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Fire & Ice: The Elementals

(Fire & Ice #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Welcome to Aisling, an enchanted realm where each individual is born with a unique and magical Gift. For centuries, this realm has been slowly crumbling due to an ancient curse set on the land. However, the moment that Alice and Emery Hanley step into the Academy for Gifted Youth, their lives are forever changed. Amidst the disappearance of a fellow student, the twin siste ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published October 15th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Millie Florence
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-kid-authors
I recently bought Fire & Ice: The Elementals and finished it in one day! I liked it. My favorite character was probably Ronan, and I like Kade’s power the best.

The descriptions are absolutely beautiful, you can picture each scene perfectly. The whole book has a warm, happy and uplifting feeling.
The similes and metaphors are so clever they will absolutely blow you away. My favorite was the one in the last chapter: “I leaped though several beams of sunlight, which poured though the tower windows l
Clara Smith
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Fire & Ice: The Elementals" is a wonderful tale of friendship, bravery, and courage. The novel tells the story of twin sisters, Alice and Emery Hanley, who discover that they are a part of a secret society of people known as "The Gifted." The sisters journey to the enchanted realm of Aisling, where each individual is born with a unique magical power. This is a spellbinding tale of magic, friendship, mystery, and adventure! Perfect for any reader who is searching for an uplifting and beautiful s ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author is my niece and this is her first novel. I'm so proud of her. She has written a vividly descriptive story of self-actualization told in the form of a quest fantasy for teens. The author clearly has a love of language which effortlessly carries the reader along with the "gifted" ones as they embark on an adventure as students at the Academy for Gifted Youth in the magical realm of Aisling. The heroine, with help from her friends, learns to face fears and problem-solve the puzzle of the ...more
Maura C
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This YA fantasy fiction novel is a fabulous magical adventure! When twin sisters, Alice & Emery, learn that they are part of a gifted society, a magical and unnerving adventure unfolds. I loved 'traveling' on this adventure with such unique yet, relatable characters. The setting in this novel is truly enchanting. I imagine this would make an incredible movie. I look forward to the next book in the series by this author! ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so well written! The first time I read it I was enchanted by how clearly each character was described in a way that almost made them come to life! This book is the perfect YA book for young and older readers because it is very interesting and lacks excessive violence or inappropriate scenes often seen in other books for the YA age group. I recommend it to any fantasy lover or someone who just wants a good book to read!
Overall great book!!a
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has a nice friends and family relationships. It has everything that I consider a good book, not too long, not too many characters to keep track of, good interactions and not too far fetched.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fire & Ice: The Elementals is a heart warming, magical book, and always a spectacular read! The author, a wonderful talented person, does an amazing job at painting scenery throughout the story, and conveying true relationships within these characters. The story is a magical tale for literally all ages, and throughout the story, the obstacles these characters face in this enchanted realm allows readers to relate in their own way, and connect with the characters, which I think can be hard and tak ...more
Joy Chappell
This fantasy novel was such a good read! It wasn't just professionally written with no grammar mistakes and such but also a fun tale full of friendship, magic, and self-discovery. It was a clean read compared to many YA books these days and I recommend it to any age!
My favorite pieces of this novel were the descriptions! It's so beautifully written and magical sounding; I could imagine the world as I read it.
Also, just take a moment to admire the cover! IT'S SO PRETTY!! #covergoals :)
My only cri
Elisabeth O'Connor
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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To be honest, this book is extraordinary! The characters and descriptions pull you into the world of Aisling and make you want to read more! I'm a huge fan of Erin Forbes' writing, and I can't wait until the release of Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer! There are so many negative books in the YA section, but this story is bright, uplifting, and powerful. The personal journey of the main character, Alice Hanley, is something that every pre-teen or teenage girl can find relatable. I'm so impressed by t ...more
Marti Doyle-Steed
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fire and Ice The Elementals by Erin Forbes is a ‘Great Teen Read”. This is a story about coming of age which all young people can identify with. We all have our own special talents and challenges and how we develop and learn from them is what will shape our future. The characters are believable despite their unique gifts and the story flows smoothely taking you deeper into the lives of these young folks and their teachers. The amazing and unanticipated gift is that it is actually a book for all ...more
Lisa Loughran
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this fabulous book by local young author, Erin Forbes! To say I was impressed by her writing skills and ability to keep the reader captivated is an understatement. If you have a young adult or you enjoy getting lost in a fantasy world combined with some modern twists and relative references this is a must read!
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! If you are interested in fantasy fiction, Fire & Ice: The Elementals is a perfect read! I'm a really big fan of the Harry Potter series and other books of that genre, but this novel is my new favorite! I can't wait to read the sequel! ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Season Angelina
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing about Fire & Ice: The Elementals, is that it’s one of the only Young Adult books I know that is written really well, but doesn’t contain any suicide, extreme violence, or sex. Absolutely loved it. I rate it 5 stars!
Ann Marie
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, easy to read page turner! Can't wait for the second book to come out ! While reading it I just kept thinking I can't believe a teenager wrote this! Fabulous! Keep them coming Erin, you have a bright future! ...more
Camryn Norton

