{Review+Giveaway} The Blood of the Hydra by @MichelleMadow @Barclay_PR

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{Review+Giveaway} The Blood of the Hydra by @MichelleMadow @Barclay_PR

{Review+Giveaway} The Blood of the Hydra by @MichelleMadow @Barclay_PRThe Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow
Pages: 310
Published by Dreamscape Publishing on April 18, 2016
Series: Elementals #2
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, mythology
Source: eARC from Publisher
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A demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret -- not even Blake, who she's had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they've encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest?

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 quest to save the world -- or die trying.

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YA ReviewMy Thoughts**Note: This is the second book in the series and may contain spoilers for Book 1. If you are new to the series, you can find out more information about the first book- The Prophecy of Shadows HERE**

The Blood of the Hydra  is the second book in the young adult fantasy series by Michelle Madow, called Elementals. I love a mythology book and this series is extra interesting because it combines elemental magic, typically reserved for witches, along with mythology gods and demigods. I enjoyed the first book, but the second installment is so much better than the first book in my opinion. I loved The Blood of the Hydra. I liked all of the characters more, yes even Blake, and the quest in this installment was so great.

One of my issues, though minor, with book one was that I was not into Blake and his romance with Nicole. At all. And I am still not 100% sure that I am on board with them, it didn’t bug me nearly as much as it did in the first book. Maybe because it wasn’t as much of a focus. Instead we got to go on a super awesome quest, that fans of Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey will love. And we not only get to see the whole gang, but we are also introduced to a few new characters. Chris, Kate and Danielle are my favorite characters in the book. (Yes, I said Danielle.) I think they are the most well rounded, interesting and relate able. I like Nicole enough, and oddly enough my favorite thing about her is the thing that she hates the most. I am super intrigued by her special power.

Let’s talk about this quest. Nicole and the gang head off to Greece and this is where I really started bouncing up and down in my seat with excitement. I love a quest! And to get to see some of my favorite classic myth stories get revisited was a real treat. I think Michelle Madow did an excellent job with the Land of the Lotus Eaters. And I mean, really excellent. It was by far, my favorite part of the story. I cannot wait to see what is in store for our characters next. I hope to see more classic quests incorporated into the book and I hope to see some romance in store for Kate…ahem coughchriscough.

Bottom line: If you are a fan of YA mythology, this is a series you do not want to miss. Even if you were meh about the first book, I really urge you to pick up the second book because it is really, really great. Better than the first book. Fans of Percy Jackson will really dig this series. I can see the parallels more in this book than the first because this one was so focused on the greek gods and myths and the first book incorporated more of the elemental powers while laying the groundwork for the story and world. I am so happy that I loved The Blood of the Hydra as much as I did because I went from enjoying the series to need-to-get-my-hands-on-the-next-book-right-now.

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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!

Other books in the Elementals Series:
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About Michelle Madow

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s latest YA novel, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014. It is the first in an upcoming trilogy. The second part, Diamonds in the Rough, will be coming out in November 2014.

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and spends way too much time on Facebook (/MichelleMadow) and Twitter (@MichelleMadow).

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