Genre: Young Adult -Fantasy
Publishing Date: December 13th, 2011
Page Count: 240
Source: Sent to me by the author
Description from Goodreads.com:
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.
I must say I have never read a novel like Elements before. Almost the entire story is told in a male's point of view, and usually in twelves year olds point of views. This is something I am not really used to. The point of views were told from the boys, their dad, and two women (I would tell you who they are, but I don't want to give anything away). I really connected more to when the women were narrating. I am (obviously) more able to connect with their emotions and stories than the boys, also its been awhile since I was their ages anyway and don't really relate. I wish they were like 16 year old boys, because then I feel like I would better relate to them.
The story is a really good one, though. A tragedy happens and the boys are left to be raised alone by their father, but these boys have magical powers. They are able to communicate between each other using their minds, can plant ideas in others heads, and can move objects with out touching them. BUT these are just the small powers they have. An evil force is headed their way to destroy them before they fulfill their prophecy of saving mankind. The story is a bit complex and you really have to pay attention the whole time while reading to understand everything that is happening. I think it may be because its a fantasy and I'm not used to reading fantasy so it was a little different to try and get into.
I did like the characters. They developed really nicely through the story especially since the book starts before the twins are even born. Again, I do wish they would have been older once the story really picked up so that I could relate to them better, but overall it was pretty good.
Elements was a very different story for me. It was unlike anything I have ever read. It was a little hard for me to get into, because it is a fantasy (which I don't usually read) and the main characters who were twins were only 12. I did enjoy the story, though, because it has a really great creepy concept to it where dark forces can take over your body and steal your soul, and I did enjoy how well the character development was. I will be reading the next installment in this series for sure.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 3.5/5