{Review+G!veaway} Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

December 26, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 2

Welcome to my stop on the Alchemists Academy blog tour!
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Check out my review of the first book, Stones to Ashes HERE
Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow
220 pages
Published: July 25, 2011 by the Edge
Age Group: MG/Young YA
Source: ecopy from publisher
Series: The Alchemists Academy #2

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble


A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, and he brings with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse than Wirt, but a new teacher had replaced one of their beloved teachers, and she has more planned for Wirt and his friends than just lesson plans. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland, as well. On top of that, it is their second year, and the year where all the students must pass a test to move on to the Elite Class at the Academy. The Elite Class is the only class in the third year at the Academy, and the students who fail will be sent home, others will face something even deadlier.

I liked Elemental Explosions even more than the first book in the series. I liked the first book and the premise and I was interested to see what Kailin Gow was going to do with the next book and I think she really stepped up her game with Elemental Explosions. And the step up for the next book has me excited as well. Wirt and all of his friends are back at school and the adventures just keep on coming. 

Elemental Explosions focuses more on The Elite Class, a group of 14 super students. Everyone is fighting for one of those 14 stops. And a new character is introduced. His name is Roland and he is Wirt’s new roommate. He just seems kind of shifty to me. Alana (who every guy seems to like) keeps chasing after Roland like a puppy. I didn’t really get what the appeal was of him for her, but then again maybe that is just because I really like the idea of her and Spencer. 

Elemental Explosions is fast paced and exciting. It is a great book for younger readers. I think it would be good for middle grade or young teens. Magic, mystery, and plenty of action to keep you entertained. It is more of a plot based book and there is always plenty going on. In the second installment in the Alchemists Academy series you get to learn about different classes too. I was so happy that this was continued from the first book because my favorite part is figuring out Kailin’s take on the magic being taught. I find it fascinating. I also loved seeing Wirt develop his powers. He really does seem kind of incredible. 

I’m pretty excited for the next one because of the set up Kailin Gow did with Wirt’s Merlin dreams. I think that is going to be really intriguing. If you are looking for a good magical adventure for younger readers, this is the series for you. 
4/5 gavels

The Alchemists Academy series: 
1. Stones to Ashes
2. Elemental Explosions
3. The Quantum Games
4. Year of the Elite
5. Prophesy’s End

Author Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women’s Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.


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2 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow”

  1. Denise Z

    I really enjoyed your review and am looking forward to trying out this series even more. I enjoy a series that keeps popping up with new adventures and challenges. Thank you for sharing with us.

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