Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: Elemental, Fearless and Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental (Elemental, #0.5)
Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead.
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Publishes in US: March 27th 2012 by K Teen (Kensington)
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: library
Series? Yes. Storm is the 1st and you can read my review here  Spark is the 2nd and you can read my review here  releases Apr 30 2013, releases May 28th 2013,  releases Jan 2014,  releases July 2014.

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    It was neat getting inside Michael's head as a teen. I've always been interested in him and more about the events that matured and shaped him into the person that he is. Elemental gave me this glimpse, and I appreciated what I saw.
    It is quite a change to hear this angry (justified), scared, but loyal and loving (even then) to his family.
    I also enjoyed having the POV of Emily. I hate that something bad happened to her, because I liked her spunk, and it is sad that she had dreams that never were realized.
    I can't help but feel that it was a bit rushed, and I wish that I could have had a little more romance and build up with the two, but I guess that wouldn't continue with the theme of the loss of what could have been. I feel though that a lot of emotional depth could have been added if we would have gotten the ending. I mean, I knew what was coming, but it feels like it just cut off mid chapter.

Fearless (Elemental, #1.5)
Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer
Being a force of nature doesn't keep you safe. Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they're right.
Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.
Maybe that's what Clare Kasten is picking up. She's shy, quiet, and intense, but she' s sought him out. There's no telling what she wants from him.
But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it's close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he's ready to face.
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Publishes in US: July 31st 2012 by K Teen (Kensington)
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: library
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    I really liked being in Hunter's head. This novella did its job and gave me insight into his character, and I really appreciated getting to hear from him about his dad and his uncle. 
    I was curious about Clare and her interest in the guns, but that did lead to a deliciously hilarious conversation about rifles raiding the refrigerator in the middle of the night. 
     Again though, it felt like right as I was REALLY getting into the story, it stopped. And again, yes I know what happens with Hunter, but still...

Breathless (Elemental, #2.5)
Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer
Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.
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Publishes in US: April 30th 2013
Source: Netgalley
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    This was so hot and went in so many different directions that I did not expect. I loved getting to know Nick better and figuring out what it is that he has to hide, even from his family. And boy did I find out. It was a bit hard on my heart, but I also loved the diversity it brought to the story. 
    I def sympathized with Quinn, despite her attitude, she has so many self doubts. I see so much of myself in her, and I hope the best for her and that she gets her HEA.
    As with the others, I just wanted it to be a full length novel, and didn't get enough of these characters that I love. 

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you have a favorite Merrick or is Hunter more your style?

45 comments:

  1. This is a series that I haven't started any of. Ugh. It sounds really good too. Glad you enjoyed it. Wonderful reviews.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  2. My heart went out to Michael and Quinn in these novellas! I can't wait for Michael's story and I hope Quinn gets her HEA, too Brandi! Wonderful reviews! :)

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    1. I know, so much! I don't know how but hope so too

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  3. Sounds like a series that is that bit different, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for these books.

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  4. I've been hearing so many good things about this series. I really should read it.

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  5. I'm glad that you liked being in these boys' heads, Brandi! And LOL, rifles in the refrigerator? What? ;P Awesome mini reviews! :D

    Ah, I haven't started yet, but it's the collabs buddy read, so I'll be reading it soon! :D

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  6. I haven't read any of these yet, but they are on my to-read list. I have read a lot of good reviews. I bet I would probably be more for the brothers instead of Hunter based on all I've heard, but I will need to make my own opinion for sure once I've read. I'm glad you enjoyed these, but sorry they ended so abruptly. Thank you for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. The brothers are amazing but hunter is good on on terms

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  7. it's always the problem with novellas, everything is always so fast...

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  8. Glad you liked the novellas. Since I haven't started reading the series, I don't have a favorite character as of yet but seeing you reviewing every book, it has definitely piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. I love that you're so into this series now! I was devastated by what happened to Emily, but it kind of made Michael who he is now, which is something I can't help but appreciate.

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    1. I know, so hard to read about that with her

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  10. I really need to start this series!! I've been hearing nothing but good things! Really enjoyed all your reviews!!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

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  11. I'm glad you're enjoying the novellas as well as the books in this series. I am making it my mission to catch up before Spirit's release. Hopefully I'll be successful! Fabulous reviews Brandi :-) I don't have a favorite yet, but Hunter sounds pretty great from the reviews I'm reading (though I gather he's not a Merrick, right?)

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    1. I almost wish I would have waited until all were out

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  12. I am not a big novella lover as you know

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    1. I know, I didn't used to be but I have been won over to the dark side, lol

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  13. I really enjoy novellas. I'm glad you're loving the series so much, Brandi!

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  14. I do like novellas that are a part of a series best. Looks like at least one was a total winner. I so need to start this series!! You are making me want to read them!

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    1. They really were great... I loved the extra insight

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  15. I am not the biggest fan of novellas because I alwasy want more and seldom am I satisfied. I am also not a fan of the price point for a small read.

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    1. I want more to but try to keep in mind what they are bringing to the table

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  16. I've been seeing a lot of this series around lately. The more reviews I read, the more I consider reading it myself! Thanks for the review! Glad you're enjoying it so much. :)

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  17. I have not read any of the novellas but I have read the full-length booksa nd I especially enjoyed Spark!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Good to hear, the novellas especially Nick's are great

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  18. I always feel as though the novellas are to short! I'm really curious to get more into Michael's head. Great reviews!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. know, but any longer and they would be books, which would be fine with me too

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  19. Wow, you're on a roll, aren't you?! I'm glad you are still enjoying this series!

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    1. yes indeed, lots of car time will get me ahead

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  20. I haven't read any of these but it sounds like they are all pretty enjoyable. it's great getting to know characters better. Sorry some of them seemed a bit short though...hate having things cut off, even if you KNOW the ending. It's nice to get more details and thoughts.

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  21. Oh WoW, you are really loving this series. I usually don't like novellas, but as long as they add more to the story and characters, I'm all for it. I really need to start this series! I don't know about Merricks but from what I'm hearing, I think I'd like Hunter.

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  22. Ok Brandi, I seriously need to try to read this series soon, I am loving everything you share!

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  23. I loved Storm so I really need to get caught up with this series! These novellas sound great. Awesome reviews!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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