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Review – Elemental Secrets by Elle Middaugh

Review – Elemental Secrets by  Elle MiddaughElemental Secrets by Elle Middaugh
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on April 21, 2016
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 432

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Navy brat, Valerie, makes friends at a high school in the secluded mountains of Pennsylvania, only to discover that they have supernatural Elemental Powers, in this YA Fantasy Romance.
“This book is “Avatar: The Last Airbender” meets “X-Men” in a high school.” – Hey, It Was Free!
“If you like elemental persons, if you like SYFY, if you like YA, this book is for you. If you don’t like any of those, then you are missing out!” – Kelly’s Nerdy Obsession
Valerie Moore is a beautiful, headstrong girl with below-average social skills and above-average anxiety (including a flair for overanalyzing). With her mother long deceased and her father recently deployed, she 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 into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly isn’t her strongest suit—as if the life of a typical teen isn’t hard enough. Torn between the conflicted heartbreaker next door, the persistent jock at the top, and the rugged college bad boy, Valerie finds it almost impossible to choose just one guy. Her love life isn’t her only problem, though. She soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager—not by a long shot.Secrets are revealed about her family, her newfound friends and relationships, and her whole world… The biggest secret of all is unveiled when Valerie discovers she has Elemental powers, unleashing a rapid chain of irreversible events.

Valerie is the new girl again at a school she attended years ago. Not one to make friends she sets to not stand out, at first. She realizes that’s coming off the wrong way so she tries being friendly and makes more friends than she was bargaining for. When she is with these friends strange things start to happen and she realizes they are keeping secrets from her. What she comes to find is a political pull between two kinds of people and she is stuck in the middle. Learning her friend’s secrets can be dangerous for her health.

In ” an Oyster Shell – An interesting Paranormal YA that has a less than satisfying ending.

The Pearls – The characters were well developed and easy to follow. There was a great variety and every character was very distinctive. The main character Valerie is interesting though a bit naive at times. Though you see major growth in her through out the story.

The conflict in this story was palpable and kept me turning the pages. There were layers and layers of conflict. Though the conflict had paranormal implications it was relative to political conflicts we encounter in everyday life. The battle of ideas and pride.

The romance in this story was really fun and made me giddy. There are multiple love interests. Its a little bit stressful having so many choices but it made the story interesting.

The Sand – I wasn’t happy with how it ended. One minute it’s this light-hearted YA romantic paranormal than it turns into a political nightmare. It was a little disjointed. This is not going to stop me from reading the next book.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Elle Middaugh

Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Most of her time is spent raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.

She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.

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