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Elemental: The First

(Primord #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  797 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Just who is Halíka Dacomé?

To Rose Frost, moving house every six months is normal. Another town here, another school there, her ability to adapt is as easy as breathing. But everything changes when her parents go overseas and Rose moves in with her grandmother. She enjoys meeting new friends and catching up with old ones from her childhood holidays -- except now she must hi
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Published (first published July 9th 2011)
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Midu Hadi
I received this book to read and review from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! First off, the things I liked about it:
It was an adequate length.
The character of Aidan was like a real living breathing person. He had his faults but he could be kind too.
The concept this story's based on is definitely something unique.
What I didn't like about it is a lot more. I floundered for at least the first half, trying very hard to keep reading.
Rose seemed too gullible for a person who's supposed
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: R2R
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book as a part of R2R.

This book was really interesting. It took a little too long for me to get into I think. Had I not had this to review, I might have stopped reading and missed a really good story. Additionally, at the beginning I think the author had a tendency to over describe things that weren’t really necessary to the story which made it drag on. But once we into the meat of the story, I couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t like Rose very much in the beginning or understand why
Charlotte  Black
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Charlotte by: Krizsta Oneg
My book of the year for 2011.

This is original and different and for all intents starts as a good book about a gifted girl. But nothing is as it seems!

Rose is taught from an early age not to trust anyone and also not draw any attention to her mysterious gift. With the help of her family she goes through childhood believing she's ordinary but with something extra. Her father has a dangerous job so secrecy is paramount. They often have to move home quickly, to new locations, because bad people ar
Juliann Whicker
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction, druid, alien, superhero, strong female protagonist
Recommended to Juliann by: I won it
I received this book from an R2R. It was different than I expected. The heroine was certainly not weak. It actually reminded me of the old Caroline Keene books, the mystic Ball, or other ones like that. It begins with a prologue that explains the story basically and then the rest of the book is the girl trying to gather the clues and uncover, well, I'd like to say who she is, but she's actually looking for missing persons. She doesn't have the slightest idea that she's the super duper chick in s ...more
In theory, this book had great potential. In practice, it was incredibly frustrating. The world May set up was interesting and unusual. Rose's story was suspenseful and will probably grow to be quite impressive.

However, there were some major issues, particularly in characterization. Most of the time I can get a pretty good feel for characters, but I had no clue about Rose. Honestly, I'm not quite sure the author did either. Rose contradicted herself multiple times in the story about her feelings
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nicole by: Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics
Again thanks to my favorite group Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! on Goodreads, Read to Review, and to Kay with all the hard work that goes into this program!

This is a tough book for me to review I have very mixed up feelings about it but I am giving it 3.5 stars because if I feel this strongly about it I must have really liked it.

First of all this is not my typical genre, this is more sci-fi than paranormal in my opinion. And second of all this is my constructive opinion... I don't
Karla BookAddict2
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karla by: R2R
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Fangs for the Fantasy
Rose Frost has had a difficult childhood moving from place to place due to the demands of her father’s job – and it has only been exacerbated by her odd gift, a gift she doesn’t understand and has scared her in the past.

Her father’s job has now lead her to live with her grandmother, Daisy, while her family move abroad. Long estranged from the family, Rose remembers little about Daisy’s home in Warminster, Wiltshire but quickly re-establishes the few old friends she has in the area

But people are
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank the PNR&UFF group on Goodreads and the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is Alexandra May's debut and I am glad I found another new and talented author. I really didn't know what to expect from it. I was pretty much sure about one thing though - I love the cover. However I am not the type of person that judges a book by the cover, yet I must admit a good cover always seems to catch my eye.

The plot is centered around Rose Frost, w
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Pauma Publishing for giving me this book to review.

Rose Frost is use to moving house every few months, so when she go to live with her Grandmother, it is not too bad, especially as she has childhood friends from her holidays here. With people disappearing, Rose and her friends must discover who is behind it and who she should trust. However, Rose has a gift which must be kept secret, but is
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I think this book had great potential, the story line was original and like never i ever read before. Many times i caught myself thinking, hmm this is interesting but in overall it was just so frustrating!!!

My major issues were the characters, i couldn't connect with them at all. If i did in one particularly scene, it would appear another moment and i would be like

And i got to say, especially regarding to Rose, she contradicted herself constantly,to a point i just didn't know what her feelin
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say first about this book well you know when you’re reading a good book and you don't stop till you reach the end, that's what this book was for me. And then you reach the end you and you want the next book right NOW. Searching you find that it’s not released yet and you curse under your breath. Well that's what happened when I finished this book. LOL

It is written well I really liked Alexandra May writing; it flowed and was easy to read. I will read anything she writes at this point.

May 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Sorry, I'm done with this one. I don't like the writing, there's too much description for me, and nonsense that's not needed, statements and actions that are contradictory to each other and I feel the dialogue is stilted. So, not for me. I've spent two days trying to get to 18%

And I'm raging because I really like the sound of this series. Even the second book sounds really good.
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who needs a break from vamps, angels and demons
Recommended to Maria by: R2R
The story was about a girl named Rose who seemed like a normal teenager at first only she wasn’t. Rose had an ability she was not allowed to share with anybody outside her family. She could heal people. Her gift seemed great at first until she found out that her gift could also harm or even kill.

