra by Michelle Madow

Hello everyone! it’s been awhile since I last posted but I finally brought myself to terms that I couldn’t hold off a post any longer. I missed blogging. A LOT. So now, I’m finally here writing this long awaited post.

I read this book about a month ago when I had the opportunity to receive an eBook copy of it from Michelle Madow herself. In return, all i had to do was write a nice review on Amazon. But, for some reason, my Amazon account doesn’t let me do reviews. I have bought stuff previously on it before but it still won’t let me. So, instead I’m going to do the review on here since it was such an amazing book!

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Title: Elementals: The Blood of The Hydra

Author: Micelle Madow

Series: Elementals

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Release Date: April, 18, 2016


Goodreads Summary:

A demigod who can kill with a touch. It’s an ability that must be kept secret, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret — not even Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they’ve encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?


My Review:

This book has been one of my favorites this year! it was very fast paced and all of the action made it turn into an electrifyingly, satisfying novel. I was in a reading slump for a long time and this one was the second book I read after it. it was such an exhilarating book and it fully tore own the walls of my reading slump.

i really liked this book because it had to do a lot with Greek Mythology and it had many ties with The Odyssey by Homer. it’s amazing how present day YA can bring aspects of works of Shakespeare, Homer and Dante Alighieri. Ancient poems turned into present day works of literature. It brings teens and even adults a bit more interested in reading poetry from back then!

Traveling through Greece with the Elementals was a journey I would love to do again. Nicole, Kate, Blake, Chris and Danielle make up an amazing group of witches who fight monsters. Yes, I know. The sound of people fighting monsters sounds ridiculous but, believe me, it is amazing. Every piece of Michelle’s work has been amazing and I can’t wait for more!

I hope that you will all have the opportunity to read Michelle’s novels!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

COVER AND BLURB REVEAL: Elementals: The Head of Medusa by Michelle Madow

 

Hello everyone! Today I have the honor of hosting a cover reveal for the third book in Michelle Madow’s Elementals series, The Head of Medusa. I am so excited for this book since the first two in the series were amazing! If anyone has read the Percy Jackson novels, I think you would really enjoy these novels. I, myself haven’t read any of Rick Riordan’s books but, I do know that there is a lot of Greek Mythology incorporated into them. The same goes for Michelle’s new Elementals series. As Michelle begins to stray away from writing series that contain big, lively parties, romance and A LOT of drama, she gives us the Elementals series. Jam-packed with lots of witches, mythology and even some swoon-worthy guys, it’s a series you do not want to miss.

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Title: Elementals 3: The Head of Medusa

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: June 29, 2016

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Series: Elementals #3

Format: eBook and Paperback


Synopsis:

THE EPIC JOURNEY CONTINUES IN THE THIRD BOOK OF THE ELEMENTALS SERIES.

Moving to a new town wasn’t supposed to be easy. But for Nicole Cassidy, it meant discovering she was a witch with never before seen elemental powers. Mysteriously given a mission that could help save the world, Nicole and four other gifted classmates journeyed to Greece, where they battled ancient monsters and barely escaped with their lives.

Now Nicole and the Elementals have returned home, and while her relationship with Blake—the fire Elemental—is finally heating up, she can’t rid herself of the guilt that she’s responsible for the death of one of their own in Greece. But she must remain focused, because the portal to the prison world of Kerberos is weakening, and Typhon, one of Earth’s deadliest creatures, has escaped. Now the Elementals must retrieve the only object in the world that can destroy this dangerous monster—the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the world, unsure of who to trust, and facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? And if they don’t, will the ones who do be able to find the strength to continue?

Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.


Cover:

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Isn’t it beautiful? For those who didn’t notice, Danielle is the character on the cover. Unless they changed the person and made it Kate with a background of water. Though, that really wouldn’t make sense.


Preorder: Amazon

Add to Goodreads: HERE


The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! To learn more about the first book, and to read the first four chapters for free CLICK HERE


Giveaway:

Michelle is offering five lucky winners an eCopy of Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! To enter, simply click the link HERE and fill out the rafflecopter!


About The Author:

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Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

Want all three parts of the Transcend Time Saga – Michelle’s first YA romance series – for FREE? Click HERE to learn about the series and claim your books!

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Thank you so much to Cameron Yeager at Barclay Publicity for giving me this amazing opportunity!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

Review: The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

Hello everybody! This post has been thrown back on my to-do list for so long so today I finally decided to make up some time for it. I finished this book approximately 3 days ago and I loved it. It was such a fun contemporary to bring me out of my reading slump. Since early February, I have been going through a HUGE reading slump and I was resorting to Wattpad for my reading. Now, I can actually read a normal, physical book. Reading slumps are very nerve-wracking since you dont know when you will ever read a normal book again. But, you just have to troop through them and hope for the best. Now that I’m out of my big reading slump, I have to tackle my HUGE TBR in hopes of finishing it before July!

Now, to stop my ranting about book slumps, let’s get into this review!

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Title: the Fill-in Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publishing Date: May 5th, 2015

Page Amount: 344


*Goodreads Synopsis*

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


*My Thoughts*

This book was such a fun contemporary that was easily able to stop my reading slump. It has so many accurate parts of high school life that made me quite interested in what high school will be like for me. If anything, I am so hoping I do not fall in the role of Gia Montgomery. She was basically your average popular kid and she was even smart. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be both popular and smart but, Gia lied. A lot. In the end, everything  turned around on her. Her happy, ordinary life turned into one filled with friends who didn’t think they could trust her. the only people she could trust were Bec and Hayden. Two people she would’ve never thought about hanging out with before prom night.

Hayden, charming as ever, was one out of two people that knew about Gia’s lie. Her fill-in boyfriend. His sister Bec was the only other person who knew. Gia never thought she could trust Bec with a lie;  even become friends with her. But things change. Bec turned into Gia’s go-to friend and Hayden became Gia’s dreamy boyfriend.

This book made me smile, laugh and even cry. When you find a book that does that, you know it’s a good one. i loved readng about how Gia tried fixing things. Who knew that throwing baseballs at Will’s house could fix every problem. Well, not the friendship problems but the mental problems. Have a breakdown. Go throw some baseballs. Stressed out. Go throw some baseballs. Somehow it worked for Bec, Hayden and Gia.

By the end of the book, the three of them helped each other fix their problems, therefore becoming one big family.

I can’t wait to read another one of Kasie’s books. They are such fun and entertaining books that you cant miss.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina