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The Elementals are Books I am really really really crushingly disappointed right now And for the moment the only thing I can think to say is that It s been a bit and every time I think about this

The Elementals are Books I am really, really, really crushingly disappointed right now. And for the moment the only thing I can think to say is that. It's been a bit, and every time I think about this book I get more and more sad/angry. My biggest complaint is that this book was much, much, much too short. Too many things were happening for it to make any sense. In the first two books in this series, we were limited in our point of view to our heroines, so the brevity could work. Here, we're divided between our heroine AND our hero. Complicating that is the fact that they don't meet or know anything about the other until 3/4 of the way through the damn book. So we have two people leading two separate lives and not enough time to do anything with them.And now I have to talk about spoilers...so. (view spoiler)[ The characters themselves. I got that Kate did not meet society's ideals of what a girl should be for her time, but I also felt like Saundra Mitchell was trying to go beyond just the idea of "tomboy" for her. But we never went there. I am still confused as to Kate's sexual identity, which normally wouldn't be a problem but I felt like that was intended to be an Issue in the book. This problem was further complicated when she meets Julian (and I really liked Julian. And Kate for that matter). Is Kate attracted to Julian? Interested in him? What? We have ABSOLUTELY NO TIME to find out whatsoever. They spend maybe thirty pages together it seemed, and that did not work for me. At all. I don't need them to be love interests, but it would have been nice if we'd seen them interact.Why would it have been nice? Because otherwise this ending is flat out bad. It is rushed, it makes no sense, and it somehow completely undoes everything we know about the first two books. Is the idea that Kate and Julian's misuse of their powers has caused some problems? Is that why Amelia and Zora seemingly lose their own powers at the end? I needed LOADS more explanation here. The implication of the ending (and the fact that it was just an implication frustrated me, too) is that both Kate and Julian will likely die as a result of what happens, Julian by saving the baby's life and Kate because she will age badly as she gives him time before he has to go. So...what was the point? Are we meant to mourn what their parents have caused? DID their parents cause this? Are we meant to see the poignancy of an almost love? Is it an almost love? Is it actual love? I don't know the answer to any of these questions, and I am pretty sure that even if the point is to make the reader think, I need half of them answered before I can even start THAT process.Honestly, if we'd had a whole book of them trapped in that bubble together, THAT would have been interesting. But, no. A fade to black. A lot of questions. And absolutely no real story. Because this plot? Is all over the place. We have as follows:1) Julian striking out on his own.2) Julian's leg injury and the ensuing complications.3) Amelia striking out with her friend.4) Her friend's distancing herself because of -5) Kate's ambiguous sexuality6) Julian appearing to Kate when she uses her powers.7) The EXISTENCE of powers8) Amelia's creepy stalker coming back.9) Kate's desire to make a movie.And that's just for the pair of them. That doesn't count the flashes we get to their mothers and the problems presented from their perspectives. But none of it seems to go anywhere. Their parents lose their powers and Kate and Julian lose their lives and WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?(hide spoiler)]I read an ARC of this book, so maybe some substantial changes were made to the published version. If so, someone let me know. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and I would love to find out that I'm being an idiot about the final installment. As it stands, this book was just flat out frustrating and not up to the standards set by the previous two books.. Kate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents In 1917, the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment and Kate is determined to become a director.Meanwhile, midwestern farm boy Julian Birch has inherited the wanderlust that fueled his parents adventures A childhood bout with polio has left him crippled, but he refuses to let his diKate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents In 1917, the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment and Kate is determined to become a director.Meanwhile, midwestern farm boy Julian Birch has inherited the wanderlust that fueled his parents adventures A childhood bout with polio has left him crippled, but he refuses to let his disability define him.Strangers driven by a shared vision, Kate and Julian set out separately for Los Angeles, the city of dreams There, they each struggle to find their independence When they finally meet, the teenage runaways realize their true magical legacy the ability to triumph over death, and over time But as their powerful parents before them learned, all magic comes with a price.. A viral Book The Elementals So I have to start this review out by saying that I’ve truly enjoyed Saundra Mitchell’s writing. I’ve read all the books in her The Vespertine series, and was immediately sucked into the world that she created with Amelia and Zora. However, that being said this book was somewhat of a disappointment. There were many things that I enjoyed and loved about The Elementals, but there were also certain aspects that I felt detracted from the story. Let me start by telling you what I did enjoy.The writing was phenomenal as always. The descriptions were rich and luscious, and both Kate and Julian were characters I could connect with. Kate was mischievous and ambitious, and I loved that she never let the rules of her time confine her. Kate wasn’t afraid to be herself, and I did really enjoy that she was willing to step out on her own. She didn’t really understand what the meant, but she was absolutely fearless in doing it.Julian was a different story. He was quiet, sensitive, and just a very good person. It hurt to read about him getting looked down upon just because he had a bad leg. A leg that was only bad because of polio! It definitely made me thankful that this is one disease that we don’t have to worry about anymore. I hated the situation that led to Julian leaving the farm. It seemed so unfair to consider him useless, especially because he was a hard worker. I can understand why people who didn’t know him felt that way, but it bothered me that his family and Elise looked at him that way. Still these are all reasons why I liked the book. It made me think and feel for the characters.However what didn’t work for me was that all of those bits took up most of the book, and really were supposed to be setting up a plot that was resolved in 25 pages. It was difficult to understand how Kate could go from this massive crush on Mollie to suddenly be willing to give up everything for Julian. As a reader I found it hard to believe that after 24 hours they were willing to give up everything for each other. I actually didn’t think the ending was bad, it wasn’t a perfect happily ever after, but that wasn’t the issue for me. It just felt incredibly rushed, and because most of book was set up. It literally went from setting everything up, to Kate and Julian meeting, to the end. It just felt like there was more to the story, and Kate and Julian had a connection that was unrealistic based on the amount of time they knew each other.There were so many positives in this book. Saundra Mitchell did a great job of writing and creating characters that I cared about. However, I did feel let down because I was waiting for this amazing second half that never happened until the last few chapters. Because of that I feel like this book would get a 2.5 out of 5 stars from me. I feel a little guilty about the rating because everything else was so great, but it was really noticeable when it didn’t work. I still wouldn’t hesitate to read a book by this author, because all of their other works were amazing.*This review was first posted to Moonlight Gleam Reviews http://moonlightgleam.com/2014/01/the...*
The Elementals by Michael McDowell The Elementals by Michael McDowell was first released in and then re released in by Valancourt Books with an introduction by author Michael Rowe The story begins with the funeral of Marian Savage, the matriarch of an old and opulent family from Alabama with an intriguingly peculiar and disturbing burial rite. The Elementals McDowell, Michael, Rowe, Michael The Elementals is delightfully scary without needless gore I m not some wilting flower, but I have to say that the recent popularity of torture porn style horror simply made the Elemental Elementals Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki Fandom Elementals Earth Marvel Database Fandom The Elementals were supposedly cast out of their own universe millenia ago, arriving on Earth before the city of Atlantis was even built Using their mastery of the elements, these four beings created a kingdom on Earth that was unopposed until they tried to extend The Elementals Villains Wiki Fandom Elementals Elemental Beings The Elementals are tied to a particular Element Fairies, Pixies, Elves, Gnomes, Crystal Beings, Stone Beings, Wood Nymphs and Brownies are associated with the Earth Element Sprites, Mermaids, Mermen and Undines are associated with the Water Element Salamanders are associated with Fire as are Dragons but Dragons are linked with all the Elements. The Basics Elemental Awakening Elementals are pure Earth spirits Nature beings They are the workers of Lady Gaia here to help support and heal Earth Just as they come in different shapes and sizes they have vastly different roles from each other Ultimately however, it is for the wellbeing of the planet and everyone on it that they are working towards. Elementals Comico Comics The house

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  • Saundra Mitchell Post author

    Saundra Mitchell is the author of SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, THE ELEMENTALS and MISTWALKER In non fiction, she s the author of the THEY DID WHAT series for middle grade readers She s also the editor of the YA anthology DEFY THE DARK IN 2018, HarlequinTEEN will publish her next anthology, ALL OUT.Writing as Jessa Holbrook, she published her first romantic contemporary YA with Razorbill, WHILE YOU RE AWAY In summer 2014, she debuted WILD, her first YA novel writing as Alex MalloryADOWED SUMMER was the 2010 winner of The Society of Midland Authors Book Award for Children s Fiction and a 2010 Edgar Award Nominee It was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection and an ALAN Pick in 2009.Her short story Ready to Wear was nominated for a 2007 Pushcart Prize after appearing in Vestal Review Issue 27 Her short fiction and non fiction has appeared in anthologies including A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS, FORETOLD, GRIM, TRUTH DARE and DEAR BULLY.For twenty years, she was the head screenwriter and an executive producer with Dreaming Tree Films on their various teen filmmaking programs, including the largest teen filmmaking program in the United States, Fresh Films They produced than four hundred films from her screenplays, and she earned Academy Award eligibility ten times during her tenure.In other arenas, Ms Mitchell was interviewed by the New York Times and the BBC for her part in exposing the Kaycee Nicole hoax, and she s been tapped by morning radio shows all over the United States as a guest expert on Urban Legends Folklore.In her free time, she enjoys fandom, studying history, papermaking, and spending time with her wife and her daughters.

