Elemental (Auri, #1)
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Elemental (Auri #1)

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Night has fallen across the galaxy and Fire rages, uncontrolled.

An army marches, killing in the name of their god.

A forgotten girl sits alone in a dark cell aboard an interstellar prison ship, traveling through space, never stopping. Until one day.

Now the Destructor roams and a prophecy is fulfilled. But the one thing no one expected was that their longed-for savior just m...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published June 5th 2011
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Giselle
Ugh. Nope. Can't do this.
It's like watching a Star Trek episode blindfolded. In Chinese.
Daniel Cohen
I'm calling it right now. Elemental is the beginning of the next big YA series. And here's why:

Does Elemental have a strong female voice that young women can admire?

Check.

Romance?

Check.

Is it nauseating and cringe-worthy romance?

Heck no. I can safetly say that I could give a copy of Elemental to my guy friends without
fear of getting punched in the nose


Thorough world-building?

Double Triple Quadruple Check.

A kick-ass plot?

Check POW!


Seriously, this book is great and you should most definit...more
Emily White
Jun 08, 2011 Emily White rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-books
I hope you enjoy my debut novel! :)
Leah
Apr 19, 2012 Leah marked it as might-read
One question: where are her ears?
Kate Kaynak
Elemental is a wonderful story--an original and haunting tale filled with deeper meaning that resonated in my heart. I'm looking forward to reading more books from Emily White.
Michelle Pickett
Mar 29, 2012 Michelle Pickett rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Tweens to Adult
Jacket Blurb
Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should.

But she wants to.

For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.

Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?

Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?

What I liked:

I loved this book! Emily White's debut novel is a bestseller waiting...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I would like to Thank Kate at Spencer Hill for sending me an ARC copy fo Elemental. When I first read the blurb and saw the book cover I was excited to read it. I knew I had read very limited books about about faeries, so I was excited to read this book. With that being said I have to say that the book and I did not connect. I tried very hard to keep reading it but I was so lost and confused. I think the problem is that I have never really read anything like this where you are in space on minute...more
Jeanbooknerd
Emily White makes her writing debut in the wonderfully haunting Elemental. The story focuses on an imprisoned young girl named Ella. With little recollection of her past, she finally escapes her prison, befriends and sets on a voyage to unearth her shadowy past. The journey takes her into several encounters and at the same time, learns she possesses remarkable abilities.

The reasons for her ten years of imprisonment are kept secret much throughout the book. Outside the confines, she is saved by M...more
Patricia Riley
Couldn't put this one down! An absolutely fantastic story. Already itching to get my hands on Book 2!
Ellz Readz
My thoughts...Elemental is a young adult story that is part science fiction, part paranormal, and the rest twisted love tale. I was pleasantly surprised at the pace in which the story moved, the complexity of the characters and the amount of world building done in just 180 short pages (ARC length).

In the beginning, readers meet Ella, who has spent the last 10 years of her life in a small cell guarded by beasts of the human and animal variety. The action begins immediately when she is mysterious...more
Brandi Kosiner
All in all, Elemental is an engrossing story, with a unique plot line. Ella is an unlikely hero, and we get to experience with her while she becomes aware of who she is and what she can do. Destined to kill a god, having wings without knowing it and being able to control elements. These are all things that Ella had no idea about herself as she was imprisoned on a space ship.
It is quite a journey as she comes to grips with these things. And as new people come into her life, some that she can t...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Characters: Ella's character grows with the story. She has been kept prisoner for 10 years, so when she finally escapes and is taken in by Meir, she relies heavily on him and has no choice but to trust him. But as the story unravels, she develops and becomes a very powerful and intelligent person that you will root for. Meir is the other character that stood out the most to me. He seems to always be prepared and aware of all things going on and a step ahead through most of the story. There are s...more
Aeicha
Elemental, by Emily White, has a very tantalizing, yet not overly detailed blurb, so I honestly did not know what to expect when I started this book. What I got was a very intriguing story that packs quite the punch and boom.

Ella has been held prisoner aboard Sho’ful, a starship in space, for ten years, until the day the ship mysteriously docks and she is able to escape. Free, but with nowhere to go, Ella ends up meeting a kind stranger, Meir, who protects her from her captors, the Mamood. Ella...more
Aliraluna
Elemental
by: Emily White

My review:

She's different in all the aspects. Ella, that's her name; she has been held as a prisioner in Sho'ful for ten years. No one left Sho'ful- not until a voice tells Ella to open the door and leave... and she does it. Just as she escapes from that horror, all weak and alone she stumbles with a man that marks her life. Meir Groff, man with soft calming black eyes, long gray beard, born and looks of a Mamood but the heart and soul of another dimension , is the "trai...more
Vic Caswell
i really didn't want to give this book five stars, because i know (and love) the author, and i wanted to be impartial.
but...
impartially,
it deserves five stars.
the world-building alone deserves five stars, the driving pace, conflicted characters, and unique theme are just icing on the cake.
five very sparkly stars for you miss em.
you deserved every last one of them.
Toni Kerr
Kidnapped at 7yrs old and held captive in solitary confinement on a prison ship for 10 years, the stars and planets align for Ella to finally make her escape. Running for her life, she re-discovers the beauty and horror of the worlds around her, makes a few friends, and progresses ever closer toward her fated destiny. And what a destiny it is!

