Official Review: Flash Point (Elemental Trials, Book 2)

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Official Review: Flash Point (Elemental Trials, Book 2)

Post by micoleon13 » 28 Jan 2018, 10:09

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Flash Point (Elemental Trials, Book 2)" by Ronelle Antoinette.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Flash Point is the second book in Ronelle Antoinette’s Elemental Trials series. This book continues with the story of Jex and Enari and their life in Egalion.

After spending so much time apart over the past year, Jex and Enari are delighted to be together again. Not all is smooth sailing, however, as they come up against indescribable evil and betrayal.

Traveling to Rowan with Jex, her father, and his partner Vasi, Enari finds life very different in the city than what she is used to. Even though it gives her the chance to be close to Jex, her aunt, and cousins, she finds herself at the mercy of an evil being dwelling in the city.

Burdened with a secret, Enari is not sure of Jex’s reaction and keeps it from him until it’s almost too late. Will it tear their relationship apart or is their love strong enough to overcome all obstacles?

Beautifully written in third person, the author has a brilliant way with words and the story effortlessly flows off the page. It takes real talent to come up with, not only a fantasy land, but new cultures, languages, and rituals as well, while still keeping it believable. I often find myself lost in a myriad of complicated names and places in fantasy fiction, but it was never the case here.

The main characters of Jex and Enari are both three dimensional and realistic. Enari is strong-minded and resourceful but also shies away from too much attention. However, if someone who she cares about is threatened, she immediately comes to their defense, with little thought for her own safety. Jex is pulled in so many directions from the demands on his time that he is stretched to the limit. When tragedy strikes, it’s all the more believable that he copes the only way he knows how, with his stubborn, unreasonable streak coming through. The love which the two of them have for each other lights up the page and is a joy to read.

The secondary characters are portrayed realistically and with varied personalities. One which I thought was especially well written was that of Sarene. Enari’s cousin, she is a conniving, spiteful woman who is jealous of Enari and will stop at nothing to achieve the power which she believes she deserves.

I was wary about reading the second book in the series having not started with the first, especially as other readers recommended against it. However, I’m so glad that I did. Although there are references to the first book, and it would have helped my understanding of the characters and politics, I would have missed out on this jewel of a book. After some initial confusion at the start, I was able to follow the story easily. It ends on a cliff-hanger and it left me eager to read the next installment.

Professionally edited, I found no writing errors in the entire book. I rate it a well-deserved 4 out of 4 stars. It has love, heartbreak, murder and otherworldly evil. I laughed, I cried, and I was completely unable to put it down. This is definitely a book for fantasy fiction fans who like a bit of romance. While it would be best to start with the first in the series, this book is easily followed in its own right. I, personally, cannot wait for book three.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 02 Feb 2018, 05:31

The story is very striking! I like to see their love been put to test, that would probably be the true moment when a persons character comes out with who they really are. Thanks!
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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Feb 2018, 09:45

I'm glad you were able to enjoy this one in spite of the fact that it was a second book. I was a little wary of this one for a couple of reasons, but it sounds like it turned out great! Thanks for the review.
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Post by Maxman » 02 Feb 2018, 14:47

The story is good but I will like to see a true test to there love.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 02 Feb 2018, 20:01

I am always intrigued by books that get that elusive perfect rating. I am glad to know that this one, though part of a series, can be enjoyed on its own.

The love story of Jex and Enari seems fraught with challenges (indescribable evil and betrayal at that). It will be exciting to see them overcome and emerge with a stronger bond.

Thanks for the engaging review, Micoleon13!

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Post by Peterhchurch » 02 Feb 2018, 22:32

I would like to experience the laughs and crying you did, the way you portray the characters makes them believable and realistic, I guess I should read the book. So many books so little time.

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Post by Peterhchurch » 02 Feb 2018, 22:36

I would like to experience the laughs and crying you did, the way you portray the characters makes them believable and realistic, I guess I should read the book. So many books so little time.

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Post by Mouricia25 » 03 Feb 2018, 16:52

This is not a book I would jump at, but I liked your review.

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Post by Arielday96 » 05 Feb 2018, 14:03

It looks and sound like an interesting book I would read it

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Post by Lysander99 » 09 Feb 2018, 20:29

I am curious as to why the first book was not recommended to be read and the second book was. Also i really want to know the magical and fantasy aspect of this series.

So far from your review this seems more like a family soap opera set in a magical world rather than a typical adventure type storyline.

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Post by prettysmart » 03 Mar 2018, 16:10

I would love to read this book to discover Enari's detailed charisma...sounds riveting..

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Post by ViziVoir » 13 Mar 2018, 10:56

It's good that the romance blended seamlessly with the fantasy elements of this novel, without either aspect seeming shoehorned in. Worldbuilding and character development can make a book stand out from the crowd, after all.

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