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Disclaimer A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.I have got to say in a time when it is hard to find a book that I truly enjoy, it s been a refreshing change to actually encounter one This book was excellently executed and highly enjoyable But, let me not get ahead of myself Time to rewind and give a bit of insight into what the story is about.Sarah, is an average teen girl, living an average life and trying to overcome the upset of her parents marriage Leanne, her best friend, wants nothing than to help Sarah get through the trial, but than anything she wants her best friend back However, Sarah s mother s declining emotional state proves to be an enormous obstacle.During this time Sarah happens upon the new girl in school, Imogen Imogen is, blatantly put, weird, and Sarah feels peculiar even talking to her However, Imogen seems to have her own agenda, reaching out to Sarah in the oddest way.Soon, Sarah is introduced into a world that she knew nothing about The oddity is that said world knew everything about her.Amidst magic, mayhem, new friends, the elements and the perplexities of the human condition, Sarah becomes than she can fathom.That is all I m going to say about the story from fear that I might ruin it for future readers.I would like to give kudos to the author in her obvious research in the subject matter and fantastical skill in interweaving those factors into the story in such a seamless and believable way.This young adult fantasy is a must read for the lovers of mysticism and adventure It is the beginning of a series and seems to pave the way for a wondrous enterprise I m truly looking forward to the following installments.Very well done 5 stars all the way This first book in the series did feel like a trip to the Rabbit Hole, yet it was much deeper than that It was an exploration into human interaction of the teenage kind The very kid that Sarah thinks is super strange is the key to bringing her closer to her true identity There was never a dull moment in this work as one discovers new information in every page.I applaud how well researched this book is as it pertains to colors and auras I ve always been fascinated by the correlation between auras, colors, and how both connect with moods There is also a conversation starter or a pilot for debate as it pertains to religion vs spirituality.Dialogue stayed in alignment with targeted age group and character mannerisms, which can serve as a challenge, particularly if you are used to writing adult material and or if it is your first attempt.Character wise, I could identify with Sarah s yearning for belonging She felt very realistic to me in her reaction, even those that sizzled with brattiness when coming to terms with her new life and responsibilities I was very sympathetic to Caleb s plight as it pertained to prophecy vs how he wanted to live his life Different dimensions to each character kept the pages turning I also found the different elements that were drawn to Sarah very helpful and amusing.I felt slightly torn about the conclusion It felt a bit abrupt, but not as jarring as other series I ve read Yet it did set up for the next installment very nicely In the end, the latter overruled my feelings about the staccato resolution.In my particular copy, there were some tiny editing misses but they didn t deter from my read Maybe we we re stupid to put our trust in you should be were instead of the conjunction form for we are Even if you d had your whole life to get ready for this, this amount of influence would have been near impossible to cope with and adjust to Although not erroneous, per se, I m not a fan of the double had in the form of you had had A few spots had weird spacing not sure if that is on Kindle s end or not With Elemental Earth, this author has definitely found her stride a glorious mix of adventure and discovery mixed with connective real struggles that a young adult can relate to all achieved in natural symmetry This work also speaks to the inner kid of any adult I look forward to in the series.Merged review This first book in the series did feel like a trip to the Rabbit Hole, yet it was much deeper than that It was an exploration into human interaction of the teenage kind The very kid that Sarah thinks is super strange is the key to bringing her closer to her true identity There was never a dull moment in this work as one discovers new information in every page.I applaud how well researched this book is as it pertains to colors and auras I ve always been fascinated by the correlation between auras, colors, and how both connect with moods There is also a conversation starter or a pilot for debate as it pertains to religion vs spirituality.Dialogue stayed in alignment with targeted age group and character mannerisms, which can serve as a challenge, particularly if you are used to writing adult material and or if it is your first attempt.Character wise, I could identify with Sarah s yearning for belonging She felt very realistic to me in her reaction, even those that sizzled with brattiness when coming to terms with her new life and responsibilities I was very sympathetic to Caleb s plight as it pertained to prophecy vs how he wanted to live his life Different dimensions to each character kept the pages turning I also found the different elements that were drawn to Sarah very helpful and amusing.I felt slightly torn about the conclusion It felt a bit abrupt, but not as jarring as other series I ve read Yet it did set up for the next installment very nicely In the end, the latter overruled my feelings about the staccato resolution.In my particular copy, there were some tiny editing misses but they didn t deter from my read Maybe we we re stupid to put our trust in you