Elemental: The First (Primord #1)
Pub Date: Nov 7 2012
Rose Frost is moving in with her grandmother Daisy because her father’s work is taking her parents overseas. She reconnects with old friends from when she was little but is soon caught up in the mysterious disappearances of townsfolk. In the meantime she also starts having these really vivid dreams about a female warrior, Halíka Dacomé. Add to that having to hide your secret power from all the people you are meeting and you have a recipe for chaos.
Once again I really thought the general idea to have something great, but the book itself just didn’t do it for me. For one there was just a little too much going on at the same time. Secondly the characters just didn’t do it for me, they all felt pretty fake and one dimensional. On top of that I really wasn’t such a fan of the writing and you start understanding my one star rating.
It just felt like the writer didn’t have enough ideas to spruce up one of the plotlines and therefore sprouted another two to give more body to the story. But to me it felt a bit random and they didn’t seem that connected all that much. I definitely think the story would have been a lot better if the writer had just stuck to one or perhaps two of the plotlines and worked them out more thorough.
The characters just felt so fake to me. How Rose reconnected with her friends from the past just seemed incredibly unrealistic. Especially considering how Rose hadn’t been the greatest friend to one of them. It’s amazing how much these children remember from their childhood as well and how devoted these old friends were to Rose even though she had only been around for an extremely short time. Most of the interactions between the characters seemed unreal as well and half of the time it just felt off. And Rose is always said to have maturity beyond her years, but I think she’s acting a whole lot like a teenager with raging hormones. And something else that really bothered me was how fast Rose had emotional ties with pretty much everyone we met in the book.
There were lots of descriptions of things I found neither interesting nor necessary to the story. So why they were included in the book only left me guessing. The way we were made to visualize Rose’s power did not appeal to me in the least nor was it necessary to be reiterated quite as much. I missed a nice and steady flow and I missed interesting scenes without stale dialogue.
This whole book felt like such a missed opportunity because the prologue started off very strong and it just went downhill from there and pretty fast at that.