Review, Excerpt, and Sweepstakes: The Head of Medusa (Book #3: Elementals Series) by Michelle Madow

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Title: The Head of Medusa Series: Book #3: Elementals Author: Michelle Madow Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing Release Date: June 29, 2016 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Format: eBook and paperback ISBN: 978-0997239416

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When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.  Now her relationship with Blake — the fire Elemental — is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him — the head of Medusa herself.  Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the Earth, facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

I’ve been a fan of this series from the very beginning and I’ve been waiting for that one book that just fired me up and allowed me reach the coveted 5-star review.  Head of Medusa did just that!!!

The book opens with a confident group of kids fresh off their last ultimately successful fight.  Their powers are evolving, their control is getting better every day, and their confidence is at an all-time high.  Unfortunately, they have yet to close the portal to hell and know their next mission is likely right around the corner.  Indeed, it is and the next mission isn’t going to be easy.  In fact, this new mission is arguably even more dangerous than their last and they lost a team member during that battle. 

Their current challenge has the team travelling to Antarctica where they must retrieve a mythical sword with the ability to kill even the un-killable.  As if the challenge of Antarctica weren’t enough, the sword is encased in ice and guarded by a minor goddess who takes her job quite seriously.  In fact, if the team fails to take the sword after three attempts, they ate bound to the site for seven years of labor.  Once the team retrieves the sword, the fun really begins as they travel to California to either enlist Medusa’s help or take her head by force.  With that being accomplished, the team must then stop Typhon, one of the scariest and deadliest of the big bads to have ever roamed the Earth.  If Typhon is allowed to regain his full strength and power, the world’s population is in danger.  So, no pressure 🙂

From the moment they portal into Antarctica to the very last page, the team is set upon from every side.  Nothing goes according to plan, they piss off nearly everyone they encounter, and to add insult to injury someone from within is working against them.  Loyalties are tested just as aggressively as their skills and when all is said and done nothing is going to be as the team thought it would be.  In fact, by the bitter end, the team is going to but a shadow of what they once were.

The Bottom Line:  From start to finish this book pushed the pace and really upped the level of the overall series.  Though I would like to see a bit more evolution in the characters on a personal level, the group has shown significant evolution, as has the overall plot.  As the team gets stronger, their tasks and challenges are also getting significantly more difficult.  There is very little down time in this read which makes it a very quick and entertaining read.  If you were at all questioning the overall awesomeness of this series, The Head of Medusa will lay all those questions to rest and renew your interest in the Elementals.

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Excerpt from The Head of Medusa (Book #3: Elementals Series):

“What we’re about to do is scary. Terrifying, even. But we’ve been through things that were just as challenging. We slayed our first monster together in that cave, we escaped the Land of the Lotus Eaters when everyone there was trying to kill us, we blew up one of Scylla’s heads, we slayed the hydra, and we stole the Golden Sword of Athena from a goddess’s ice palace. No matter what challenges we face, we’ve always come out on top. Tonight won’t be any different. We’re the Elementals. We train together, we fight together, and we win together. And don’t any of you ever forget it.”

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About the author and where to find her:

SONY DSCMichelle 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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