Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm by Brigid KemmererTitle: Storm (Elemental #1)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 353
Source: Personal Copy

When four older boys grab Chris Merrick in a parking lot and beat him to a bloody pulp, Becca Chandler steps in and scares them off. She was rather brave, I must say, but then again she was pretty much bluffing with her threats in order to get them to lay off of Chris.

After, she was able to get him into her car and take him home to his older brother – and legal guardian, Michael. I may have done a little fangirl squee after writing Michael’s name. Yes, I do have a serious crush on Michael ever since Elemental, even though that was super short, but I digress. This isn’t about Michael. This story encompasses all the brothers but mainly focuses on Chris, the youngest of the four Merrick brothers, with the elemental power over water.

    “You’re probably thinking I owe you my life.”
    “No.” she snapped.”Just sixty bucks.”
    “You charge for the hero act?”

So after Becca manages to keep Chris breathing and home safe, Michael basically scares the shit out of her and she gets her behind out of there. On a side note, I don’t blame her. Michael can be scary dude. Hot, but scary.

As for Chris, he’s in bad shape, so he calls on his element to help out with the injuries that have been inflicted and is able to manage to make it to school not long after that night. He’s not too sure of the girl who helped save his life though. He doesn’t know her, but he knows of her. Word around the playground is that Becca is easy, maybe even less than easy. Then again, this is all rumor. A nasty, stinking rumor that young guys spread about their exes who didn’t take kindly to being pressured or forced into engaging in sexual activity. So what better way to get back at her for dumping you and making you look like a chump? Yes, you guessed it. He said she was an easy lay, the bastard.

Becca, however, is just trying to keep her shit together and get through school without anymore drama, and she does this by keeping to herself. She didn’t even understand why she jumped in and stopped that fight, but then again, no normal person would stand on the sidelines and watch someone get beaten to almost death.

So her and Chris start a kind-of friendship, but let me be honest here and say that Chris fell for her first. But then in walks Hunter, this mysteriously cool new kid with the piercings and tattoos and super cool bracelets and ruins it all! Don’t get me wrong, I liked Hunter – even though my co-blogger Autumn didn’t trust him – he was honest and quiet and just in-tune. Also, he didn’t beat around the bush as much as Chris did, but I digress. At this point Becca begins to realize that something was different about Chris and his family and that knowledge is dangerous to her health.

There’s basically a war going on between the younger generation of elementals and because of what transpired in the prequel to Storm, there’s revenge on the mind of the opposing elemental team. But of course you know that with great power comes… great restrictions. Yes, folks. The Merrick brothers and basically every other elemental has to check themselves before the
powers that be become involved. I can’t tell you who they are. You’ll just have to read the book for yourself and find out. I cannot give everything away even though I just want to.

I have to say that what drew me to this series was the fact that the guys in these books all had these incredible elemental powers, and that kind of thing just appeals to the paranormal junkie in me. Also, let me just say that the fact that it features four smoking hot brothers has nothing, I repeat, nothing to do with the appeal. *cough* Don’t judge me.

Also, as I was reading this I kept thinking back to my childhood when I used to watch Captain Planet. If you’ve ever watched Captain Planet then you know the kids in that show all had these rings that dealt with an element, and they were all so very cool. It’s just that in this book there’s no combining powers and the captain appearing, and the guys aren’t environmentalists.

I still thoroughly enjoyed this book, though. And I seriously am now a fangirl of this series and the amazing, but flawed Merrick brothers. Trust me, this story isn’t filled with a bunch of back-slapping, bro-hugging, I love you, man type of brothers. They have issues. The yell and fight and get pissed off at each other. It’s just that in the end, family is all they got and they need to figure out a way to get along and make amends and keep their ever-growing powers in check.

A definitely promising new, fun, exciting and action-packed series from Brigid that I’m so glad I took a chance on and am not regretting fangirling over.

Usually when I write a review I like to summarize the plot to a point, but since Lisa sort of already did that, I’m going to concentrate more on why this sucker is so awesomely awesome. Storm is also one of those books that I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline. It’s not overly complicated, but it is detailed with a lot of things going on. Pay attention to the details!

Back in June in my Half Year in Review the Elemental series was one of my two picks as “Most Surprising.” When I had first heard of the series I had no intentions of picking it up. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

You don’t know how happy I am over second thoughts.

The Elemental series is about four brothers who each have power over one of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. They are full Elementals and to other lesser powerful Elementals that means they are dangerous. And seriously, they can be and usually it’s not intentional. Though written in third person point of view, the story is mostly about Chris Merrick, the youngest of the brothers, and Becca Chandler.

I love that Becca is the first one we see and she ends up saving Chris. I hate a heroine who is all “woe is me, save me!” and crap. Becca is stronger than she thinks, physically and mentally. She tries to be strong when a lot in her life is going wrong and is turned upside down. She’s a great female lead in my not so humble opinion, who deserves a better father and “best friend.”

Don’t get me started on Quinn, no, just don’t. She’s only one of the two minor flaws in the series for me. I’m waiting and hoping that Brigid can make me love her, or at least tolerate her, in some way.

The Merrick brothers. *sigh* Don’t get me wrong, you know they love each other, but it’s not as if they’re going around hugging each other every single free moment at home. Why? Things are complicated. They’re teenage boys with raging hormones. They’ve got other people their age trying to make their lives miserable. When it comes down to it though, when they really and truly need each other and the shit has hit the fan, well then, that’s when it’s time for a group hug.

Okay, not so much a group hug, but they stick together when it’s important. Michael is so young himself and is in charge of his brothers and is doing the best he can.

There was not one single dull moment in Storm for me. It started off with action and never stopped. I honestly didn’t want to put it down.

I consider myself very sarcastic and the sarcasm was calling my name in Storm. Oh, how it made me all warm and fuzzy on the inside and smile out the outside.

    “Which brother? I’m having a hard time differentiating on the dickhead scale.”

    “Look, I didn’t mean to frighten you last night. You ran out of here so quick-”
    “You mean after you grabbed me?”
    “You mean after you punched me with a fistful of keys?”

    “You do his homework?”
    “Just the math. It’s a miracle he can count to ten.”
    “I can count to one.” Gabriel gave him the finger.

    “You going to call your dad or what? I can only be a bitch for so long.”
    “You sure about that?”

    “Michael needs to switch to decaf.”

    “Wow, brother, you do pick up the Mensa candidates.”

    “Oh my god. Are you kidding me? Michael is the last person I would ever-oh my god. I wouldn’t go out with him if someone paid me. Ugh, that’s just-”
    “You know I can hear you, right?”

While third person is not my usual go to for a point of view (I prefer to write and read in first), third works so well because we can get into more characters heads. I also think the writing itself is done is such a manner that it is aimed properly at young adults, but not so simply done that adults like myself would get frustrated at it. While I didn’t have to look up a gazillion words on my Kindle while reading, Storm was a quick read, taking me only three days go tear through.

I think Storm is also a great balance of Supernatural, Action, and Romance with a bit of Teen Angst thrown in for good measure. I mean, it is a Young Adult novel after all. I still keep telling everyone I know about this series and will continue to do so. I want to walk into the pages and hug each Merrick brother (especially Gabriel), and tell them that everything will be okay. This series seriously has me emotionally invested in its storyline and especially its characters.

Well done, Brigid, well done indeed.

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