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  • I am really, really, really crushingly disappointed right now And for the moment the only thing I can think to say is that It s been a bit, and every time I think about this book I get and sad angry My biggest complaint is that this book was much, much, much too short Too many things were happening for it to make any sense In the first two books in this series, we were limited in our point of view to our heroines, so the brevity could work Here, we re divided between our heroine AND our hero C [...]


  • So I have to start this review out by saying that I ve truly enjoyed Saundra Mitchell s writing I ve read all the books in her The Vespertine series, and was immediately sucked into the world that she created with Amelia and Zora However, that being said this book was somewhat of a disappointment There were many things that I enjoyed and loved about The Elementals, but there were also certain aspects that I felt detracted from the story Let me start by telling you what I did enjoy.The writing wa [...]


  • I enjoyed Saundra Mitchell s debut SHADOWED SUMMER, and I ve always meant to read her new books but never quite managed Thus I haven t read THE VESPERTINE or THE SPRINGSWEET, the companions to THE ELEMENTALS.I ve been told the first two books stand very well on their own, but I wish I had read them before reading THE ELEMENTALS There is a reasonable amount of background, but the villain is entirely motivated by events that happened in one of the earlier books, which I could merely make educated [...]


  • This is a companion novel to THE VESPERTINE and THE SPRINGSWEET, in which our previous heroines children also gifted with elemental magic meet in LA during World War I, with disastrous consequences I loved seeing how life played out for both of our previous couples Nathaniel and Amelia have become a bit insufferable in their privileged flights around the globe, but Emerson and Zora have become one of my favorite book couples with all their laughter and hard work and passion for one another Both [...]


  • This teen historical paranormal fiction, the last book of the Vespertine trilogy, is published by HMH Books for Young Readers It gets an extra star for some bisexual affectional content, pretty daring for the age group of 12 and up, though there s no actual sex and the word bisexual is never spoken.This felt like a sketch for a novel than an actual novel By the time all the various characters were outlined, the action was already finishing up I couldn t believe it was the end already, and I did [...]


  • To be honest, I read this book such a long time ago maybe not too long ago that I really don t remember what happened but the ending The ending was fucking fantastic It almost made me cry It made me think about the meaning of life It made me appreciate love that was before I knew what love was The ending was so good that it made me change my mind about the book as a whole I m happy that Mitchell s writing improved so much since that ugly first book Are you an interior decorator Cause when I saw [...]



  • I kinda liked the title Aetherborne better And I like the cover of The Springsweet better.Oh well This cover seems much dark and mysterious, so let s see what it offers.



  • It feels like I just read The Vespertine and The Springsweet But it s been many months Been dying for this third and final book ever since then While it doesn t come out until June 2013, I was lucky enough to get an review copy of it from the publisher via NetGalley 3 And I m so happy about that My review won t be spoilery, but you probably shouldn t read it unless you have read the first two books in this series Which you really must.I have read a lot of great books And this series is some of t [...]


  • 3.5 stars most enjoyable of the trilogy, although felt like magical realism Things Happened for the sake of happening Liked how atmospheric the setting was, not very keen on the ending but ok Saved by the writing style.


  • Cover Blurb Yes or No I ve always liked that you can never fully see the character impersonators faces on the Vespertine Trilogy books, and that remains true with this one I like the simplicity of it and the photograph feel it has.Characters Out of all of the characters in this entire trilogy out of all of the protagonists in this entire trilogy, Kate Witherspoon is not my favorite That doesn t mean I didn t like her, because I did a bit She wasn t an awful protagonist it s just out of all of th [...]


  • See of my reviews atOnce Upon a Prologue From the first Saundra Mitchell book I read The Vespertine , on to the second The Springsweet , and now the third and final book in her trilogy, The Elementals, one thing remains constant I am in awe of Saundra s ability to write words that read like magic I fell in love with her writing, and with her characters in The Vespertine, and although I did have some issues with The Elementals, I enjoyed revisiting old favorites and meeting new beloved character [...]


  • When I selected this book, it wasn t really clear that this was part of a series, one which I haven t read Luckily for me I didn t realize that until I d already started reading it and it didn t matter This was the entire description I read before requesting it Kate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents In 1917, the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment and Kate is determined to become a director Meanwhile, midwestern farm boy Julian Birch has inher [...]


  • I loved The Vespertine and The Springsweet They were everything I ever wanted in a novel I loved the setting and the characters I enjoyed that although there were supernatural elements to each of the first two novels, they were about so much Saundra Mitchell s writing is lovely and engaging I was swept into her world in each book.I was thrilled about the final book being released and have anticipated it for ages I was eager to read about the children of the heroines of the first two novels But [...]