Moving in with her grandmother Daisy at Warminster had been good at first. After a while she started hearing about people disappearing. One of her friend’s father disappeared as well and that’s when they
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book was kind of confusing to read and even harder to review. I liked so many elements of the book, such as the characters, the setting, the supernatural conflict, the love triangle, the romance, the secrets, etc. Basically, I loved the story. I even liked the writing and found the book to be free of errors, so that isn’t why I rated it low. I didn't like the way the story was told as a whole. I liked all the scenes, but I felt like this book was a disjointed puzzle. Each piece of the puzzl ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics for giving me the chance to read and review this book. Alexandra May has created a unique basis for a series with a different twist of paranormal. Lots of potential for interesting things to happen here. As the first book of a series though I thought it should provide a bit more backstory or foundation for the next books to build on. I liked the interwoven histories but think more would provide a stronger base.
As a girl that has been uprooted m
Becket Morgan
Readers of Elemental: The First will quickly find themselves engrossed into the world of Rose Frost as she struggles with what many teens (and honestly, most adults) are dealing with – finding out where she belongs. After a lifetime of moving from place to place, Rose is separated from her parents and older sister when she is sent to live with her grandmother, Daisy, in the small town of Warminster in Westshire, England. From the beginning of the story, the reader is drawn into the emotions of M ...more
Kaitlyn Stickley
While Elemental has some common cliches often found in YA paranormal stories, it's still a decent read. I didn't care for the main character or the love triangle, but I liked the setting and some of the supporting characters. Also, a small thing I noticed is that a lot of the story feels like a setup for the next book - there weren't as many plot developments as I would've liked in this.

My problem with the main character, Rose, is that she's too naive. One part that annoyed me was when her frien
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
This story follows a 16 year old Rose as she moves to the middle of no-where England, just shy of Stonehenge area. She's a special girl with some unique gifts that she must keep secret - so secret that her life, and the lives of those she cares about depends on it. She moves in with her estranged grandmother Daisy, and this is where the story takes place.

First of all, the book was original, which is a big plus for me as everything seems to be repeating itself lately! I liked the setting, and the
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Gina -   Behind the Pages
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
This was a great book but there were a few if-y's there that brought it down to 4 stars. And there was that cliffhanger at the end that was a cliffhanger but wasn't as much as it should've been. I didn't really get the ARGH feeling when there's a really good cliffhanger that makes me cry because the next one isn't out yet (I'm exaggerating....a bit). Because we knew more than Rose, it was kind of annoying to see that she couldn't pick anything up and to see her struggles as she tries to figure e ...more
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book but didn't love it. It is about a pretty normal girl, called Rose Frost, with a special gift. Altough the prologue already gives you the idea there may be much more to her. Then the story starts with the fact that Rose has to move to live with her grandmother, while her parents do some special research in the middle east. Rose lives a pretty normal live and the story starts out a bit slow. She makes new friends, adapts to
Shay Williams
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose would like nothing more then to be an ordinary teenager. Even though she has had to attend a lot of schools because her family moves a lot due to her father's job, she has learned the art of making friends easily. And she likes shopping, music, and parties just like any girl her age but she does have to conceal the fact that she can heal.

This last move is different however. Her father has taken a job overseas and Rose is going to staywith her grandmother Daisy. She does have friends there
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose is a normal teenager who moves in to live with her grandmother in the hopes of staying safe. A great power exists in the hopes of killing the elemental before her power fully comes into being. Will the ancient darkness overtake the light? Or will the light prevail banishing the darkness back to its hole?

As Rose wanders through life trying to be a normal teenager while avoiding car chases, fires, murderers and finally figuring out what her gift really means and was meant to do, can she help
Kristy Sartain
The premise of this book had such great promise. However, it wasn't explained well and the events in this book were so disjointed it was hard to follow. It seemed like May wrote each event separately then tried to piece them all together at the end. I never felt like I got a good explanation of the history of Halika Dacome. There were several pieces strung together throughout the book, but even put together, they lacked consistency and a whole story.
I did receive this as an ARC, which was appare
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was an enchanting read. Being the beginning of what looks to be a must read saga, I was immediately drawn into the evolution of the story in the Prologue. I knew this would be an interesting read. I like epic narrative types of books to keep me looking forward to the next one in the series.
Elemental: The First exceeded my requirements in this regard, and for those who like reading books in series, I would definitely recommend this book.

I was perplexed at first by 16 year old Rose, an in
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Pauma Publishing for a copy of "Elemental: The First".

Elemental was a good first book. The idea of the story itself is rather interesting. A young girl who is destined to inherit powers and abilities that she is only now just discovering about. Even though this is a first book in a series.... It almost felt to me that the whole book was a Prologue. It was a perfect set up, for the sereies to really start. Maybe that is just me and my expectations. I felt like we spent
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose grew up knowing she was different, taught not to trust easily and conceal a very special gift. Her family always had to move for safety, reasons she always thought had to do with her dad's top secret job. Split from her family she moves in with her grandmother. Getting reacquainted with childhood friends from summers at her grandmothers and new ones too she's never really sure who to trust. Rose doesn't realize she's at the very center of everything going on around her but isn't afraid to j ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose is like any other teenage girl, except she as the power to heal herself and others. when her parents move away Rose moves in with Grandmother, this is where everything changes. She begins to learn there is much more to her unique powers than she first realised and that her Grandmother may no more than she is letting on.
soon her dreams start to become more intense and filled with a woman named Halika Dacome.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it was a fairly original story and Rose was a li
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Alexandra May was destined to be an author or a musician. She wrote her first prose at 6 and learnt to read music by the age of 8. But coming from an army-style childhood, it was travelling that became her passion in her twenties. Having lived in 5 different countries she finally settled in Portugal and never left.

Ms May is an English young adult and sci-fi author of four books, bringing together

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