Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

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

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.
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Publishes in US: April 24th 2012 by Kensington
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: library
Series? Yes. Storm is 1st in Elemental series.  are out.  releases Apr 30 2013, releases May 28th 2013,  releases Jan 2014,  releases July 2014.

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    I liked this book, and it was a quick read with plenty of action. 
    All of the Merrick brothers blended together for me at first. Nick, Gabriel, Michael and Chris. I guess Chris not as much as the others because he is the one beaten and where Becca gets pulled into their world. But they were all thrown in at once, and I just didn't get a good feel for them. I started to realize their roles and differences around Chapter 5 and 7 though. 
    I liked Becca's voice and personality, that she was taking self defense classes at the beginning, and she used those skills to help out someone in trouble. It showed a lot about her character, because she could have just hidden and ran off, but she stood up to a bully and defended herself and someone else. Also, just her way of speaking and thinking had me able to relate to her. I was also amazed at how much pain she went through and still could love others and empathize with them. Yet, she still had this fire in her, and I loved when it was righteously funneled. 
     The theme of bullying is so important. It is So hard and and shows the destructive power that words and rumors can have. Like how she learned to stand up for herself and wasn't just being helpless. 
    New guy aka hunter was hot and I appreciated how respectful he was to Becca. I couldn't help but wonder if there was more to him that it seemed since he came onto the scene just as Becca knew the truth about Chris and his brothers.
    Although I liked Chris, I couldn't help but think for most of the book that it would be better for Becca not to be involved, that up front, Hunter seemed like a simpler and safer option. But that was not fair because Chris didn't control who he was only what he tried to do with it. And I respected his closeness with his family, and how he was learning control. The reasons why he tried to be distant from Becca to start with were really good, because he didn't want her to be in danger. But I loved how he stood up for her, and admired her strength. I just don't think that he was given a fair chance, and I want to see more of them together.
    I liked the humor that was laced in.
    There was chemistry with both guys and I was in the same position as Becca, not seeing the whole picture for most of the story. I was shocked at how it played out, and how all of the threads of the story came together.
    
Bottom Line: Great start to an action packed paranormal that kept me guessing.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Which element would you like to control?

33 comments:

  1. Oh dear, another series. I've promised myself not to begin any more series of books but could be tempted by this one as I really like the sound of these brothers and their impressive powers.

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    1. The brothers only get better as the series goes on

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  2. I read Hunter's books recently actually, and it's interesting to see how things play out from his perspective. I'm glad you enjoyed this overall! It took me awhile to differentiate the Merrick brothers from each other, too, but I feel like I know them really well now. Great review. :)

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    1. Oh I know I am further in the series, and see how different they all are, they were all just thrown at once at first

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  3. I've been meaning to read this series. Becca sounds likes great mc and the boys seem great too, once they're distinguished.
    Great review, Brandi!

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  4. I really liked this book :) I loved Chris and Becca, but absolutely hated Hunter lol Glad you enjoyed it though!

    Janina @ Synchonized Reading

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  5. I'd like to control the weather. I hate storms. Certain days, I want to be sunny -- other times it can rain or snow. Give myself a snow day. That would be convenient....

    Great review. I've read this one, but not any others in the series.

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    1. Did you not like it? Weather control would be nice

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  6. I must read this series soon! Spark has been on my wishlist for a while so I'll look out for it. I love action-packed reads too. I'm glad you enjoyed this book. Great review! :)

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  7. I like the sound of Becca. I'm not particularly drawn to one element - may I control them all? ;)

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    1. Sure thing. Less powerful then in the element

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  8. I really need to get caught up on this series in time for the newest book. So glad to hear you enjoyed this! Becca sounds pretty great. I wonder which Merrick will be my favorite. :-) Wonderful review! And oh gosh, I think controlling fire would be the best, because I'm pretty sure if I have a power like that, I'm in a paranormal world where I need some defense (or maybe I've read too many of these books!). :-)

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    1. You know I am caught up but I still don't have a fave, besides the one i am reading then :)

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  9. I read a novella from this series a while ago and really liked it, I like the idea of controlling the elements :)

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  10. I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't started this series, really need to meet these Merricks! I'm scared of oceans and lakes, so a power over water would be so comforting for me. Great review, Brandi!

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  11. I agree that the humor in these books is great and the brothers are simply amazing. Michael has always been my favorite, though. I liked Becca more than any other of Kemmerer's heroines. I keep waiting for her to write someone else like her.

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  12. HUH. I need to read this, but I'm not so sure about it. The heroine sounds awesome, though! I wonder if I'll be able to tell the difference between the brothers? Awesome review, Brandi!

    Eh, I'm not so sure I want to control elements. o.O

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  13. I have heard such great things about this series. I love the sound of the humor and the relationships the characters have with each other. Do need to start this series!

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  14. it's nice to have a quick read like that mainly with humor. It's always a really good point!

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  15. I have got to start this series. Everyone is gushing over these boys.,O can't wait for mystery and humor and hot guys!

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  16. Great review as always :)
    Sounds good too

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  17. This sounds good, and I know peeps love this series, I hope to try it, you have me curious about Chris. Wonderful review Brandi!

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  18. I have seen some great reviews for this series and I'm very curious about these brothers. I think they'd blend together to me at first but as we get to know them it would be easier to tell who was who. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  19. Just got this one on my nook, and after reading your review; I'm excited to start it!! I'm ready to read why these brothers are pretty amazing. The story sounds really good, too, along with all the characters!

    Great review!

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  20. I was really looking forward to what you thought about this one. I think she sounds like a great character. Love the stand against bullying and you're right that it's such an important topic. I'm not sure what element I would want to control. I would want more for defensive purposes and not necessarily offense so maybe air. You can do a lot with that one. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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  21. I really liked this book too! I thought the premise was kinda unique and the characters great! I loved that you mentioned the bullying aspect! Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  22. Okay now I'm definitively the last person who hasn't read this book. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this series and I'm so happy that you love it too. I can't wait to read it :)

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  23. I totally agree with everything you said. I really liked Hunter and it took a little while for me too get into Chris. Becca was a great, strong character too.

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  24. I haven't read any of this series, but I am thinking that I should. :)

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  25. I like that the bullying aspect is important! :) It's great when books tackle that subject. And I also love humor in books. Great review.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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