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Secret (Elemental) Paperback – January 28, 2014
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Nick and Adam!!! I loved this book as much as I loved Spark and that is saying something. I love the Nick storyline. Not so much the Quinn side but I did like her story. I liked being able to see why she was always so snippy towards everyone and why she was so needy. I understand now. I really like Nick's backstory. I always thought he was just in the shadows because he felt inferior to Gabriel, which is true in some aspects but it is so much more also. I always though Nick would be the strongest brother considering he is Air. I didn't know he would be that badass though. I am sad that this series is almost over but I can't wait to see what book 5 brings.
Full Review: All of the characters in this series have been faced with challenges though I don't think any of them have struggled as much as Nick or Quinn. The two of them face down some deeply personal problems and struggle mightily about how to solve them. Personally, I find it refreshing Kemmerer handles difficult issues with great care and respect. Nick's raw emotions felt tangible each time he talked about coming out to his brothers and his words were charged with sexual tension whenever he talked about Adam. It was fantastic and a lot of fun to read.
I do have a few issues in this book mostly regarding Quinn. While I do like how Kemmerer's characters face challenges and struggle with tough issues, Quinn was the queen of issues and I was confused about a lot of how came to be. Her background didn't seem fully explained and I had issues about how she approached some of her problems. Overall I liked her, but her character arc seems like the weakest one out especially she's been in the books since the beginning.
While I love this series, I'm starting to see a pattern here. Brother is having relationship trouble and reluctantly talks to older brother Michael who puts life into perspective and shares a part of his life he hasn't told any of the other siblings usually relating to their parents. It rips my heart out every time too.
Though I loved this book, we did not make much progress regarding the paranormal aspect of the story. I feel like there is still a lot of ground to cover in the final book and a lot of mystery surrounding the Guides and Elementals especially after what happened in Spirit. Going forward, I am nervous about book five being titled Sacrifice. I am terrified we will lose one of the brothers which would devastate me.
Nick is falling apart. He's working hard helping his brother keep their business afloat and fears leaving for college and leaving his brothers too much to open the possible college acceptance letters he's recieved not to mention Adam. Adam is Quinn's dance partner and his boyfriend, a boyfriend who's existence is unknown to his family as is the fact that he even likes guys. Then there's the new Guide come to town with Merrick blood on his mind.
Quinn has a horrid homelife her mother is a drunk that couldn't care less about her and her brother Jack who's supposed to be home from college is actually running a drug den from her room and likes to beat on her for no reason. She starts hanging with Tyler, an elemental that hates the Merricks but is really nice to her. Dancing with Adam is one of the better parts of her life right now.
Secret is every bit as awesome as i'd hoped it would be it's a wonderful story about not being afraid to be who you are.
The only part of the book I didn't like was Quinn. I detested her character and loathed her choices. Unfortunately she is one type of result from an abusive home life, and that is the girl who makes poor choices repeatedly. For Nick, normally the "reliable" one, to share his secret with her was stupid. Maybe deep down inside he wanted her to blab his secret to everyone. She also is probably going to be the very weak link in the group in the future. She doesn't think things through and is a "loose cannon." While I appreciated the time the author spent on showing us Quinn's warped rationale for her actions so that we could better understand her, Quinn is a horrible mess and has a very long way to go if she is going to become an adult who is capable of making choices other than the ones she saw her mother make. Right now she is not psychologically developed enough to be able to do that. To be fair, she has been in survival mode for a long time so she hasn't had the emotional energy to grow as a person. I don't find that a terribly hopeful portrayal to any teenagers who are in abusive home situations. Maybe in the next book she will begin to make strides into more healthy ways of thinking as her home situation improves and she is around people who have healthier ways of dealing with life.
Okay, there was enough hint in the book description and other reviews have written about it but I still felt it necessary to put a spoiler alert before mentioning Nick's realization that he is gay. This is the first time I've read a book (young adult, no less) about the realization and acceptance process and I found it very interesting and well written. Despite being well into adulthood I recently had a friend who, after a number of years of hiding it, finally felt "okay" enough with herself to reveal to everyone that she is gay. To me it was shocking that 1) she thought she had to hide it and 2) she never though about how open-minded her friends are of others so why wouldn't she think we would be open-minded towards her? It wasn't about us, though, it was about her comfort level with her being gay and identifying herself as such. This book was a very good portrayal of that, whether one is a young adult or a full adult. It was also a good example of how the people in one's life, upon learning "The Truth"(as it feels to the individual sweating through such a heavy revelation and revealing process), might just go, "Yeah, that makes sense" and ask you to pass the ketchup at dinner. So I give this book high marks for Nick's story and the way it was handled.
Overall, I look forward to the next book in the series.
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I haven’t yet gotten to the previous book, but I did really enjoy the first two. And now I’m a little afraid of what happened in Spirit.Read more