Dangerous (Element Preservers Series, Book 1)

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YA Fantasy/Romance for mature teens.

Ria is an 18-year-old girl who has just started going to the University of Magic. She meets Michael, a boy whose element is different from hers, which makes their romantic involvement seem impossible. But what will happen when she starts having the symptoms of magic disease and the only person she can turn to is Adrian, a dangerous magic disease carrier? More
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Published: Aug. 06, 2011
Words: 82,390
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465782014
About Alycia Linwood

Alycia Linwood is the author of the Element Preservers series (Dangerous, Runaway, Divided, No One, Restless, Indestructible -coming out January 2014) and Human. She is a big fan of paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult fiction. Writing is her biggest passion, closely followed by reading and listening to music. She is looking forward to publishing more of her books.

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Review by: Dale Ibitz on Oct. 16, 2013 : star star star
I think the first half of this book moved slowly. I felt like a car with its tires spinning in the mud...it tries hard, but it's not going anywhere, and no matter how hard you hit the gas, you don't move forward.

There's a lot of mundane college life in the beginning, and there was a little too much internalization followed by repeating the character's thoughts in dialogue. So I felt like I kept reading the same thing twice. And waaaaaay too many exclamation points; it made it seem like everyone was so uber-excited that they're shouting all the time.

I wasn't drawn to the main character at all. She seemed a little harsh to me, very narrow-minded. You can blame it on her up-bringing, but her best friend had the same up-bringing and yet was more accepting of those with the disease. I kind of understand why the author set up Ria this way, in order to show her change and grow, but over-all, the girl is selfish and not that likeable.

As to her friends, Paula and Michael, they're pretty one-dimensional. They didn't seem to have many layers.

Adrian, however, was an interesting character. Adrian saves the story, so to speak. He's a bad boy--and yes, he's a *bad* boy to the point of being an utter dick--but there's still some intriguing about him. And as the story unfolds, you understand he's the product of his environment. Society made him into a dick. His character runs hot and cold...just when you start feeling sorry for him, he pulls out the dick card and you start hating him again (and honestly, many times he pulls out the dick card because Ria's does some asinine thing to hurt him...again).

Halfway through the book, I started getting more interested...and this is the result of Ria and Adrian clashing, and the story actually starting to unfold. I liked how some of the other minor characters were in the gray area...unable to tell whose side they're on. This made the story interesting. And I was curious enough to read it all the way through to see how it ended. You have to wonder how much Ria changed after all!

While I wasn't wowed by the first book, I'm intrigued enough by Adrian's story specifically to give the next book a chance.
(review of free book)

Review by: Linda Terrutty on Feb. 07, 2013 : star star star
Aside from some of the grammatical errors (missing words, extra words, etc.), the story is pretty interesting...instead of making some people "special" with affinities everyone starts out that way and their choices determine if that changes. However, as is typical, some characters are very likeable whereas others are not. Ria, the main female character, is NOT likeable. She is extremely biased. In part, due to her upbringing and the fact that her parents are extremely bigoted against "magic disease carriers" -> these are individuals who have lost their magic and try to steal it from others through death. Adrian is one such person. Although he has done nothing to deserve her contempt, she treats him like a leper and thinks that all of them should be exterminated, like roaches. She does start to change that opinion once she becomes a disease carrier herself, but she still comes across as selfish and self-indulgent...a rich little girl who does not consider the world around her and is only interested in shopping. There are some redeeming qualities, but you do spend a lot of time wanting to kick her to the curb while you wait for her to grow up.

Then there is Adrian...he acts like a dick for the most part, but given how he has been treated simply because he was born with the disease, there is that part of you that is sympathetic to him. Especially as it relates to how he treats Ria. If anyone deserved to be treated like crap, it is her. However, once she shows up at his dorm room after realizing she has the disease, he doesn't turn her away and instead helps her even when she STILL treats him like crap. Eventually they will develop a relationship, as other things start to heat up. Ria learns her brother is also a carrier and also working to learn what the government is covering up about the disease.

