As part of my new year reading goal, I’m trying to hit up all the series I’ve been avoiding (mostly because I didn’t want to get so sucked into a great story that I ignored creating my own, lol).
So you’ll be seeing more of those from me, mostly in the form of boxed sets, but I have at least one series that’s not bundled.
The following Boxset has been on my list for a while, considering that I read the first book about a mermaid and was blown away by how unique and original it was. Check out my impression of the whole series!
Elemental Origins: The Complete Series by A.L. Knorr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What an incredible collection of novels! They kind of have a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants feel, with the fun of magic and emerging powers.
Elemental Origins follow four friends plus one other emerging elemental as they spend their summers going on incredible adventures and finding a little romance. All the stories build up to the final one, where everyone comes together again, only to get approached by a major corporation to assist with an exciting new project. But what is the big business’s true motive?
I loved how the four friends are connected through the summer via text. Each girl goes on her own journey, each one reveals different facets of the same timeline, and each story gets you curious about the next. What is really going on behind those elusive texts? As a result, the first four books (Born of Water, Born of Fire and Pryo, Born of Earth, and Born of Aether) can be read in any order. And the author generously throws in the Wreck of Sybellen, though that novella brings up more questions than it answers. Lol.
It’s neat how the different elementals travel to different parts of the world and then come together as summer is ending. Like, I would never have guessed Georgiana or Akiko’s roles. And the introduction of Air is especially curious, including her connection to the big business.
But I won’t say more so I don’t spoil anything. 😉
The only thing I found wrong with this bundle is that, though the final book brings some sense of closure, in many ways it does not. But I imagine that has something to do with the world continuing (and it better, because I’m particularly curious about Arcturus. I mean, come on!).
If you’re a fan of the magical and romantic (and I hope you are ;), then you’ll love these books!
**Happy to report that these books are clean!**
You can see my original review on Born of Water here.