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The Prophecy of Shadows

(Elementals #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,537 ratings  ·  636 reviews
Witches are real. They're descendants of the Greek gods.

Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods... but she doesn't know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole and four others -- includi
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Dreamscape Publishing
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Debi Domby I think in one of my reviews I said it was good for the most part for the under 13 crowd... It's not G, so PG 13... I said the fighting/violence is no…moreI think in one of my reviews I said it was good for the most part for the under 13 crowd... It's not G, so PG 13... I said the fighting/violence is no worse than what would be on an 8pm TV show...A

And as for love scenes... other than kissing (does that count?) in book 5 there is one scene, but nothing descriptive (if I remember it mentions they go to bed, might mention them becoming one, but that's it as far as details).

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Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Warning: this book maxed out my bullshit meter so the sass is strong in this one:

So lets get into the general plot which is literally summarized in this one single sentence:
“A week into a new school, and not only was I a freaky super-witch who made a glass explode in class, but I also had extra homework.”

Darn that fucking homework, gettting in the way of supermagical practice since 2012.

Nicole our main character seemed pretty chill in the beginning but quickly became just another
Ben Alderson
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I literally loved this book. It is my perfect read. A mixture of WITCHCRAFT and GREEK BLOODY GODS!

So firstly let me tell you how IN LOVE i am with the idea and theology behind the magic. I LOVE magic with limitations and the witches in this world HAVE limitations. Their magic is 'mental' which means they have no physical control over anything.......... until a group meet under the comet and it changes them for ever.....

Elementals follows a group of witches who unlock the abilities to control on
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
“In the beginning of the new year,the Olympian Comet will cross the sky and the wall will grow thin.Five representing each part of the world will work together to restore the balance,the power of the Aether igniting them.The Journey will lead them East on the path to the Shadows,which will serve as their guide.”

(I sincerely hope that this prophecy will not be fulfilled,because I'd hate to spend the first day of 2016 hiding from Cronus or fighting harpies)

What's the story?
Donita Luz
"I don't know how to explain it, but I've felt connected to you since I saw you walk into homeroom on your first day."
Why do I think I've read this before? Oh, because of course, I've read it before! A typical paranormal read where a new girl in town caught the eye of a hot guy in school who's dating an equally gorgeous girl, but no problem cause there's this thing called, cheating.

No, I'm not angry or even disappointed anymore, I'm more sad. This is the 2nd book of Michelle that I've read
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Witches, elements, friendship, teamwork, family.

After a slightly shaky start, this book really picked up.

I'm very hit or miss with this author, there are books in the past I have hated, books that are middling, but I still keep coming back.

At first, I didn't really like Nicole. As wonderful as she was supposed to be, she came across as quite nasty. I couldn't click with her, I rolled my eyes a lot. I just wished she could have been a little nicer, taken the high road. It would have made
Sarah Elizabeth
“We’re witches. You are too.”

This was a YA paranormal story about a group of teens with supernatural powers.

Nicole was an okay character and she went out of her way to help her friends. She also had integrity, and stood up for what she believed in too.

The storyline in this was about Nicole starting at a new school, and discovering that she was a witch with supernatural powers. We then had an event which increased these powers even more, and led Nicole and her friends on a bit of a sc
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
**To view the original review with extra content click here!**

In The Prophecy of Shadows Nicole Cassidy and a few of her friends (and not-so friends!) are gifted powers over the elements. Knowing that, I thought the book was going to go one of two ways: either this would be a Percy Jackson-esque squad or we'd be steering into X-Men territory both of which are awesome directions to go in btw.

But Michelle Madow surprised me and created a magic system that had unique elements of its own...whilst b
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5-2.75 STARS
"Iwas provided a copy for review throught NetGalley, this has in no way affected my opinion of the book nor the content of my upcoming review"



2 %
Harry Potter reference!!

typical teenage love at first sight, I'm very skeptical about it. Ummmmm..... I'll wait and see....

I'm not sure if I like this Blake or not, He's.... He's..... sooo.... confusing maybe? I don't KNOW! I just have a nagging feeling about him

finally some action....

Erin Dunn
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
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Fatima  Havilliard
**So many thanks to Netgalley and Michelle Madow for providing me this ARC**

If I need to summarize this book in a few words they'll be:

Witches + Greek Mythology = The Prophecy of Shadows

Well, let's talk about what I like and what not:

Stuff I like:

· I love that the magic of the witches comes from different colors like Yellow: Magic of Happiness and that things.
· Greek Mythology!! (This don't need explanation)

Stuff I don't like:

· So slow... One day I though about DNF this book because of t
Hannah Cassie
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

A copy of the book was kindly provided to me by the publisher but it does not influence my review in any way!

THE WORLD: So the story is based half in our normal world and half not so normal. Basically their is a normal world like we know it and then withing it there are witches who can use different kind of energy. Normally, these witches are not able to move things but the comet flies by and suddenly five of them can. Also, there is some dark magical places t
Though the story and romance is rather predictable, this is still quite a fun and fast read and I like how Nicole empowered herself with her witch abilities.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After Nicole Cassidy and her family move from Georgia to Salem she gets quite a shock on her first day of classes in her new school. When handed her schedule Nicole sees she's been placed in all honors classes and feels it must be some kind of mistake but is told she won't be able to change until the end of the day. When entering her homeroom for the first time her new teacher suddenly makes the writing on the chalkboard completely change.