Then there are the unfortunately casualties of Adrian and Ria...Paula and Michael are the two people who least deserve to be hurt, but are by the two people they loved. I have to admit that though I was annoyed with Ria and some of the decisions made, I could not stop reading the story. Is this for everyone? Probably not. Would I recommend it? Depends on what you like...not everyone will like this, but I have to admit, I've already picked up book 2.
(review of free book)

Review by: natalie berry on May 09, 2012 : star star star star star
Loved this book!

Such a refreshing concept for a paranormal series to deal with elements. Took me a couple of chapters to get that it wasn't a secretive thing like in most books but that the entire population knows about people having elemental powers but it didn't put me off atall.

The characters are well written and have depth and mystery to them. The developing relationships that Ria has are gripping and seem real.

I've read alot of paranormal fiction of all different types and this was the perfect blend for me. Action, romance and magic.

Was disappointed it ended
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amy McGuire on April 28, 2012 : star star star
I recently read Alycia Linwood's young adult novel entitled Dangerous. I found the storyline different from others I've read, which was a definite plus. One thing I think Ms. Linwood could use though, is a professional editor or even proofreader. While the grammar was nearly flawless (kudos by the way on having very few typos) the dialogue was unbelievable at times and I found myself wondering if the characters were in high school instead of university simply in the way they were portrayed. They seemed to lack the maturity of university students, both in action and dialogue. I stumbled a little over the believability of Ria's parents' sudden change of heart in the scene where they explain the decree of the great-grandfather, minutes after screaming at Ria that she is 'ruining our family's reputation'. I did however admire Ria's loyalty to Paula in spite of the bad decisions her friend made. The closeness of the two girls was very touching and Michael is a gentleman, something hard to find in a lot of university age guys. All in all, I think this story has potential, but needs a lot of going over for style, believability and dialogue. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but if there is a sequel planned, this should be resolved easily. I would recommend that Ms. Linwood offer a few pages at the end of her book with a section to read from the next (if this is a series) as well as release date for the next book so the reader is not left hanging. Good luck with all your writing endeavours, Alycia.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Gorski on April 22, 2012 : star star
I received this novel free from the author to read and give an honest review.

When I first started reading Dangerous, Book One of the Elemental Preservers Series, written by Alycia Linwood, I really wanted to like it. The plot idea was original and intriguing and I was excited to have the opportunity to read it. Unfortunately, my desires and expectations were way off the mark on this one.

Ms. Linwood has the potential to make this a good series. About two-thirds of the way through the novel, the plot finally began to smooth out and become the outstanding novel I knew it could be. Prior to that point, it was a roller coaster of inconsistent writing and too little show vs tell.

For the first two-thirds of the novel, I really wanted to like it. I wanted to be able to write a glowing review. What I got, was a novel set in a high school/junior college, which felt like it was a repeat of high school for me. It was drawn out, tired and just painful at times with cursing, frequent excessive drinking, which of course led to getting drunk. All of these things came together to create a novel that was juvenile and felt forced.

Now Dangerous had its share of issues, I’m not denying that; however, there are positives as well.

The main characters are very likable and easy to relate to. Ria is up-tight, slightly boy-crazy with her priorities in the right order – friends, boys, studies. Her best friend, Paula, is Ria’s polar opposite in every way. Paula is studious, easy going, and while she does set her sights on one boy, she will never be mistaken for a boy-crazy teenager. The only thing I wish I had more of where the characters are concerned was background. I wish I knew more about them – where they came from, what they like, what they don’t like, what makes them tick (besides boys or studying). As much as I liked the characters and could relate to them, I also felt as if I hardly knew them.

Then for that final third of Dangerous, I simply couldn’t get enough. I couldn’t find enough time to read. I wanted more! It felt like Ms. Linwood had finally found her voice and knew exactly what she wanted to say. The dialog became more natural and flowed easily with the context of the novel itself. As if someone had flipped a switch, the novel suddenly clicked. It all came together. In my opinion, the final third of the novel is what saves it from mediocrity. If not for that magical piece (pardon the magic pun), the novel would have been a shell of what it could have been.

