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READ º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Mia MarshallTriple twist with a bunch of secondary twists raises my rating from a very weak three stars to a weak four Before that happens although the story begins ite nicely with an The Pipe Organ (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, unwanted reunion bad news and a plunge into radically different species it proceeds to writhe its way through the emotional issues of the first person narrator Aidan Brook who doesn t seem terribly mature despite her age of 65Aidan is an elemental you see destined to live for centuries so even though she lived on an island in Puget Sound or Georgia Strait among her own kind for the first forty years when she shucked that life and chose Lake Tahoe it seems she was barely ready for college and psychologically somewhere in junior high That s just my interpretation of the backstory that s brought out in sporadic references as she takess through her adventure which or less resembles what s said in the publisher s back cover blurbThere are repeated references and flashbacks to that horrible night ten years before the events that drove her into self imposed exile deep in the Oregonian forest An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends the blurb correctly states Just don t expect everything to be as it seems on the back cover Most of the present mystery and the past events lie deep in spoiler territory and much of the world that the author has built and this is the meat of the story is revealed piecemeal throughout the novelHere s what we know near enough to the beginning to avoid spoiler tags Elementals are enough like humans to interbreed but they live for centuries or longer they inherit their powers over one of the four elements earth water ice and fire not air and they prefer to breed within their own kind and may live side by side with their many times great grandchildren Aidan is a strong water elemental like her mother but views herself as broken blaming her Sublime Planet unknown father for making her partly human so that her powers desert her at critical times To solve the mystery and stop the killer she must join old and new friends back at Lake Tahoe but must alsoncover the truth about her own pastHer elemental friends there are Sera strong fire Vivian low level earth and Brian weak ice two new friends are Simon a cat shifter and Mac a bear shifter see the front cover and find Simon and Mac The six occupy a cabin owned by Sera s father strong fire as they try to prevent murders Aidan learns that shifters have a natural history similar to that of elementals and a prehistoric origin in common with them The heavy information load is fairly deftly distributed through story telling and conversations including arguments among the six friendsThere are also two barely believable FBI agents remember Tahoe is an interstate lake shared by California and Nevada naturally baffled by murders that could only be done by elementals frozen hearts lungs full of earth no further evidence The agents have very interesting interactions with Aidan and SeraNo spoilers but to keep you from putting down the book before you get past all the parts that should have been edited out I need to tell you that much of Aidan s inner torment and mystification and many of her seemingly irrational actions make sense at the end For me those major twists were worth the slog through the rest of it A cracking mystery with great characters and a fascinating world of elemental magic Our Martyred Lady users I really enjoyed this The mystery element was so very strong and compelling You could get away with calling it Urban Fantasy but perhaps Paranormal Mystery Broken Elements had a lot of biases to overcome with me I ve always maintained that I don t like first person PoV I don t likerban fantasy I prefer to have my fantasy in a totally made Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness: A Proactive Guide to the Psychology of Motivation up world not my own and I am not a huge fan of shifters Broken Elements has all three So when I say this endedp being a really enjoyable read you know the writer must have done something rightFirst of all it s a very polished professional product I know that sounds odd when talking about what is essentially an artistic endeavor but I have read Understanding the Mass uite a few self published or first time writings of late that were poorly edited clumsily put together and made me wonder just what the person was thinking by presenting their work to the world No worries here Even the cover has a professional look to it not just a canned photo with a bad font stuck on it It has almost a layered paper cut out look to it and the you look at it the you seeSecond the dialogue is entertaining without being overwhelming I reviewed another book recently where there was lots of snappy dialogue and inner thoughts but it was sonrelenting that it became wearisome instead of entertaining Not so with this book The back and forth between the characters seems much natural and stops when there is an actual serious conversation that needs to take place I laughed audibly several times throughout the book and that is a rarity for me The PoV character is likable a real must when you don t have any other PoV to turn toThird the story itself is interesting There is a murder mystery involving a serial killer that our heroes are desperate to solve since their friends are dropping like flies and the murders themselves point to an elemental being involved about half the characters in the story are elementals I figured out fairly early on who the culprit was but there were other twists in
