Friday, June 13, 2014

Elemental Hunger by Elana Johnson Review

Title: Elemental Hunger
Author: Elana Johnson
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Series: Elemental, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fun, action-packed start to a new series, I loved Elemental Hunger--I was totally hooked from the first page! Just wonderful, and I can't wait for more of this series!

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Welcome to the United Territories, where the Supremist rules all, and Elementals walk among normal people. Meet Gabriella Kilpatrick, a girl who has a meager job in the kitchens in her village of Crylon. But she has a life-changing secret: Despite being a girl, she is a Firemaker. Forced to go undercover as "Gabe", she flees her village in the middle of political unrest. Teaming up with Adam, a boy who has secrets himself, Gabby scrambles to rescue her friends. But the net around her is closing quickly, and she realizes she must discover who is trustworthy, and how to be true to herself.. Or it could mean her very life..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel--it was unique and still had the classic themes of girl-power, self-discovery, and first love--it really appealed to me
-I liked the world-building as well--it was easy to understand as well as believable
-Gabby, the fiery girl who struggles with love, trust, and with remaining true to herself as she comes into her own as a Firemaker in her own right--I really felt for her the entire book, and I was cheering for her the whole time
-Adam, the boy who is so much more than he seems, who falls hard for Gabby and yet frustrated me because he was lying to her and trying to possess her
-Hanai, the sweet boy who also falls for Gabby--he was definitely my favorite of the two boys
-Cat and Isaiah
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I couldn't put it down, I was so entirely hooked
-The action--It was almost like a movie or video game, there was so much fighting!
-Alex
-The ending--it was perfect

What could've been better:
-The love triangle was a little predictable and at times I caught myself rolling my eyes
-Adam, at times
-Felix
-Patches

Overall, I really, really enjoyed Elemental Hunger, and I can't wait for the sequel! Definitely a new favorite, highly recommended for fantasy and action fans! Next on deck: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes!

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