Storm

Storm

Brigid Kemmerer / Sep 22, 2019

Storm Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys the ones she doesn t want Ever since her ex boyfriend spread those lies about her Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parki

  • Title: Storm
  • Author: Brigid Kemmerer
  • ISBN: Storm
  • ASIN
    B006YBRK52
    Edition Language
    English
    Series
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys the ones she doesn t want Ever since her ex boyfriend spread those lies about her.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 t Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys the ones she doesn t want Ever since her ex boyfriend spread those lies about her.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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 432 pages Published January 2016 by Kensington first published April 24th 2012 More Details Original Title Storm ASIN B006YBRK52 Edition Language English Series Elemental 1 Literary Awards The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky 2012 Other Editions 19 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Storm, please sign up Popular Answered Questions do you have to read the beyond the story part in order to understand the second book 2 likeslike 4 years ago Add your answer Brigid If your book has a beyond the story section, it may include the short story Elemental, which tells the story of how Michael met Emily Some later If your book has a beyond the story section, it may include the short story Elemental, which tells the story of how Michael met Emily Some later editions don t include the short story That said, it s not required reading for the rest of the series less flag Are there any sexy scenes in this book Or is it just a clean romance 1 likelike 3 years ago See all 2 answers Tuhshya Bhagat In storm,there are none.But in spark ,there is a one but it doesnt go all the way flag See all 18 questions about Storm Lists with This Book All the Books I ve Enjoyed Immensely So Far 148 books 46 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 22, 2012 Emily May rated it it was ok review of another edition Recommended to Emily May by Young Adult Book Club December 2012 Shelves young adult, paranormal uf, pnr, 2012 2.5Me and this book went on a strange journey together and the end result was very conflicted feelings.It all started when I decided I wanted to become involved in one of my groups and actually pay attention to the monthly book reads In the past, I used the group for challenges and recommendations but didn t participate in the group read along, so I decided that I would read every book voted for except the ones that a I had already read or b I couldn t obtain for whatever reas 2.5Me and this book went on a strange journey together and the end result was very conflicted feelings.It all started when I decided I wanted to become involved in one of my groups and actually pay attention to the monthly book reads In the past, I used the group for challenges and recommendations but didn t participate in the group read along, so I decided that I would read every book voted for except the ones that a I had already read or b I couldn t obtain for whatever reason I then made my way to the page to see what my first book club read would be and found it was a book I was sent months ago and never read due to the atrocious cover and my belief that it would be little than an annoying teen romance series that set out to find each hot guy a girlfriend with every volume This book was Storm But, even with my reservations, I can t resist challenging myself to something I wouldn t normally pick so I settled down to give this novel a try.And at first I was very pleasantly surprised I found myself devouring chapter after chapter and enjoying all aspects of the story I liked Becca, I liked Hunter, I liked the Merrick brothers, I liked the urban fantasy aspect of it that wasn t neglected even with the book s romantic focus Being someone who isn t usually a fan of young adult romance, I couldn t believe how quickly I became interested in these characters and their relationships with one another The banter is superb, I love a touch of witty sarcasm to make me laugh Plus, ridiculous good looks aside, the Merrick brothers seemed to be realistic portraits of teen boys.Secondly, the main character heroine can make or break a book like this and Becca immediately got into my good books by saving Chris Merrick in the very first chapter no damsels in distress here But she also has weaknesses and flaws so she isn t allowed to fall perfectly into a predesignated mold called kickass heroine Becca starts off so well that I think this was why it became all the disappointing later on when she began to change into someone who criticises other women for what they are wearing and behaves stupidly on numerous occasions.The nasty girls in this novel can be spotted by their revealing clothing boobs were going to explode from the neckline of her shirt in a minute and their tendency to hang drooling all over the Merrick brothers There seems to be a suggested relationship between sexual promiscuity implied or otherwise and evilness in Storm Characterization ends with descriptions of their slutty clothing and behaviour Oh, and they re all cheerleaders I m being serious when I say this can someone please explain to me this obsession with cheerleaders I live in England and don t know any schools that actually have cheerleaders but they re so popular in American movies and books They appear to be a kind of tribe of beautiful, evil women that are out to destroy all other women with their perfect hair and bodies I don t understand it at all.The saddest thing is that this story could easily have been an excellent tale about the slut issue and the damaging effects of the war on female sexuality because it starts where Becca has a reputation of being the school slut Girls won t be associated with her apart from her one friend and guys pass lewd notes to her in class, she is rumoured to have slept with most guys in her school but the truth is quite a different story and these rumours are