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Today’s book review is on both a physical copy I received from Kate Stoessel and e-book I received from BookSirens and Rhodes & Co in exchange for an honest review!
I discovered this book on the tour sign ups for Turn the Page Tours, and was immediately interested in the premise of a witchy academy full of elementals!
The Council of the Harvest Moon was established to maintain peace among the witches, fairies, vampires, and mermaids of the United States. However, old feuds die hard and as the powers of fairies wane with the destruction of natural environments, the witches rise with a rigid societal structure designed to assert their supremacy as the most powerful supernatural beings in the modern world.
As the descendant of two prominent New England witching families, Khlorie Lethestone’s life was destined to fit into the neat, color-coded boxes established by the American Continental Coven (ACC). When it is discovered that Khlorie has powers beyond that of a typical witch, she is sent to Spindlewick College, a secret institution designed to help witches develop non-conforming gifts into tools for the greater good of witching society. Once there, she meets the attractive, but distant Perry Prentice, who is assigned to help her understand her gifts. But becoming one of the most powerful witches in the world means that you are watched closely, and Khlorie learns that there are secrets she must keep hidden to survive.
Kate Stoessel is a Middle Grades and Young Adult author specializing in Fantasy. She wrote her first novel, Erine Pershings and the Golden Lyre, because she could not find interesting and informative historical fiction that explored the daily lives of women and children in Ancient Athens. The Council of the Harvest moon series represents Kate’s first foray into Young Adult Fantasy, her favorite genre as a reader. She knows how transportive a fantasy story can be, and hopes to give her readers the same experience of wonder and escape. Whether Middle Grades or YA, Kate is committed to creating characters that feel as authentic and real as the students she works with everyday as a classroom teacher.
She has a B.A. degree in Classical Civilizations from Colby College and a M.S.Ed in Museum Education and Childhood Education from the Bank Street School of Education. Kate lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Jack, son, Augie, and two dogs, Artemis and Apollo.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56797258-elements-of-power
Book Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08TV7VMSC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
Read: Mar 15 – Apr 1
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
“The most dangerous people in this world are those who seem like they could never be dangerous.”
This book follows Khlorie Lethestone, a witch about to graduate at the top of her class, but who somehow has not managed to be categorized into a specialization. In this world, all witches are given their specialization by the time of graduation, where they will then go to a specific university and wear a matching color for the rest of their career. I found this incredibly interesting and was so appreciative of the specialization color chart included in the beginning of the book that I could go back to and reference when needed.
Once her famous mother steps in, Khlorie’s school informs her that she is simply too powerful for one specialty, and must instead be enrolled in the secret and exclusive Spindlewick Academy to train her skills. She also is informed that she is incredibly powerful in all four elements, even though she is completely unaware of it yet. At Spindlewick, she meets other powerful students, and begins to unravel dangerous secrets about her past!
I gave this book three stars, which for me means it was a good book! The premise, the world, and the species were all intriguing, especially in regards to a plot twist towards the end. I loved both Itzel and Morpheus as well!
There were, however, a few tropes in this book that are some of my least favorites. That does not make this is a bad book by any means, but perhaps not the perfect one for me personally. I strongly dislike the “chosen one” trope, or where a character is extremely powerful off the bat compared to all their practiced peers/enemies/mentors, so I found it difficult to connect to Khlorie. I also found the romance too rushed, but I am someone who thoroughly enjoys slow burns, so take that with a grain of salt. Despite this, I would still consider the series to find out what happens to the rest of the group!
I’d love to hear what you thought of Elements of Power or what other books you’ve loved in this beginning of springtime!
Interested in Elements of Power? Check out the giveaway hosted by Turn the Page Tours here for the chance to win a signed copy!
Details: The prize is a signed finished copy of Elements of Power. The giveaway will run Monday, April 5, 2021 – Monday, April 12, 2021. There will be 1 winner, and it is eligible to USA mailing addresses only.