Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle. Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve. The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? 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?
My Rating: 4/5 stars
There is truly no rest for the wicked or, in this case, no sleep for the four teenage witches and one teenage demigod who have been gifted with control over the elements. Oh, sure, they killed the first big bad and got the super awesome book but the book is blank and the portal between Kerberos and the mortal world is getting weaker by the day.
In the month since their first mission, the group has been training non-stop to hone their skills both magical and otherwise. As a group they are growing stronger but there is still some awkwardness amongst them all. Danielle still gives Blake and Nicole the stink eye since she and Blake broke up. Kate is still totally smitten with Chris but too shy to act on it and everyone is waiting ever so anxiously for the next big bad to rear its ugly head. The anxiety leads to short tempers and sharp words that just can’t stand if they are to work together as a cohesive unit. To allay some of their anxiety, the group decides to start tracking Kerberos escapees and getting information from them by any means possible.
What the group gains from their interrogations isn’t the best of news. “Killing” the big bads as they have been is turning out to be nothing more than a temporary situation but there is a solution of sorts. All they have to do is coat their weapons in a special solution that’s made from three very hard to acquire ingredients. Once this done, it will take the big bads more than a year before they can reappear in the mortal world. All the group has to do is travel to the Island of the Lotus Eaters, gather milk from Helios’s immortal cows, and slay the Hydra in order to collect her blood. Oh, and all of this takes place in locations that only a precious few know how to find. Should be easy!
The three trials are utterly ridiculous with a group of drugged up islanders turning on the group in a most violent way, two mythical creatures rising out of the sea, a group of bitchy cows who have no intention of giving over their milk, and the hydra. Yeah, the hydra!! The creature that only Hercules has ever beaten and for every head that is cut off, two grow back. So, let’s send a group of teenagers in to kill her J At each turn, the kids are tried and tested but they are able to accomplish each of their goals. With each intense experience, the group comes closer together and develops a level of trust they have not previously known. To that end, Danielle confesses to Nichole that she would be OK with Nichole and Blake becoming a couple and Nichole confesses to the group that not can she heal with her power, she can also kill and has done so on at least two occasions.
The Bottom Line: The Blood of the Hydra is a bit of a slow starter but once it gets moving, the pace is fast and frenzied all the way through to the end. The trials these kids face are truly monumental but since they have been given by the gods, the kids get some help from the gods along the way. The inclusion of the gods and so many of the mythical creatures really adds to the fun of this read and certainly sets up possibilities for future installments of the series. Furthermore, the deepening trust and increase in powers among the group adds a whole new dynamic that is going to play out rather well as the series continues. While there isn’t really a cliffhanger, it is clear by the end of the read that the Elemental group has a lot on their respective plates and their adventures have only just begun.
About the author and where to find her:
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship. To get instant updates about Michelle’s new books, subscribe to her newsletter and follow her on Amazon!
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