FREE BOOK Review: Elemental: The First (Primord #1) by Alexandra May

Book Blurb

Just who is Halíka Dacomé?

To Rose Frost, moving house every six months is normal. Another town here, another school there, her ability to adapt is as easy as breathing. But everything changes when her parents go overseas and Rose moves in with her grandmother. She enjoys meeting new friends and catching up with old ones from her childhood holidays -- except now she must hide a precious secret from everyone, a gift from birth that defies modern day science.

Her dreams become riddled with a warrior woman called Halíka Dacomé, but are they visions or messages from the future? She starts her own investigation but encounters more questions than answers. Living right on the edge of Warminster in Wiltshire doesn't help with its folklore and myths about strange lights in the sky and ghost stories of the Salisbury Plain.

Not only that, her troubles really take hold one night when the mysterious Aiden Deverill with his alluring smile, his gorgeous dark looks and hypnotising blue eyes, saves her from a freak fire. Or did he?

For Rose, her new life is beginning but she soon realises that despite assurances people are not always what they seem. What she always believed to be a happy family and a friendly town soon turns on its head when she discovers that her family secret, Aiden Deverill and the truth behind Halíka Dacomé is at the heart of the whole conspiracy.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Rose Frost has been sent to her grandmother’s house to live.  Her family has been scattered to different places for their own safety.  Rose isn’t very thrilled, but Daisy promises she will have her freedom that she is used to.  She feels a bit awkward since she hasn’t been there since she was ten.  However, she finds Daisy to be very welcoming and her childhood friends, Hannah and Mira, excited to see her.  The author lets her start settling in but immediately sends warnings about bad boy Aiden. Her new neighbor Morgan is also a mystery.  Of course, Rose is drawn to both boys, but she can’t seem to trust anyone.  She can’t reveal her abilities or her family’s secrets.
The author hints that more is going on then Rose realizes.  Members of the community are disappearing, and strange things are occurring.  Rose starts having these strange dreams of a woman and nightmares of someone trying to kill her.  It is a puzzle that the author reveals a little at a time.  Morgan seems to be there to help Rose, but Aiden is questionable.  He seems to be helping his grandfather which is coming across as a villain.  Rose eventually learns more about herself and the shocking secrets being kept from her.
This story overall was a bit confusing.  The readers learn things as Rose does.  So the author spins the story in one direction, but drops small hints in another direction.  Then you have Rose with these amazing abilities, yet when the truth comes out she can’t believe it.  I would have thought she’d be more apt to believe the impossible considering what she can do.

Aiden is a confusing character.  He comes off as a jerk to everyone else but completely changes when Rose is around.  Which is the real Aide?  It all adds to the mystery and confusion.  It was a good story and this book basically sets the stage.  I’m hoping Rose learns more in the next book.  I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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