Caloric definition–the magical substance in all things that ancient scientists believed allowed them to be burned.

This book will definitely ignite the caloric within your soul.

Bound by fear, by fire, by destiny.

Phoenyx Blake has a secret. When she wakes in a dungeon with three strangers, she is forced to face it. As days pass, they learn they are each one of the four elements bound in human form and they have been abducted by an ancient society that plans to kill them and steal their powers. And what’s more, she and her cellmate, Sebastian, discover that there is a much stronger flame between them than any she could conjure. They are destined to love, destined to die, destined to repeat.

If the four of them hope to escape, they must master their powers, and Phoenyx must learn to let go of fear and let love in, before it’s too late.

Tricia Barr has put out a novel that hits all the high notes to draw readers in with her talented writing and imagination. The super hero / gifted powers plot device worked well within the context of this story and was a welcome break after being inundated with Marvel and DCs monopoly on the themes.

The suspense filled action, romance and a whiff of humor combine to create a well thought out plot in this first book of the series.

The characters are fleshed out very well so you get a good sense of who they are and can easily believe in their interactions and motivations. As you move deeper through the story you can’t help but cheer on the characters you’ve become invested in and hope that all their sacrifices will pay off. The main female character is strong and a great example of what women are capable of particularly in adverse situations.

Though the idea of using groups of teens has been done many times over in movies and books Barr somehow took a long used idea and made it fresh. The value of friendship is a beautiful theme woven along the pages in this mystically unique novel.

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this book.

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