Nicole learns that not only is her teacher and new class
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Nov 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
l have never lied about loving or hating a book in my life, and I'm not going to start doing it now just because I'm on an authors street team.

Two words that sums up The Prophecy of Shadows;


Look, in YA, especially when it comes to Paranormal/Witches/Greek Mythology, we're going to get similarities to other series', and considering the comparisons it's compared to, it's bound to be similar, but...The Prophecy of Shadows is too like one and hardly like the other. If you've read at
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 01-read-in-2016
**Actual Rating 3 stars**



**Thank you NetGalley and Barclay Publicity for giving me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are solely my own.**
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

When I heard about Michelle Maddow’s new series, Elementals, I knew I had to read it. The first book, The Prophecy of Shadows, introduces the reader to a world that combines greek mythology and witchery. The story follows the main character Nicole and four of her classmates from the unusual homeroom class she’s placed in where everyone is descended from Greek Gods. Because it’s become less common for Greek Gods to visit Earth and procreate, the offspring in
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not seen for over three thousand years, the Olympian Comet flies through the night sky and five teens will find themselves wrapped up in a world that they could never imagine. Only by working together, will they prove up to the tasks given them along with the elemental powers they possess as witches. Water, air, fire, earth, aether and Greek mythology, All. In. One. Fabulous. Tale. Michelle Madow will definitely grab your attention with THE PROPHECY OF SHADOWS as she spins her tale weaving toget ...more
The Prophecy of Shadows got right into it. There wasn't a lot of time spent on Nicole's character, in regards to setting up a connection for me or unraveling her family life and who she was as a person. I had to take it how it came as the story went on, and things did move quite fast. I usually love fast-paced stories that don't drag or overwhelm with too much detail, but in this case, I wish the author had taken a little more time before bringing on the adventure. I probably would have connecte ...more
Rating 4.5/5
This is a magical adventure with witches, a demigod, monsters and, of course, humans. The star of the story is Nicole Cassidy who has recently moved to New England where, on her first day in her new high school, she discovers she’s actually magically talented. She also sees Blake across a crowded room and instant love blooms even if they’ll both resist it – especially as he’s sat with his girlfriend at the time! Nicole is headstrong, sceptical and resourceful and, it turns out, she’s
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow  
Witches are real. They're descendants of the Greek gods.Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods... but she doesn't know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole and four others -- including mysterious bad-boy Blake -- are gifted with elemental powers
I can’t even give this book a rating. It honestly reminded me of a Wattpad book (not that Wattpad books are bad or something, it just gives me those vibes, ya feel?). It’s good to pass the time, but everything about it is just... bad.

Still, I’m totally gonna read the second book, just to see what happens.
♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
Rating: 2.5/5

Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

I was really intrigued about this book and I was happy that I got the chance to read an advanced copy of it. Unfortunately, I was sort of disappointed with this book.

The idea was interesting, but it didn’t catch my attention at all. The characters didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t connect with them and they annoyed me so much. I’m not the kind of person who hates clichés or overused plots, but in this, I couldn’t help but cringe each time I
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s go over all of the things I didn’t like:

The characters:

They were all very one dimensional and flat, I felt no connection whatsoever to any of them, most of all the main ones, whose romance was a big failure to me. “I don’t know how to explain it, but I’ve felt connected to you since I saw you walk into homeroom on your first day. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt for Danielle. Do you have the same thing? Or am I going crazy?” “My heart was pounding so hard that he could probably hear it
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is an interestingly distinct paranormal story that weaves Greek mythology into the mix. I have to say, I haven't come across a premise quite like it before. I thoroughly loved the elemental aspect of the story. If you love stories about witchcraft or mythology then I would pick this one up!

What I liked
I think that the best thing about this book is the interestin
I Received The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals) in return for an honest review from the publisher. Nicole has been uprooted due to her dad’s new job to a new a larger town away from sunny Georgia. Her first day of classes prove to be far from what she expected after she arrives in homeroom to find that her teacher is a witch, and that he’s not the only one. Pulled into a secret world of witches who are descendants of Greek gods but all of their abilities are mental. Nicole is a quick study it ta ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, ya-fantasy
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I've seen reviews that compare this book to Rick Riordan's series or the TV show Secret Circle. Since I'm not familiar with both, I thought this was an enjoyable take on Greek mythology and witchcraft. It was fast-paced with lots of action and exploration of the different powers the characters have. The story moved as fast as the blink of an eye: as early as the first chapter, Nicole learns she is a witch. The next chapter, she is p
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read slow in places but worth a few days reading
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The Elementals series is one that called out to me for quite some time. It seemed right up my street, and yet I was tentative to start reading it. Such is so often the case with young adult fantasy novels – I’ve read so many that are much of the same, leaving me worried that I’ve read all the real ‘wow’ books.

The Prophecy of Shadows was a very fun read; however, it didn’t quite reach the ‘wow’ that earns young adult books four or five star ratings from me. Whilst there were some original aspects
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
An okay read overall, but there were a few times where I felt bored.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Original review: The Daydreaming Bookworm

*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

*2.5 stars!*

This book had SO MUCH potential to be a good book! Magic, Greek mythology, an ancient prophecy…it was looking like it could have been an action-packed read. Sadly, the romance ruined it for me.

Right from the jump, Nicole is instantly drawn to Blake. She hasn’t even said one word to him and she is already catching feelings. Throughout the book, Nicole is constantly
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