The world building in this novel is incredible. I really enjoyed Ella's emotional growth and the people she meets along the way. However, I was rather upse...more
Leslie and Elizabeth
This book is amazing, it will not disappoint. I'm greatly anticipating it's official release.~Elizabeth
Danielle Ellison
JUST SO GOOOD.

Look out for this one, 2012.
Ivana
Rating: 3.5/5
--review originally posted at Willing To See Less
This will have to be a three-part review because at different stages I had different feelings about Elemental. The beginning was very fast-paced, promising a lot of action and opening many questions: Where is Ella? Why was she imprisoned? Who is she? The first thing I noticed was that the author can write pain and desolation. Descriptions of Ella's injuries and her pain were so accurate that I almost felt physical pain just reading ab...more
Shawn
I think for the sake of keeping the suspense, I'll opt out of recapping this book on any kind of grand scale. Though I read the blurb a while back, by the time I actually read it, I had completely forgotten what this magical novel was about. It's books like that, that I always tend to enjoy on a different level because everything comes as so much of a surprise.

From the very beginning of this book you are trust into mystery, danger, and adventure. Through Ella's eyes, the world opens up to you i...more
Andrea
After reading the summary, I thought this book would be paranormal in nature so I signed up to read it. But it turned out to be sci-fi with religious undertones so I really didn't enjoy it. I need to stay away from sci-fi books.

There were too many different species (or was it religions? I couldn't figure it out) and worlds/planets for me to really grasp anything. I got confused reading it a lot, and that's not what I want to happen with a book.

I didn't like Ella. She seemed weak to me with nothi...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Kendra Saunders
I’m writing this as part of the Great Reviews party for Emily White’s book!

Elemental is a pounding, relentless story of a young girl facing trouble and terror from all sides. Sure, Ella has been imprisoned for most of her young life, and sure, she’s got people trying to actively kill her- and a god searching for her so he can destroy her- but she’s also fighting a power within herself that is even more frightening than anything her enemies can throw at her.

Questions of loneliness and the respons...more
Crystal
The first thing that came to me when I saw this book was that it might be a little like Graceling. Ella can hurt people with her hands so my thoughts automatically went to Graceling. I could not have been more wrong.
This book is Sci-Fi with a capital S, another thing that I was wrong about because I though this would be more fantasy. Spaceships, intergalactic travel, and different species are just some of the ways that this book stays with the Sci-Fi genre. I am normally okay with that, but this...more
Jessica
This was such a fun book to read! I couldn't put it down and easily finished it in one day. It was refreshingly different from most YA novels and for that it get extra points right away!

Ella is a prisoner on a ship. She has been living in her cage for the last 10 years but suddenly she is freed. Ella hesitates to escape just in case it's a trick but in the end she does it. She just escapes.

Ella is taken in by Meir. Meir is very protective and helps Ella along the way. Ella connects quickly with...more
Stephanie Bibb
I'd been wanting to read this book for a while and finally got a chance to pick it up. Overall, I liked it. To me, it kind of read like one of those sci-fi movies where the graphics are just a bit cheesy... but you just have to stick around and see what happens next. "Elemental" did a great job of keeping me pulled into the story, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of magic with their space opera (having noticed it described as a space opera somewhere else, I think it fits). Bits...more
Emily
*An ARC was provided by Spencer Hill Press in exchange for an honest review*

This book has a bit of everything: romance, adventure, faeries, sci-fi, dysopian. Right up my ally :p

I think it was a pretty solid book. The idea was really good, the story line was really good, and the writing was really good. The idea really sticks out to me; it’s so original. I mean, who thinks of combining distopia with faeries? It’s ingenious! And the story line and writing just completed the whole thing, with great...more
Kelly Hashway
I have to admit I didn't know what a space opera was when I picked this book up. Basically it just means the story takes place in space, and let me tell you that I loved the worlds Emily created in this book. Well, actually I should say I loved the way Emily described the worlds. I felt like I was there--aboard ships, on other planets. This is one of those stories where the setting is a character in itself. It added to the conflict and hiked up the tension.

The main character is Ella, and she pre...more
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
I have to be honest, I had absolutely no idea as to what to expect from Elemental!
But this greatly intrigued me...

"Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should."

For the last 10 years, Ella has been imprisoned on a ship since she was 7 years old. Why would a child be locked up in total darkness in an empty metal room from all of civilization for so long?
And, after all these years, why has the ship landed? And where is this mysterious voice coming from urg...more
Franny (Mind Reader)
Dear Elemental, do you have any idea of how long I've been waiting for you? A whole year!! Yes, that long.
When I discovered this great book and asked Emily White for a review copy, she'd just been signed with Spencer Hill Press and unfortunately I had to wait until it was published. Two weeks ago the wait was finally over.
I admit I'm not into sci-fi at all, but this made it really enjoyable.
I have to confess that I really don't know if I should pity Ella for what she's been through or fear her f...more
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She prefers her men fully clothed and donning bowties, her commas British, her books cheesy with big, overly-dramatic explosions, her characters awkward and endearingly real,* and watching her movies in authentic turn-of-the-century theaters. When not exposing her nerdy self to the world, she's creating her own friends and putting them in horrible, yet sometimes humorous sit...more
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