actually lies spread by her ex This is all fine and dandy but I would ask what if she had slept around What does it matter This isn t tackling the slut issue, it s actually making it worse everyone thinks she s evil because she s a slut but they re wrong because she s not a slut No, they re wrong because these matters do not define a person and that should have been the message.Not surprisingly, this is not an issue that both genders experience and the author does nothing to challenge the double standard The Merrick brothers are supposed to appear even sexy because of the comment about it being a common occurrence to find a random girl in the house for one of them Yet, despite the little pat on the back the brothers like to give themselves for sexual conquests, Gabriel specifically warns Chris away from Becca because she has played around the block Real nice The sexism makes it impossible to let the good outweigh the bad and it also made it impossible for me to continue to like or care about the Merrick brothers when they behaved like such dicks.Some spoilers in this paragraph sorry Another thing that stood out to me was some of Becca s unrealistic behaviour in my opinion, anyway I just don t believe that someone who went through a trauma like that would behave in the way she did and constantly put herself in harm s way again and again after the event Even her actions in the very first chapter are questionable when you know what she s been through, never mind going to the house of the guy who raped her and getting drunk whilst there or going around the side of a building at night with him That s not brave, it s just plain stupid, even if I do have to applaud the author for looking into reasons why victims of sexual assault don t always report the incident.Sadly, after a beginning that made me think I d been wrong to judge a book by its cover and genre, Storm came full circle and managed to disappoint me anyway Better luck next month, I hope flag 113 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Jan 14, 2013 Blacky Romance Addict marked it as did not finish review of another edition Shelves 1 star for enjoyment, read na ya, read paranormal, review, t stupid triangle, read 2013 DNFI was really really curious about this one.Started it.Nice writing, nothing special but not bad.The family at the center of the series, uber interestng.The heroine, uber idiotic, blushes at every single damn thing possible and in every single damn situation possible She behaves like a 13 yo at best, and one who has never been in contact with a male specimen of the human species.Triangle I hate them HATE Especially seeing stupid indecisive heroines who spend the whole book deciding who to DNFI was really really curious about this one.Started it.Nice writing, nothing special but not bad.The family at the center of the series, uber interestng.The heroine, uber idiotic, blushes at every single damn thing possible and in every single damn situation possible She behaves like a 13 yo at best, and one who has never been in contact with a male specimen of the human species.Triangle I hate them HATE Especially seeing stupid indecisive heroines who spend the whole book deciding who to drool over No thank you.I gave up on this cause a lot of things irritated me, but oh well if I had known this book would have them I wouldn t have tried it in the first place I ll probably maaaaaybe read the rest of the series once I completely delete this out of my mind flag 109 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Feb 06, 2011 Sarah Maas rated it it was amazing review of another edition I freaking LOVED this book It is so, so amazing, and the four brothers are SMOKING HOT Not to mention, Becca is a fantastic, strong heroine I can t recommend this book highly enough flag 95 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 23, 2011 Whitney rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves lick this cover, own, 2012 favorites, all time faves, just loooooved it, neat plot, okay heroines, okay heros, that ending omg Read the full review here This book definitely made me want to bend some elements That s putting it in avater the last airbender terms p I think, after reading this book, I d want to have the element of fire I ve actually always wanted to have a fire element after watching ATLA And this totally made me want it If I couldn t have it, then definitely water There was totally a connection with water, since it was Chris s ability c This is just too much hotness on one cover flag 82 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Jun 17, 2012 Stacia the 2010 club rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves young adult, cute, favorite book guys, made me laugh, paranormal romance, casters or witches You keep saving me, she said Yeah, well He stroked the hair down her back I think we might be close to breaking even on that Even though the covers fail to impress me, the books are quite good I have to give Storm a 4.25 to 4.5 rating I truly enjoyed this book, probably than I have any YA PNR in a while.It had all the key elements of a cute romance type book I d want to read multiple hot guys jackpot lots of action conflict aside from the romance itself cool powe You keep saving me, she said Yeah, well He stroked the hair down her back I think we might be close to breaking even on that Even though the covers fail to impress me, the books are quite good I have to give Storm a 4.25 to 4.5 rating I truly enjoyed this book, probably than I have any YA PNR in a while.It had all the key elements of a cute romance type book I d want to read multiple hot guys jackpot lots of action conflict aside from the romance itself cool powers descriptions of abilities emotional fluttery feelings from reactions to the love interests several characters you want to know about, which makes me excited for future installmentsEven the overdone plot devices didn t bother me love triangle wasn t nearly as bad as many others I ve seen sexual assault story was reigned in after it started to border on ridiculousAll in all, I am HYPED for the next book It s been a while since I ve found a new series