Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: The Elemental (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758272812 (Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-0758272812 (Kensington)
Reviewed by: Macie
Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—the ones she doesn’t want. 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.
When Hunter, the mysterious new kid in town, 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…
Quick & Dirty: This book is overdramatic, underwhelming and somewhat confusing with the lore being the most tolerable parts of the novel.
Opening Sentence: The self-defense class had been a waste of sixty bucks.
If you love numerous hot male characters with interesting elemental based powers, then this is the series for you. Maybe I just find overdramatic love triangles and complicated characters at every turn a bit tiring, but I just did not enjoy this novel very much. Almost every male character is exceedingly handsome, mysterious, aloof, and alluring in some way, and always has a dark past. I know a lot of people may disagree with me on this if any of the other reviews I have read for this book are proof, but you’ll have to make your own decision when choosing what to read. I just had a hard time getting through the novel, and it seemed like every chapter ended on some minor overdramatic note.
The novel begins when Becca Chandler breaks up a fight in the school parking lot between the mysterious Chris Merrick and two thugs out for blood. By unknowingly aiding his supernatural talent and saving his life, Chris tries to become closer to Becca to show his gratitude, but she pushes him away. They both have secrets they are not yet ready to share. Becca, I was surprised to find out, had a more meaningful secret than I originally guessed. Chris is one of four orphaned brothers with supernaturally strong elemental powers. Each brother has a distinctly different personality Becca finds attractive at some level, and it doesn’t hurt that each guy is totally gorgeous. Pretty much every guy Becca encounters who isn’t bad in some way is extremely attractive and Becca can hardly contain herself. I found the descriptions boring and repetitive, but then again I don’t particularly enjoy romance novels.
Becca finds out all the Merrick brothers have strong powers tied to the four elements. As she starts to believe in their abilities, the new guy Hunter throws it all into confusion with his hidden talents. Becca doesn’t know what side to be on, and finds out she might have more abilities than she ever dreamed of. The basic elemental lore was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end.
There were too many characters that seemed to blur together even though they had different personalities and the vague plot left me confused sometimes. Overall, I finished the book because I had to, and do not have any interest in reading anything else from this series.
Becca trudged beside Hunter, following the plume of Casper’s tale as he bounded ahead of them through the underbrush.
“We’ve already come this way,” she said, just to break the silence.
“Looks like an army came through here,” Hunter answered, though she had no idea how he could tell the difference. Just looked like a bunch of brush and branches to her. “Maybe Casper can pick up a second trail.”
She didn’t understand how he could be acting so normally, as if he dealt with things like guns and violence and missing Elementals on a daily basis.
Then again, maybe he did.
“So are you going to tell me?” she said.
“Tell you what?”
Was he deliberately being infuriating? “You said you’re not an Earth,” she said. “So which one are you?”
He laughed and gave her a sidelong glance. “Come on, Becca.”
“Come on what?” she said. “Just—no more games. No more lies. Just tell me.”
Hunter stopped and turned to look down at her. A line appeared between his eyebrows. “You’re serious.”
“But—“ He frowned. “The way people hassle you at school. You work with dogs. I mean—your mom’s a nurse, for god’s sake. And then, you said Drew tried—on the field last night.”He ran a hand through his hair. “I never thought what it would be like for a girl, but—“
God, she wanted to punch him! “What the hell are you talking about?”
“He’s a Fifth,” said Michael, stepping up beside her.
“Yeah.” Hunter glanced at him, then back at her. That line still hung between his brows. “Like you.”
The Elemental Series:
1.5. Fearless (July 31, 2012)
2. Spark (August 28, 2012)
FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Storm. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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