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I literally just finished reading Spirit five minutes ago. I’m attempting to wrap my head around what happened and form some coherent sentences for this review. So, excuse me if I sound a bit idiotic.
Okay, so, here it goes. If you’ve read the other books in the Elemental series you know what it’s all about – four brothers that can control the elements. But I must say, it’s so much MORE than that. When people ask me for recs on what to read now not only do I say, “The first seven books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series” and “The Immortal Rules series,” but now I’m been speaking up and saying, “Dude, you gotta read the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer!”
Okay, so yeah, I’m still trying to form coherent sentences.
Spirit focuses on Hunter Garrity, who is NOT one of the Merrick brothers and to tag their relationship with just one word is impossible. Hunter was told by his father not to trust anyone and at the end of the previous installment, the much loved Spark, his relationship with the Merricks was strained to say the least. Hunter was always one of those characters, much like Quinn, that I didn’t know HOW I felt about him. Because of his actions I wasn’t always sure if I should like him or if he deserved to be liked.
Yes, I realize that I am writing about a fictional character.
Early on in Spirit Kemmerer clearly sold me on Hunter and made me sympathetic to his plight. Dare I say that I love him as much as the rest of the Merrick boys.
He’s not taking Gabriel’s number one spot in my heart though. I’m not sure anyone can do that.
There’s a lot that happens in Spirit and I don’t really want to give away much more than the synopsis does. It must be delved into by the reader. There’s action, romance, supernatural elements, and humor that is just wrapped into a package of pure perfection. Not only did I learn to love Hunter, but there was a lot of the Merrick brothers so I didn’t miss them. Hell, I fell in love with Michael all over again.
Spirit is such a well written, thought out piece of written art that made me feel so many emotions as I read through it – all but 8% of it – in one day. To say that I want the next book NOW is such an understatement. You know, like gridlock traffic in New York City is “bad.” It’s saying a lot that I read most of this sucker in one day – it recently took me a few weeks to concentrate enough to get through something that was equal to 134 pages while Spirit is equal to 432. Kemmerer just sucks me into the Elemental world in Maryland and I don’t want to put my Kindle down to eat or shower. I mean, seriously, what did I have to eat today? I reheated a quesadilla, munched on some chocolate, some trail mix, and a granola bar.
Seriously, I’m hungry and smelly. No wonder I’m single.
Some of my favorite lines:
“What’s with the look? I thought you guys were best friends.”
“You braid his hair wrong or something?”
“Look, either you’re going to talk or I’m going to have to finish the story about the guy who chopped off his penis. Your call.”
“Words, not hands,” said Layne. She poked Gabrielle with her fork. “I think you need a t-shirt that says that.” He leaned in close. “Give me five minutes and I bet I can change your mind.”
The way she’d acted like she cared. He wished, for just an instant, that one moment of it could be real.
He kept trying to tell his own body that she was injured, that she was seeking warmth, that this had nothing to do with anything. His body was replying, DUDE, SHE IS NOT WEARING PANTS.
“If you say slutty I am going to punch you in the crotch again.”
“Confident!” he said. “I was going to say confident!”
“Jesus, I could shake the crap out of you.” Gabriel shoved him in the shoulder. “When you’re going to do awesome stuff, let me in on it.”
“I can’t believe I almost killed you two weeks ago.”
Gabriel rolled his eyes. “I can. You’re kind of a moron.”
“What was that for?”
“Brotherhood,” he said. “Welcome to the family.”
So seriously, if you haven’t read this series yet, you really need to. Go get the first novella, aptly named Elemental and give it a whirl. This will be a series that I will read over and over again and will be truly sad when it ends.
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years!
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