Sunday, August 5, 2012

Elemental Series: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer - Review and Giveaway

I recently read the Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer and I absolutely loved it.  This is a great series and I was so excited about it, I decided to do a series review and giveaway.  Today's review is for Spark, which releases on August 28, 2012.  The giveaway is also for this book, and is international.  You can enter that below.  Also, you can see the synopsis for Spirit, which is coming in May of 2013.  You can see yesterday's post which features the first three books in the story here.  

Spark (Elemental #2)
by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher:  Kensington Teen
Release Date:  August 28, 2012
Source:  Publisher/Netgalley

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 Thoughts:  Brigid Kemmerer delivers another awesome story in the Elemental series with Spark.  We were introduced to the Merrick brothers in Elemental, which centered on Michael, the eldest of the four brothers, who is an earth Elemental.  Storm primarily focused on the youngest of the Merrick brothers, Chris, who is a water Elemental, but we got to know all four of them a whole lot better.  In Fearless, a novella, we get to find out more about their friend Hunter and his background.  In Spark, the story focuses on Gabriel, one of the twins, who is a very powerful fire Elemental.  His twin brother Nick, is an air Elemental.  

Unlike his brothers, Gabriel's element is far more difficult to harness and control, which often leads to "mishaps."  Chris has Becca now, and Nick is dating Quinn, which sometimes makes Gabriel feel left out.  After a big fight with Nick, Gabriel and Hunter begin to hang out together more.  A new math teacher also figures out that Gabriel and Nick have been switching places to take tests, and Gabriel is forced to either learn the math or get off the basketball team.  Layne, who seems like the nerdy super smart type, becomes a source of interest for Gabriel and ends up helping to tutor him.  Gabriel discovers that behind that braid, glasses, and turtleneck is a beautiful girl and he is falling hard for her.  Layne has her own secrets and issues to deal with.  Unfortunately, her father can't stand Gabriel and has ordered both Layne and her little brother to stay away from him.  As Hunter and Gabriel get more involved in a series of suspicious incidents that are occurring, things get turned around and Gabriel ends up under suspicion himself.  As the situation escalates, hidden threats emerge and once again, the lives of the Merrick brothers and those they love are threatened.  

I have to say I absolutely love the Merrick brothers, all of them.  They are such hotties.  Brigid Kemmerer has outdone herself again in Spark.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Gabriel more in this book.  There is so much more to him that he lets on in Storm.  Sometimes I wanted to shake him, and other times I just wanted to hug him.    I really liked Layne to.  Despite all the the hard things life has dealt her, she still goes on.  The relationship between Gabriel and Layne was really sweet, but also hot.  They are perfect for each other.  We get to see some new characters/villains come into play in this story also.  Despite the tension in Gabriel's relationship with his bothers, they really came through for him.  True to form, Brigid Kemmerer has provided her readers with nonstop action, mystery, romance, and plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing.  Spark is another great addition to the Elemental series and is something you won't want to miss.  

Spirit (Elemental #3)
by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher:  Kensington Teen
Coming May 2013

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…

About the Author:  Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.

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  1. Big shout out to you from Merrickland! AWESOME review of Spark! Thanks for doing the giveaway as well. Also, hope you don't mind us borrowing the cover shot - LOVE it!

    1. Thanks! I just love these guys to.

  2. Great review!! I love a good elemental book, there's not many out there so I will be starting this series soon!! :D

    Thanks for this giveaway!

    1. Thanks, and thanks for entering.

  3. Great Review! I got an ARC of this too! Can't wait to start! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)


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