Elemental Reality

Elemental Reality

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 337g
  • Obsidian Mountain Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0983353719
  • 9780983353713
  • 712,805

Rating details

196 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 40% (78)
4 19% (38)
3 19% (37)
2 8% (15)
1 14% (28)

Our customer reviews

I was so happy when Jennifer asked me to be part of the ELEMENTAL REALITY blog tour, because I've been wanting to read this novel since the first time I read about it being published. Callie is a protagonist I really liked. She is straight-forward, tough and at the same times cares so much about the people surrounding her. The male protagonist is Oli, a hottie with Aussie slang that you simply must fall in love with. In addition we get to read more about Callie's family, including her sister Lola, their parents and the secret around the girls' heritage. And that secret is really exciting and exactly what made me want to read ELEMENTAL REALITY in the first place. Callie has some special powers and I really enjoyed her discovering and actually using them for good. She can control the elements. Fire, water, earth, wind and electricity. Describing the way Callie's body reacts to different elements was well done, I imagined so many different sensations while reading it. At the beginning I thought the girl was involved with different guys way too fast, but that was only the result of them playing their magic. There is a dark and light magic and you should find out yourselves about the magical beings behind. Cesya MaRae Cuono also involved the concept of a paranormal being that I'm not too fond of and it was a surprise to me to find out what Callie actually is. To me the story would have worked much better if the special elemental powers were the only paranormal aspect about her. Callie's mom went missing years ago and now the group around Callie and Oli's family goes on a search for her, which promised to be exciting. In the end I was a bit disappointed, because their journey and adventures didn't feel epic in the end but rushed. The story sometimes felt as if someone was pressing the fast forward button on a remote control. I wished for a more relaxed pace and more time for the girls to discover their new heritage. The writing style was engaging and the whole story and atmosphere felt good to me. The author has a great humour and often achieved to bring amusement to the story. So I'll definitely read the sequel to ELEMENTAL REALITY, I'm already curious about the next chapters in Callie and Oli's love story and the fight against evil. THE VERDICT Where I want other novels to be more fast paced and feature some action, ELEMENTAL REALITY sometimes needs to slow down a bit. Still I really liked the characters and the concepts of love and elemental powers Cesya MaRae Cuono invented.show more
by MissPageTurner
Elemental Reality started with Callie's birthday. But she had issues with her birthday. She always remembered her mom - who has been gone for years. The birthday coinciding with an unfortunate day was a trend in YA. I always encountered it. But Cuono handled it well - not dwelling too much on the dark side. I like how she was able to balance the elements of light and dark and sweet and bitter throughout the novel. Callie was 22 years old. She was a working girl who was also a punk rocker minus the singing talent. She was lively, loved the color hot pink and had a semi-bad love life. In a way, she reminded me a bit of Becca Bloomwood of The Confessions of a Shopaholic. She had the same charm, minus the obsession and the uncontrolled money spending. She was also a Faerie - a very talented one. But with her living in the human world, believing that she was one of them, she had not really developed that 'Faerie attitude' that I usually encounter in YA novels. She was like a human mentally and emotionally. The two guys in her life were Cayden and Oli. Cayden was the first one she met on the night of her birthday. He made her feel like she was an emotional mess. Back then, Callie liked it. He was confident and seductive. Enter, second love interest - Oli. He was the new Australian neighbor. He was handsome, gentle and adorable. Above all, Callie felt something unexplainable that connected her with Oli. He was so easy to trust, so easy to fall for. They had great moments together that I enjoyed reading. Cuono's twist in the mythology of faeries and demons was new to me. This was the first time that I encountered a book with faeries against demons. Usually they worked together. With this mythology, she molded Callie's life into an exciting, dangerous and dramatic one. Her mission to save her mother was probably the most risky and most important thing she ever had to. Cuono's writing injected humour and appeal to her debut. Elemental Reality is an entertaining, witty, unique and promising paranormal romance. I can see this series getting better. Although I'm not exactly sure if this one is YA, I feel like it's not an Adult novel too. It's somewhere in between. I recommend this to readers of paranormal and fanatics of faeries.show more
by Precious
With an incredibly pretty cover and a 22 year old protagonist I was sold on reading Elemental Reality. One thing I have been complaining about lately is a lack of protagonists in their early 20's. Luckily, Callie came along and I was hooked. When I started reading Elemental Reality I didn't realize that it was about faeries so I was really excited to find that out while reading as I absolutely adore books about faeries. In saying that though, these faeries are quite different and unique which is always exciting. As I was reading through Elemental Reality I thought it to be slightly reminiscent of Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley in some aspects which made it really outstanding. The characters were all really interesting. I loved Callie and thought she was a riot. Oli, is definitely an awesome guy and he speaks with a lot of Aussie slang which is really awesome. I also liked that there was balance between Oli using Aussie slang and speaking in a way more understandable. It was good because when reading a book I like to be able to understand what the characters are saying without spending too long trying to translate it. Callie's best friends Ady and Emery were amazing too. They were so great and I wish I had best friends like that because they just absolutely loved Callie and would do anything for her. I really enjoyed the storyline of Elemental Reality. At first I wasn't really sure where the book was headed but once the ball started rolling it kept going and I had to keep reading on. I finished it in no time because I had to know what was going to happen next. Then the ending happened. Wow, the ending is quite the cliffhanger and now I really need to know what's going on and what will happen next. Overall, I really enjoyed Elemental Reality. It was fast-paced and had enough of a mysterious element to keep me reading through the day. If you're looking for something unique and fantastical then I strongly encourage you to read Elemental Reality. That is, if the cover hasn't already sucked you in!show more
by Rebecca Abey
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