Saturday, June 21, 2014

Spotlight & Review: Elemental Hunger

Today, I am happy to say that I am featuring an awesome new novel by Elana Johnson called Elemental Hunger!  I was lucky enough to have the chance to read and review this book and I'm really excited to be able to share my thoughts with you!

Title:  Elemental Hunger
Series:  Elemental #1
Author:  Elana Johnson (Website | Twitter | Facebook)
Age Group:  Young Adult
Publication Date:  June 12, 2014 by AEJ Creative Works
Source:  An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!
Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Kilpatrick can shoot fire from her hands, which would be great if she didn’t get blamed for a blazing inferno that kills 17 schoolmates. When Gabby is commanded to Manifest her Element, everyone knows what she is: a genetic abnormality. Not to mention guilty.
So she does two logical things to survive.
1. She runs.
2. She hacks off her hair to assume a new role—that of “Gabe”, because in her world, only boys are Firemakers.
Not only does she have to act like a guy, she has to pretend to know everything a Firemaker should know. When Gabby meets Airmaster Adam Gillman, he believes her act and pledges to serve on “Gabe’s” Council. But Adam has the mark of a sentry and spent years obeying Alex, the Supreme Elemental. And Alex wants Gabby-the-genetic-freak dead and gone before she can gather the magical protection of a full Council.
With Adam’s lies that sound like truths and rumors that Alex isn’t really a Firemaker—or a man—Gabby sets out to charter a Council of her own. In order to uncover the truth, Gabby will have to learn who she can trust, how to control her own power, and most of all, how to lead a Council of Elementals, most of whom have more control over their power than she does. If she can’t, she’ll find herself just like those 17 schoolmates: burned and six feet under.
Find Elemental Hunger online

My Review:  Well, dang.  This book had me all mixed up in the feelings department.  There were things about it that I totally loved and other things that I was more meh about.  In all, it was a book I was satisfied with but not completely in love with.   

For me, this book started off really slow.  And I don't mean that like, the action took a long time because it didn't.  Right from the start, things are happening which I normally really like.  However, the writing style felt a little underdeveloped for me.  There were some reoccurring descriptions and sentences which bothered me and it felt kind of forced.  Because of this, I didn't immediately connect with the characters or the world.  

However, once we got through the beginning, things started picking up.  It was a lot more exciting and flowed more naturally the more I read.  I began to really like Gabby.  She was in interesting character and I admired her strength and will.  I liked Adam a lot in this book, too.  He was a nice balance for Gabby and it was fun seeing the way their relationship was turning out.  There was a lot of tension between them and I just loved seeing that tension tested as they went forward.  

The plot, like I said, was full of action from the start and became even more interesting once I really began to connect with Gabby.  There was a lot of thrilling action and I liked seeing how it played with the elemental aspect of the novel.  It really made everything a lot more exciting and heart-racing but there was still times when I put it down and didn't feel the need to pick it back up for a long time.  

I'm excited to see what Elana releases in the future.  This wasn't my favorite book but I had a good time while reading it.  I hope in her next novels, the writing is a little tighter and we are able to connect more quickly with the characters!

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Meet Elana Johnson
I am the author of the POSSESSION series, which includes novels POSSESSION, SURRENDER, and ABANDON, as well as short stories REGRET (ebook only) and RESIST (free here on Goodreads). My next novel, ELEVATED, a YA contemporary romance in verse is out now.
In between all the smiling, I blog for the League of Extraordinary Writers and help to organize WriteOnCon.
I also teach, watch reality TV, and drive too fast.
Visit to keep up with book happenings. Email me at -- I love hearing from readers.

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