And so, every Sunday for the foreseeable future, I would like to highlight short stories and novellas set in worlds I've already come to love and learn a little more about some of the secondary characters in my favorite novels. I'll be underscoring some of my favorite aspects of these short works of fiction, in addition to offering up a mini review of each work.
This week I'm featuring a prequel story as part of the Elementals Read Along:
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elementals, book #1.5
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Hunter Garrity entered the Merrick brothers' lives as a bit of an enigma. But in this novella, we get a peek at what happened before Hunter tracked them down, who he was before. And it's not all rainbows and sunshine. Don't get me wrong...he didn't have a crappy childhood or anything...just a really strict upbringing. His father expects him to handle all Elementals business in the same fashion that he himself would, but Hunter is still learning.
Hunter is a Fifth, which is a pretty lonely existence. People are drawn to him but rarely with the best intentions. But he hopes that Clare's intentions are merely those of a girl interested in a boy when she approaches him out of the blue. Considering the turn their first conversation takes, though, it's probably obvious to everyone BUT Hunter that there's more to the story, but he's new to this whole "reading and analyzing people" thing. Poor kid.
I enjoyed this brief glimpse at what makes Hunter tick, why he blew into town the way he did in Storm. I don't think this novella changed my opinion of him any, but it did make me more anxious to continue the series so I can get to his full-length book.
Don't forget we're discussing this book over on Steph's GR review later today as part of the Elementals Read Along. You still have plenty of time to join!!!