As a teenage author at the age of fifteen myself, I was extremely excited to read this novel. I had heard about Fire & Ice: The Elementals somewhere online and found myself a kindred spirit to the young author. I'm usually not the type to read a debut novel unless it's something I have seen on the bestselling list, but I knew I had to give this one a shot. I was apprehensive at first, but the myriad of reviews praising the author's work for being at such a young age had me curious as to what oth

Olivia J
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade fantasy readers
*This series is Middle Grade, and you will enjoy it more if you go in believing that it is MG. If you'd like to read more in-depth on why I believe this is so, head over to my blog at This review will focus on the critiques of the work itself, not the genre categorization of this series.*

Goodreads users Camryn Norton, Corrie Parks, and Shelia have already gone over basically all of my thoughts on this book. The three of them make fabulous points about the writi
Sheila Goicea
I did not know what the future would bring, but I knew that life is not merely about about knowledge. It is about the courage and trust that we place in our stories.

This is a nice little novel for children to preteen. It's comparable to a soft, yet more formal version of Harry Potter, with definitive parallels in ideas such as: the Gifted travel to a different realm to attend a special school held in an ancient castle. The school grounds are held in a magical place, surrounded by welcomi
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished reading, I couldn’t believe that it was written by a 16/17 years old girl. Through this book, Erin has proven that talent has no age. A beautiful story about bravery and friendship.

The novel tells the story of twin sisters, Alice and Emery Hanley, who discover they are a part of a secret society with people known as “The Gifted”, where each individual has a unique power.
As they enter in the realm of Aisling, Alice and Emery live amazing adventures, meet wonderful characters and
Pat Baker
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended that I read this book. She is presently reading the second book in this series and encouraged me to read Fire & Ice: The Elementals. I love to read and fantasy fiction is my favorite genre. The story captured my attention right away. I imagined myself within the castle, the towers, the forest, and traveling alongside Alice & Emery. The characters, particularly the young women, are strong. I found that empowering and loved their distinctive personalities. They demonstrate imm ...more
S.K. Cunningham
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it’s been two years since I read this book, but something is different about this book. Or I am more invested in the world of Aisling, now.
For this book rating,

World building:
5/5 The author made sure to write enough detail to have the reader, understand what is going on and not bore the reader. So excited for the next book.

Plot: 5/5 Although I lean away from prophecy cliche, I fully support this one.

Overall: 5 of 5 star

It’s a clean read with whimsical turns at every corner. For al
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
... "Normality is much less captivating than the extraordinary." - Erin Forbes, Fire & Ice: The Elementals
This book was so incredible! As soon as I finished reading it, I bought the second one!
The character and story development is really intricate and personal. It's very relatable, especially for young girls. Alice Hanley is a strong role model for both children and teenagers. Although the story is fictional, it contains many realistic points. Aisling is the new Narnia! (And that's saying a lo
Meagan O'Donnell
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fire & Ice: The Elementals is the kind of book that I have been wanting to read for so long! The novel is not only wonderfully enchanting and magical but it also tells the story of a teenage girl who goes through a journey of self-confidence and courage. Throughout every page, you can see the character develop into a strong and beautiful person. I believe that this is a perfect read for any child or teenager, especially young girls because it teaches the reader about the value of personal charac ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this impressive debut novel, by Erin Forbes, a young author of great promise. What a pleasure to follow the multi-faceted female characters as their special gifts and inherent intelligence lead them to unravel and resolve the mysterious curse that threatens the realm of Aisling.
Vivid descriptions, rich prose, and thought provoking symbolism all contribute to the development of themes related to personal authenticity and courage. I look forward to reading Ms. Forbes’ second
Fran Comesanas
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully entertaining fantasy. Erin Forbes creates a beautifully haunting world in Book 1 of Fire & Ice. The author has a terrific talent for putting you in the middle of the story with her amazing descriptive skills and eloquent writing style. The Elementals was an excellent story and suitable for all age groups to read. Ms. Forbes is a tremendous talent for someone so young!
Gabriella Slade
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-authors
What a creative story written by teen author, Erin Forbes. I enjoyed the story, which had an X-Men idea to it, but with a twist. There were some grammar errors, but I will still happily await for the sequel. Three thumbs up to you, Erin! 👍👍👍😁
Viktoriya Khusit
Bought for my son. Here is what he had to say "The book has a Harry Potter vibe. I like Alice. :) I was also able to imagine myself as one of the teachers with a bunch of "gifts". I really want to start reading the second book ...more
Lucy Earley
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fire & Ice: The Elementals (Book One) is a very inventive, imaginative, and well developed piece of literature. This young author displays endless potential that can stretch across multiple books! A definite author to read - you too will become a follower!
Nicole Earley
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fire & Ice was a well-developed book that displays the unlimited imagination of the author, Erin. Throughout the book, Erin described everything and everyone vividly so readers could visualize the story.` I'll definitely be recommending this book to all my friends that love fantasy books! ...more
Caelin Piper
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my newest favorite books. I was hooked after just the prologue, great job Erin Forbes
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Erin Forbes discovered her passion for literature at a very early age. Since the date of her first publication, her work has spread to readers across the globe, and her books have developed an international fanbase. She is known for her vivid descriptions and fantastical fiction. When she is not reading and writing, Erin enjoys art, nature, music, dance, and riding her horse. She lives on a small ...more

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