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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456758926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456758929
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,347,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Twin boys with amazing abilities, a mom with strength and courage who can't be there for now, and a dedicated father doing the best he can. Elements: The Beginning takes the reader on a journey of prophecy and legend.

Gable knew the love of his life, Jacquelyn, had special powers, but he had no idea just how powerful his twin sons, Gage and Talon, would be. And he certainly couldn't guess their destiny as the saving grace for mankind. A powerful mentor, Uncle Maui, enters the boys' lives, and Gable supports their new training.

The boys only begin to come into their powers when an evil force, Maradati, finds them. Realizing the boys' power, he sets out to kill them before they can destroy him. The book ends on a tantalizing cliffhanger, one bound to make readers grab Book Two right away.

Both boys, although very different, are enchanting. Gage can control water and is a mind reader/manipulator while Talon can shape shift into animals and control fire as well as reading minds. I was rooting for both boys, although I'm probably Team Gage if I had to pick. I think readers from 10(ish) up will enjoy the brothers' story. It's a quick, fun read and definitely one that will leave you wanting to know more about Gage and Talon.

If you enjoy fantasy elements and interesting characters, you'll enjoy this fast-paced ride. Just be prepared for an abrupt ending.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Elements: The Beginning
Author: Kate Fuentes

Publisher: Dreampath Books
Number of Pages: 240
Date of Release: April, 18th 2011
Summary From Goodreads:

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.

Review: It's easy to get lost in the world building involved in fantasy novels. I am pleased to say though that I never, not once, was confused or board with the setting Kate Fuentes has created.

The only kind of issue I had with the novel was the prologue. Which I loved, but the birth scene wasn't totally accurate. I mean there was no cutting of umbilical cords mentioned. I don't know why it bothers me, it seems really picky.

Gage and Talon were born with incredible powers.
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Format: Kindle Edition
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: 3.5/4
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If you ever thought babysitting was fun, the two boys in here will give you a quick change of mind. With the powers of telekinesis, shape-shifting, fire and water, turning your back on them might not be such a good idea. They grow up quick enough, and Gage and Talon have to learn how to use their powers to save the ones they care about, without being exposed as freaks to society.

Which would be easier if they hadn't taken an 8 year-old's approach on how to deal with a bad guy--but I won't spoil just what they do there. Time's up, playtime is over and now you're wanted dead by the underworld. And that's just the start of the challenges they face now as teenagers.

I've only seen the first Percy Jackson movie (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief), but the emotional backdrop to this story had a similar feel which I enjoyed a great deal. Overall great characters, laughs and fun makes this a series I will be following.
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By Michelle C. Jordan on February 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Elements (The Beginning) was a thrilling read, that incorporated many twist and turns! Things are not always as they look is an old adage, which shows itself to be true in this wonderful book. Ms. Fuentes, creates an edge of your seat adventure! From the extraordinary events that surround Gage and Talon's birth; to the description of the ancient evil. Plus, I literally let out a surprised, gasp!...at a certain part (do not wish to spoil it for you:), when Ms. Fuentes tossed in a surprising twist in the story. There hasn't been many stories, that have actually surprised me; You know where there is supposed to be an...oh wow moment...and it actually turns into a...what now?...

Not here in Elements, my mouth actually dropped open with...you're kidding me right?!:)(Keep your eye on the birdies in the story:)

When that happens, now...that's a good story:)

I recommend Elements(The Beginning) by Kate Fuentes, a Top Pick!:) Check out Ms. Fuentes second installment in the Element series!
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More About the Author

Kate Fuentes is the author of the fascinating and unique young adult fantasy series Elements. She has cleverly incorporated her creative writing skills with her experiences working alongside a variety of diverse cultures in the outreach department she is involved in full time.

She attended college in California and Arizona studying business marketing and advertising while progressively composing short stories in the foreground. Kate enjoys spending time with her family, writing and facilitating events that draw awareness and interest for those who are destitute, disabled, orphaned and forgotten both locally and globally. She loves meeting exciting people and visiting new places to experience varied ways of life.