As for the sequels, I’ll likely read the next one for a few reasons. First, I want to see where she takes things from here. Most importantly, I’ll read the second novel to see if Ms. Linwood manages to maintain the momentum she found in the end of Dangerous and carry it over into Book Two. If she can carry it over, there is hope for the series. If she loses it, I likely won’t read past Book Two.

If you are looking for a paranormal novel with magic, witches, wizards and all other things magical, then I would suggest you check out the Harry Potter series, if you haven’t read them already. Also if you are an older teen or a young adult (early twenties), then you might enjoy the House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. It’s also about magic but it tends to have some rather intense situations that aren’t really appropriate for teenagers or younger teenagers. Overall, it’s a fantastic series and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jeann W on April 17, 2012 : (no rating)
I received this book for free through the Goodreads Read to Review author program.

Here's my review cross-posted on Goodreads:

Dangerous follows a unique concept of people born as magic users, with a select few that are infected with magic disease who turn people into killers. This concept drew me into the book and made me want to read more, reminding me of Rogue from Xmen.

I have to admit, the book was a little difficult to get into at the start. It comes off as a very teenage book, focusing mostly on Ria's relationships with her friends and boyfriend instead of the interesting world that has been created. A few parts had me cringing, like the hostility from Adrian and teenage parties and the pillow fight, but once you get past the first 40% of the book it starts to get more enjoyable.

AS it's a self-editing, there were a few typos and grammatical mistakes which kind of detracted from the book, but once I got past that, it was actually quite an enjoyable read. A few interesting developments at the end kept things moving at a fast pace and I was drawn in. I admire how the concept of magic disease is appreciated but wanted to read more about that.

Thanks for the review copy Alycia, I think the story you have created is very interesting and has great potential, I feel after a bit of practice and perhaps an editor the quality of your stories will improve :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: fanny lopez on April 16, 2012 : star star star
Ooook lets start reading the good vrs bad of this book:

Good things
-the plot was something kind of knew, the background of the story its kind of interesting.
-I think its a great how the writer created I world apart of the reality making alive the element world.
-the characters where very funny sometimes the cold-cyniscim of Adrian make LOL many times and the sometimes bitchy-sarcastic Ria. Make. Laught aloooooooot too.
-I like the diferents unique personality the writer gave to each character.

Bad things
-well I think that a little more explanations and details in the scenes would have been great.
-sometimes the scenes became a little predictable.

Its a good debut novel interesting and kind of funny
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shannon boudraa on April 12, 2012 : (no rating)
This book has potential. The story line is quite interesting and very refreshing. However, The character development left something wanting. The personalities were rather one sided. The use of magic is understated and there is a lack of secondary characters but overall it was quite enjoyable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shannon boudraa on April 12, 2012 : star star star
This book has potential. The story line is quite interesting and very refreshing. However, The character development left something wanting. The personalities were rather one sided. The use of magic is understated and there is a lack of secondary characters but overall it was quite enjoyable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tawna lambert on April 12, 2012 : star star star star
At first I didn't think I would like the book, but then the story finally drew me in and I am hooked. I want the next book out now!! I really want to know what the heck is going to happen next!

The Story
Magic using is a part of the world in this book and there is also a disease that is taking the magic away, kind of. This disease makes the person feel all of the other magic users and overwhelms them in a way that they want the magic very badly and the person can either control it or they end up killing the person and absorbing their magic. The world then detests the magic disease because everyone is scared that it can't be controlled and the people with the disease will murder anyone else for their power. Ria and Paula are best friends and start at Magic Academy and meet boys they feel they love, then a problem presents itself for Ria and she gets closer to figuring out the secrets behind the magic disease that the world hasn't told anyone. BTW, there isn't actually a whole lot of magic usage in this first book. Just hints of it as the story revolves around students who have not exactly been through practical study of their magic yet.

Dislikes
At first I thought Ria was a F*g bitch and couldn't connect with her narrow minded views. I thought Paula was a bit too silly about her boyfriend and Michael was just too good.

There were some problems with editing where a word was missing or misplaced and sometimes I had to read a sentence once or twice to get what was supposed to be there.

