Review: Spark

18 October, 2013 / 3 Comments

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Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

My Copy: ePub eBook, 289 pages
Publication Date: August 22, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Source: Borrowed from library

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own…

My Review

Spark starts off right where Storm left off.  But, not in Becca and Chris’s perspectives.  Instead, this book is through the perspectives of Gabriel (Chris’s brother) and Layne (a new character).  I guess I should have caught on to the fact that this book would be in Gabriel’s perspective, considering the title and all.  But, I wasn’t expecting it.  I didn’t read the synopsis before diving in, excited to read more of Becca and Chris’s stories.  So, I was kind of disappointed with the change in narrators.  I wanted to continue following Becca’s story as she learned about her powers and her Dad and everything that was revealed at the end of Storm.  And to see whether she ended up with Chris or Hunter.

I honestly don’t like when an author switches the characters from book to book.  I don’t mind the little in-between short stories from another character’s perspective, so that we get a bit of insight into that character.  I actually like those.  But, a complete book about different characters?  I kind of hate it.  It bothers me and I can’t seem to ever actually get in to the story fully, because I’m constantly wondering what the characters from the first book are up to.  Like, I spent the entire first book developing a connection to Becca, Chris, and Hunter and I felt like their stories were not done!  So, I just want to continue learning about them.  Grr!

Holy, was this book ever heavy on the romance.  It seemed to be the main focus of the majority of the book.  Now, I don’t mind reading books from the Romance genre.  It’s not my favourite genre, but if the mood strikes I will enjoy it.  But, with Spark, the Romance genre is not really what I signed up for.  I wanted action and bad ass characters using their elemental abilities to kick some butt.  Don’t get me wrong, I love books to have some romance elements, but in a story like this I don’t think the romance should be the main focus.  It was definitely verging on being of the Contemporary Romance genre, which was very unexpected to me.  It had that same tone that a New Adult Contemporary Romance would typically have.  Bad boy meets good girl and they fall in love.  Except Gabriel’s not really bad, just lonely — and confused and angry because of it.  But Layne thinks he’s bad and she is a good girl.

Honestly, I was rather bored throughout the majority of Spark.  It’s just not at all what I was expecting it to be.  And it was so different from Storm.  I feel like Storm was a great set-up to what I thought was going to be a great series about these kids with Elemental powers.  But then Spark just sort of fell flat.  It was disappointing and wasn’t the sequel that you would expect after reading Storm.

Gabriel was also a completely different character than he was portrayed as being in Storm.  In Spark, he is very angry and just picks fights with everyone throughout this book.  I’m not sure I really like his character anymore.  His story was so full of anger that it was annoying and frustrating to read.

I was not a fan of this book.  I am very disappointed because I really liked Storm.  After reading Storm, I was excited to continue on with the series, but now I’m not sure if I will continue.  Definitely taking a break from it!

SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)

I Liked:
– The new character, Layne.  She was likeable and real.
– The interesting way in which Kemmerer personifies the elements.

I Didn’t Care For:
– Gabriel’s character, which is weird because I thought I liked him in Storm.
– The focus on romance, when I was expecting a much different story.
– The anger-filled narration of Gabriel.  It was not enjoyable to read.
– The switch of perspectives from Book 1 to Book 2.  I want to know what’s going on with Becca and Chris!

A Peek Inside

Gabriel ran a hand through the flames. He’d never felt power like this. Fire always wanted to consume, to destroy, but this . . . this was different. This fire wanted to level the entire house. To kill everyone in it.
And it wanted Gabriel to help.
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3 Responses to “Review: Spark”

  1. I haven’t read any of the books in this series, but I know how disappointing it is when a sequel doesn’t live up to expectations because the first book was so good.

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