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