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I received this from the author in return for an honest review. I don't gush and give false praise - I don't believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.
I love books with romance and paranormal elements and there's any number about vampires and shape shifters but far fewer involve people with talents derived from the Classical Elements - air, fire, water, earth. I read first in a popular series some years back that I didn't enjoy and this put me off until recently when I found the amazing series Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter. Then I saw a description of this book and it hooked me in. Its written very much in the mould of the Hunter series, with people having talents derived from the elements and contains shape-shifters but no vampires..so far anyway :)
I loved book one and its not often I rate a five star review to the first in a series but it was just That Good, so when I saw book two on Netgalley I was eager to review it. I wasn't let down, once again Mia has brought together the basic group and added in some new people. There's danger and mystery at every turn, gradually the plot emerges but as it dies it brings forward further surprises. The book takes up a month after the end of the last one.
Aidan learned at end of last book that as well as her water element she also has fire - she needs to learn to control her emotions so her Fire element is kept in check - without that control she faces a future of possible insanity, and if word gets out the Kill order will be given. She's back in the mountain cabin with sister Sera, cat shifter Simon and earth element Vivian. She wants to see Mac (bear shifter) again after their kiss...but he's so far been avoiding her. A phone call from the FBI secret division sets the team on the path of yet another mystery. What seems like a simple shifter runaway turns into danger for them all and betrayal yet again from someone close. Her family - water element mother and newly discovered, hot tempered, manipulative fire element father get involved in this case. They're both keen to try to entice Aidan into a quieter life to ensure her sanity but Aidan feels she's been lied to by them and is determined to keep her independence.
I love Aidan's sense of humour - where she says she's fine with bad language but please don't use the "E" word (exercise) and her snarky comments that often come out at just the wrong moment ( I know just how she feels when the mouth runs ahead of the brain...) Sera is a great foil for her and is trying hard to keep Aidan calm. She and Aiden were best friends for many years and work together really well, seeing to know what the other is thinking and delegating tasks best suited to each other. Sera is also a "take charge" person and yet there's never any conflict between her and Aiden about what to do, where they disagree they work it out between them. Simon is his usual enigmatic self - I love the way his speech is so oddly formal - its suits him perfectly, and then there's computer whiz Viv, and once again her skills come into play as an essential part of the novel. The FBI lads are not in evidence mush, but always there in the background The team face life threatening situations yet again but manage to come through - though not unscathed and I want to see how Mia gets them working together in the next book. The characters - despite being supernatural - feel so real with all the petty squabbles and fallouts that real people have. I feel as if I'm there with them.
The POV varies from being written by Aidan at some times to third person at others but it all works seamlessly and never feels disjointed. Once again I was surprised at the culprit and how Aidan and Co resolved the issues. Mia's writing is so gripping, and the story is very intense and yet she makes it easy to follow what's happening. There are no horrible plots holes, no awful cliffhanger ending and its a book that will join book one on my keepers list for re reading.
Release date is April 16th 2013, and though I don't have ebook price I can say the length is great. A nice solid long read for those like me who want a book to really get engrossed in and taken to another world .
Stars: full five again - faultless : )
Shifting Selves opens up about a month after the first one. The Gang's all together still - Aidan & Sera, Simon, Vivian & Mac. Plus Carmichael & Johnson, the FBI agents. This time, they've asked Aidan and Sera to work with them, investigating the case of a missing teenage Shifter. The eldest son of a local Bear Shifter family has disappeared.
Elementals and Shifters have never got on - Shifters feel Elementals look down on them and Elementals...well, Elementals do look down on them. So along with the initial dislike the Shifters have of Aidan and Sera, there is the added tension that the family happens to be Mac's relatives. And of course, there is still the will-they or won't-they between Aidan and Mac. Which makes me want to just smush them together and scream "Just do it already, you two!". :D
I can't decide whether I love the connection between Aidan and Mac most, or Aidan and Sera. After discovering their family connection in the first book, Aidan and Sera are still feeling their way in resuming their relationship. Best friends for so long, they'd had a falling out before the series started, and are reconnecting. Snarky, witty, funny - these women are awesome. They read like best friends, and never once are you brought out of the story by clunky dialogue or reactions that don't feel right.
A good book should flow like water before your eyes - you should forget that you are actually reading; you should feel like everything is just happening. And that's what Shifting Selves does. It flows.
If you're like me, and you are sick and tired of the same ol' same ol' tropes turning up in Urban Fantasy, then the Elements series is a breath of fresh air. We've got magic - the Elements; we've got Shifters - wereotters?? wereotters?? LOVE it! I laughed everytime Aidan had to fight the urge to squee like a girly whenever she saw the otters; and we've got a damn fine story that sucks you in and keeps you there.
With Urban Fantasy being my favourite genre, yet becoming very very tired of so many of the series out there doing the same old thing, the Elements series has shot straight to the top of my Best Series Ever. I want more, and I want it NOW.
Oh and Mia? More wereotters please. *grin*
5 stars all the way, baby!!
The characters are solid, the story flows well and the plots have a subtle understatement. The author has a very witty sense of humour, which is evident in the seamless banter between the characters, especially Sera and Aidan.
This is the second book in the series, which can be read as a stand-alone novel but I would recommend readingBroken Elements (Elements, Book 1) to understand who and what Aidan actually is.
Internally Aidan is at battle with the legacy of her birthright. Two strong elemental powers pulling her in opposite directions. Can she be both at the same time or only one?
The problem with that is the two can't be separated.
Whilst I am thinking about it I just have to add that I really enjoyed the scorpion, frog and cat metaphor.
Instead of having all the supernaturals automatically working together Marshall writes them in a way that shows a clear division between the different powers. The only thing they have in common is keeping everything secret from the humans.
I don't want to reveal any details but suffice to say the ending was just right. It left enough room and unanswered questions for the next book without leaving the reader hanging on the edge of a cliff. I really want to see where Marshall takes this unexpected twist in the plot.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
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Series: Elements Book 2
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