The Elementals

The Elementals Kate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents In the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment and Kate is determined to become a director Meanwhile midw

  • Title: The Elementals
  • Author: Saundra Mitchell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents In 1917, the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment and Kate is determined to become a director.Meanwhile, midwestern farm boy Julian Birch has inherited the wanderlust that fueled his parents adventures A childhood bout with polio has left him crippled, but he refuses to let his diKate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents In 1917, the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment and Kate is determined to become a director.Meanwhile, midwestern farm boy Julian Birch has inherited the wanderlust that fueled his parents adventures A childhood bout with polio has left him crippled, but he refuses to let his disability define him.Strangers driven by a shared vision, Kate and Julian set out separately for Los Angeles, the city of dreams There, they each struggle to find their independence When they finally meet, the teenage runaways realize their true magical legacy the ability to triumph over death, and over time But as their powerful parents before them learned, all magic comes with a price.

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    1. I am really, really, really crushingly disappointed right now. And for the moment the only thing I can think to say is that. It's been a bit, and every time I think about this book I get more and more sad/angry. My biggest complaint is that this book was much, much, much too short. Too many things were happening for it to make any sense. In the first two books in this series, we were limited in our point of view to our heroines, so the brevity could work. Here, we're divided between our heroine [...]

    2. So I have to start this review out by saying that I’ve truly enjoyed Saundra Mitchell’s writing. I’ve read all the books in her The Vespertine series, and was immediately sucked into the world that she created with Amelia and Zora. However, that being said this book was somewhat of a disappointment. There were many things that I enjoyed and loved about The Elementals, but there were also certain aspects that I felt detracted from the story. Let me start by telling you what I did enjoy.The [...]

    3. I enjoyed Saundra Mitchell's debut SHADOWED SUMMER, and I've always meant to read her new books but never quite managed. Thus I haven't read THE VESPERTINE or THE SPRINGSWEET, the companions to THE ELEMENTALS.I've been told the first two books stand very well on their own, but I wish I had read them before reading THE ELEMENTALS. There is a reasonable amount of background, but the villain is entirely motivated by events that happened in one of the earlier books, which I could merely make educate [...]

    4. This is a companion novel to THE VESPERTINE and THE SPRINGSWEET, in which our previous heroines' children - also gifted with elemental magic – meet in LA during World War I, with disastrous consequences. I loved seeing how life played out for both of our previous couples. Nathaniel and Amelia have become a bit insufferable in their privileged flights around the globe, but Emerson and Zora have become one of my favorite book couples with all their laughter and hard work and passion for one anot [...]

    5. This teen historical paranormal fiction, the last book of the Vespertine trilogy, is published by HMH Books for Young Readers. It gets an extra star for some bisexual affectional content, pretty daring for the age group of 12 and up, though there's no actual sex and the word "bisexual" is never spoken.This felt more like a sketch for a novel than an actual novel. By the time all the various characters were outlined, the action was already finishing up. I couldn’t believe it was the end already [...]

    6. To be honest, I read this book such a long time ago (maybe not too long ago) that I really don’t remember what happened but the ending. The ending was fucking fantastic. It almost made me cry! It made me think about the meaning of life. It made me appreciate love (that was before I knew what love was). The ending was so good that it made me change my mind about the book as a whole. I’m happy that Mitchell’s writing improved so much since that ugly first book. -- Are you an interior decorat [...]

    7. I kinda liked the title Aetherborne better And I like the cover of The Springsweet better.Oh well. This cover seems much dark and mysterious, so let's see what it offers.

    8. It feels like I just read The Vespertine and The Springsweet. But it's been many months. Been dying for this third and final book ever since then. While it doesn't come out until June 2013, I was lucky enough to get an review copy of it from the publisher via NetGalley. <3 And I'm so happy about that. My review won't be spoilery, but you probably shouldn't read it unless you have read the first two books in this series. Which you really must.I have read a lot of great books. And this series i [...]

    9. 3.5 stars - most enjoyable of the trilogy, although felt more like magical realism (Things Happened for the sake of happening). Liked how atmospheric the setting was, not very keen on the ending but ok. Saved by the writing style.

    10. Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I've always liked that you can never fully see the character impersonators' faces on the Vespertine Trilogy books, and that remains true with this one. I like the simplicity of it and the photograph feel it has.Characters: Out of all of the characters in this entire trilogy; out of all of the protagonists in this entire trilogy, Kate Witherspoon is not my favorite. That doesn't mean I didn't like her, because I did a bit. She wasn't an awful protagonist; it's just out of [...]

    11. See more of my reviews atOnce Upon a Prologue!From the first Saundra Mitchell book I read (The Vespertine), on to the second (The Springsweet), and now the third and final book in her trilogy, The Elementals, one thing remains constant. I am in awe of Saundra’s ability to write words that read like magic. I fell in love with her writing, and with her characters in The Vespertine, and although I did have some issues with The Elementals, I enjoyed revisiting old favorites and meeting new beloved [...]

    12. When I selected this book, it wasn’t really clear that this was part of a series, one which I haven’t read. Luckily for me I didn’t realize that until I’d already started reading it and it didn’t matter. This was the entire description I read before requesting it: “Kate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents. In 1917, the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment—and Kate is determined to become a director. Meanwhile, midwestern farm boy Ju [...]

