Monday, April 18, 2016

ARC Review~ The Blood of the Hydra

This marks the first day for The Blood of the Hydra blog tour hosted by Barclay Publicity. Today is also the release day for it as well, which is super exciting. I will be sharing my review and thoughts on this book, and let me tell you, it was absolutely astounding. Also make sure to check the bottom of the post for a special giveaway; Michelle is giving one(1) copy of any elemental book of the winners choosing.

~About the Book~

Title: Elementals 2: The Blood of the Hydra
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Series: Elementals #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eBook and paperback
Source: **Received from publisher**

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?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world—or die trying.


Whilst first reading book one in this series back in January I came to a realization of one very important thing. Michelle Madow's books have such a uniqueness that can't be topped. Within the Elemental series, we have withes, elemental magic users, and Greek mythology. Everything that makes this story amazing, is all held accounted for by the amazing writer, Michelle Madow. All in all I would give this book a 6 out of 5 stars.

My absolute favourite thing about this series is the overall story line. I has many different adventures all packed into one. With the adventurous aspects, we are also given swoony romances between the characters as well. In The Blood of the Hydra I particularly enjoyed the tasks the Elementals had to go on in order to get further on within their journey to save the lord. I loved witnessing the Lotus Island, however the adventure I enjoyed reading the most was when they faced the Hydra. We, as readers are exposed the rawness of each character when faced in tough situations. I was also happy that the rest of Nicole's friends finally were informed of the little secret she had been holding.

Another awesome aspect to this story are the characters. Each one of the five Elementals bring upon a different aspect to the overall stories. Nicole has yet again shocked me, as the story progresses, I as a reader loved seeing the way she developed into her magical self even more in this book than the first. With that being said though, I also really like that there is still room for her to grow and improve, therefore I am super excited for book 3 to be released. I also really liked getting to see the changes in Danielle. She was my least favourite character winthin the first book, however I really liked the way she grew. She definitely grew on me as the books went on. I also really enjoyed the heart to heart Nicole and her had. The last character I really enjoyed was Blake, but that was already a given since I really enjoyed him within the first novel.

In conclusion, Michelle Madow's Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra should be on everyone's TBR list if they not only enjoyed The Percy Jackson series, but also for those who enjoy the good use of story telling that revolves around magic and myths. I highly recommend this book, and hopefully for those who have read it will enjoy the book just as much as I did.

~About the Author~
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America 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.  
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