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Paranormal Fantasy Review: Imitation & Alchemy by Elizabeth Hunter

Imitation & Alchemy by Elizabeth Hunter (Elemental Legacy #2)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
All Ben Vecchio wanted was a quiet summer before his last semester of university. Was that too much to ask?

All Tenzin wanted was a cache of priceless medieval coins that had been missing for several hundred years.

And some company.

Phrases like “never again” don’t mean much when you’ve been a vampire for several thousand years. And promises made in the heat of anger don’t outweigh the lure of gold. Ben Vecchio thought he knew everything there was to know about the immortals of Italy. But when Tenzin tempts him into another adventure finding a cache of rare gold coins missing since the nineteenth century, he’ll discover that familiar places can hold the most delicious secrets. And possibly, the key to his future.

Ben and Tenzin are back in an all new novella in the Elemental Legacy series.

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I think that seeing Ben grow throughout so  many Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World books and discovering Tenzin's secrets along the way made me as a reader extremely comfortable and extremely attached to these two.

As a result this powerful and enigmatic duo is so alive, familiar and cuddly, you just read about their escapades with a big smile on your face.

 The events of Imitation & Alchemy takes place a year after couple's adventure in China. This time the setting is very romantic, suffused with history and culture, and chaotic in a very different way from China. Author's love for Italy is clear in her descriptions of Naples and Venice. Especially, Venice. They are warm and gorgeous and introduce us to new, intriguing characters.

Ben is all grown up and delicious and in search of his identity. He is charming, and on the surface, carefree, but deep inside he feels woefully under equipped for the fast, brutal world of elemental vampires. I love how when in danger he doesn't rush into battle with a much stronger enemy, but takes cover and lets Tenzin deal with it head on. Even then he still takes a beating, but you know he did everything in his power to avoid it.

I also love how this is a story of building partnership between him and Tenzin. You know Ben is Tenzin's grip on humanity on staying in present, and in turn, she challenges Ben and makes him try harder to use his full potential.

There is a distant possibility of a romantic involvement, but I was relieved to see that it's not here yet. I don't think we are ready for that twist quite yet!

I am not going to describe what's happening in the book, but it's fast and fun and very Tenzin-like little heist. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think you will too. Recommended.

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 Я думаю, что наблюдая, как Бен рос через множество книг серии Элементарного Мира и как постепенно раскрывались секреты Тензин, я, как читатель, прониклась к этой парочке огромной симпатией.

Именно поэтому об эскападах этого харизматичного дуо читала я с улыбкой на лице.

События "Имитации и Алхимии" происходят год спустя приключения в Китае. В этот раз декорации не менее романтичны, хаотичны и пронизаны богатой историей и культурой, однако Италия передает совершенно другое настроение. Любовь автора к этой стране и особенно к Неаполю и Венеции, очевидна. 
Атмосфера чарующа, не принимает ничего всерьез и насыщенна местным колоритом. "Имитация и Алхимия" отвешивает поклон "Мальтийскому Ястребу" своей дерзкой аферой.

 Бен в этой книге ответственный молодой человек, мучающийся над решением что же ему делать со своим будущим и прячущийся за фасадом беззаботного повесы. И Тензин его к этому решению подталкивает.

Как партнерство отношения между ними работают замечательно. Бен - это человечность Тензин, поддерживающая ее в настоящем. А Тензин постоянно подталкивает  Бена к полной реализации его блестящего потенциала.
Мы знаем, что в далеком будущем у этой парочки вполне возможны романтические отношения, но ни герои ни читатели к этому совершенно не готовы. Поэтому, к моему облегчению, все, что нам остаётся - это узы дружбы и флирт Бена с чертовкой вампиршей из Неаполя.
А так, очередная отличная история от мисс Хантер. Советую!

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