Elemental Secrets Review

Title: Elemental Secrets
Author: Elle Middaugh
Series: Essential Elements #1
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: 27 February 2016
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: E-book
Pages: 368
Rating: 2.5
Reading Timeline: 19 August 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

With her mother long deceased and her father recently deployed, Valerie Moore is sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Being a Navy brat has made her a bit of a loner, and making friends isn't high on her list.

Time with her aunt, however, soon convinces her that a life of loneliness really isn't what she wants. So, she opens up and makes a few friends - friends with secrets.

Her love life quickly becomes a mess. Torn between the conflicted heartbreaker next door, the persistence jock at the top, and the rugged college bad boy, Valerie finds it almost impossible to choose just one guy.

Romance isn't her only problem, though.

Secrets are revealed about her family, her friends and relationships, and her whole world...

But the biggest secret of all is unveiled when Valerie discovers she has Elemental powers, unleashing a rapid chain of irreversible events.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I am going to be completely honest. There are two reasons why I signed up for the book tour for the second book. One, for the covers which look incredible. And two, it sounds like it is going to be epic and the romance is going to be happening. I am definitely intrigued.

Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book! I am interested to see where this book takes me! Just a small little disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. No money on my behalf has been spent in acquiring this book. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing was way too descriptive. There were way too many comparisons which made the writing feel odd and interrupted the flow of the story. The dialogue, however, was great. It was natural and seemed spontaneous. 

Plot Thoughts:

This book relied too much on the love interests. Every sentence was about who she would choose and it felt like a new love interest would pop up when things were getting good with the current love interest. There was too much focus on who she would choose and who was better and too little focus on the actual plot. 

Character Thoughts:

I liked the characters but the protagonist sounded whiny. Her dad is in the Navy but she can't fight. She knows how to throw a punch every once in a while but has no idea how to defend herself. It didn't really make sense to me. The characters were also flat. There was no real substance behind them besides the fact that they would stand up for Valerie.
Final Thoughts:

Overall, the book wasn't bad but it was also very problematic. I enjoyed several parts of it, the cute little moments but that is just about it. There is no real plot without the love interests, the writing consisted out multiple similes and the characters were flat. The story has potential. The premise is unique and interesting, but it was the execution that let this book down.

Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Yours in Reading,



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