Likes
The whole storyline! I thought it was interesting and a different take on magic than what I've personally read before.
Ria sort of redeemed herself by realizing some of the things she thought were incorrect and she didn't seem a silly as Paula about some other things.

Conclusion
I absolutely enjoyed the story and can't wait to read the next installment. I recommend for anyone interested in a college type setting with some romance and an different take on magic.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Leanne Goon on April 11, 2012 : star star star star
*Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author for an honest review
**also posted on Amazon.com under Leanne

Dangerous is told by the point-of-view of Ria Milanez, a privileged university student, who holds the element of fire. In this alternate world, magic has always been present, with people being gifted by the God of Magic with one element. The only caveat for this gift was that the elements remain “pure” and unmixed by not breeding with different elementals. As people broke this rule, magic disease carriers (those with no element) emerged, and they had the ability to infect others through sexual contact and kill others in order to steal their elements for themselves. Although the stolen element would fade with time, magic disease carriers could and most likely would continue killing to replenish their magic and this made them feared by the uninfected. Ria has grown up in an upper class family, one with a very pure elemental line, and with the belief that magic disease carriers should be feared and isolated from the general magic population. As she attends school, her beliefs are questioned and contested as she develops feelings for a water elemental, Michael, and when she encounters a famous magic disease carrier, Adrian.

I thought Linwood was quite successful in creating an intriguing world with a distinctive concept. It was clever of her to use a prologue-type introduction to explain the details of it as it greatly helped set up my understanding of Ria’s reactions since the plot starts quickly with the introductions of Michael and Adrian. Without that, I believe Ria would have been less likeable as she did have rather prejudicial dialogue. In addition, Linwood did a commendable job in character development. For example, she slowly flushed out the character of Adrian, whom I detested in the first half of the book, and revealed enough of his history and circumstances such that I eventually ended up sympathizing with him. Furthermore, I loved the complexities that arise as Ria’s best friend, Paula, falls for the dangerous Adrian, while his interest lay with Ria. I enjoyed Ria’s struggle to protect her friend, while resisting Adrian’s advances. This becomes truly difficult as she begins to see Adrian in a different light versus that of just a magic disease carrier, and with the shocking twist that Linwood introduces in the middle of the book.

Overall, Dangerous was an entertaining, fast read with an interesting concept with the magic disease carriers. I did become engrossed in this book (finished in two sittings) and felt that it had dynamic characters and a titillating cliffhanger ending to warrant reading the sequel, despite the grammatical errors. I would recommend this to young adult readers, who are fans of paranormal romances, such as the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Suzanne Pringle on April 11, 2012 : star star star star
I really liked the characters. The main character, Ria, was a tom-boy with a spunky attitude. She had a best friend who I felt was a quite tame. She had her "love at first site" boyfriend, and lastly there was the bad boy. She comes to love this bad boy yet already has a boyfriend. Talk about a love triangle.

The story line was about magic elements yet I felt that they took a back seat in regards to Ria's life/drama. Ria finds she is a magic disease carrier and that they boy she hated, cause he had it, now had the ability to help her.

The one complaint was that the book just kinda ended. It is definitely leading up to the next book but still. Don't leave me hanging :)

Overall I really enjoyed the story and will be looking forward to the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: essence on April 10, 2012 : star star star star
Never before have I came across a book where I couldn't care less about the storyline and about secondary characters. This book is set in a world where each person has it's own element: air, earth, water, fire. From the first sentence on it reminded me a little bit of Vampire Academy, minus the vampires - elements, side-elements, some big mystery, outsiders with magic disease who kill their own kind in order to gain power, a university where teenagers are trained to become more acknowledged with their element and so on. In the beginning I wasn't quite sure how it will all turn around and I didn't even like Ria, the main character. But then... oh, then...

If I didn't care about storyline, what did I care about then? Ria and Adrian. I feel like such a typical teenager for falling for the typical bad boy and the typical egoistic behavior. But I just can't help it. The relationship between them was so nicely described and it progressed from frenemies to mixed/intense feelings. And even though I'm so excited about them I can't even find the right words to describe it all. Ria might be spoiled and self-absorbed back-stabbing so called friend, but then again... I kind of understand it all. When she starts showing symptoms of magic disease (which Adrian has to, he's the only known carrier), slowly she begins to grow up and realizes there's more to life. And Adrian has a really bad attitude and he really is a douche bag but I simply adore his witty remarks and constant use of sarcasm.

