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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Elemental Reality

Here we go with a character interview with the main character from "Elemental Reality", Callie. Thanks for stopping by!

1) Why 21 again? What's wrong with being 22?
I have no problem being twenty-two. The whole “21 again” thing was Ady’s idea because she found a grey hair last year.

2) You have a unique definition of soul mate, care to explain it?
I guess it’s just from watching what my parents were like before my mom was taken. They never fought. Were always romantic with each other. My dad always brought a bouquet of flowers home for my mom after work. They were so affectionate with each other. I’ve always wanted that. I guess that was one of the many reasons I never settled with a guy I was dating. Something was off when I was with them.

3) What's it like to be an elemental?
It’s just like being a human except you have power, wings, and a glow to your skin. Mine’s purple which is wicked cool. Did I mention we have wings?

4) How did you take the news when you found about being different?
I flipped out! I probably would have done less flipping and more freaking if my dad wouldn’t have waited so long to spill the secret. I know my mom said she didn’t want us to know right away but it would have saved us a lot of trouble and arguing.

5) What's your favorite thing about your powers?
My wings. If I had to give up one thing, I’d give up my powers. The wings must stay. But you said powers so I’d have to say . . . the electricity, for sure.

6) What are the first things you notice about a guy?
His eyes. Then his smile.

7) If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why?
Wow, this is a tough one. If I went back in time and told my parents to stay in Tehokas City the Elders would have taken me. Or if I went back twelve years ago and told my mom not to make that deal my parents would have lost Lola and me. I don’t think I’d change anything.

8) What is a t-shirt slogan that defines you?
“Please wait. Witty response is loading . . .”

9) What is your biggest pet peeve?
My hair and makeup being done to my perfection. You know the just-rolled-out-of-bed look.

10) What are you most afraid of?
Losing everyone I love.

This or That:

Sweet or salty?
Sweet like Oli (blushes)

Summer or winter?

Inside or out?
Depends on the weather. If it’s rainy or too cold I’ll stay inside with a book. If it’s warm and sunny I’ll be outside with a book.

Book or movie?
Book, of course.

Tropical or mountains?

Review: Elemental Reality
Score: 75 points (4 stars)


Drastic changes in Callie’s life aren’t unusual, but this time it’s different. Now she’s fighting to save her family while she adjusts to her new, supernatural reality. Life will never be the same. . . .
What Worked:

The world building is unique and interesting. The visuals are stunning, and the characters are diverse in personality and lifestyle. There's also a lot of cool definitions for old concepts (I don't want to go further because that would be spoiling the book). A lot of action and swoony boys, makes this a pretty fun and interesting read. And what a cliffhanger! Wow! I'll be picking up book two, that's for sure.

What Didn't Work:

There are a lot of cultural references I didn't quite understand. I had enough knowledge of the scene to figure it out, but it would be helpful to have them elaborated on slightly for those of us not in the know of the 'punk rock' scene. I also would have loved to see some more build up with Cayden. I can't wait to see him again in book two though because he's especially got me curious! There was one section of the book which was a little slow for me, but other than that it was well paced. Finally, I almost played a drinking game with how often the main character was called "Kitten". A minor pet peeve of mine, but it was there all the same. :3