Elements of Power by Kate Stoessel
Series: Counsel of the Harvest Moon #1
Publisher: Rhodes and Co
Release Date: April 5, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format Read: physical copy; paperback
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The Council of the Harvest Moon was established to maintain peace among the witches, fairies, vampires, and mermaids of the United States. However, old feuds die hard and as the powers of fairies wane with the destruction of natural environments, the witches rise with a rigid societal structure designed to assert their supremacy as the most powerful supernatural beings in the modern world.
As the descendant of two prominent New England witching families, Khlorie Lethestone’s life was destined to fit into the neat, color-coded boxes established by the American Continental Coven (ACC). When it is discovered that Khlorie has powers beyond that of a typical witch, she is sent to Spindlewick College, a secret institution designed to help witches develop non-conforming gifts into tools for the greater good of witching society. Once there, she meets the attractive, but distant Perry Prentice, who is assigned to help her understand her gifts. But becoming one of the most powerful witches in the world means that you are watched closely, and Khlorie learns that there are secrets she must keep hidden to survive.
About the Author: Kate Stoessel is a Middle Grades and Young Adult author specializing in Fantasy. She wrote her first novel, Erine Pershings and the Golden Lyre, because she could not find interesting and informative historical fiction that explored the daily lives of women and children in Ancient Athens. The Council of the Harvest moon series represents Kate’s first foray into Young Adult Fantasy, her favorite genre as a reader. She knows how transportive a fantasy story can be, and hopes to give her readers the same experience of wonder and escape. Whether Middle Grades or YA, Kate is committed to creating characters that feel as authentic and real as the students she works with everyday as a classroom teacher.
She has a B.A. degree in Classical Civilizations from Colby College and a M.S.Ed in Museum Education and Childhood Education from the Bank Street School of Education. Kate lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Jack, son, Augie, and two dogs, Artemis and Apollo.
Rating: 3 stars
Review: I liked this book. It’s about a girl, a witch, who finds out that she can control all elements and goes to Spindlewick to learn more about herself. The plot was unique and reminded me a little of the House of Night series and Shadowfalls series. The writing was okay, not my favorite but it was still great. It wasn’t very flowy and sometimes I was not in the story but I did enjoy the fast pacing. The setting was Spindlewick for most of the story and I enjoyed learning about the college for witches who have different powers. The world building was complicated in a way that it felt a little messy and I didn’t fully understand what the main character’s mom really does. Though there were some great characters in this book.
The main character, Khlorie, is an interesting character and I kind of liked her. I did have some minor problems with her as I didn’t feel that connected with her character and didn’t see much of a development of her throughout the book. I did enjoy the side characters like Khlorie’s best friend and love interest. I thought they were fun characters and I enjoyed learning about them. The antagonist are the faeries which are going to be majorly featured in the second book from what I can infer. There is some slow-burn romance in this book but not a lot. I wish there was more as I felt Khlorie and her love interest were very rushed.
Overall this was a great book even though I had some problems with it. I think I was hoping for more from the summary I read and since it was a fantasy, I was expecting full of magic. I think some readers will like the simplicity of the book and also don’t let my review discourage you from reading it. I’m stilling going to be reading the second book after that cliffhanger! This book is perfect for fantasy lovers and witches.
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