Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by: Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: April 24, 2012 from Kensington
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"Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. 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.

The storm is coming."

My Thoughts:

Before I get into this review I feel it is necessary for everyone to take a moment and admire that cover. It’s not very intricate, it is actually quite simple, but I love it all the same. Okay, moving on to what is behind the cover. I am so monumentally glad that I finally picked this book up, because it is absolutely without a doubt worth your time. The story has a pretty original feel to it even if it does contain some of the elements typically found in a Young Adult novel.

One thing I truly loved about this book is the writing style. Storm is written in the third person, which is something I find to be few and far between lately. So this style was not only refreshing but truly enjoyable. I was not stuck in one characters head for the entire book and I liked that a lot. The reader will see events going on in numerous places simultaneously and see how different characters react to these events. It was the perfect way to portray the events that occur in Storm and it gave depth to the story that first person perspectives sometimes lack.

Our heroine Becca is a feisty one, so naturally I could appreciate her. Becca has had it rough the last couple of weeks due to some vicious rumors circulating. However, I admire her because she does her best to not let it bother her and even when it does she tries not to let others see that. It showed that she was strong just by simply enduring the ridicule. She is also strong because she does not back down. The reader can pick this up in the first chapter. Becca gets involved in the whole elemental mess when she saves Chris Merrick from two guys who were attacking him.

Speaking of Chris, he is a character that it is easy to love, even if you want to smack him at times. Chris is the kind of character that goes from being incredibly sweet to protective to funny to a complete jerk. However, Chris has his reasons and he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing, so I couldn’t stay too mad at him. Chris is the kind of character that comes through when you need him to the most. Along with Chris we have his brothers Gabriel, Nick, and Michael. Each and every one has something to offer to the book with their distinct personalities. I also need to mention Hunter, who I was never a big fan of, but he even brought something to the storyline.

The paranormal aspect to this book is something that has not been overdone. These brothers can control elements; each has the ability to control a different one. This was a twist, for me at least. It was unlike anything I have ever read and it was simply cool to see the brothers in action. However, I liked that it was not safe and the author made that abundantly clear. It very easy to lose control of the elements and then things can get out of hand. Naturally things do get out of hand and that is what makes for this wonderful story.

There was one thing that drove me bananas. At one point, shortly after Becca meets the Merrick brothers and learns the truth about their abilities, someone pops in and makes her doubt what she has been told. Now the person who tells her is not trustworthy, or at least I wouldn’t consider them trustworthy. However, for some reason Becca decides to believe this person. For someone who has been the victim of lies and rumors, I just thought she was a bit quick to jump to conclusions. It was not something I would normally attribute to a character that has dealt with those kinds of circumstances.

Despite my one tiny grumble, I would highly recommend Storm. It is the perfect book for paranormal fans who are looking to get away from all the vampires and werewolves. It is fast paced and has twists and turns throughout. It will keep you engrossed up until the very last page.


  1. I've heard such wonderful things about this series! I seriously need to jump on the Elementals band wagon. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I love this book! And Spark was just as good!

  3. WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!!! :D I am sooooo thrilled you finally read this!! This is one of my all time favourite series, so I am happy you enjoyed it as much as I did! I agree with everything you said, I love Becca's personality, the uniqueness to the story, the writing style - it was a complete package! :D And I understand what you mean about Becca....that could have been avoided..but honestly when I read this, I was too "on crack" to notice any faults. LOL XD That's what happens when you fall in love with a book from the first page...*shakes head*

    I can't wait to see what you think of Spark next. But fair will forget all about Chris, once you meet Gabriel! He was, let's just say, not who you were expecting. I loved him! :D Awesome review, Teresa!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. Oh gosh! I get the feeling I am going to have to add Gabriel to my very long book boyfriend list hahaha

  4. Thanks for the review! I've been meaning to read this book forever. I loved the prequel so I already know I love the writing style. Agreed on the cover. All the covers for this series are awesome!

    1. I hope you love it when you read it. Thanks for stopping by.


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