Inside cover blurb:
Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.
When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.
But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.
But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…
I was so into this book! Of course it was bound to be epic after being compared to both Pacific Rim and Sailor Moon. Great balance of action, drama, and intrigue to keep things rolling along. The plot seemed to have gotten overly complicated toward the end, but I would definitely read a sequel.
Plus: Awesome smoke monsters. Feminist, real characters- just because you have super powers doesn’t mean you aren’t flawed.
Minus: Kinda whiny main character. Some of the world building elements are a tad sketchy.
If you like this book, try:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare