My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“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 15 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 more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.
Genre: YA Fantasy Fiction
Imogen stepped back from the gateway. She wore an odd expression. There was some sadness in it, but underneath Sarah could also detect quiet joy. Or maybe that was just the way Imogen looked all the time. She saw something else there too, but couldn’t place it – the look was outside of her experience.
Then Imogen surprised her again. She’d stepped back so Sarah could come in, but she hadn’t opened the gate. Sarah hesitated for a brief moment, and then grasped hold of it and gave it a resolute push.
Imogen turned away and walked down the path toward the house. ‘Close it behind you,’ she said over her shoulder.
Sarah did as she was asked, then turned around to follow the strange girl into whatever freaky house she lived in.
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 more and more 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 will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
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 more. I enjoyed every minute.
This is a book to read again. I liked this book so much that I had to buy The Battle for Brisingamen, immediately. The Glade and Air-Born will certainly also be part of my collection, soon. 😀
About the author
Indie Author Harmony Kent has written three books. The Battle for Brisingamen, her first novel, is a work of fantasy fiction and was approved by Awesome Indies within weeks of its release. Her second book, The Glade shows her equally at home in the realms of mystery, suspense and thriller – with a dash of magical realism. This book has also been approved for the Awesome Indies List. Her third book: Elemental Earth, is for Young Adults and will be released on 31st May 2014. With a fourth book already on the way, she is well on her way to being a firmly established multi genre author.
As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal and beta reading services. As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.
Harmony currently lives in Cornwall, England. She doesn’t have children, but is surrounded by lots of cute gremlins who assure her they are her nieces and nephews.
You’ll have to wait until you’re 16 to read Harmony’s other two books: The Battle for Brisingamen and The Glade. In the meantime, you can occupy yourself with the second book in this series: Air-Born (The Mysteries: Book 2). Coming soon.
Connect with the Author:
Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Elemental Earth? Or – if you did not yet read Elemental Earth – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Elemental Earth was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