The storyline was kind of predictable, all though there were some twists I never could have seen coming. Not to mention how the ending left me breathless. I always complain that series books need better cliffhanger - I remember someone said how Cinder by M. Meyer had a great cliffhanger and then I came to the end and for me it wasn't a cliffhanger at all. So I waited to find a book that would really really really leave me hanging for more. This one definitely did and I can't wait for August to finally come. YAAY!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: essence on April 10, 2012 : star star star star
Never before have I came across a book where I couldn't care less about the storyline and about secondary characters. This book is set in a world where each person has it's own element: air, earth, water, fire. From the first sentence on it reminded me a little bit of Vampire Academy, minus the vampires - elements, side-elements, some big mystery, outsiders with magic disease who kill their own kind in order to gain power, a university where teenagers are trained to become more acknowledged with their element and so on. In the beginning I wasn't quite sure how it will all turn around and I didn't even like Ria, the main character. But then... oh, then...

If I didn't care about storyline, what did I care about then? Ria and Adrian. I feel like such a typical teenager for falling for the typical bad boy and the typical egoistic behavior. But I just can't help it. The relationship between them was so nicely described and it progressed from frenemies to mixed/intense feelings. And even though I'm so excited about them I can't even find the right words to describe it all. Ria might be spoiled and self-absorbed back-stabbing so called friend, but then again... I kind of understand it all. When she starts showing symptoms of magic disease (which Adrian has to, he's the only known carrier), slowly she begins to grow up and realizes there's more to life. And Adrian has a really bad attitude and he really is a douche bag but I simply adore his witty remarks and constant use of sarcasm.

The storyline was kind of predictable, all though there were some twists I never could have seen coming. Not to mention how the ending left me breathless. I always complain that series books need better cliffhanger - I remember someone said how Cinder by M. Meyer had a great cliffhanger and then I came to the end and for me it wasn't a cliffhanger at all. So I waited to find a book that would really really really leave me hanging for more. This one definitely did and I can't wait for August to finally come. YAAY!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natasha Lacelle on April 09, 2012 : (no rating)
This book is definitely geared towards teenagers. I found some of the characters and actions to be immature but that is expected for this type of genre. I think the story is a great concept and that it is a great read for teenagers but not every adult will enjoy it. I did find some grammatical errors which were distracting but that could be the ebook format.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Boustead on April 01, 2012 : star star star star
The God of Magic gave every human control over one of the four main elements with one condition, the elements should never mix. But as is a human nature person began to break that rule. Over the years through the mixing of all of the elements a powerful disease was create making the one with the “Magic Disease” have no element and an insatiable urge to kill someone for theirs. This book is the story of Ria, a young woman in her freshman year of college, who finds out that even though she has an element and comes from a “pure” family she actually is a carrier of the Magic Disease.
This was actually a cute book about the struggles Ria is facing. How she has to hide what she has become or risk someone torturing or killing her. Ria also falls in love but even though it sounds simple, it’s not, she must chose between Michael a boy who would do anything for her and love her unconditionally but whom she has accidently tried to kill, or Adrian who also has the magic disease but is dating her best friend. The book was a fun and easy read but if you like a lot of action this is not the book for you. It’s a great ok for snuggling on the couch with.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on March 26, 2012 : star star star
Preserve one’s own element, stick to it, don’t intermarry between elements: sounds a simple enough rule, doesn’t it? Maybe in an ideal world, people would have continued to heeded this small stricture of the God of Magic, who provided the elements initially. But any society is hardly ever ideal-and when people forget, or turn to science, or embrace the concept that such rules are simply legend and myth-then people forget, and intermarry, and elements mix. So offspring were born who possessed an element, but only weakly; and sometimes there simply was no element at all in a particular individual. So Magic itself began to decline, weakening and diluting. Sometimes, those without an element found they could acquire one-if only temporarily-by murder. As we all know, murder rarely satisfies a killer for very long-and elements acquired by murder don’t remain-so those under the control of “magic disease,” discovered to be contagious through intimate transmission, are almost always feared and dreaded-even to the point of becoming murder victims themselves.

At the University of Magic, our heroine Ria, who possesses Element of Fire, and her best friend Paula, of the Element of Air and a scientific research-oriented mind) are first-year students, with the goal of learning to use their elements. Paula wants also to find the cure for “magic disease” and eventually eradicate it. All four elements (fire, air, water, earth) attend the University, so naturally the odds are they will encounter individuals who hold other elements, and even feel drawn to some of them. A “magic disease” carrier, Adrian, is also a University of Magic student, perhaps because he had been orphaned and society really knows nowhere else to place him.

Going by the settings, the characterizations, and the issues, I believe this novel would appeal to readers who enjoy YA Paranormal, and perhaps YA Fantasy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: natalie berry on March 25, 2012 : star star star star star
Loved this book!

Such a refreshing concept for a paranormal series to deal with elements. Took me a couple of chapters to get that it wasn't a secretive thing like in most books but that the entire population knows about people having elemental powers but it didn't put me off atall.

The characters are well written and have depth and mystery to them. The developing relationships that Ria has are gripping and seem real.

I've read alot of paranormal fiction of all different types and this was the perfect blend for me. Action, romance and magic.

Was disappointed it ended
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: norma peruzzotti on Feb. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
this was an awesome reading!It left me wanting more and more.I liked the characters because they are totally human and believable.Is a strong writing, also has a good mystery sense and the history evolves without fail.Loved to read it and...I WANT MORE!!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: devillygirl on Feb. 06, 2012 : star star star star star
A really amazing book!
I don't care much about books with witches. Always thought it was just a bunch of people around a fire saying something completely stupid and unintelligible to make a spell. Not the case. It actually made sense! Really compelling story. Totally worth reading. Some difficulty due to grammatical errors but, maybe because english is not my 1st language, that didn't faze me much. Some might not like Ria but I'm tired of reading about perfect girls who never do anything wrong! Yes she's a self-centered bitch but there's more of her to know. She's an awesome friend. And I'm sorry...Michael may be cute and cuddly but I prefer Adrian. Michael's just...too damn saint. Anyway the cliff hanger really left me wanting more and more! I really hope Alycia writes the sequel soon!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Denise Sanchez on Feb. 03, 2012 : star
I received this book for free from Librarything. Unfortunately, I could not get past the 1st chapter because of the numerous grammatical errors. The story itself seemed like it could be interesting, but I simply could not read it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shelley Palmer on Feb. 02, 2012 : star star
I gave this book two stars because the story is compelling. However, the gaping grammatical errors were so bad that I couldn't even finish the second chapter. I was disappointed. With a LOT of grammatical editing this could be a very good book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cordenne Brewster on Jan. 31, 2012 : star star star star star
There are few grammatical errors but overall the book was great! Halfway through the book I was like eh, I'll give it four and half stars but by the end I changed my mind. This book has all the "elements" of a good fiction story: romance, suspence, and some adventure.

Its base on a girl named Ria and her family is pure. Its kind of like Harry Potter. If both your parents are wizard you are pure-bred. If only one or none you are a mud-blood or mutt. If you aren't a wizard at all your a muggle. The entire system is based on social status but except this is supernatural powers. One of Ria's "friends" is a shall we say muggle and she hates him for it and other characteristics. But soon something impossible happens and she becomes closer to him, way closer.

PROS: Language is not forced. It is casual and I like that because it makes it seem more real.

CONS: There are many noticeable grammatical erros which makes it hard at times to read but its really the content of the book that counts right?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cordenne Brewster on Jan. 31, 2012 : (no rating)
There are few grammatical errors but overall the book was great! Halfway through the book I was like eh, I'll give it four and half stars but by the end I changed my mind. This book has all the "elements" of a good fiction story: romance, suspence, and some adventure.

