Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Secret (Elemental, #4)
Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer
Nowhere is safe. Not even home…
Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.
Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.
Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.
Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.
There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.
Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?


Publishes in US: January 28th 2014 by Kensington Teen
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: Netgalley
Series? Elemental #4

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    Ah, yay! Back with the Merricks. It's always a wild ride, and I finish each book saying that the one I just read about is my favorite brother, so I don't think that I can pick. I will just suffice it to say that they are all awesome in their own ways and I love every minute reading about them. I chose to request Secret because I enjoyed the other books in the series, and it is a given that I want to read anything else with them in it. 
    So, Brigid Kemmerer, the author delivers the same breath-taking romance, action, character development and general kick assing that I have come to expect from her, and I love this series more and more as it continues. 
    I will say that I ended up feeling sympathy and relating with someone that I never saw coming in this one and it is thanks to dear ole Quinn. She is so fiesty and I appreciate the time I get in her head in this one. She has such a rough situation at home, and I like the friendship between her and Nick, although I wish they could have seen and admitted how much they were using each other. But I suppose that it all works out, or as my grandma used to say, nothing that wouldn't come out in the wash. 
     And, oh my, we get more Nick and Adam in this one. I love both of these characters, and they are dynamic and hot together. Nick is so thoughtful and protective, and loyal. He is the responsible one, but we get to see him struggling more and more with who he is and how to manage everything and it takes its toll. I hate seeing him in so much pain hiding who he is from his brothers, especially Gabriel, but I can def understand where he is coming from. Although we know that Gabriel loves deeply and they have this bond between him, he is still reckless and says a million things that he shouldn't, things that he doesn't even know cuts so deeply. 
     The pacing is amazing, I read it all in a day, staying up way later than I ever should with two children who wake before 7am reading. I just kept saying, one more chapter until it was over, and I loved every second.
   The ending made me want so much more, and left me with finishing a great book high. It wasn't a cliffie persay, but all of Brigid's books make me eager for the next one so I can learn more about these great characters and spend more time with them. 

Bottom Line: Loved it and will continue to devour anything related to the Merrick brothers.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Quiet boy or bad boy?


  1. Ahh I am so far behind on this series and need to catch up but I'm glad it seems the series is still awesome!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. Wonderful review Brandi..it is always a good sign when you want more!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I'm looking forward to reading it. You're the third or fourth person to say they had a hard time putting it down and now I'm even more excited to read it! Wonderful review :-)

  4. This series and the Merrick brothers.sounds amazing. I love how you pointed out the different characters that make an appearance- and others that surprise you. So fun when that happens in a book series like this. Glad you enjoyed Secret, Brigid Kemmerer sounds like an amazing author! Wonderful Brandi. :)

  5. I love books that I read in one day :D

  6. I just love Kemmerer for her ability to transform her characters so completely. She is a master at it.
    Lovely review.

  7. I have the 3 frist books and I really read to read them!

  8. You know the quiet ones can be even worse than the bad boys, right???

    Oh so glad you liked this one!! Brigid Kemmerer can write nothing wrong in my opinion. Everything is golden. I have the ARC, I have got to read it! I'm so glad this one is just as good as all the others. I'm with you, each one is my favorite!!

  9. Oh boy, I really need to start this series! So glad you loved it, Brandi.

  10. I honestly couldn't get through the first book. :/ So glad it's getting better and better for you. ;)

  11. I NEED to read this series, everyone raves about it and I'm glad this book was no exception!

  12. Haven't read this series, but love it when they feature brothers! And when a book leaves you wanting more? Awesome! Really enjoyed your review, and think I need to add these to my wishlist. :)

  13. so awesome that you enjoyed it.... already excited for this, going to start this next.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  14. So happy this one was good. I didn't really like the previous book so I was scared.

  15. I've actually only just heard of this series recently and am hoping to start it soon! I'm so glad to hear that it has strong character development - that's a pet hate of mine.
    In answer to your question...bad boys are fun to read and dream about, but in real life it's the quiet ones that make me swoon ;)

  16. Wow! This sounds like a really great read, Brandi. I'm so glad you loved it. I'm gonna have to check out this series. :)

  17. Great review Brandi... You sell this series to me everytime! And I know what you mean about reading until too late, I do that almost everyday!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  18. Great review! I want to meet these brothers so bad!! I have to finally get to this series!!


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