From a star YA author Francesca Lia Block--an adult novel about a student, haunted by the disappearance of a friend, who must face the truth
The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.
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It is ultimately a beautifully written, lushly imagined, mysterious coming of age story (the novel defies categorization, it’s part mystery, thriller, paranormal, contemporary, gothic coming of age story filled with bits of magical realism).Nov 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Elementals
The Hunger Games), the kind that catapults a person from our world into a fictional land (the Narnia and Oz books), and finally the kind --- of which THE ELEMENTALS is an example, along with the Twilight series, ROSEMARY’S BABY and many others --- where a contemporary protagonist finds supernatu...Nov 09 2012 | Read Full Review of The Elementals
The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles.Jan 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Elementals
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