11 October, 2013

book review

Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

My Copy: ePub eBook, 337 pages
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Source: Purchased
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance | Young Adult

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .

My Review

Storm is about these kids who are “Elementals”, meaning they have some control over certain elements or can draw power from the elements.  The story is narrated in third person, bouncing between the perspectives of Becca and Chris.  Chris is an Elemental; his power coming from water.  Chris’s three brothers are also all Elementals, each with his own element of the following: Earth, wind, and fire.  I thought the story was great.  It had me hooked from the start.  I was immediately interested in the story from the first chapter.  The story is told in a creative and engaging way that keeps you captivated until the very end.

Now, there is a love triangle in this book.  And it’s a pretty heavy one, by which I mean that there is quite a bit of emphasis on both boys and their relationships with Becca.  And, holy, talk about leading on two guys, Becca!  I don’t think she means to, but she totally does.  Poor guys.

Love interest number 1 is Chris.  Chris’s character is a bit immature and he acts very childish at times.  He shares his secrets with Becca pretty early on, so we get to understand his character.  Not much of a mystery after the first bit of the novel.  Plus, some of the chapters are in his perspective, so we know quite a bit about him and his abilities.  Oh, and he is pretty badass!  Not right away, but I’d say about mid-book we get to see Chris’s badassness.

Love interest number 2 is Hunter.  I loved Hunter from the start!  Totally team Hunter.  But, then he changed a bit at the end, and now I’m not sure.  I can’t say anything about it, but the way he acted at the end…I just don’t know.  I guess I’ll have to continue the series and see!  Hunter seems more mature than Chris through the majority of the novel (until that end part…what was that about?  Totally disproved my thinking that he was more mature).  There was definitely something mysterious about Hunter that we may or may not find out in the end.

The book leaves it very unclear which boy had the lead in Becca’s heart.  It was unclear though the whole book, actually.  Chris or Hunter??  Not a clue.  They were presented as very equal opponents in their quest for Becca’s love.

Storm had quite a few twists at the end, which was great.  However, I did pretty much predict all of them.  Not necessarily right down to the last detail, but I guessed at the general outcomes.  Boo!  Oh well, can’t surprise everybody I suppose…

I very much enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to continue the series!

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

I Liked:
– The story.  It hooked me within the first chapter and never let go!
– The characters were all good.  Likeable and well-developed.
– The creativity of the story.
– Left me wanting more!

I Didn’t Care For:
– The twists at the end didn’t surprise me as much as I would have liked.
– The love triangle.  Not a big fan of those.
– The change in Hunter’s character at the end.

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2 Responses to “Review: Storm”

  1. Glad you loved this book too! I voted for it in your recent What’s Next post, so I was hoping that I was steering you in a good direction! 🙂 Oh, and I love your idea of posting links to other people’s reviews of the same book! I was actually thinking, “I should go and re-read my review – I think I made some of the same points as Sam did,” and then I noticed that you had a link right there to my review! Thanks!! I think that’s an excellent idea so that people can get different perspectives on the book. I’ve never seen anyone do that before!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction