Elemental (Elemental #0.5) by Brigid Kemmerer
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead.
This short story is a prequel to Storm and takes place before Chris, Gabriel, or Nick have grown into their powers. So, Michael is the only one out of the brothers with his elemental power. Michael feels lonely because he goes through so much at school because of it. I would recommend reading Storm before this prequel, as it is a good story to provide more insight into Michael’s character, but I don’t think it would mean as much without already having read Storm.
This story had a definite Romeo and Juliet vibe going on. Two kids from opposite sides of a battle falling for each other.
Michael really had his own voice in this story. I thought Kemmerer did a good job giving him his own. And it fits with his character as we know him from the first book. Michael (and his voice) is very brooding and bitter.
I kind of wish the story would have continued and shared exactly what happened when Michael lost control. But, it was a cute little story. It helped to understand Michael’s character a bit more.
I really wish that whole thing wouldn’t of happened to him. Maybe then he wouldn’t be so angry and bitter all the time, but then again he was giving of those vibes in this story. But, if Emily would have lived and they would have stayed a couple, I think he would have been a completely different person. 🙁
Fearless (Elemental #1.5) by Brigid Kemmerer
Being a force of nature doesn’t keep you safe.
Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they’re right.
Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.
Maybe that’s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She’s shy, quiet, and intense, but she’s sought him out. There’s no telling what she wants from him.
But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it’s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he’s ready to face…
“Fearless” is a short story all about Hunter! Just like “Elemental”, this one takes place before the big incident that we already know about from Storm. It shows what happened leading up to the car accident that killed Hunter’s father and uncle, but ends just before the car ride. So, we don’t get details of the actual accident. I like and don’t like this. I kind of wish that we got to see exactly what happened.
Hunter’s character in this story surprised me. He seems kind of insecure about himself in “Fearless”, but he always seemed so confident in Storm. I thought he was so sure of himself and had plenty of confidence until reading this. I guess you never know until you read from his perspective!
There’s an explanation in this story that actually helped me to understand Becca better, even though she’s not in “Fearless”. I don’t want to say what, though, in case you haven’t read Storm yet!
Oh, and look what Hunter’s dad said while referring to the Merrick brothers:
“There’s nothing safe about this one. Not from what I’m reading. These could be four of the most powerful Elementals to surface in years.”
Go Merrick boys!!