ARC Review||| Elementals 2: The Blood of Hydra by: Michelle Madow

May 29, 2016

The Blood of Hydra by: Michelle Madow

Series: Elementals #2

Page Count: --

Published: April 18th, 2016

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Thank you to Netgalley/Dreamscape Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

"A demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret -- not even Blake, who she's had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they've encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their quest to save the world -- or die trying.

Something I've really enjoyed about this series so far is that the books are super easy reads. It takes me a little bit to get into Michelle's writing but once I'm into it the story goes super fast. (The Blood of Hydra was no exception.) 

The group of characters we all love joins us once again in another epic journey in book 2 of the series. For the most part, what I feel for the characters is pretty positive. Though I did have a few problems with Nicole. 
For most of the book she was apologizing for anything and everything. I wish I could have reached into the book just to give her a little shake and to tell her "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT" I hope that as the series progresses she develops and becomes a little more unapologetic.

For the most part I was satisfied with the pacing of the romance. I liked that there wasn't anything official going on until after the Elementals had done what needed to be done. 
(Sometimes stories are just better when the romance isn't in your face 24/7.)

I was overall satisfied with the pacing of the story. As well as how the story concluded. I'm definitely interested to see the direction book 3 takes.

But why only 3.5 stars?

Well, there were some aspects of the story that I found to be... strange. I had a hard time believing that "the Head Elder of Greece" in all her glory would contact everyone using Skype. (I don't know why the use of Skype bothered me so much.. but it did xD)
The main reason why I marked the book down was that I wasn't entirely captivated throughout the story. Once I got to the 90% mark on my Kindle I was just kind of done with the story. (It held my interest for a pretty limited amount of time.)

Overall, if you enjoyed book 1 of the series I think you would find enjoyment in the sequel.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy Greek myths and light, easy fantasy/mythological reads

Read if you've enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I also created a Pinterest board for the series recently! I'll be adding to it as I continue on with the series. View it here!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

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