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Review: Elemental Secrets by Elle Middaugh

Series: The Essential Elements #1elemental-secrets

Title: Elemental Secrets

Author: Elle Middaugh

Publisher: Pronoun

Published: November 11th, 2016

Pages: 433

Rating: 3/5

My Review:

The main character in this story is Valerie Moore. Brought up by her widower father, Valerie is use to having to change schools whenever he is deployed but this time she’s going to stay with her weird Aunt Marge and returning to school with folks she spent time in school with years ago. She’s always been a loner, socially awkward, likely to say just what she thinks without a filter, never bothering to make friends as she has always known she’ll soon be moving on. This time, seeing her aunt’s isolated life, has made her determined to be more social, to mix and make friends.

For someone who is normally so reticent, the change is dramatic. She goes from not mixing to going out with a group, drinking alcohol and celebrating as they basically destroy someone’s previously beautifully maintained garden! She also can’t make her mind up between initially two but in the end three potential boyfriends! However, all this is nothing to the secrets being kept by her friends and family. Unknown to her, they have powers over at least one element and as she comes into her own powers she also discovers the angst, turmoil and the conflicting political stands taken by adults with elemental powers – and these will put her own life in danger.

This is a young adult fantasy – I usually love this sort of story and the plot is intriguing, however the dramatic personality changes Valerie undergoes, especially going from a quiet, rule follower to condoning and participating in some of the group’s destructive actions, just didn’t gel with me – it just happened too instantaneously. The discord in the world of the Elementals was the trigger that puts Val’s life directly into danger. With people able to control the four elements, battles will never be straightforward and as Val learns more she’ll be in the centre of events. Will she survive? The story ends on a cliffhanger ready for the sequel, Elemental Lies, to continue the story.

Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.


With her mother long deceased and her father recently deployed, Valerie Moore 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 isn’t high on her list.

Time with her aunt, however, soon convinces her that a life of loneliness really isn’t what she wants. So, she opens up and makes a few friends – friends with secrets.

Her love life quickly becomes a mess. 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.

Romance isn’t her only problem, though.

Secrets are revealed about her family, her friends and relationships, and her whole world…

But the biggest secret of all is unveiled when Valerie discovers she has Elemental powers, unleashing a rapid chain of irreversible events.

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble


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