Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: Fire

Author L. B. Gilbert
Format e-ARC
Print Length 327 pages
Publisher self
Published Oct 24, 2015

Invested with the powers of Mother Nature, four women have been charged with the almost impossible task of maintaining order in the supernatural world and—when the crimes are extreme—the human world as well.

Diana, a fire Elemental, is almost burned out. Alone in the world (save for her Elemental sisters), she takes satisfaction in punishing those who’ve strayed so far into the black they’ve disrupted the balance. But her contentment is increasingly short-lived as she struggles with the limitations of her ability. An Elemental can track murderers to the ends of the earth, but not before it’s too late for their victims.

So when a child from a previous case goes missing, Diana is determined to find her. The only problem is, she may have to take on an entire coven of vampires to do it.

My Opinion

Fire is an excellent start to a new series, The Elementals.

No one was there to protect Diana when she was younger- so when she got called to be the next Fire elemental it was a no brainer. Protecting the world- supernatural and human- with her “sisters” is a job she takes seriously. It use to bring her contentment, bring justice to those who deserve it. Lately she is restless, though. Something is off, and she isn’t sure what it is. Thank goodness she got a new case- in a neighborhood where she can stop and visit a child that she saved. She did after all promise to check in on her. The check in doesn’t go so well- the girl and her mother are now missing.

Alec is different from other vampires-stronger, younger, more educated. He is called home to his coven when a boy of one of his employees’ goes missing. While he is investigating, Diana shows up at his parent’s house. He recognizes her for what she is- the Fire Elemental right away. He offers to help her find the missing girl sensing that the children are somehow connected.

Since this is the first book in this series there is a lot of world building. I loved it, every bit. From how the elementals stay in touch, the relationships of each of the supernaturals with each other, to how her power works. This is a world that will suck you in and leave you wanting more.

Diana is a loner by heart. She learned at an early age not to trust well anyone. It has taken her 10 years to trust her sisters. It was fun to see her learn to trust Alec. I adore her I got this attitude. She doesn’t second guess herself. Sometimes you just need a strong, independent woman- and you got one in Diana.

Alec is well eccentric for his kind. He doesn’t spend his time partying and wasting an eternity away like the majority vamps. Instead he does research, any and all. He has studied black magic (it is evil, don’t do it), day walking (very few vamps can do it), even elementals. His parents nag him to settle down, he gets put into supernatural papers as one of the most eligible bachelors- yet he doesn’t want to. Instead he is content with his books until Diana comes around. Watching him woo her is pretty sweet. His has total swag.

My only complaint- very little swoon worthy moments. While I understand the need, the trust issues, I wish there were more. The main characters dance around the attraction issue for a large portion of the book. While the tension was good- I can’t help but wonder if it would have been better had they gotten together sooner.

This is a great start to a new series. I can only hope that Air will be just as good or better.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “It’s always a risk taking someone into your confidence, but it can be a rewarding one.”

Other People

Dmitri- werewolf friend
Daniel- Alec’s right hand man
Logan- Air Elemental

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