Review: Elemental Lies by Elle Middaugh / Blog Tour

Elemental Lies by Elle Middaugh
Published by Pronoun
Released 20th September 2017
480 Pages
Kindle Edition

Thank you to the author and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review and for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her.

After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.

When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.

From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up.

All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth, but how can she do so when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?


I read the first book in the Essential Elements series; Elemental Secrets last year and really did enjoy it. So, when I got the chance to take part in the blog tour for the second book in the series; Elemental Lies I jumped at the opportunity. As Elemental Secrets had ended on such a cliffhanger I was desperate to find out what happened next.

After the accidental exposure of elementals to humans, Valerie Moore finds herself and all elementals battling to gain equality. Three different elemental groups are fighting for leadership and Valerie is stuck on which to choose. Along with bombings, mysterious doppelgangers, rescue missions, evolving powers and not knowing who to trust, Valerie struggles to keep up. All she knows is that she must find a way to stop her grandfather who is hell bent on power. But how can she do that when she doesn't know who is lying to her and who is telling the truth?

Elemental Lies picks up just after the events of Elemental Secrets which I really loved. In some sequels events can be happening weeks or even years in advance and it can be hard to follow. This was totally the opposite. I knew what was going on straight away and it allowed me to just dive straight into the next part of this intriguing series. 

I feel that this book had a lot more depth and action than the first. This is one of the reasons why I felt so engaged with it. The plot was really interesting and I loved the different groups all trying to recruit Valerie along with her dealing with her own personal problems. There are a lot of twists and turns and some of them, trust me, are really surprising. One moment I'd be thinking one thing and then I'd read on a few pages and my mind would totally change. Being shocked is something I love when reading and this was certainly the case with Elemental Lies.

I loved Valerie as a character in the first book, yet, it was really hard to connect with her in this one. I found her to be a little to narcissistic and the way she treated some people during the story wasn't something I was keen on. She seemed to toy with the emotions of some characters and that really did bother me. It was also frustrating watching her jump from one love interest to the other. Especially as it did have a slight instalove element to it. At times I did feel like going into the book and just shaking some sense into her. Despite this, I did find her determination to try and do the right thing very admirable. 

Many other characters started to come into their own in Elemental Lies and they all had a lot more depth than they had before. I think the character that I felt drawn to the most was Cade. He was loyal and I feel like he opened up a lot in this book and we got to learn more about him. Yes, it was slightly irritating in the way he treated Val at times because of his family and their views but it was touching to see him follow his heart. I think it's safe to say I am definitely team Cade.

Elemental Lies was a great follow on to what I think is going to be a great series. It was fast paced, action packed and left you wanting more. The ending leaves you on yet another incredible cliffhanger and I can certainly say I am desperate for the next book. Hurry up Elle and get it out!


Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Most of her time is spent raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house. 

She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.

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