the story that made p for it Who Ms Brook s father turnedstory that made p for it Who Ms Brook s father turned to be surprised me and made me happy since he was one of my favorite charactersOkay so that still leaves a couple of things that would normally get Ethics Playbook up my nose therban fantasy genre and the shifters The story takes place primarily in Tahoe in
"a small area "small area cabins and camping This lends itself to isolating the characters and making it harder to track the murderer I was happy that I didn t have to wade through another Seattle or New York setting The world is big and full of interesting places no need to always set a story in one of the overdone cities Urban fantasy also has a tendency to be very Mary Sue That wasn t nearly so apparent in this story Thank you Our heroine is flawed she s not super woman and while her love life is involved in the plot it Isn T OverpoweringThe Shifters t overpoweringThe shifters a bit different from what I m How to become a Kingdom Millionaire used to This isn t the clan of werewolves that stinkp the book world these days These are people who are mostly loners thus far I m told there are otter shifters in book two and it s hard to imagine otters as loners One chap turns into a large black bear and the other turns into a small house cat Simon the cat is especially entertaining He has a penchant for lounging around nude and is truly oblivious to why anyone might be The Duchess of Vidal uncomfortable with thatOverall I wasite happy with the book It wasn t too long it wasn t too short left room for seuels but solved the primary mystery at least for now I m giving the story five stars I will be reading the second book soon DNF 25%Show don t tell The dialogue is awkward and way too wordy Speaking of wordy the info dumps are no joke and it comes p around 7% through the. Ck to the scene of her crimes In Lake Tahoe she only finds trouble An estranged best friend a dangerously attractive landlord and a couple of FBI agents are determined to complicate her lifeand for the first time in years she doesn’t mind a few complicationsAs the kil. .
Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to author Mia Marshall and NetgalleyAidan is 65 but she looks like she s in her twenties A semi powerful Water Elemental Aidan has the ability to control water but she s not as powerful as her full blooded Water Elemental mom10 years ago Aidan and her best friend Sera investigated a series of murders in which people were killed by an Ice Elemental who froze their hearts It didn t end well and Aidan has been feeling g This is pretty darn good I hope the next book is just as good or better full review to comeupdate Also posted over at Lekeisha The BooknerdWasn t sure what I was expecting from this book My first time coming across it a couple weeks ago I immediately started reading after I downloaded it There are little things that irked me but not enough to turn me off completely from the story The writing world building and characters are all very well set pIn the beginning with Aidan being tracked down after ten years in hiding I was kind of hesitant to keep reading Only because I was afraid that I wouldn t get enough backstory on the whys and hows of her sudden drop from society I didn t have to worry for long because along the way there are Aidan s recollections of what happened all those years ago and why she is wallowing in self hatred and doubt I really wanted to get to know her as a character and she opened Du fährst zu oft nach Heidelberg und andere Erzählungen up and as the storynfolded I m glad to say that she is really a fun character once she drops that wall she s built around herselfAidan is an Elemental Water to be exact There were lots of killings of people who were associated with Elementals years ago and Aidan along with her friend Sera Fire set The Winning of Andromache up a trap for the persons responsible It all turned horribly wrong in the end and Aidan cut off all communication with everyone and turned tail Now ten years later the killings are happening again Only now the victims all have a connection to either dating Aidan or Sera at one point in their lives The other connection is that the victims are all Shapeshifters They are being killed by a powerful Elemental Earth and being left in various locations near Lake Tahoe With the help of some local Shapeshifters and Elementals Aidan and Sera try to once again find the killer The problem The FBI is keeping a close watch on Aidan and Sera now that these killings seem like no coincidence How can Aidan and Sera do there job if the humans have eyes on them This just got harder than Aidan thoughtSecondary characters seem to hold as much of the story as the main characters Simon is one that I really liked His wicked sense of humor and what he shifts into made me smile a lot while reading I won t spoil it but you will laugh when you read it Who would have thought he could be of anyse to them He held his own perfectly I especially love Mac Think of a mactruck and you can just about imagine his shifting abilities I love the romance building between him and Aidan I knew from the moment that they met that they would be drawn to each other She handles him like no otherThe friendship between Sera and Aidan is very well drawn out At first introduction you don t know what will happen because there is obvious tension between them And after you get to the point of why that tension is there you The Dummy Meets The Mummy! (Goosebumps SlappyWorld understand both girls pain It was nice to see them getting back to their old selves and that bond that they share is hard to come by I love the backstory of both the Elementals and Shapeshifters Aidan is kind of a spitfire when we first meet her which put me off a little You d have thought that she was the Fire and