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Saturday, November 9, 2013

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ARC Review: Water by Heather James

Elements of Power #2
Author: Heather James
Publication Date: October 19, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Water pooled around my feet, rising at an alarming rate. I stared - panicked - at the palms of my hands, willing the water gushing out of them to stop as miraculously as it had begun.

I only sneezed!

Jasmine is struggling to control her new powers, causing floods and fires with an accidental flick of her wrist. In a desperate attempt to master at least one aspect of them, she travels to the Brizan Realm, where she comes closer to discovering the truth about her parents than ever before. But not everyone wants their secrets revealed.
Alone, powerless and, for the first time in her life, afraid, Roxy has only one thought occupying her mind: escaping Cinaer's clutches before it's too late. Her flight will take her across the ocean, but not in the direction she is expecting. Before she can try and get back to Brae, she needs to rescue herself.
Despite being on opposite sides of the world, the girls soon find themselves closer than ever.

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author for review

     Let me just say a very unfortunate thing: the Elements of Power is unfortunately one of those many – and I really do mean many series that don't make the very greatest impression in my mind.
     But of course, Water has a pretty cover and it has its good moments as well. And it was definitely better than its prequel, Fire.
  • We get a view of the other realms (Brizan and Sephan) as well, aside from the Helian (the majority of where Fire took place) and Arcan realms. :D
  • We also get a view on Brizan powers, along with Jasmine's – well, Jasmine's definitely made some changes/maturity here, along with Brae.
  • O_o I did not get a jaw-dropping surprise about ¾ of the way through. But I did.
  • Queen Aurelia doesn't sound very... queenly. Despite the fact that she seems pretty young, there are just times where I feel like a teenager just got chosen as queen. And I don't really mean 18 or 19... I mean around 14 or 15.
  • After a certain act of Tristan's, he just seemed... less complex and more predictable. And a bit flat. But I wouldn't worry – no hope is lost for him. Yet.
  • Well, I don't think any characters deserves a facepalming this time... aside from Roxy. I kind of thought she would be less lovesick and I kind of like Roxy 1.0 better than Roxy 2.0. Hopefully Roxy 3.0 (if there will be) will be better?
     Was the story terrible? Absolutely not. I personally enjoyed Water more than I enjoyed Fire. It has more action and it was an enjoyable read. The end... I'm curious to what happens next, but I'm a bit platonic about it and it won't exactly make an impression. But on the overall side, major potential, but... eh... maybe a few tweaks here and there will make it more memorable.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Owls

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