should be were instead of the conjunction form for we are Even if you d had your whole life to get ready for this, this amount of influence would have been near impossible to cope with and adjust to Although not erroneous, per se, I m not a fan of the double had in the form of you had had A few spots had weird spacing not sure if that is on Kindle s end or not With Elemental Earth, this author has definitely found her stride a glorious mix of adventure and discovery mixed with connective real struggles that a young adult can relate to all achieved in natural symmetry This work also speaks to the inner kid of any adult I look forward to in the series. This is such a fun book I m probably 45 years older than the intended reader but I really enjoyed being whisked away to a new fantasy world full of magic The leading teenage girl is called Sarah and she is struggling with being a 15 year old teenager in the real world who doesn t fit in and has only one special friend Not surprising really that she struggles in our world, as she is intended for a far important role in the magic world, which is actually properly described as another dimension than world Sarah is able to jump between dimensions and is caught up in a battle against evil, which affects both dimensions The author surprises us with some clever plot twists and the story always moves at a good pace I was so wrapped up in the story that I was disappointed when I reached the end as I was keen to find out what happens next It wasn t the cliff hanger ending that left me disappointed but the knowledge the next book in the series is not yet available Hurry up author with the next book The book introduces you to its protagonist, Sarah, a teenager whose life is suddenly turned upside down She couldn t have seen this coming, even as her mother started to become and distant, and her new classmate behaved strangely Then she is invited by her best friends cousin and her world as she knew it is a matter of the past I was immediately drawn into the story Characters are sufficiently described and still leave you room for imagination Whatever occurred throughout this story I saw, heard, smelled, felt it with the characters I felt that close to the story that I could have even slapped or hugged someone.With Elemental Earth, Harmony Kent has created a fantasy fiction novel for young adults with believable characters dealing with different challenges Elemental Earth is very entertaining and makes you want to read I enjoyed every minute.This is a book to read again I received an advanced copy for beta reading purposes. Elemental Earth Book One of the Mysteries Series by Harmony Kent is a fascinating and fun introduction to what promises to be a powerhouse series While Kent bills this as YA fiction, mainly because her protagonist is a 15 year old girl named, Sarah, the YA label is far too narrow a scope, as Elemental Earth is a joyful read for all ages.As the book begins, our aforementioned protagonist, Sarah, is in a tough situation She lives at home with a mum who hardly speaks to her since her father up and left several weeks earlier an action Sarah blames herself for Her school life isn t any better as her only friend is the equally non popular Leanne.As you might imagine, things are about to change when the weird new girl Imogen starts taking an interest in her It doesn t take long before Sarah is whisked off to another dimension, only to find that she s far from normal herself In fact, she s part of a long line of Gwydds also known as Druids Further, most of the other Gwydds, including dear old mum and dad think she s The One chosen to fulfill the ancient prophecy Heavens to Mergatroid or whatever it is the kids say these days.Well, plenty of action ensues, along with a fair amount of understandable self doubt on Sarah s part, even as she gains friends and allies from several unexpected quarters All in all, this is quite an enjoyable read, with great characters and enormous potential for future stories My one knock hence four stars instead of five is the ending As other reviewers have noted, it seemed rushed and I would have liked something as dramatic as this ending kick off the next book, rather than end this first one I believe this first volume might have done better to spend a bit time exploring the relationships between Sarah and her new friends, as she tries to figure out just who she really is, rather than run headlong into such a mighty cliffhanger At the same time, I understand what a fine line it is to walk between too much non action action and not enough For the most part, Ms Kent does a masterful job of walking this line and delivering a wonderful story This coming of age story with a twist had me engaged with the main character, Sarah, from the beginning She s fifteen, in the usual identity crisis typical of that difficult age, and her family life is a wreck Her father left and she doesn t know exactly why, but from the conversation between her parents she overheard she believes it has something to do with her Her mother has been depressed, sitting incommunicado in a darkened house, ever since.Answers begin to come when she meets Imogen, a strange girl whom she initially sees as a freak And then things really start to get even weirder as Sarah is led to a world in another dimension where it turns out she s an important figure in a prophecy I don t want to get into spoiler territory so I will leave it at that and invite you to experience this intriguing story for yourself It s easy to relate to Sarah who lacks confidence and has so many questions about who she is The author did an excellent job getting inside Sarah s head and making her very human There s a subtle message there about how parents can inadvertently damage a child s confidence trying to protect him