January 2, 2012
Review by Michele : A Belle's Tales Blog
Elements is the story of fraternal twin brothers, Gage and Talon Thorn, who each possess some seriously extraordinary powers, some of which include: controlling the elements, shape shifting and mind control. I felt what made this story unique is that, unlike most of the books I've read, where the reader is introduced early on to the gorgeous, swoon-worthy male lead who is fully adept at whatever talents he holds, Kate Fuentes begins her story with the twins being born. I know, I know..... it's in the title - "The Beginning," but I didn't know she literally meant the beginning. I loved watching these two boys grow up. Kate takes us from right before their birth to into their teens. Not only do we see them mature, but we get to watch them grow into their powers. We see them through the eyes of their family and those who love them. My favorite parts, though, are the interaction between the boys themselves:
"Gage stood back and shook his head. 'Impressive! Your skills in the art of problem-solving are positively medieval, but clearly, the results are a success. You managed to destroy a timeless piece of history in one fell swoop.'
'Thank you. Your envy of my superiority is making me blush,' retorted Talon."
I enjoyed that the majority of the book's setting is in New Zealand. I was so impressed with Kate's descriptive details of the picturesque countryside, that I truly feel as if I have been there myself. What a picture she paints! All of the characters are quite interesting, with my favorites being: Maui, Gable, Jacquelyn, and Lucian. Then there is the underworld and its evil ruler, Maradati, whose main goal threatens the existence of the boys and their world.
The ending was quite a cliffhanger, and I look forward to finding out what will happen to Gage, Talon, and their loved ones in book 2 of the Elements series, Veil of Darkness.
Feb 4th, 2012
Review 5 Stars!
Elements (The Beginning) was a thrilling read, that incorporated many twist and turns! Things are not always as they look is an old adage, which shows itself to be true in this wonderful book. Ms. Fuentes, creates an edge of your seat adventure! From the extraordinary events that surround Gage and Talon’s birth; to the description of the ancient evil. Plus, I literally let out a surprised, gasp!…at a certain part (do not wish to spoil it for you:), when Ms. Fuentes tossed in a surprising twist in the story. There hasn’t been many stories, that have actually surprised me; You know where there is supposed to be an…oh wow moment…and it actually turns into a…what now?…
Not here in Elements, my mouth actually dropped open with…you’re kidding me right?!:)(Keep your eye on the birdies in the story:)
When that happens, now…that’s a good story:)
I recommend Elements(The Beginning) by Kate Fuentes, a Top Pick!:) Check out Ms. Fuentes second installment in the Element series!
Elements: Veil Of Darkness
Feb 10, 2012 - Beware... spoilers inside review for bk 2 Veil of Darkness
A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW | Reviewed by: Deidre *4 Stars, Solid Read*
Veil of Darkness, the second book in the Elements series follows the story of Talon and Gage after they have been separated by Gage’s decision to try and save their mother from evil forces which kidnapped her the day the boys were born. Talon is determined to find a way to open the portal to rescue his brother and mother. Years have passed though with no sign of how to open the portal and Talon must embark on a journey to learn more of his destiny to right his future. As Talon embarks on his journey he must learn how to deal with the anger and frustration inside him before he destroys those he loves. Gage jumped into the portal with no thought or plan and his story follows him as he meets new friends and enemies and begins to fall in love. Gage also needs to learn how to better use his gifts to find his way safely through this new place.
Finally Talon finds a way to get to the dimension which his brother is trapped in and the story wraps up with a final battle and the brothers having to make some difficult decisions. New friends and old will come together and the story shows how love can make one stronger.
Ms Fuentes writes a compelling book that is easy to lose one in. She gives fantastic descriptions of the new dimension and strong, enjoyable new characters. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series, Elements: Kingdom of Aqueous, which is set to release in the spring of 2012. I have given this series to both of my daughters to also read and they enjoy the story as well.
