Friday, April 22, 2016

The Blood of the Hydra (Elementals #2)
by Michelle Meadow

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra is the second book in the Elementals series. Join Nicole and the rest of the Elementals on their quest to save the world, or die trying, in this spellbinding sequel that fans of mythology, magic, and adventure will love!

Title: Elementals 2: The Blood of the Hydra
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Series: Elementals #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eBook and paperback

ISBN: 9781311296788

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 she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret—not even Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they’ve encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? 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.


I read the first book in this series and I felt kind of "meh" about it. I decided to continue with the series though, because I felt like it had a lot of potential. I am glad I did that, because this book was an improvement from book one!

Compared to book one, this book was much more exciting. There was a lot more action and mythology woven into this book. I was eating it up! I find Greek mythology so fascinating, and I love that this book was really focused on that. 

There are still some things about the world, witch craft, and mythology that were left unexplained. I am hoping to see more depth and discussion of those aspects in the next book. As of right now, I think Michelle is doing a good job at trying to explain the complicated world of Greek mythology. 

The romance between Nicole and Blake definitely improved in this book, but it still isn't my favorite. There were some really well written moments between them, but most of those moments were overshadowed by angst. I thought there was a lot of unnecessary drama between Blake and Nicole. If they would have just talked to each other, then there wouldn't have been a problem. When Blake and Nicole actually talk things out, they make a great couple! That was what was really frustrating about their relationship.

My favorite ship in this series is Chris and Kate. They are my favorite characters by far! I love how smart and level headed Kate is. The group would be no where without her brain and magic. Chris is hilarious and lovable. I would have liked to see Chris and Kate interact more in this book. I ship them so hard, so I was a little disappointed that they didn't interact very much. I just know they are meant for each other! 

I liked the character development that Danielle had towards the end of the book. In the first book, I hated that she was the typical "bitch" character. It was nice to see her develop into more than just the resident bitch. 

Nicole was fine. She still tends to annoy me. I feel she falls into that typical "special snowflake" trope. I hope to see less of that as the series goes on. 

Nicole's whining about Blake really got on my nerves. I would have liked to see less of Nicole pining, and more of her kicking booty! I wish she would think things out more, and trust the people around her more. I don't hate Nicole by any means. I really like her loyalty and kindness. She cares a lot about the people around her, which I appreciate. She also is pretty bad ass with a bow and arrow! 

This was a fun book, even though I had some issues with it. I would have liked there to be less romantic angst and more action. However, the action and mythology portions of this book were definitely an improvement from book one. I have a feeling the books will only continue to get better as the series goes on.

3.5 - 4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for a honest review. * 

The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! To learn more about the first book, and to read the first four chapters for free, click here!

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Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back 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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