or her, which is a large part of Sarah s problem Attempting to deny her prophetic destiny, her mother punishes her at an early age for using her amazing talents, which inhibits her ability to utilize them later when her fate asserts itself and depends on them, regardless of whether or not that s what she or her parents want.As a professional astrologer I have a deep appreciation for the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water of which the author captures the essence nicely via the elementals in the story Indeed, each of us has our own set of elementals in the form of talents, propensities and abilities with which we were born as well Each of us simply needs to discover them and recognize how they can help us.While this book is definitely in the Fantasy category, since it involves a girl steeped in modern times, the language is familiar and comfortable Thus, those who may not usually be drawn to stories set in ancient eras replete with archaic speaking styles, dragons and swords can easily enjoy this story of a teenaged girl plunged into an entirely different world with a heavy future that everyone seems to know about than she does There are plenty of plot twists and turns and various surprises I was impressed with the clean copy which made the read smooth and pleasant compared to so many Indie books which are loaded with typos and other distracting errors due to poor copy editing Her knowledge and research were apparent and nicely integrated Many kudos to the author for that.The only thing I didn t like about this story was the abrupt, jaw dropping ending which left me with the feeling that I d missed something While I knew it was a series and would probably lead into the next book, there were too many inconsistencies and questions left unanswered for the ending to be satisfying Rather it was somewhat confusing and frustrating as What just happened reverberated through my head and drove me to make sure I hadn t missed a chapter or two IMHO, the author has a lot of explaining to do in the sequel. |Read ☫ Elemental Earth ♽ You Turned The God Of Gnomes Into A Garden Ornament Sarah Looked Closely, But Couldn T Tell If Her Dad Was Annoyed Or Amused Perhaps He Was Both Whilst Year Old Sarah May Be Struggling To Regain Her Feet, After Being Ripped From Her Everyday Mundane Life And Ending Up In A Whole New Dimension, She Still Knows How To Have A Bit Of Fun Along The Way The Earth Elemental Isn T The Only One Whose Feathers She Manages To Ruffle, And It S Only Been Four Days Meanwhile, Her Best Friend Is Missing, And Big Trouble Is Brewing She Soon Has A Lot To Worry About Than What Happened To Her Phone Or IPod, Or Even How Much Of An Idiot Caleb Obviously Thinks She Is Although I m not a young adult, I love reading young adult books This book looked like a page turner, and it didn t disappoint.The main character, Sarah, is a teenager who feels like she doesn t fit in She s not very far into the book when she discovers just how much she doesn t fit in the world where she grew up Every teenager can relate to feeling out of place and wanting friends And every teenager dreams of discovering some amazing gift or talent that would make them truly special and garner respect among his or her peers This book hits right at the trigger points for young adults and allows the reader to live the dream The dialogue felt natural and comfortable for a group of teenagers, rather than forced, as is often the case when an adult is writing for young adults But there was plenty of action to keep us older folks intrigued Indeed, I had to keep reading late into the night to finish the story That the book ends on a cliff hanger is my only real criticism, but it s not enough to make me give this book four stars instead of five.If you like an action packed, imaginative, young adult fantasy, you ll love this book Verified PurchaseThis review is from Elemental Earth The Mysteries Book 1 Kindle Edition Sorcery and witchcraft are not really my thing however, I appreciated the way this author combined the two without making the story too scary, especially for young readers and fraidy cats like me The human characters were easy for the targeted audience to relate to typical sassy teenagers , and the elementals were charming and humorous I like how the main character, Sarah, evolved and matured on her journey almost a coming of age story wrapped inside a fantastical adventure The book was well written and meticulously edited The dialogue was easy to follow and entertaining I d say this author did a good job on providing a story that most teenage girls would identify with Enjoyable read, Harmony Great job side note As a parent, I m not sure I feel completely secure with a bunch of moody, hormonal teenagers saving the planet I am giving this book 5 stars because it was well written, well edited, and the story was engaging however, I wasn t thrilled with the ending I don t mind a little teasing for sequels, but it felt like it ended a bit abruptly. Elemental Earth is a well written work of fantasy fiction aimed at the young adult market.When I first began reading this book, I noted some similarities to the first in the Harry Potter series a young teenager, unaware of their magic powers and has been raised as a normal child, but the time has come The characters are well drawn and Ms Kent takes the time to create settings that add to the story The pacing is good There are moments of humor that I appreciated.I disliked the ending just chopped off at a crucial point, mid action I know this is the first in a series, but believe that each in the series should stand alone as a full story As this one is abrupt than most, I am going to score it one less star than I would otherwise.I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.Three stars.