My Rating: 4.5/5
Author: Mia Marshall
Title: Broken Elements (Elements, Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
“It’s happening again, Aidan. We didn’t stop it, after all.” As an elemental, Aidan Brook holds the power of water at her fingertips. A descendant of the earth’s oldest magic, she can cause tides to ebb and flow, put out house fires without calling 911, and give anyone who’s annoying her an impromptu shower. But even her magic has its limits. After it fails her one terrible night, she hides from the world and everyone she once loved, trying to escape the memories that haunt her. Ten years later, her exile is brought to an abrupt end when her former best friend appears on her front porch. An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends, and she must return to the scene of her own crimes. Lake Tahoe proves more than she bargained for. Between a sadistic killer, some clever FBI agents, an annoyingly attractive landlord, and way too many new roommates, she has a pretty full plate. Add in a past she’s desperate to escape and her own uncontrollable powers, and Aidan Brook is having a very, very bad month.
Broken Elements is a paranormal mystery book. Aidan is an elemental that can control water. Ten years ago while at college with her best friend Sera (who is a fire elemental), murders started to happen. And, not just any murders but one that was more than likely caused by a power elemental. The murders targeted humans that associated with elementals. Supposedly, Aidan and Sera stopped the murderer but now there are more weird deaths back in Tahoe. Sera and Aidan had a friendship fallout after they thought they caught the murderer years before. Now, Aidan has to face her past and former best friend to help solve this mystery. They are joined by other elementals and, surprisingly for Aidan, shifters. The murders now get more personal for the girls – targeting people they know and are not completely human. This is the first book of a series.
The story is written in first person through Aidan. Aidan, a half water elemental, has some issues with her powers. When she is nice and calm (like the water), she can do amazing things; whenever she is emotional, her powers fail her. Add to that the should-have-been-dead killer, shifters that she never knew existed, and a potential love interest, and her world turns upside down. Only wanting peace and quiet, she must learn to trust herself and others again. Aidan is a likeable character. She’s not a damsel in distress or a warrior. She is fairly normal – minus the water thing; she is a multi-dimensional character. I also enjoyed the banter between the characters and a few of Aidan’s thoughts (how the author phrased things) made me smile.
The plot moved along well and kept my interest throughout the book. There were a few surprises along the way. There’s action and mystery as Aidan and her friends try to figure out who the killer is and how to trap him/her. They also have to be careful with the regular cops trying to solve the murders. Humans aren’t supposed to know about elementals and shifters. Who is the killer(s)? You’ll find out in the book. The story ends well but the next book should pick things up that are not completely settled in this one. How’s the mystery part? It’s the type of mystery that takes twists and turns. For a mystery veteran, you can see the direction in which things are happening, but the exact details are a little fuzzy, so you should be entertained and have some surprises.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I haven’t read a mystery in a while, and I like paranormal books. So, this was a good choice for me. Therefore, if you like mysteries and paranormal stories, you should give this book a try. I have the second book and will read that very soon.