Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow

Title: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Pages: 207 pages
Published: January 26th, 2016
Source: ARC from Michelle Madow herself :D
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy,
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love! 

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret cover of witches. Even more surprisingly... she's apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers- and, to her dismay, by Blake- the school's notorious bad-boy. 

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle's wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance. 

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect- it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it's up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town... and possibly the world. 

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** I received an early copy of this book from the author. This has not affected my review of this book** 

If you're looking for a book with the ease and narration style of Jennifer L.Armentrout's books, you should give Elementals a try. I always feel a little guilty when I compare two authors who clearly write about very different things. However, everyone knows Jennifer L.Armentrout as such an easy author to read, who is also fun, quirky, and amusing. Michelle Madow's writing strikes me as almost same thing, or very similar.

This has been my first Michelle Madow book, and just as some of you will be jumping into this one, I had no idea what to expect when I picked up the book at first. Now I knew before reading this book that Michelle did do some research in writing this book. I half expected this novel to be full of info dumps and weird, awkward transitioning because of that, but no that was not the case. You see, Michelle has a way of tying facts around fiction. And in doing so, she creates an enjoyable story that's easy for any reader to manage but can teach a thing or two about Greek mythology. If and when you do read this book, it'll be hard to believe that Michelle Madow is not a historian or mythology-expert. 

The plot is very well set up for a first installment. You know what I mean? Don't you just hate those first installments that leave you on the biggest cliffhanger? Or what about those that don't even say enough to get you excited for the next book? There is a teenage-fitting flare to this book that caught my eye at different points in the point, like first days of school, boy crushes, and teachers who are just too chill. 

The plot and characters were both very intriguing and made me sit down and really read this book. One part that I couldn't get over, however, was the romance. You know, I've got to give it to Michelle for writing about the type of romance that is featured. We have the guy that is eye candy and the new girl that walks in and starts drooling. But oh no, he already has a girlfriend. It's pretty tough to write about this type of romantic situation without sounding super cliche. And it just didn't work out for me, I guess. The whole thing felt too insta-love and that is one of my greatest pet peeves in any book. I'm pretty harsh when it comes to romance so no one should be taking this seriously but definitely romance dubs this book under the YA category. It wasn't mature enough to almost make it on the NA side. 

I've also noticed that Michelle Madow doesn't have any specific writing style. There is no distinguishable signature in her writing that is different from many other YA authors. By signature I mean like the ethereal effect that Maggie Stiefvater's writing leaves or the heart-pounding, goosebump-inducing effect that Sarah J. Maas' style has. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Because there wasn't such a complex writing style, it made the book all the more enjoyable and easy to read. Readers could spend less time focusing on examining what the author is saying and more time on the crazy action scenes that occur. 

Elementals ultimately surprised me in the end. Oh, how I love a good surprise. I'd call it: A book for readers and non-readers alike. This book is one you could fly through in a day and there's extremely difficult world-building or foreign terms you have to understand. It's quite a simple read that is both fun and entertaining for all ages. I'm actually looking forward to the second book after the first leaves you on a teeny-tiny cliffhanger. Well, at least I've curious to know what's gonna happen next.

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is a book-hoarding, binge-eating anime lover that loves to read and write on her free time. When she hasn't got her head stuck in an enthralling fantasy novel, she's outside collecting rocks or re-organizing her bookshelves for the 100th time. Alex also has nightmares of her TBR pile falling down and crushing her underneath.


  1. I really feel you! Especially with the pressure of being a blogger.

  2. I love that we get to pick your next read. You Rock! I hope you choose mine...


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