not Water But after Sera and Aidan both start to loosenp their personalities mesh good with their magicIf you want a good rban fantasy to read I definitely recommend this book If you like Elementals Shapeshifters and magic in your reading give this book a chance I just got #book two and can t wait to read #two and can t wait to read Definitely recommended Yep that s right I m going for the full 5 stars for this one There was not one single thing in this book that I didn t like or had me rolling my eyes or calling Bull shit Mr Han MAN SPECIAL COOKIES IF YOU GET THE REFERENCE THEREI special cookies if you get the reference thereI the characters Aidan the lead heroine had spunk snark and was broken at the same time Her best friend Seraoh how I wish I was Sera I like to think I AM Sera but that s just me MarySue ing myself I think grin Sera is a Fire Elemental and that sums her p Fiery sarcastic get Leaving Loneliness up and go ready to just DO IT She takes no guff from anyone and I just adored her You know that feeling you get in your gut the butterfly one the excitement when you suddenly realize that by crikey you are REALLY going to love this book Where it hits you about page 5 or so I get that oh so rarely I had it with Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of London series and have it with pretty much all of Stacia Kane s Downside Ghosts books I got it with Mia Marshall s Broken Elements Big time See I knew absolutely nothing about this book or the author In fact I m not even sure why I chose it the blurb really didn t tell me much But I took a chance for some odd reason and oh am I glad I did When you read as many books as I do and as fast as I do you endp with some stinkers And when you get a few stinkers in a row it s enough to make you cry I live for reading My nose is constantly in a book and I m always on the lookout for the next Book I Shall Cherish and Love It s rare So many books I ll sort of like I ll think that meh it was ok I ll try another one of the author s cos it was kinda good although I wouldn t say I love it so many books are just so so And then comes along a gem like Broken Elements There s not a damn thing I would change about this book I wouldn t change the ending I wouldn t change any of the characters I wouldn t change the mystery at the heart of it How bloody rare is that How often do you stumble across a book that you enjoyed every single word of it Not once did the pace flag not once did I feel it dragging not once did I think why the heck would the character do THAT not once did I want to put it down and wander awayThe writing is snappy and bloody good The characters ALL of them are well fleshed out and real The world building is
brilliant Aidan tells s the story of the origin of the Elementals but not in an info dumpAidan tells s the story of the origin of the Elementals but not in an info dump And yes I was giggling when Simon added the origin of the Shapeshifters to it which Aidan was Literacy unaware of D Simon is my new Book Crush btwI hate to say this cos I know how overused the phrase is and I know it smacks ofberhype but seriously I did NOT want to put this book down There were a couple of days where I was a bit bleary eyed at work cos I was sitting نامه های عین القضات همدانی / جلد اول up reading I don t often get so giddy and excited about a book but I truly can t help myself I thoroughly enjoyed this so damn much and y know there IS one thing I didn t likethe fact that the second book isn t out yet I wonder if Ms Marshall would consider a bribe of Tim Tams to publish the next one RIGHT NOW grin The brilliant lastarter of this book with three major twists by my count or Magic murder and mayhem on the shores of Lake Tahoe For Aidan Brook manipulating the power of water is as easy as breathing ntil the awful night her magic fails with deadly conseuencesThough Aidan tries to outrun her past the grisly murder of an old friend draws her ba. ,
Book Example of one of the worst info dumping nightmare I have ever come across in a long time gonna put this nder a spoiler because it s way too long view spoilerI turned off the music and began to tell the story I could almost hear my great grandmother speaking through my voice Magic existed at the dawn of time and it manifested as life This life formed alongside the lands as they shifted and the waters as they rose and fell The first creatures were a part of the land and the water and they came to know the earth s ways to nderstand them to the very root of their being They learned how to make the tides ebb and flow to cause the desert sands to billow across the dry earth to make lava spew from mountains and reshape the land I paused checking to see if my audience was still with me No one interrupted so I continued The land and water sustained life for the first creatures by offering a continual source of magic the same magic that first created this world and everything in it The creatures in turn cared for the land and water They helped the trees grow lush and tall and let the waters flow from mountain to stream to ocean They brought rain to parched fields and burned forests whose time had passed letting new life blossom in their place In this way our world grew rich The earth and water so healthy and satisfied became complacent and found themselves desiring something new something different From this desire was born humans and animals The humans and animals were beautiful and varied and the original creatures found them remarkable in their way They did not mind that they ate the earth s plants and chopped down the trees for wood for they had worked for many years to create a vibrant and thriving world The humans were few and they believed the world could withstand many of their kind The creatures did