Friday, October 24, 2014

Elemental Reality by Cesya MaRae Cuono Review

Title: Elemental Reality
Author: Cesya Marae Cuono
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Elemental, book one
Star Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though this novel about faeries intrigued me at first, I just couldn't finish it--the potential for this debut novel just got lost for me in a jumble of hormones, instalove, and dull characters. I really tried, but this book just wasn't for me.

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review--thanks, Cesya!

DNF at 154 pages.

Callie Pierce's mother has been missing for over a decade. On the very eve of her disappearance, she begins to notice strange differences: the elements seem to almost speak to her. When she realizes that that is only the beginning of her problems, she recognizes her life for what it is: a lie. But now the truth is out, and Callie and her sister are the most powerful elemental faeries to ever exist. Forced to face a world that has been normal until now, she and Lola must find the strength to save their family.

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel--two young women awakening their magic powers and saving their family!
-This novel had a lot of potential, and it really intrigued me at first
-I liked the world-building
-Emery and Ady
-Callie's parents

What could've been better:
-The writing--mainly from Callie's point of view--was dull and boring, and she sounded like a boy-crazy, hormonal teen than an actual protagonist close to my own age--I didn't relate to her much and it made the book hard to read
-Despite the worldbuilding, which I really liked, it was really hard to follow
-Oli and Callie's relationship seemed instant to me, without much real depth, and it seemed like a love triangle was forming between him, Callie, and Cayden--it really put me off the story
-None of the faeries even seemed relatable, and the connection between them and the way the world worked was really confusing

I really, really tried, but this book just wasn't for me. Next on deck: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst!

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