Rich and Compelling: A Review of ELEMENTAL by Antony John

Antony John
320 pages
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: November 21st 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

A lost colony is reborn in this heart-pounding fantasy adventure set in the near future . . .

Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine.

   Rich and compelling, ELEMENTAL is a book you’ll love as soon as you read the first chapter.

   Thomas and his younger brother Griffin have always been the outcasts in their small colony. Thomas being the first and only child born without an element and Griffin, a mute, deaf boy that can see the death of others.

While they were sent to stay in a shelter in Skeleton Town away from an approaching storm, pirates capture the Guardians, Elementals that can control the elements. Now it’s up to Thomas and his friends to save them. But Skeleton Town has secrets of it owns and soon, Thomas unravels the lies his entire life has been built on.

   Antony John is an author that’ll have you happy but disappointed – in a good way- by the time you turn the last page. I was confused at first, but slowly, slowly the characters and plot grew on me. It was difficult to put down and when I did all I could think about was whatever was happening in the story. My favorite character is Griffin, Thomas’s brother – he’s smart and strong. The ending was surprising and caught me off guard, something that I love in a good book.

   I love the cover as much as the story. The stormy background with the symbol with the title on top is stunning. And the color tone reflects the interior – perfect!

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    October 27, 2012

    I'll have to check Elemental out. The plot sounds like one I could get lost in. Love the cover too.

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    October 27, 2012

    Great review! I've had my eye on this book for a while now.. I'd love the opportunity to read it! It sounds fabulous. :)

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    sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    October 27, 2012

    I loved Griffin too! The whole brother dynamic was a huge part of what I loved most in this one. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    October 27, 2012

    The cover is gorgeous! And the book sounds fantastic! Great review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    October 27, 2012

    I've had my eye on this one for a while. I've been enjoying this genre a lot. Glad you loved it!

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    October 28, 2012

    I have never heard of this book before but I fell in love with the cover and your review sounds interesting. Adding it on Goodreads right now. :)

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    Dazzling Mage

    October 28, 2012

    I've only read his Five Flavors of DUMB and found that interesting, but I'm really curious about this one because of it's fantasy element. Nicely reviewed!

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    Christina K.

    October 29, 2012

    I LOVE his Five Flavors of Dumb, and I'm sure that his branching out will be awesome:)

    REally loved your review:)

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    October 29, 2012

    Thanks for the review! Sounds fabulous :)

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    October 30, 2012

    Sounds interesting. I hadn't heard of it before. Great pick!

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    Tammy Sparks

    October 30, 2012

    This is the first I've heard of it, but your review is making me want to read it. Love the cover!

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    October 30, 2012

    Great review! This book sounds really interesting – I'm definitely adding it to my TBR!

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    November 1, 2012

    I am not sure I even heard about this book until now. I like the diversity it adds with Thomas. I liked your review and I love the cover too. Thanks. I am adding it to my tbr list.

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    November 4, 2012

    Great review. The cover of this book is pretty awesome, and it has pirates in it!

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    Sarah (The Book Life)

    November 7, 2012

    This book hadn't been on my radar, but I definitely like that it has pirates! I'm also a fan of books that have a good sibling dynamic. Sure, romance is great to read, but sometimes I want to read about families. I also quite like this cover. Thanks for sharing :0)

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    November 17, 2012

    Oooh pirates!! Should be superb then!

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    November 19, 2012

    I keep trying to win this book! I want to read it so badly.

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    Sara @ Through the Looking Glass

    December 21, 2012

    I read Five Flavors of Dumb and it was pretty good. I am looking forward to seeing the fantasy side of Antony John. Great review!

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    Callie Vamp

    January 26, 2013

    I have this book on my shelf….I need to ATTACK it!