Its base on a girl named Ria and her family is pure. Its kind of like Harry Potter. If both your parents are wizard you are pure-bred. If only one or none you are a mud-blood or mutt. If you aren't a wizard at all your a muggle. The entire system is based on social status but except this is supernatural powers. One of Ria's "friends" is a shall we say muggle and she hates him for it and other characteristics. But soon something impossible happens and she becomes closer to him, way closer.

PROS: Language is not forced. It is casual and I like that because it makes it seem more real.

CONS: There are many noticeable grammatical erros which makes it hard at times to read but its really the content of the book that counts right?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shari Eggleston on Jan. 26, 2012 : star star star star
I really liked this book, it caught my attention from the beginning. Interesting characters and plot twists.

Ms. Linwood knows how to grab your attention and also how to make sure you come back for that second book. Quite the cliff hanger.

Though like pointed out by some of the other reviewers, you need a different proof reader. It didn't detract from the story, but I had to pause and interpret some sentences before continuing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Caroline Ernst on Jan. 17, 2012 : star star
I received this book as a member giveaway on Librarything.

This book really didn't work for me at all however I am sure it could appeal strongly to those who love the Twilight/ Stephanie Meyers books.

The fantasy is about the elements magic that people generally possess which is the best part of the book. A problem of magic disease has appeared, where people with no element will want one badly enough to be driven to kill others for it. My first problem was that I immediately disliked the main character- Ria Milanez. This is a rich, priviledged, offensively self-centred, no-talent, shopaholic, ignorant young girl behaving like the whole world owes her a living. She is way too cool to take school/ university seriously (I think these are about 20 year olds, there is lots of sex and swearing) and her idea of OK behaviour is both to sleep with the boyfriend of her alleged best friend (a much nicer, quieter girl called Paula) and unrepentantly to that, to have lots of personal in-jokes with him on top. This not-your-boyfriend is called Adrian and he has magic disease making him The Fonz of University and a dangerous sort of Edward-character. She actually has her own boyfriend called poor-sod, I mean Michael, who is apparently really nice too- what on earth are these nice characters seeing in such a dim and selfish girl? There is an unpleasant storyline where selfish-brat is unable to remember sleeping with the real boyfriend due to some pill/ drug the not-your-boyfriend gave her. Not good messages! Adrian also has a sort of guardian figure called Alan who has apparently no idea what the words "client confidentiality" might mean as he's quite happy to tell any of the Uni kids where and what Adrian is up to and lots of his confidential personal details too. Well, I won't spoil the story, which apart from the awful characters, is actually quite interesting; not-your-boyfriend is trying to find out why he has magic disease and how that works.

I won't be looking out the next books in the series but were this story written with likeable characters possessing a bit more respect for themselves and others it could be very good indeed.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: lamecia cannon on Jan. 02, 2012 : star star star star
I really enjoyed this book all the way till the end! The end left me hanging though! I can't wait till the next installment comes out, I hope it is pretty soon because I can't stand to think about what happened to my Adrian!


Ria lives in a world where everyone 'normal' has an element of Fire,Water,Earth, and Air. Their God has gifted every human on the planet with an element and the only thing he asked was for each element to reproduce with a person of the same element and to never mix. Well guess what, they went against his request and mixed the elements in which there were consequences.

Ria's is a regular college student and her element is Fire. Everything starts to change when she meets a guy named Micheal through her best friend Puala. Micheal's element is water and because she is forbidden by her family to marry outside of her element, Ria knows that she would never marry Micheal so she decides dating him wouldn't hurt anybody. Ria hears about a disease carrier by the name of Adrian(Love that name) that also attends the school, Ria does not feel she or anyone is safe around this guy because he is dangerous. But her best friend starts dating him and she slowly starts feeling something for him and figures out that Adrian is hiding something that can change the view of the magic disease carriers.

I couldn't put this book down! I LOVED Ria's attitude, everything that came out of her mouth was hilarious and Adrian, I had mixed feeling with him in the beginning of the book he was such a freakin JERK! I could not believe him sometimes but everything started to make since at the end of the book and I just LOVE him lol. I recommend this book to anyone because I enjoyed every surprising turn in this book, it really left me panting for more!