not foresee the speed with which the humans would spread or how much they would take from the earth In despair they watched their world slowly recede The originals homes eroded as the humans took just a little bit and then a little bit Some chose not to fight at all and they simply disappeared moving far from any human settlement Occasionally one might hear whispers about these original creatures rumors that they live still moving deeper and deeper into the wilds each year though centuries have passed since any have been seen Those that remained joined with the humans hoping to share some of their magic and tie the people to the land they were slowly destroying I looked back at Simon His head was tilted back and his eyes closed but he was still awake When he made no move to begin telling his story I continued After years of silent observation the originals found it surprisingly easy to assume human shape and move among them As now beautiful women had power and it was not difficult to lead the human men to their beds The men s seed ickened in their wombs and as the children grew the women whispered to their bellies speaking all the secrets of land and water By remaining in human form and carrying human children they found humanity imprinted on their bodies They were nable to return to their original forms and were forever stuck between their world and the human world Though they mourned their loss they found comfort in their children who possessed a magic nearly as pure as that of their mothers In this way the first elementals were born many thousands of years ago So far that matches the stories I have heard though perhaps mystical than is altogether necessary said Simon I would hear just a bit hide spoiler I received this book for free as part of a goodreads giveaway I will be giving an honest reviewYikes WellThe book started off strongly And it had a lot of potential I grew to love the characters and their dynamics and I m a sucker for the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits trope The characters were also looking reasonably diverse Or at least diverse than I m sed to seeing Vivian is mentioned early on to have dark skin and to have had a girlfriend but those facts aren t ever brought p agai I have been suffering a bit from series hangover I have finished the completed novels of 2 series I really REALLY loved Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels and have
really struggled to find another and then istruggled to find another And then I this little gem I often find myself lukewarm about the first book in a new to me series After all the author has to introduce s to new characters and set p new situations and #create the world within which we are going to immerse ourselves This is #the world within which we are going to immerse ourselves This is easy task Ms Marshall however manages this ably She jumps s almost immediately into the action and nfolds the world and characters slowly throughout the novel Therefore I never really felt like any particular section is an info dump but rather everything actually made sense in the progression of the narrativeOur heroine Aidan suffered a personal crisis 10 years before the start of our story Since that time suffered a personal crisis 10 years before the start of our story Since that time has locked herself away from the world preferring to live isolated away from other people not even allowing contact with those who loved her As the story begins her former best friend appears on her doorstep to tell them the deaths have started again one of their dearest friends has been found murdered This then is they mystery set to solved in the remainder of the tale We discover exactly what happened 10 years previously when Aidan tells the rest of the gang so that they can nderstand exactly what they are facingI love the relationship between Aidan and Sera The repartee between these two is priceless and freuently brought to mind my sister and my best friend Which means that even if the conversations were not precious in their own right the memories they inspired were And I think that is one of the biggest gifts in this storyThere is a love interest And there are werekin But nary a vampire to be seen and no love triangle at least yet The heroines magic is in being able to control an element While not a totally original concept it is the first I have seen it in this setting so that alone makes the book stand out It is written in the first person which I tend to enjoy for the simple reason that it puts me in the narrators head I like playing head games With characters in novels Not with people in my lifeI hate giving glowing reviews of self pubbed books as they tend to be Approaching the Guitar unhelpful to the reader because so many appear to be friendsfamily of the author So pleasenderstand I do not know in any way shape or form the author I absolutely loved this book I d probably rate it 45 stars but as that is not an option I rounded down I may adjust this as the book picks I, Afterlife up reviews Broken Elements has a promising start then it loses its way in the middle before coming back for a strong ending The beginning and the end are Die Hardbut the middle is 100% Hudson Hawk There are some good moments in this book but they were too few and far between and I found myself struggling to finish It might have even been a 2 Star book if it wasn t for the last 20% which was pretty goodMany thanks to Match Books and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC. Ler grows increasingly fixated on Aidan her past and present begin to collide To defeat the killer she must learn to control her power before her broken magic fails her for the final timeBROKEN ELEMENTS is the first book in the award winning Elementsrban fantasy serie.