I’d have to say that the fact that Brigid Kemmerer decided to write a series about brothers with supernatural powers really piqued my interest. Michael’s novella really set the tone for the rest of the books. It was fast paced, action-packed, and emotional. I really loved getting this inside glance into what life was like for Michael before his little brothers became teenagers and had to deal with their own share of the effects of being Elementals.
Michael really felt the brunt of it. It’s also why he is the way he is, really. He was the oldest of four boys and a very strong elemental. He was being tested at every turn by the bad guy elementals who thought he should be killed and along with all of that he had to deal with this growing power inside of him. He was also a great big brother. He looked out for Chris, especially.
And finally, just when it seems like he’s finally met someone who can just like him for him and not be afraid of him, something goes wrong. That was a really mean cliffhanger there, Brigid. Well played.
I completely and thoroughly enjoyed this short story for Michael. I felt for him, how alone and misunderstood he was, how much pressure he was under, and how much he wished for a drama free life.
Kemmerer really dreamt up such a great and dynamic set of characters that we can all enjoy and root and feel for. A big Kudos to Kemmerer for giving readers a series that they won’t regret spending their money on.
My only complaint about Elemental is that it’s too short. I know it’s a short story, but just as it seemed like it was building up steam and it was getting really good — BAM! It was over. It did its job well – it got me interested in the series. I was very glad to have Storm on hand because I started it almost immediately.
I loved Michael’s back story and you really understand him so much better after reading this little installment. It’s a must read! I want to dare everyone to pick this up and try it – you won’t regret it!