2012 · August

The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer (#1 and #2)

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Published April 24th 2012 by Kensington

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Source: Publisher

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys – all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming.

My Review

I am kicking myself……really hard right now……….for not reading this book sooner! Somehow this book got lost on my bookshelf? I simply, totally overlooked it and now, I am totally angry for not reading it a long time ago!

The book starts off with Becca leaving her self defense class. There are some boys in the parking lot beating the ever lovin crap out of another boy. She figures that she has to do something! So she jumps in and helps to chase the bullies away. She realizes that the beat up boy is Chris Merrick, she knows him from school. He is knocked unconscious and she tries to revive him by pouring water over his mouth. (This is a significant part to the book) He awakens with a jolt and she helps him to the car to take him home with many unanswered questions spinning around in her head!

Becca starts off as a closed off, kind of shy girl. By the end of the book, she has no qualms about letting everyone know exactly what she thinks. Her side thoughts are hilarious and she makes for a great heroine. She lives with her mother and her father walked out on them years ago. She hears from him once in awhile, but really could care less.

I was thoroughly engrossed in this book! I really enjoyed all of the characters and felt that they were very well developed. The mystery surrounding Becca’s and Chris’s pasts were enough to keep me reading right through to the end. Not to mention all the swoony boys:)

There is a love triangle going on in the book, good thing that I enjoy them. I love to try to figure out which one will get the girl in the end. Hunter is sweet and loving while Chris is tough and rigid. Becca feels for them both, but in the end she finds out the truth and really puts everything in perspective.

Every young girl heroine needs a snarky BFF. That would be Quinn. Quinn is not afraid to be herself. She has had a rough life and practically lives with Becca. Her and Becca’s relationship take a little slopy curve, but everything works out in the end.

The ending is sweet and perfect. The whole mystery is not solved which sets up the story perfectly for the next book.


Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by K-Teen

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Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

My Review

The first book was from Chris and Becca’s perspective. The same characters are in play in this book, with a couple added new ones. This book is actually from the perspective of Gabriel and Layne.

In this book Gabriel is having a lot of trouble controlling his temper and therefore controlling his element of fire. Layne had admired Gabriel from afar and never really thought she would ever have a chance at obtaining his affection. As they both struggle to keep their secrets hidden from each other and the outside world, they get closer than they thought they would.

I felt really bad for Gabriel in this book. He just seemed like such an outsider to his family. I was happy when he and Layne started talking and hoped that they would form a friendship.

The rest of the group is also present in this second book of the series. Michael and Nick seem to have found love interests for themselves also.

I missed the snarky and bad boy Hunter. He still has a couple bad boy tendencies, but, he was so much more in the first book. This second book seemed to have made him into a wuss and I am hoping that the next one will bring out his old self.

I loved the first book in the series and could not put it down. With this one, I tended to get distracted easier and it seemed to just wrap up too fast. I am not sure why, but, I wasn’t as captivated with Gabriel’s story as I was with Chris’s.

The next book in the series, Spirit, is due out in May of 2013. This book will be Hunter’s story and I can’t wait for it!!!


There are also a couple of novella’s to be read in between the books:

Elemental (Elemental 0.5)

Fearless (Elemental 1.5)











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