Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elementals, book #1
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Source: finished paperback from publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
It's official. I am in love with the Merrick brothers. Which one? *shrugs* Can't I love them all? Also. I have officially lost my Elementals V-card to them. And you know what? The morning after wasn't awkward or embarrassing. Those Merrick boys know how to treat a lady. And they aren't bad to look at either.
I expected to like this book. All of my friends who are more experienced with the Merrick brothers agree...these books are addictive, much like the brothers themselves. And I agree completely. I just didn't know how much I was going to love these boys with their supernatural abilities and all of the angst and drama that unfolds because of them. As soon as I finished Storm, I wanted to pick up Spark, especially when I realized it was Gabriel's book. But we have a schedule for this here read along, so I contented myself with the next novella...though I make no promises that I won't peek at Gabriel's story. (I'll be reviewing Fearless, a novella from Hunter's point-of-view, on Short Story Sunday this week.)
So, about the actual book...that's probably important, too, right? ;0) Storm is baby brother Chris's book. He was probably 11 or 12 when we met him in the Elemental novella, but he has grown into quite the young man...and he's also grown into his Element. Chris controls water, in all its various forms, while his brothers each control one of the other elements: earth, air, or fire. I really like the framework laid in this novel, how the Elementals were explained and how these boys are at risk because of how powerful and potentially dangerous they are. Thing is, if they weren't provoked, the only danger they'd pose would probably be to themselves as they come into their elements and learn how to control them.
But you know how it is. People fear what they can't understand or control. And so it is with the Merrick brothers. The other Elementals living in town are afraid of what the boys might do. (There's a history there, but that's the Merricks' story to divulge, and they tell it better than I would, anyway.) The younger Elementals in town, the less powerful ones, continue to goad the Merrick brothers, specifically targeting the youngest one in this book, and tension ignites until one night, a completely average girl steps in, ultimately immersing herself in a battle she never knew existed, a war that will likely be waged for the duration of this series. Though I have no doubt some of the players will change.
You want to know about the brothers, don't you? Fine. Michael, the oldest, comes off as an ass if you haven't read his novella yet, but I want to weep for what he's endured and sacrificed for his family. Nick and Gabriel -- the twins!!! -- are identically hot, though one is scholarly while the other is athletic. They both come off rather douchey at times -- Gabriel more so than Nick -- but the potential for nice guys is there, too. And Chris, the youngest, is a sweetie but that doesn't mean he's not as tough or volatile as his siblings. They are brothers through thick and thin, and they fight like them, too. The banter between these guys -- and pretty much anyone they come into contact with -- is music to my ears.
Becca may be new to the Merrick family dynamic thanks to Chris -- and she may not be entirely welcome -- but she's not the type of girl to back down from a challenge. She wants answers, especially when her family history is dragged into the mess. This girl's not going anywhere, especially now that Chris is falling for her. But things are complicated with Hunter in the picture. This guy's an enigma, but with each little hint we get about him, I am dying to know more. So, I'm pretty ecstatic that Spirit (book #3) is his story.
This book has it all: hot boys, a spunky heroine, supernatural powers, hot boys, tons of conflict and action, awesome characters, hot boys, a love triangle, a storyline that I will follow to the very end, and did I mention hot boys? And after all these brothers have been through and suffered, I just want to gather them all up in a [shirtless] hug.
|What? Nick approves.|
**New Girl gifs aplenty because a) I'm the new girl and b) I imagine a lot of the shenanigans on the show are what it would be like to live with a houseful of boys. Though, I think there's probably a lot more testosterone kicking in the Merrick household. =)
Don't forget we're discussing this book over on Steph's GR review on Sunday as part of the Elementals Read Along. You still have plenty of time to join!!!