Pros: Original Storyline because I was a little confused about the whole gene thing but Alycia was very kind and broke down the details of it. Loved the characters, they were so real and I connected with them.

Cons: Some missing words and fragments which is so understandable. The cliff hanger lol because I want to know what happened sooooo bad!


Thanks Alycia for being so nice and letting me review your book, I am anxious about the second one :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lamecia cannon on Jan. 02, 2012 : star star star star
I really enjoyed this book all the way till the end! The end left me hanging though! I can't wait till the next installment comes out, I hope it is pretty soon because I can't stand to think about what happened to my Adrian!


Ria lives in a world where everyone 'normal' has an element of Fire,Water,Earth, and Air. Their God has gifted every human on the planet with an element and the only thing he asked was for each element to reproduce with a person of the same element and to never mix. Well guess what, they went against his request and mixed the elements in which there were consequences.

Ria's is a regular college student and her element is Fire. Everything starts to change when she meets a guy named Micheal through her best friend Puala. Micheal's element is water and because she is forbidden by her family to marry outside of her element, Ria knows that she would never marry Micheal so she decides dating him wouldn't hurt anybody. Ria hears about a disease carrier by the name of Adrian(Love that name) that also attends the school, Ria does not feel she or anyone is safe around this guy because he is dangerous. But her best friend starts dating him and she slowly starts feeling something for him and figures out that Adrian is hiding something that can change the view of the magic disease carriers.

I couldn't put this book down! I LOVED Ria's attitude, everything that came out of her mouth was hilarious and Adrian, I had mixed feeling with him in the beginning of the book he was such a freakin JERK! I could not believe him sometimes but everything started to make since at the end of the book and I just LOVE him lol. I recommend this book to anyone because I enjoyed every surprising turn in this book, it really left me panting for more!


Pros: Original Storyline because I was a little confused about the whole gene thing but Alycia was very kind and broke down the details of it. Loved the characters, they were so real and I connected with them.

Cons: Some missing words and fragments which is so understandable. The cliff hanger lol because I want to know what happened sooooo bad!


Thanks Alycia for being so nice and letting me review your book, I am anxious about the second one :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Keren Kiesslinger on Sep. 27, 2011 : star star star star
I guess I should start off with the reason I gave this book 4 stars out of 5. Well it is nothing major, that I can assure you.
I found there to be a few spelling mistakes, misuse of a word here and there, and also missing words in a sentence. Also, maybe I would have worded a couple of sentences here and there differently, as I struggled to make them make sense at first. But that is just a personal thing, but because of these slight flaws, I felt I couldn't award it the full 5 stars.
However, based on story content, I would more than happily award it 5 stars. I just felt I needed to be honest, as there is nothing worse for me than reading someones review that is 100% positive with no criticism because, let's face it, nothing is that perfect.


My review of the actual story itself?

Ria is an 18 year old girl who has just started attending the University of Magic, this is a place full of students who are in possession of an element, Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
Ria's element is Fire.
She meets a boy whom she is attracted to, but his element is not the same as hers. This makes things difficult for her because you are only supposed to marry someone of your own element.
But marriage isn't at the forefront of her mind, after all, she's only 18. So she decides to date Michael, even though there could be consequences.

Ria feels threatened by a 'magical disease carrier' by the name of Adrian, as she feels he is dangerous. They are warned to stay away from these carriers, as they are said to become murderers, killing people to steal their element as they do not have one of their own.

So when Ria's best friend Paula starts dating Adrian, Ria is concerned for her friend, and though she doesn't want to see Paula unhappy, she would rather see her with someone who can make her happy and isn't a magical disease carrier.

However, all Ria's beliefs are soon put to the test, as she herself starts showing signs of this magical disease. She doesn't know how she got it, all she knows is she can't tell anyone about it. Anyone except Adrian that is.


I won't spoil the story for you, suffice to say, this story had me hooked from the first page right up to the last. When it ended, I was gutted. I was having withdrawal symptoms from the last word and am seriously hoping to see Alycia publish the next book VERY soon, I need my next fix.

Thank you Alycia for giving me this book to review. I eagerly await the next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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