    13. I loved "The Vespertine" and "The Springsweet". They were everything I ever wanted in a novel. I loved the setting and the characters. I enjoyed that although there were supernatural elements to each of the first two novels, they were about so much more. Saundra Mitchell's writing is lovely and engaging. I was swept into her world in each book.I was thrilled about the final book being released and have anticipated it for ages. I was eager to read about the children of the heroines of the first t [...]

    14. I was excited to read this because I wanted to see where the story was going to go for Amelia, Nathaniel, Zora and Emerson’s children. During this trilogy, I enjoyed how the elements were magic for these characters. We got to see them come together, fall in love and finally start a family. In the beginning, we saw friends coming together for a night. Years later, when they had their children, we saw their powers, making a show for the first time at a young age. Then, both being almost eighteen [...]

    15. The first book in this series is The Springsweet and it is my favorite of all three. It tells the story of Zora and Emerson and it was perfect:} Then there is The Vespertine that answers a lot of the questions I had about Springsweet and tells the story of Zora and Amelia's friendship and Amelia and Nathaniel's love. It was also a very good book. The Elementals at first gives you a look at them together one last time before splitting apart to their separate worlds. Zora to the farm and Amelia to [...]

    16. The writing was nice, as always. Bute book just didn't do it for me. I liked some of the characters enough (though I mostly felt indifferent at best), but the pacing was all wrong. I found myself skimming through the first 3/4s of the book. I wish Saundra had made that last bit into the last half. And honestly, I would have much preferred a book soley about the parents to this. I will say I applaud Mitchell for basically writing a bisexual character and not making it her defining point. It was r [...]

    17. I was totally not ready for that ending. I didn't see that coming.Here we get to see the effect that the elements have on Zora's and Amelia's children. You see what happens when two people with element powers have children.I liked Kate and Julian's story. I thought that it was very different from that of their parents. We get to see how they go out and try to make a life for themselves outside of their parents's homes. They try their hand at jobs and even at love. I hate to say it, but I don't l [...]

    18. This is the third and final book in a series, the first two being The Verspertine and The Springsweet, respectively. Elementals relied on the premises constructed in the first two books, so, not having read them, I was lost in the beginning of the story (the author counts on the reader knowing the circumstances up to that point). Slowly, the main characters, Kate and Julian, developed. Both teens had run away from home to start a new life in 1917 Los Angeles. Kate wants to be a movie director an [...]

    19. I found Mitchell's book to be well-written, with a neat use of language that managed to be rich and delicately figurative without being florid or overwrought. It was prettily done, and pleasant to read. However, when I finished the book, it felt too soon. It was as if a carefully constructed scaffold had only been fleshed out half way. But perhaps it only feels that way because it is the third in a series; perhaps the book would feel more complete in the context of those that preceded it. This i [...]

    20. Mmmmmm. not sure how I fell about this book. There was so much unexplained and strange things going on. I didn't see much of a plot happening besides the romance between the girl and guy which was almost nonexistent until the last few chapters. I didn't like Kate, but I loved Julian. There were some poetic lines and phrases here and there that were sort of cool, but otherwise everything was just kind of vague and random. Definitely not the ending I was expecting in this trilogy considering how d [...]

    21. A bittersweet ending to a captivating series. I hate saying goodbye to series I've come to love. This is one series I feel like I've gotten to personally know over the course of Saundra writing it, and I didn't want it to end just yet, though I do love the way this book wrapped up everything up. It has closure, and yet it's a little open ended due to the fact it makes me hopeful with all that happens. Not to mention all my favorite characters are back together, as this story is about their child [...]

    22. The elementals I really enjoyed this book but was friggin confused as to what happened at the end. Like I get that she's taking time off her life every time she stopped time. So did she stop time so they could be together and as they were in their own little world hundreds of years went by and so they died of old age? And what about their parents? They just like ditched them so they could run out their internal clocks? I'm so confused. Someone needs to explain it to me.

    23. It was really good, but the ending bugged me. It's depressing that they end up together, but they never see their parents ever again. Their parents die while Kate has time stopped, and because she's stopped time for so long, she's going to die, and Julian's going to die because he brought back the baby, so it's really sad.

    24. I was really disappointed in this book. The story itself isn't horrible, but like the other books in the series, I felt like it was very rushed and just didn't live up to its potential. As the conclusion to the series, I kind of totally hated the book. That's probably largely because I didn't find the ending very happy, and that leaves me really unsatisfied.

    25. I ADORE Saundra Mitchell's writing. This book had beautiful writing, excellent characterization, and an interesting plot. I just feel a bit weird about the ending. I'm not sure that that's how I would've foreseen this trilogy ending. I still enjoyed reading it overall, and I would totally read more by Saundra.

    26. I liked book 2 the best out of this trilogy. Book one wasn't written very well and this book, book 3, I didn't like Kate, one of the main characters. I need a satisfying ending, and I didn't like this ending. I loved Julian the boy main character, but I dreaded every time the book flipped to the girl main character-I didn't understand her motivation.

    27. I picked this up without realizing it was the last in a trilogy me, it read more like a first book than a last. I was left feeling pretty unfulfilled, but the characters and story were interesting enough for a quick read. Not so compelling, however, that I feel any need to read the first two.

    28. I really loved all the books in this series. I even loved this one, up until the last few chapters. And then ended. It justended. The end of the book was so ludicrous, and left so much unexplainedI really did not like the end. I loved the rest of the book, though! I tore through it in a day. But the end. Was. Not. Good.

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