Genre: YA Fantasy
Book: Remember (Book #1 from Protectors of the Elemental Magic series)
Marnie Cate was born and raised in Montana before adventuring to the warmer states of Arizona and California. Her love of Dame Judi Dench and dreams of caticorns and rainbows inspired her to chase her dreams. One great sentence came to mind and the world of elemental magic and the humans they lived amongst filled her mind. With Remember, the story has begun.
Marnie Cate is an active member of indie author groups and loves to help out other authors when she can.
"Hiding the truth from you is no longer protecting you.
Sit and I will tell you what you need to know"
With those words, the secrets of my great grandmother, Genevieve Silver, were unburied and my role as a protector of the elemental magic was revealed.
My name is Marina Addisyn Stone but Mara is what my friends and family call me. I had always felt that there was something missing and that nothing was permanent. Why would I feel that way? I was being raised with my little sister by my grandmother that loved and doted on me. Then, there was Cole Sands. Who could forget the blue-eyed boy that had stolen my heart. What more could a girl need? I always thought I was just being dramatic and that bad things do happen to people but that is part of life. People die. People go away. Little did I know that with one secret, my life would change forever and my new world would be surrounded by the world of elemental magic.
This is a great story with lots of unexpected twists, focusing on the ties of family and the responsibility that comes with great powers, in this case the power to wield devastating magic. The best part of the book, however is the author's ability to describe tastes, smells, sounds, sights and feelings so vividly. From the smell and wild berries cooking on the stove to the sight of magic tendrils wrapping around our protagonist, everything is described so clearly that you can easily imagine yourself there in the action. Can't wait for the next part. - Review by Travis West on April 8, 2015
Read an Excerpt
"Open the chest, love. It is time you learn who we are and what is inside," Gram gently said and handed me the box. "This box was given to me by my mother. Each of the names on this chest promised to keep the ancient magic safe from those who would misuse it."
I traced the names with my fingertip. The name Genevieve felt warm and felt like a song. Tracing my grandmother's name, I felt the same warmth and feeling of peace. When I moved to the next name below Gram's, I stopped and stared. Eliza was written. This name was not warm like the other two. It felt like ice and made my heart start beating fast.
"Why would her name feel so cold? Does it mean she is dead, Gram?" I whispered.
"Open the chest and you will have answers to your questions," she persuaded, unable to hide the sadness in her voice.
I carefully opened the box and it glowed with a lavender light that lit up the room. Deep inside the box resting on a satin bed, there was a light blue ring. The robin egg blue stone was surrounded by braided silver that looked as though it was an egg inside its nest. Picking up the ring, I held it in my hand.
Looking back into the chest that held the stone ring, I saw a dark haired woman smiling as she placed a purple ring on her finger. The ring looked like the one I was holding, yet, its stone was different in color. The deep blue to red images moved so quickly that I began to feel dizzy as I watched.
When the next image came, it slowed and I gasped as I recognized the next woman. It was my grandmother. She was a teenager with long brown hair pulled into a delicate braid. The braid had beautiful white flowers laced throughout the twist of her hair. Her soft brown eyes shined as she held a deep blue ring in front of her and said, "I promise to always protect this magic and use it to protect and guide and never use for self-benefit."
The first woman appeared before me and spoke in strong voice as she looked deeply into my eyes, "Marina Addisyn Stone, do you promise to protect this magic from those who would misuse it? Will you stand strong and protect the magic when the time comes?"