Read and Dish: Elemental Reality

Elemental Reality by Cesya Marae Cuono, Revolution Publishing Inc

Elemental Reality by Cesya Marae Cunyo, Elemental Book #1, Revolution Publishing, Inc.

Read via: epub from Revolution Publishing Inc.

Special thanks to Jennifer Baker from Revolution Publishing for the book and the continued affiliation with Revolution

 When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearance twelve years later, the Earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that’s only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any Faerie ever born. Now they have to use their powers to save their mother and family from the evil hands of fate that threaten to tear them apart. Welcome to her elemental reality.

Early adulthood crests the rise of a multitude of change. Who we have aged to be at the end of childhood now confronts our life in the world beyond sheltered confines.  Callie Pierce rises to the awakening of her faery powers on her twenty-second year of life, and it is with these gifts, her sister Lola, and all she knows unraveling that she starts out on a journey to save her mother’s life.  So how do you tell a story that has been told multiple times across not just YA fiction, but fiction as a whole?  Read on.

Otherworldly concepts are popular across the board in fiction, but what separates Elemental Reality is the brightness of the storytelling.  No over-hanging gothic cliches for Cuono!  Of the two sisters, it is Callie’s voice telling the majority of the tale with the use of first person point of view.  She is a heroine that is filled with humor, snark, and who’s inner battles you want to become invested in.  Additional characters provide tid bits of insight, comic relief, and revelation that drive the story, and not detract.  In Elemental Reality, discoveries of power were fun!  The darkness presented in the twists and intrigues then became welcome additions due to the fact it wasn’t the overhanging aspect of the reading.  The bonds between characters was wonderful to experience, and every emotion authentic to Callie’s experience alongside them. While listed as a YA read, it moves toward the flavor of the older audience ages 17 and upward based on the amount of life experience, and the title character being beyond the teen years herself.  This, too, was refreshing.  This is my second Revolution read where I find a trend I hope is up kept. It is good to have young adult heroines be actual young adults!   There is a wealth of experience with having them 18+ to introduce that allows this brand of fiction to form a bridge over the reader’s earlier years, carrying them with characters to the threshold of true adulthood. There is a lack of wit, substance, and experience in heroines between 18-21 that Cuono and Revolution Publishing, Inc is filling a need for with quality writing.

On the subject of powers, the Fae myth  Not only is Callie one with the elements, they bend to her will.  This makes her, as well as her sister, the most powerful fairies ever born within the story universe. Pair this with traditional takes on what the reader has come to know of classic fairies from our childhood? 

Successful. 

The one stipulation  had with the story telling was feeling that the pace meant one had to go back and re-read pages so that nothing was missed. Still, once settled in, the fact that the story was so good meant that it was still a wondering of what was to come when the end was reached. Be prepared for a cliff hanger!

A rousing debut from Cuono, the Elemental series will have a fan quite happily waiting for book #2 for further immersion.  Until then, book #1 will be re-read to fully ingest the mythology, and for the sake of looking at one of the most gorgeous covers in YA fiction.

Grade: A
Get it here on Amazon (Kindle version), (paperback)

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