Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: Storm (#1) by Brigid Kemmerer

This review is a bit late but the weekend was busy for me and classes are winding down and I’m finally graduating from college at the end of this month (YAY!), so I’ve been preparing for that. 

 Storm (Elemental, #1)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.

Description taken from Goodreads

My Review

I finished Storm by Brigid Kemmerer a little while ago and completely fell in love with it.  The prequel novella, Elemental, sucked me into this new world but Storm made me want to stay in it and never leave.
Storm follows the youngest of the Merrick brothers, Chris, who can wield the water element and Becca who just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when she saves Chris from a brutal beating and is

unknowingly dragged into a war between two families.  The story is told in third person and switches POV between Becca and Chris which definitely gives a great, well rounded feel to the story.  The only thing I didn’t really enjoy was the telling of the story in third person.  This is just personal to me, but I just feel like you get more out of the story if it’s in first person.  You can really get into the narrators head, pretty literally, but this is just personal preference and it definitely didn’t take away from the story at all.

This book absolutely delves right into the world and we get a lot more information than we did in Elemental and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about it.  I just couldn’t get enough of the description when one of the brothers was using his element.  It was so interesting and so well thought out that I could practically picture it in my mind and see it so clearly and now I want to be an Elemental because they made it so cool.  

The romance was so well done and I do have to say that there is a love triangle but don’t let that discourage you from reading the book.  This triangle was done astonishingly well.  I could picture Becca with both guys and found myself completely torn because I loved both of them.  I found myself loving Becca with Chris when she was with him and then loving Becca with Hunter when she was with him.  So, bravo Ms. Kemmerer, bravo.  

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The brothers made me love Storm even more.  We’ve got Michael, who we met in the novella and he definitely comes off as a douche but when you realize what he has to go through to protect his family then I think the douchiness (I know it’s not a word, just go with it) can be forgiven.  Next are the twins, Gabriel and Nick, who wield fire and air respectively, and these two are just…there are no words to describe them. 

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I just loved them so much.

 And at one point, when Becca meets these two, I thought that she might end up with one of them.  That would have been interesting.

Everything about this book kept me hooked and had me turning pages as fast as I could and was so happy that I was reading it on my ipad because I could only imagine how many paper cuts I would have given my self if that weren't the case.

Storm was filled with wit and emotion and suspense and definitely had me guessing until the very end and my mouth rightfully dropped open when the “bad guy” was revealed.  All I want to know is when I’ll get my element.  I’m pretty sure it would be air.  What would yours be? 

I really can’t wait until I get my hands on the next novella and full novel.  

4.5/5 stars

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