Saturday, 26 May 2012

Blog Tour: A Review for Elements: The Beginning by Kate Fuentes

Elements: The BeginningPosted by Guest Reviewer Melanie
Release Date: December 13th, 2011
Finished Date: May 5th, 2012
Publishers: Dreampath Books 
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle
Pages: 240
Buy : Amazon UK / Amazon US 

Destiny brought them into this world to save mankind and malevolent forces will stop at nothing in order to annihilate them. Born with extraordinary powers, fraternal twins Gage and Talon Thorn learn how to control their mystical abilities. Tragedy strikes the family and their ordinary father Gable is forced to raise them on his own. Pain and loss encompass the Thorns as they persevere to live a normal life in a place determined to destroy their happiness. Soon their incredible gifts need proper nurturing and Gable recruits a special group of people to help in their upbringing. A sassy, tenacious nanny named Leia and an eccentric unorthodox warrior named Maui complete the dream team of mentors to aid in the complexity of their lives. Evil, wicked forces lurk in the shadows and the boys are in danger if they don't learn how to control their unique talents and harness their elemental powers. Humanity rests in the hands of the young brothers as they embark on an epic adventure to save mankind from the dark emperor.
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The Review: I really enjoyed this book, I’m not going to recap the blurb because it says it all and I don’t feel I can add anything to it so straight on with the review. . .

I loved the characters in this book, good, decent, honest people and for the most part ‘what you see is what you get’ especially the twins, Gage and Talon – they are non-identical twins, each with different personalities and different powers who are brought up knowing they were destined for something bigger than themselves. Their father Gable brings them up with the help of a nanny – Leia, her uncle – Maui – a mystic man and later a Maori elder – Reek. Following the death of their mother after the twins’ birth, Gable had relocated them to New Zealand following a holiday there which had shown them all the boys’ true purpose and weaved together the fates of the twins’ Irish heritage, the Maori and ultimately the earth. So Gable, Leia, Maui and Reek dedicate their lives to training and educating the boys in their powers because something huge would be coming for them in the future and they needed to be ready.
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I loved the storyline and the way it blended the two sets of folklore – Irish and Maori – both very intriguing on their own but by bringing them together we get the best of both and learn about both. I like a book that is filled with prophecy, I like hearing the stories surrounding it and reading about how it unfolds. Nothing grabs my attention like a good prophecy and most of my favourite books have them, this is no different because this one is huge, like the fate of the world huge and it is just beginning to unfold. The pacing wasn’t very fast but being a first book it’s a ‘getting to know you’ book so that’s to be expected and to be fair it spans over 10 years so there is a lot of information to get over in this. We get the twins’ birth, what type of people they are/turn into, their individual personalities and traits, their beliefs, their teachings, what dangers await them and their heritage. Not to mention the folklore that comes into it, the glimpse of another world connected to ours by portholes and even a few surprises thrown in for good measure. So yeah, I don’t thing pacing was really an issue when it is jam packed full of information that sets up a series that is so full of potential that I’m itching to know more and a feeling that I’m going to love the journey the twins will take. I only wish I had book two now!

2 comments:

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

The folklore sounds pretty interesting. I haven't heard of this before but I will have to check it out. Great review! :)

nat cleary said...

Great review. Ive never heard of this book either but its sounds really good. Ive added it to my wish list :)