Expected Publication: October 16, 2012
Format: ARC from publisher
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.
My ThoughtsThis book was a little different than what I'm usually use to. Don't get me wrong it's not a bad thing...at all. There are so many different twist and turns to this book how couldn't you get into it? There is so much more to this novel than Ariel searching for her lost best friend and her moms cancer.
There's a little magic, mystery, fantasy, mythology and fairy tales and everything else in between. Nothing is what it seems in this great novel. The rich and complex characters who defintely draw you. I love a novel that takes you down a certain path and then leads you somewhere totally different.
The Elementals will make you think and challenge what you think will or won't happen. Although this is the first novel I've read from the author it won't be the last.