Book one of The Elementals
Published in 2018 by HarperCollins
5 out of 5 stars
Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.
So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.
In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.
This book is a key example of, in my opinion, what a great middle grade book should be! It was so exciting and the fantasy elements were so unique and visual, I felt like I could clearly picture everything as I read it, but more than that, I felt like I was a part of the adventure! I loved the concept of transforming into an ice wolf or scorch Dragon, and I loved the way Amie Kaufman described the movements of the transformations, it was stunning! The characters were so precious too, especislly Anders, I loved getting into his mind and seeing things how he did, and I felt like I was feeling his emotions as I was reading, I love how much he grew throughout the book, and I loved how I was constantly speculating about what would come next – there was never a dull moment and I found myself hooked as I was reading and going through the pages, I couldn’t put it down, I know it’s something that will definitley stay with me, when I started it I felt like it was already going to be a new favourite, and I am already so excited to see what happens in the next book!