Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review & Giveaway: The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow

The Blood of the Hydra (Elementals, #2)
Cover Source: GoodReads.com

Title: The Blood of the Hydra
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #2
Version Reviewed: ARC, eBook
Website: www.michellemadow.com
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

GoodReads Synopsis:
A demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.
Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.
Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.

The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?
Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world – or die trying.
I absolutely loved The Prophecy of Shadows so I couldn't wait until The Blood of The Hydra was added to NetGalley.  I requested it as soon as I found out that it was available and I was super excited to receive my copy.

In the second installment of the Elementals series, the story begins pretty much exactly where the previous one ended. After finding out about witches and learning that she's a demi-god, Nicole embraces her amazing -and sometimes scary - powers and helps her new group of friends carry out the wishes of the Gods.

The Blood of The Hydra is full of action and I definitely recommend it for anyone that enjoys stories like Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle. Michelle Madow has perfectly combined the feel of those two stories and makes them her own. The Elementals series is full of Greek mythology and ancient power and magic. The group fights off some extremely hardcore creatures and uses their powers, intuition, and brains to figure out some of the most difficult challenges that seem impossible.  From sea monsters, sacred cows, lotus-zombies and gigantic beasts, there's never a dull moment for these kids.

I absolutely loved this book, just like the first one, and I really cannot wait to read The Head of Medusa, the third book in the series.  I've always been slightly fascinated with Medusa and her story, so I'm excited to see what kind of twist Michelle Madow has woven for the new story!

Rating: 4 Stars.

The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! To learn more about the first book, and to read the first four chapters for free, click here!

The Elementals series is available on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it for free!

The Giveaway
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About the Author:

Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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