Author Interview on 'Write as Raine' blog by Raine Thomas
Today, I’m delighted to welcome Kate Fuentes, a fellow YA fantasy author I met through Twitter who has become a great friend. I’m sure you’ll find her as wonderful as I do!
Please tell us about yourself.
I’m an author constructing a young adult fantasy series called Elements. My debut novel, Elements:The Beginning, was released April 2011. I have followed with Elements:Veil of Darkness, book two, and will release Elements:Kingdom of Aqueous in the spring of 2012.
I am quite passionate about writing but also enjoy helping those that are underprivileged, forgotten, and oppressed by working in a global reach department during the week in the hopes that I may bring attention to the causes which will, in effect, inspire others to volunteer or champion for those less fortunate locally and around the world.
I like to meet people from diverse cultures and backgrounds and hope to one day travel to various locations and countries to volunteer in different areas there as well.
I am happily married to my junior high sweetheart and we have two glorious children. We appreciate our time spent with one another and always make sure we set aside a day for family fun night.
Now tell us something about you that your bio doesn’t include. Feel free to make us laugh!
I have a borderline fixation with shoes, which I justify as an appreciation for creative art and passion for style, not an obsession. I have an affinity for cereal late at night and I like to volunteer as a mascot from time to time and enter parades…dancing like a maniac is the key to success!
The mythology behind your Elements series is so unique. What drew you to it versus some of the more well-known myths out there?
As a child, my very first book I was drawn to was Greek Mythology. I have always loved the grandeur of the stories along with the myths they portrayed. I suppose I incorporated some of the mysticism of mythology into my novels as homage to the ancient legends with my own twist to make it truly original and interesting.
Who is your favorite character to write and why?
Tough question Raine, I can’t believe you are going to make me choose! I am obviously emotional tied to all the characters in one way or another, but I have to be honest and say Maui is very fun to write. He’s a little crazy with a keen sense of humor and a wacky sense of style that I closely associate with bachelorhood. I like incorporating his sarcasm with a free-spirit personality and watching how it all plays out on paper.
What is something you think people should know about your books before they start reading?
I must provide the general literary world with a public advisory before picking up one of the books… be prepared to become hooked! I’m quite confident the young adult readers will become attached to the characters as I have and would want to know how the powerful twins fair against the malicious emperor and his group of vicious minions. Who doesn’t want to follow the underdog into battle and find out the outcome of humanity? I must admit, I’m a sucker for a series and hope YA readers feel the same about the Elements saga.
When you have time to read, what are some of the authors whose books you have to have on-hand?
I have an ereader, and I tuck it away in my bag wherever I go. I LOVE reading a variety of genres and of course have the classics like Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Count of Monte Cristo and Anne of Green Gables, but I also have a ton of young adult such as Suzanne Collins, Cassandra Clare, Stephenie Myers, Lisa T. Bergren, Kami Garcia and Raine Thomas, to name a few. I like romantic fiction by Diana Gabaldon when I’m feeling like historic fiction with a Scottish hero and Nicolas Sparks for the times I want some mushy love stories.
What are you reading right now?
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received regarding to your writing/books?
I was overjoyed to receive a few compliments regarding my descriptions and how they could easily see the image in their mind while reading. I also enjoyed hearing how much a reader appreciated the moral compass included in the novels along with family loyalty. Those were quite lovely to hear and wonderful feedback as an author.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for asking Raine and for letting me take part in the interview. I’m extremely grateful to be able to talk to your viewers and enjoyed having a ‘chat’ with you as well! I would love to take this opportunity to say an immense ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has already read the Elements series so far and for those who are interested in reading the novels… my sincere gratitude for your curiosity.
Where can we stalk find you?
It gives me great joy to meet new people and I would like to invite those who have read this interview to catch up with me on Twitter http://twitter.com/@fuentes_kate1, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elements.series, webpage http://www.katefuentes.com or my blog http://siredscribblings.blogspot.com. I look forward to meeting your acquaintance!