Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review: The Blood of the Hydra Elementals #2 By Michelle Madow

The Blood of the Hydra
Elementals #2


Michelle Madow
Published April 18, 2016

By Dreamscape Publishing

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A demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most. 

Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle. 

Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve. 

The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? 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. 

Authenticity is Always Worth the Risk

I’ve mentioned in my recent reviews my year long hiatus. Having said that I am so sad I wasn’t able to keep up with the release of these books. Looking back at the first installment I remembered I needed more growth from Nicole. I will say she did a bit but her character still felt insecure at times. Having said that I have seen some growth so I’m hoping for even more in the coming books! Let’s discuss the elephant in the room. THAT COVER! “Now Entering Swoon City” Yow-ZA whoever the designer is they’re magic! Kudos it is a perfect design and fit to this read.

The Story, The Blood of the Hydra picks up very shortly after The Prophecy of Shadows. The elementals are gearing up for battle and training every day. They know the portal to Kerberos where Titans and magical misfits on the wrong side of the war have been held is thinning and immortal beings are slipping out. I enjoyed this read it reminded me of the Percy Jackson books. This is definitely young adult with all of the teenage insecurities. There’s the mean girl, cool guy, smart girl, nerdy guy and the one who has bits of every category at the center woven into a wonderful tale that relates to our beloved Olympians with missions and adventures ahead. I really enjoyed the modern spin of classic stories I wonder what lies in store for this motley crew.

The Characters, I really wanted growth and an explosion of character. I think it will be a “building up” bit by bit sort of thing. I am happy to say that Nicole experienced some growth and I’m looking forward to seeing more. I was happy that although she is very into Blake she didn’t lose sight of what was most important and that is keeping the team together. The world is in grave danger so teenage love drama thankfully takes a back seat. The tension between these two is very much in the air and soon Nicole realizes she is doing everyone an injustice by hiding her feelings. The other characters are supportive and I enjoy the interaction but it’s quite clear that Nicole is our main gal.

The End, smart I liked that Nicole finally came clean and the result was genius on the author’s part and also the characters. Their pressing mission is now complete thanks to Nicole and her connection to Apollo. More needs to be revealed and I’m looking forward to seeing what the book of shadows has to say. The ending was good because there was plenty of resolution but the ending was excellent because it reveals what I hope becomes a major conflict a little later. The author did a great job of modernizing some very treasured tales. There was a great blend of humor and action that kept me turning the pages. I hope everyone is able to seal the portal without a major character dying that is always a major bummer.  

My Rating
4.0 Because it was good the characters, story, concepts, problems, resolutions and I enjoyed the read… filled stars.

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About Michelle Madow

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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