- Series: Elemental (Book 2)
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Kensington -Teen; 1 edition (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758272820
- ISBN-13: 978-0758272829
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brigid Kemmerer finds time to write between her family and her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. You can follow her blog at www.brigidkemmerer.com.
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This series is just as much about the romance as it is about the paranormal. This keeps the more balanced with action and adventure even with the swoon-worthy romance bits. Throughout this book the boys’ problems become even more complicated. Gabriel is believed to be an arsonist. While we know he isn’t starting the fires, he needs to convince the rest of the world that he isn’t and that isn’t easy to do.
Gabriel Merrick. This boy really made me blush and I have a feeling Brigid Kemmerer’s books will continue to make me blush as we go along. This Merrick brother is so believable. He is angry and spits fire most of the time, but he is insecure and has good intentions underneath. The brothers’ relationship is fantastically written and I’ve wondered if the author has brothers because the relationship seemed to be so realistic.
I especially enjoyed Michael Merrick’s character reveal in this book because he is less like a cardboard cutout. In Storm he seemed like just an overprotective older brother, but we get so much more of his personality in this book. (Now I cannot wait to get to his book and am also terrified because it is called Sacrifice)
Layne is also a great addition to the gang and she reminds me so much of myself. Honestly I expected her to be completely different, but the Gabriel and Layne are fantastic together. She has her own voice and stands out from Becca. So far Kemmerer has done a great job making the romances distinct from one another and the heroines are distinctly different.
Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres because it is so fun and I’m really enjoying this series so far. Brigid Kemmerer has added a great element to her books as well by covering tough topics too. She covers bullying, students with disabilities, slut shaming as well many other topics. To me, this makes the series even better and gives it a depth and believability other series don’t have.
So since I’ve gushed so much you may be wondering why I didn’t give this book a five star rating. Personally, I don’t think the Guilds are explained well enough which makes them faux scary. They are lurking around in the background but aren’t a real threat yet, but it seems like they should be considering how much they are mentioned. Also some plot points are just too predictable. I want a few surprises!
Gabriel Merrick is my favorite Merrick brother. I loved that this book was in his point of view. I like that we got to see inside of that smartness brain of his. I think his relationship with Layne is super sweet. I just don't like how in the beginning he didn't even realize how pretty she was. He only became attracted to her once he knew more of her back story which I can understand. I just don't think it's realistic how he didn't even have the slightest interest in her before he talked to her. I also found it kind of jarring going from Storm where the whole book was about the elements and the world building with them and this book was more of a love story with the elements thrown in at he end. I'm not complaining it just made me like Gabriel more it's just kind of confusing. I can't wait to read Spirit, maybe it will help me appreciate Hunter more because right now he could use some redeeming after how the first two books ended.
But gosh, I absolutely loved every second of this! From the crisp writing and the slow burn romance to the complex but so riveting relationships among all of the brothers. I was afraid this would follow the typical bad-boy meets good girl cliched storyline, and it does essentially follow that, but both Gabriel and Layne are such well-drawn characters that it all just works . Layne is my new favorite heroine in such a long time. Yeah, she's shy and nerdy, but I love that she is never afraid to call out Gabriel when he's acting like an ass. And how he doesn't fail to see through her excuses either. Her relationship with her family, her dad particularly, I could relate to a lot.
They just both fit together so well, and I enjoyed seeing them grow closer together, and grow up together.
I read a lot of MM now, so I'm used to reading male POVs, but I think this is one of the very few times where it truly felt so authentic and just more real, somehow.
I also loved the supernatural element, seeing Gabriel's affinity with fire, and the compulsive desires that he always struggles to control. I also loved his relationship with his twin Nick and his burgeoning friendship with fellow misfit Hunter. Though I loved the romance, the family relationships are what stood out to me the most, and what I got most invested in. Really excited to continue the series and getting to know each of these boys more.