  • I was excited to read this because I wanted to see where the story was going to go for Amelia, Nathaniel, Zora and Emerson s children During this trilogy, I enjoyed how the elements were magic for these characters We got to see them come together, fall in love and finally start a family In the beginning, we saw friends coming together for a night Years later, when they had their children, we saw their powers, making a show for the first time at a young age Then, both being almost eighteen, their [...]


  • The first book in this series is The Springsweet and it is my favorite of all three It tells the story of Zora and Emerson and it was perfect Then there is The Vespertine that answers a lot of the questions I had about Springsweet and tells the story of Zora and Amelia s friendship and Amelia and Nathaniel s love It was also a very good book The Elementals at first gives you a look at them together one last time before splitting apart to their separate worlds Zora to the farm and Amelia to a gyp [...]


  • The writing was nice, as always Bute book just didn t do it for me I liked some of the characters enough though I mostly felt indifferent at best , but the pacing was all wrong I found myself skimming through the first 3 4s of the book I wish Saundra had made that last bit into the last half And honestly, I would have much preferred a book soley about the parents to this I will say I applaud Mitchell for basically writing a bisexual character and not making it her defining point It was refreshin [...]


  • I was totally not ready for that ending I didn t see that coming.Here we get to see the effect that the elements have on Zora s and Amelia s children You see what happens when two people with element powers have children.I liked Kate and Julian s story I thought that it was very different from that of their parents We get to see how they go out and try to make a life for themselves outside of their parents s homes They try their hand at jobs and even at love I hate to say it, but I don t like th [...]


  • This is the third and final book in a series, the first two being The Verspertine and The Springsweet, respectively Elementals relied on the premises constructed in the first two books, so, not having read them, I was lost in the beginning of the story the author counts on the reader knowing the circumstances up to that point Slowly, the main characters, Kate and Julian, developed Both teens had run away from home to start a new life in 1917 Los Angeles Kate wants to be a movie director and Juli [...]


  • I found Mitchell s book to be well written, with a neat use of language that managed to be rich and delicately figurative without being florid or overwrought It was prettily done, and pleasant to read However, when I finished the book, it felt too soon It was as if a carefully constructed scaffold had only been fleshed out half way But perhaps it only feels that way because it is the third in a series perhaps the book would feel complete in the context of those that preceded it This is not to s [...]


  • Mmmmmm not sure how I fell about this book There was so much unexplained and strange things going on I didn t see much of a plot happening besides the romance between the girl and guy which was almost nonexistent until the last few chapters I didn t like Kate, but I loved Julian There were some poetic lines and phrases here and there that were sort of cool, but otherwise everything was just kind of vague and random Definitely not the ending I was expecting in this trilogy considering how differe [...]


  • A bittersweet ending to a captivating series I hate saying goodbye to series I ve come to love This is one series I feel like I ve gotten to personally know over the course of Saundra writing it, and I didn t want it to end just yet, though I do love the way this book wrapped up everything up It has closure, and yet it s a little open ended due to the fact it makes me hopeful with all that happens Not to mention all my favorite characters are back together, as this story is about their children [...]


  • The elementals I really enjoyed this book but was friggin confused as to what happened at the end Like I get that she s taking time off her life every time she stopped time So did she stop time so they could be together and as they were in their own little world hundreds of years went by and so they died of old age And what about their parents They just like ditched them so they could run out their internal clocks I m so confused Someone needs to explain it to me.


  • It was really good, but the ending bugged me It s depressing that they end up together, but they never see their parents ever again Their parents die while Kate has time stopped, and because she s stopped time for so long, she s going to die, and Julian s going to die because he brought back the baby, so it s really sad.


  • I was really disappointed in this book The story itself isn t horrible, but like the other books in the series, I felt like it was very rushed and just didn t live up to its potential As the conclusion to the series, I kind of totally hated the book That s probably largely because I didn t find the ending very happy, and that leaves me really unsatisfied.


  • I ADORE Saundra Mitchell s writing This book had beautiful writing, excellent characterization, and an interesting plot I just feel a bit weird about the ending I m not sure that that s how I would ve foreseen this trilogy ending I still enjoyed reading it overall, and I would totally read by Saundra.


  • I liked book 2 the best out of this trilogy Book one wasn t written very well and this book, book 3, I didn t like Kate, one of the main characters I need a satisfying ending, and I didn t like this ending I loved Julian the boy main character, but I dreaded every time the book flipped to the girl main character I didn t understand her motivation.


  • I picked this up without realizing it was the last in a trilogy me, it read like a first book than a last I was left feeling pretty unfulfilled, but the characters and story were interesting enough for a quick read Not so compelling, however, that I feel any need to read the first two.


  • I really loved all the books in this series I even loved this one, up until the last few chapters And then ended It justended The end of the book was so ludicrous, and left so much unexplainedI really did not like the end I loved the rest of the book, though I tore through it in a day But the end Was Not Good.


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