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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Storm (The Elemental Series, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.


If I had to sum this book up in one word, I would say boys. Five beautiful, sexy boys. Four of which are brothers. Hot damn. Major brownie points to Kemmerer for that one. 

But with all of this testosterone in one place, there are bound to be problems--especially when you throw in elemental powers. I was pleasantly surprised by how intriguing the idea of the boys' powers turned out to be, and how Kemmerer developed the concept. 

The Merrick brothers are quite the characters. Each one had a unique and thoroughly explored personality, and their imperfections just made them all the more perfect. Their brotherly banter was incredibly amusing, and their behavior and interactions with Becca left a lasting impression. The fourth and equally attractive boy, Hunter, was also memorable, as were most of the other characters, like Becca's family, friends, and classmates. Generally, it's a sizable cast that Kemmerer succeeded outstandingly with.

Becca was not an exception. She was quirky and relatable, and a very unlikely heroine. From the beginning of the novel, she's off saving Chris, and she doesn't back down during the endless twists and turns that are thrown at her. Instead, she behaves in a way that is admirable and that anyone should be able to appreciate.  

The chemistry in this novel was impressive, especially in the way that it was tangible between both of Becca's romantic interests. I don't usually feel so torn about who I'd like our lovely female lead to fall for, but I definitely felt conflicted reading this one. The mess of their relationships is well-written and complex in a way that it doesn't fall into the standard love triangle cliché. 

Storm is a spectacular debut and a great start to a promising new series that you don't want to miss out on. 

Grade: A+


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