Title: Fearless (Elemental #1.5)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: personal copy
In the Elemental universe, Fearless is a novella that should be read before Spark, but because I had gotten an ARC of Spark from NetGalley, it didn’t work out that way for me. Maybe if it had, I wouldn’t have been as highly suspicious of Hunter as I still am to this day.
Nah. I honestly still don’t know what to make of the guy. Maybe it’s because I have trust issues and don’t appreciate being lied to. Let’s not turn this into a psychological exam about my issues and let me tell you about Fearless.
Fearless delves into Hunter Garrity’s life before he and his mother moved to Annapolis, Maryland near the Merricks. We get to see him interact with his father, uncle Jay, and a female classmate named Clare Kasten.
- It would figure that the first time a girl wanted to talk to him, he’d knock her flat.
“You want to come home with me?” God, he should tackle girls more often.
For some reason, which I never quite understood, Hunter is picked on in his school. It’s not clear if it’s because the kids that are picking on him are other lesser powerful Elementals like Seth and Tyler, if they are attracted to him because he’s a Fifth, if it’s because of his slightly different appearance, or all together something else. You know, teenagers, they’re a hard read and throw in some Supernatural elements and forget it.
Clare tracks Hunter down after school one day, needing to talk to him. They develop a fast… um, friendship you could say, but Hunter’s father is only fully of warnings.
- “Use them before they use you.”
Hunter can’t seem wrap his head around that concept.
It was nice to see Hunter before he moved to Annapolis, but I still have second thoughts about him. Especially after what transpired in Fearless. I can only hope that after I read Spirit, which is not due out until June 2013, my mind will finally be at ease. This novella is a must read for those that enjoyed the rest of the series.