Friday, 7 December 2012

The Alchemists Academy: Elemental Explosions Review + Giveaway

Hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer
This is my first time taking part in a blog tour. I've done a couple of cover reveals but this is new and I'm excited!

I have two stops in this tour, this is a review of the second book in The Alchemists Academy, Elemntal Explosions. You can find my review for book one, Stones to Ashes here.

The Alchemists Academy Book 2: Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

 Title: Elemental Explosions

 Series: Alchemists Academy #2

 Author:  Kailin Gow

 Published: 25th July 2011

 Source: Copy from the author for an honest review


A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, and he brings with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse than Wirt, but a new teacher had replaced one of their beloved teachers, and she has more planned for Wirt and his friends than just lesson plans. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland, as well. On top of that, it is their second year, and the year where all the students must pass a test to move on to the Elite Class at the Academy. The Elite Class is the only class in the third year at the Academy, and the students who fail will be sent home, others will face something even deadlier.

My Review

This book began in Wirt's dreams and picked up nicely where the other book left off. Right at the start you get more of insight into who Wirt could be and what plans people may have for him. I definitely found myself coming up with some theories within the first few pages.

This book still follows Wirt and alongside him, his friends, Spender and Alana, but in this book a new character is also introduced. Roland is the new guy that the girl fawn over and the guys wish they could be. He and Wirt start off on the wrong foot and their relationship doesn't improve especially with Alana apparently smitten with Roland.

You got to know more of the characters backgrounds in this book which gave you a deeper connection to them. The new characters are fun and mysterious and I really like the whole Merlin/Wirt aspect

The book started off slowly, not quite drawing me in but the last few chapters really made the book and I had a whole heap of fun reading them. I especially love the whole 'quantum games' element and thought it really added the right sort of drama the book needed.

There were some inconsistencies and some strange wording in the story but overlooking that it was really good. The start of the book didn't quite grab me in the way I'd hope but the ending of the book was great and I really want to know how it plays out in the next book!

3.5 Whales


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Official Tour Schedule:

November 30th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Tour Kick Off
Peace From Pieces - Author Interview

December 1st
Spotlight & Excerpts - Cuzinlogic - icefairy's Treasure Chest - The Mod Podge Bookshelf - A Dream With In A Dream - Manga Maniac Cafe - Bibliophilia Please - The Secret Writer - Tribute Books

December 2nd
Oh the Books You'll Read - Stones to Ashes Review
In This World Of Books - Review of Both Books

December 3rd
Book Worm Brandy - review of both books

December 4th
Pieces of Whimsy - Stones to Ashes review

December 5th
Savings in Seconds - review of both books

December 6th
Oh the Books You'll Read - Elemental Explosions Review
Lovey Dovey Books - Stones to Ashes Review

December 7th
Pieces of Whimsy - Elemental Explosions review

December 8th
Parsimonious Posh - Stones to Ashes Review

December 9th
Magical Manuscripts - Stone to Ashes Review

December 10th
Multiple Blogs - Book Blast

December 11th
Lovey Dovey Books - Elemental Explosions Review

December 12th
Read My Mind - Stones to Ashes Review

December 13th
Parsimonious Posh - Elemental Explosions Review

December 14th
The Write Path - Stones to Ashes Review

December 15th
Escaping... One Book @ a Time - Stones to Ashes Review
Getting Your Read On - Review of Both Books

December 16th
Magical Manscripts - Elemental Explosions Review

December 17th
Read My Mind - Elemental Explosions Review

December 18th
Book Briefs - Stones to Ashes Review
Literary Time Out - Review of Both Books

December 19th
Publishing the Paranormal - Stones to Ashes Review

December 20th
Bookhounds YA - Stones to Ashes Review

December 21st
My Escape - Review of Both Books

December 22nd
Escaping... One Book @ a Time - Elemental Explosions Review

December 23rd
Bookworm Lisa - Stones to Ashes Review
Reviewing Shelf - Stones to Ashes Review

December 26th
Book Briefs - Elemental Explosions Review

December 27th
The Book Mark Blog - Review of Both Books
Reviewing Shelf - Elemental Explosions Review
Head Stuck in a Book - Review of both books

December 28th
Publishing the Paranormal - Elemental Explosions Review
Bookworm Lisa - Elemental Explosions Review

December 29th
Debbie's Inkspectations - Review of Stones to Ashes

December 30th
Libby's Library - Stones to Ashes Review
Rachel Cotterill Book Reviews - Review of Stones to Ashes

December 31st
Val Muller - Stones to Ashes Review
Four Sisters and a Book - Review of both books
Why Not? Because I Said So - Review of both books

January 2nd
The Write Path - Elemental Explosions Review

January 3rd
Storeybook Reveiws - Review of Stones to Ashes

January 4th
Libby's Library - Elemental Explosions Review

January 5th
Storeybook Reviews - Review of Elemental Explosions
Sher A Hart: My Written Art - Review of Stones to Ashes

January 7th
Val Muller - Elemental Explosions Review

January 8th
Debbie's Inkspectations - Review of Elemental Explosions

January 9th
Bookhounds YA - Review of Elemental Explosions

January 14th
Turner's Antics - Review of Stones to Ashes

January 15th
Reader Girls - Review of Both Books

January 21st
Fiction Predictions - Stones to Ashes Review

January 26th
Sher A Hart: My Written Art - Review of Elemental Explosions

January 28th
Fiction Predictions - Elemental Explosions Review

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