27 April 2012

{Book Review} Elemental

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 April 2012 at 3:57 PM | | | | | | |

By Emily White
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Pages: 180
Rating: 2 Birds

Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should.
But she wants to.
For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner on an interstellar starship. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.
Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?
Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?

My Thoughts:

Let me start off by saying that this book is definitely Sci-fi. To me the book description didn’t scream Sci-fi (also, on the back of the ARC it just says Ella has been held prisoner, not held prisoner on an interstellar starship). I’m guessing that was added later to clarify.

It took me a long time to read this book. I would read a little but I frequently found myself wanting to put it down. There were some really good parts that made me think, “Finally, things are picking up!” Only to be let a few pages later when the story flat lined again.

This story has a lot of very different names in it. Ella is the only normal one. Examples of this are Meir, Manoo, Malik, Ranon, and one group of people is called Mamood. (As I’m writing this, it seems there were also a lot of “M” names.) And these are just a few. There were several groups of people with even longer names and it made it difficult to keep everything straight. I felt the names were distracting and took away from the story.

Most of the time, I wasn’t really sure what was going on. It felt like a lot of information was left off and we were never given answers. I think White was trying to make the novel more suspenseful by doing it but it just made me confused and uninterested. I never did figure out if they were different races of people or just different religions. On a side note, there were a lot of religions in this book.

The book is narrated by Ella and she continuously gave me whiplash. She either really hated someone or really loved them. It wasn’t just one character she was like this with either, it was multiple. She also referred to Meir as her “savior” a few too many times for my taste.

Overall, I thought the book had some good parts where things were interesting and action packed but they were too few and far between for me to really get interested. I know there have been a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads so maybe it was just too Sci-fi for me.

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  1. It's not just you. I'm having a hard time finishing this one.

  2. I had the hardest time with this one, too. The name thing really got to me. I think she tried too hard to make them unusual. I appreciated what she was trying to create, but Elemental fell short of what I was hoping it would be.


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