Monday, January 2, 2012

Elements: The Beginning by Kate Fuentes

From Goodreads:

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.

Elements is the story of fraternal twin brothers, Gage and Talon Thorn, who each possess some seriously extraordinary powers, some of which include: controlling the elements, shape shifting and mind control. I felt what made this story unique is that, unlike most of the books I’ve read, where the reader is introduced early on to the gorgeous, swoon-worthy male lead who is fully adept at whatever talents he holds, Kate Fuentes begins her story with the twins being born. I know, I know..... it’s in the title - “The Beginning,” but I didn’t know she literally meant the beginning. I loved watching these two boys grow up. Kate takes us from right before their birth to into their teens. Not only do we see them mature, but we get to watch them grow into their powers. We see them through the eyes of their family and those who love them. My favorite parts, though, are the interactions between the boys themselves:

“Gage stood back and shook his head. ‘Impressive! Your skills in the art of problem-solving are positively medieval, but clearly, the results are a success. You managed to destroy a timeless piece of history in one fell swoop.’

‘Thank you. Your envy of my superiority is making me blush,’ retorted Talon.”


I enjoyed that the majority of the book’s setting is in New Zealand. I was so impressed with Kate’s descriptive details of the picturesque countryside, that I truly feel as if I have been there myself. What a picture she paints! All of the characters are quite interesting, with my favorites being: Maui, Gable, Jacquelyn, and Lucian. Then there is the underworld and its evil ruler, Maradati, whose main goal threatens the existence of the boys and their world.

The ending was quite a cliffhanger, and I look forward to finding out what will happen to Gage, Talon, and their loved ones in book 2 of the Elements series, Veil of Darkness.

Thank you to the author for sending me her book in exchange for my honest review.

5 comments:

  1. Awsome review! I've been meaning to read this for ages but I never got round to buying it! :)

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  2. Thanks Leona! I loved your interview with Kate! You did a great job! <3

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  3. I noticed this on your reading widget and was wondering about it. Sounds like an interesting read but the cliffhanger ugh!

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  4. You're welcome and thank you! Are you reading book two? <3

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  5. Heidi - It is, and the good news about that cliffhanger is that book 2 is already out... so no long wait ;)

    Leona - You're welcome, love! I have book 2 to read, but there are a few more books I need to read before I can get started. <3

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