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. The giveaway will be for Spark (Elemental #2), which is scheduled to release on August 28, 2012, and the giveaway is international. Please be sure to enter that below, and then stop back by tomorrow for the Spark review. Thanks so much for visiting.
Elemental (Elemental #0.5)
by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead.
My Thoughts: This is a short novella, but it tells the story that starts it all. Michael Merrick is a 17-year-old teenage boy who just happens to be an earth Elemental, and he is really powerful, dangerously powerful. His mom and dad, have made a deal with the other Elementals in town in order to try to keep Michael and his three brothers safe, but the deal hinges upon the fact that they have promised that Michael will not use his power, at all. Emily Morgan just happens to be the daughter of one the people fighting against Michael and his family, not to mention the fact that her brother and his friends try to torment Michael every chance they get in order to get him to break the agreement. What Emily and Michael didn't count on was falling in love. With everything and everyone warring against them, will they be able to survive?
This was really a really short novella, but it is so good and sets the stage for the rest of the series. In fact, I wish it could have been a whole book. I would have liked to have seen a lot more of Emily and Michael. I love books that have teenage male leads. I find that so entertaining and fresh. Of course I love my heroines to, but there is just something about these guys that I am drawn to. Brigid Kemmerer has done an excellent job of writing these characters and this novella just sets you up and leaves you hungry for Storm, the first book in the Elemental series. Trust me, this is one series you won't want to miss.
Storm (Elemental #1)
by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
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 Thoughts: Storm picks up about 5 years after where Elemental leaves off. Four totally hot brothers, Michael, the twins Gabriel and Nick, and Chris Merrick are not only to die for, they also have the ability to control the elements, earth, air, fire, and water. When leaving school late one evening after a class, Becca Chandler notices a guy getting beat up in the parking lot. She intervenes, and manages to help save the youngest of the Merrick brothers, Chris. Chris is beaten up pretty badly, and she is able to get him home, only to find that the oldest brother, Michael, is rude, questions her motives, and kind of scares her a little bit, especially when she mentions that she gave Chris some water. Chris is a water Elemental, and just like his brothers, a very powerful one. The last thing the Merrick brothers need is to break their agreement not to use their powers and have the town call in the Guides to deal with the issue. Try as she may, Becca can't seem to stay away from Chris. Then a new boy, Hunter, appears on the scene, who also seems very interested in Becca. Hunter seems like a really nice guy, but are Hunter's motives pure? On top of that, Becca's father who left her and her mother has popped back into her life, but is his reason for suddenly appearing really about Becca, or is there more to the story?
I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. These four guys are such typical guys, hot guys mind you, that have supernatural powers. The characters are superbly written and you just can't help but fall in love with each of the brothers. Sure, they fight with each other, like you would expect brothers to do, but they fiercely love and protect one another also. Brigid Kemmerer has outdone herself in writing these characters and making them seem so real. Then there is Becca. I really loved Becca. She has had a really rough time, especially since her ex-boyfriend has spread lies about her, and now everyone picks on her all the time. She and Chris have some real chemistry going on, and Becca even ends up discovering a lot about herself and who she really is. Hunter is the new kid that enters the picture in this novel. He's hot, he's nice, he says and does all the right things, sometimes he seems to good to be true, and he is interested in Becca also. Actually, I liked Hunter a lot, and I kept being torn between which guy I wanted Becca to be with. So yes, there is plenty of romance in this book. There is also plenty of action, pretty much nonstop action. From fighting for their lives to fighting with each other over trivial things, these brothers never have a dull moment.
Needles to say this story is fast-paced, the plot is great, and there are twists and turns around every corner. If you are a YA reader, then Storm is one of those books that you are not going to want to miss. I loved it and I highly, highly recommend it.
Fearless (Elemental #1.5)
by Brigid Kremmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Being a force of nature doesn’t keep you safe.
Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they’re right.
Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.
Maybe that’s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She’s shy, quiet, and intense, but she’s sought him out. There’s no telling what she wants from him.
But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it’s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he’s ready to face…
My Thoughts: Fearless is another short novella, but it is really good also. In Fearless, we get to know more about where Hunter came from and his life before he arrived in the world of the Merrick's. We also get to find out more about Hunter's father and uncle. Hunter's a pretty tough dude, but knows that it's better to avoid a fight if possible, though he doesn't take any crap. Clare Kasten is one of the first girls to really show him any attention, and he is rather taken with her. In his desire to help her, and despite his father's advice, he finds himself in situation he'd rather not be in. For quite some time, he has been trying to get his father and uncle to take him on one of their missions with them. Finally, he gets his wish, a wish that later will change his entire life.
Great, great novella. I loved getting to know about Hunter's background, and how his father and uncle fit into the story. We got to know Hunter in Storm, but in the novella, you really get to find out what shaped him into the guy he is.
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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