Monday, July 2, 2012
Book Shelf: Storm (Elementals #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
When Becca Chandler saves Chris Merrick from being beaten-up in the school car park, she has no idea how dramatically this one action will change her life. Chris is no ordinary guy and neither are his three older brothers. The Merrick boys are Elementals. Hot. Powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
Then there's Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. With her life at stake, Becca doesn't know who to trust or whose secrets she should keep. and with two boy vying for her affections, and pressure rising all around her, will she find out in time who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all?
The storm is coming!
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Storm, the first book in Brigid Kemmerer’s new Elemental series and her debut novel is enchanting and riveting, full of action and romance and with more delicious guys than you’ll know what to do with!
Kemmerer’s writing flows effortlessly and the incredible tale she weaves blends together enough humour, romance and adventure to more than keep you eagerly turning every page; addicted and unable to put the book down. Kemmerer proves to be a talented debut novelest and is incredibly able to slip into the heads of her boys! Told in duel perspective it’s easy to get lost in the mind of either our heroine Becca or Chris, the youngest Merrick brother that will steal your heart. It was wonderful how Brigid Kemmerer manages to create such a fun, intriguing story and also manage to combine it with a real authentic edge and realness to the story. There were some aspects that really got to me, but the way in which the characters react just reinforces how well this story is written; with the depth and emotions blending with the actions of a real young adult.
With an incredibly well set out backstory involving the intriguing world of the Elementals; people I’m so eager to learn more about as the series progresses; Kemmerer has aligned a vast array of characters already so well written, but undoubtedly flawed. Now, we all know how many hot hunks there are out there that litter the YA genre, stealing our hearts and making us swoon, but there’s always room for more. Right? But how about this time we get a family of sexy, swoon-worthy male leads? Brothers to be exact. Girls, I give you…..the Merrick brothers!
In Storm, Brigid introduces us to Chris, Michael, Nick and Gabriel, four brothers with a twisted past and powers they can’t always control. These boys are hot. H.O.T! Even in this first novel, it’s clear how different they all are and the struggles they’ve faced and are facing, but as Kemmerer gives you glimpses into them the hints shown and the fierce family loyalty that mixes with pain and anguish is enough to make you want to give them all a hug. And perhaps a kiss. Or two. These brothers add so much to the series already and with each book set to feature a different alluring brother these boys are set to take the YA genre by storm!
However with all this male testosterone, let’s not forget our leading lady Becca. Becca is a truly engaging female lead, and as you read Storm it’s very easy to emphasise with her. Becca has had a lot of trouble in the past involving boys. Harsh rumours and even harsher dealings with them have left her with a reputation and a lot of issues. I thoroughly loved how Kemmerer has written Becca’s character. She was so authentic to, I believe, a lot of teenage girls out there. Which some don’t deal with this level of problems, many a tarnished by lies and other thoughts and I thought it was great to see the author portray a leading lady this way. Of course she’s made her own share of mistakes and bad choices but throughout the novel Becca is strong willed while still being human and always manages to stand up for those around her.
And it wouldn’t be right to speak about the Merrick brothers without speaking of the other boy in this book Hunter. Hunter was a really interesting character to me. With four brothers already, all full of so much personality, we’re not lacking in male leads so I felt Hunter add an interesting dynamic to the story. I did like him, even as his past still remains much of a mystery. Brigid Kemmerer yet again proves how well she writes about authentic teenagers with the “love triangle” involving Becca, Chris and Hunter. It’s there, but it isn’t. Becca is drawn to both guys and this is portrayed in a very believable way. Two gorgeous guys, each mysterious who make you feel great and yet you think about them at different times and different reasons. There’s chemistry between Becca and both guys but in the end it’s obvious who her thoughts always stray to and to whom her loyalties lie.
With a sharp, engaging plot and with quick, witty dialogue Storm catches you with its action from the very first chapter. As the story progresses it’s almost impossible to not be drawn into the story and with revelations and discovery’s catching out the characters in the end you’ll be begging for the next book before you even finish this one!
Source: Sent for review by Allen & Unwin (Thanks guys!)
AU Release Date: Available now!
Expected AU Price: $14.99
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Reccomendation: For everyone! This book is one that everyone will love--honestly, just read it!
Cover: Beautiful! Simply beautiful. I just adore our Aussie one
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes, yes, yes....I need more Merrick brothers stat!