Elemental Lies (Essential Elements #2)by Elle Middaugh
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: July 24th 2017
Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her.
After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.
When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.
From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up.
All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth. But how can she, when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?
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Cade plopped down in the snow and patted the spot beside him.
I raised a brow. I wouldn’t get cold or wet from sitting in the snow, but he eventually would. I used my fire to warm a circle around the tree, melting snow and drying soggy soil. When I was satisfied, I sat down too.
He immediately opened his palm and wisped a jewel out of thin air. It was light blue, clear as crystal, and about as big as my thumb. He spun it around in his fingers so its facets caught the light.
“I remember the first time we were here,” he said, smiling. “You told me your favorite gemstone was alexandrite, probably because it’s purple, since that’s your favorite color.”
I grinned. “That’s not alexandrite, though.”
He tossed the jewel into the air. It came down, hit his palm, and shattered into tens of tiny pieces. Then the pieces swirled into a circle. A thin vine weaved through them, forming a delicate bracelet.
“This is aquamarine,” he said. “It has a very strong affinity to water. The fire opal from your mother has kept your fire powers beautifully in check, but your water element sometimes gets the best of you.”
I scoffed. “Like when I nearly killed you in that pit?”
Cade smiled, but didn’t make eye contact. “Something like that.”
He took my hand and slid his creation onto my wrist. Just the feel of his skin on my skin had me taking shallow breaths. My water element, on the other hand, suddenly felt extremely contented. Not just calm, but compliant. Like it would do whatever I told it to, no questions asked. Like it was so happy, all it wanted to do was make me happy too.
I glanced up at him. “Thank you.”
He chuckled and ruffled his dirty blond hair. “I mean, it was a little self-serving—I really don’t want to come that close to death again.”
“I’m not so sure it’ll help…” I muttered.
About the Author
Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. She spends most of her time raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.
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