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Publisher's Summary

In her YA debut, New York Times best-selling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five. 

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five and bring the two fractured kingdoms together. 

Lyric has no idea there's a realm outside the human one in which she lives. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out nothing is at it seems. 

There is a war surrounding her, and when Lyric realizes they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted: a boy who isn't who she thought and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her as she trains. 

For the darkness is coming, and the queen of Obscurite wants to ensure the king of Lumiere can't get his hands on Lyric. The only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more...no matter the cost to prophecy.

©2019 Carrie Ann Ryan (P)2019 Carrie Ann Ryan

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Story with good potential but...

This story has good potential but the main character is extremely annoying and she’s constantly repeating the same sentences throughout the story which makes me want to pull out my hair. I finished the story because I hate not completing a book I’ve started but the main character has no dimension or has any real growth throughout the narrative. I will not be reading or listening to any of the other books in this series.

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Loving Lyric!!

This is the first book of the series. It gives us a piece of what Lyric will face in her journey and I look forward to reading the next book. The narrator was very good and fit excellently for this story. Overall it was amazing and keeps the reader engaged.

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From the Ruins

I have to say this is not my go to genre. PNR is something I can get into, but this was something I could not stop listening too. The narration was on point. The narrator was new to me and I enjoyed the way she brought this story to life. This was definitely a must listen for me.

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Ok But super annoying

This book series has potential but it has some really annoying things that need to be fixed. Like everything that the main character says or thinks she has it think it or say it like 5 billion times in a short period. That was the main problem with this book.

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Dragging inner monologue

The first chapter consists of a teenage girl and her inner monologue about how she needs to make choices about her upcoming life and blah blah blah blah. It just kept going on about the same thing 20 million times. Who wants to listen to that?

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Masculinity = Evil

The writer goes out of her way show that she's inclusive in the very beginning of the book by showing us the protagonist's bisexual. I think this is just the justification that protagonist falls in love with a man. he's only like 400 years old it's fine it's not a creepy old man he looks like he's 16 it's fine. The villain is very one-dimensional. I am man. I want power. I am evil. I wouldn't bother with this book unless you're 13 years old or enjoy rolling your eyes.

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Fast paced

This is a wonderful new series from Carrie Ann Ryan. While it isn't like anything she has written before, it still carries her wonderful writing style that brings the characters and places alive. I will definitely get the next book in the series.

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an amazingly told fantasy story! where a girl named Lyric sees shadows and she embarks on an adventure that changes her life.

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I am really struggling to finish this book. It's really hard to get past all the over exaggeration of everything, the redundant rephrases, and the constant wallowing of short comings the main character goes through. Yes some situations need to be exaggerated to emphasize a point, but it is done for everything little thing. As for the rephrases, the length of the book itself would be cut done by a little less than half if the author just got to the point. It's the first book, the character should lack skills and so forth, but the way it is written, is just whining. I really want to finish the book, I hate starting something and not completing it, but the narrative is really making it difficult. Update: I finished the book and it was still the same repeat of rephrasing. I liked the story line and just wish the writing style would just get to the story. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Unfortunately, I will not be reading the others books in fear of the same rephrasing.

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Basically YA throughout

This book was too YA for me. I wish the author had been more descriptive of the world and the people there. She summarized often as if I hadn’t just read the previous chapter! And while it didn’t get too sappy with young infatuation I didn’t care about any of the budding relationships. I’m not going to read the rest of the series b/c I just don’t care what happens next.