to love If you re unsure about trying out this series, please do me this one favor Go download the cheap prequel at any of the major booksellers Elemental It will only take you a few minutes to read Just do it Take 20 minutes out of your day and read this freebie If you even halfway liked it, chances are you ll like Storm as much or better because it expands upon this world Oh lord, how I hurt for Michael after finding out what had happened from the prequel to this book I was shocked to say the least.Chris Merrick, you can bring the lightning anytime Chris was watching her a bit too intently They did hurt you A bolt of lightning split the sky, somewhere beyond the trees.Hunter, you re okay too That right there is why I don t believe it Any girl who wanted to sleep with half the school wouldn t pull away when I touch her flag 73 likesLike see review View all 23 comments May 18, 2012 Maja The Nocturnal Library rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2012 favorites, annoying love triangle, favorites, i have superpowers, just another book crush, moments of great frustration, alternating povs, never saw it coming, young adult, reviewed in 2012 It should take me no than three words to convince you to read this book They are the same three words that convinced ME to read it, and I haven t regretted it at all Those three words are are you ready Four hot brothers That s all you need to know sigh Oh, okay I suppose I should write a proper review Here it goes Four Merrick brothers have a very strong connection to the elements Michael controls earth, twins Gabriel and Nick control fire and air respectively, and the youngest It should take me no than three words to convince you to read this book They are the same three words that convinced ME to read it, and I haven t regretted it at all Those three words are are you ready Four hot brothers That s all you need to know sigh Oh, okay I suppose I should write a proper review Here it goes Four Merrick brothers have a very strong connection to the elements Michael controls earth, twins Gabriel and Nick control fire and air respectively, and the youngest, Chris, controls water All four of them are far powerful than they should be which causes the other Elementals to fear them and attack them at every opportunity The brothers can t use their elements to defend themselves because they re all young and untrained and loss of control on their part could mean the loss of many innocent lives When two older boys ambush Chris and beat him almost to death, a girl from school comes to his rescue She somehow chases them away and gets him home but Michael, his legal guardian since their parents died, practically chases her out of the house Chris doesn t really know her, even though she s in some of his classes He s heard about her, though, everyone has People say that she sleeps around with anyone who asks nicely enough But Becca isn t like that at all She s been through a lot and she s just trying to keep her head down and avoid being noticed Then, suddenly, she is in the middle of Chris s drama, and a gorgeous new boy is showing a real interest in her.You probably figured out from that last sentence that there is a love triangle in this book In my humble opinion, there s no such thing as a good interesting love triangle, but I can tell you that this one is less painful than most It made sense in a strange kind of way and it kept me in suspense because, unlike with other love triangles, I actually wasn t sure which boy Becca would end up with Another thing worth mentioning is Brigid Kemmerer s writing it is much better than I expected when I first heard about this book Her style doesn t draw attention from the story itself, it is straightforward, clean and very easy to read.Storm doesn t end with a cliffhanger, but it has a pretty open ending So many things are unresolved and I can t wait for Gabriel s book to be out This is the type of not quite cliffhanger I can live with everyone is safe, but there are a lot of questions that need answers If you are going to read Storm, definitely read the short story prequel first It takes place about 4 years earlier, and it helped me understand why Michael is the way he is My recommendation go read it Just keep those smelling salts near these boys will make you swoon Also posted at The Nocturnal Library flag 62 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Apr 10, 2012 Steph Sinclair rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves young adult, kensington, 2012 release, 2 am or later, 2013 reads, alternating povs, cool author, could have been better, guilty pleasures, i totally saw that coming Occasionally, my husband and I will discuss books that I am reading at the time It mostly depends on if the cover sparks his curiosity enough to find out what it s about In this case, he saw me putting together the Elemental Virgins post a few weeks ago which may or may not have led to a few awkward questions So you re a virgin, huh , so he knew this was one of the books in the series One day, I was minding my business, cracking up in my little Reading Corner at some witty banter between Occasionally, my husband and I will discuss books that I am reading at the time It mostly depends on if the cover sparks his curiosity enough to find out what it s about In this case, he saw me putting together the Elemental Virgins post a few weeks ago which may or may not have led to a few awkward questions So you re a virgin, huh , so he knew this was one of the books in the series One day, I was minding my business, cracking up in my little Reading Corner at some witty banter between the Merrick boys, and hubby and I had an interesting exchange So, what s going on in your book You liking it he said Yeah, it s pretty funny I like some parts than others, I said That s good, I guess he asked Well, it s just this one character named Gabriel that s being a total douche, I replied Uh oh That doesn t sound good Are you going to anger the internet gods and write a scathing review he asked What No I like this book far too much to do that, I said I mean, really, hun, is that what you think okay, fair point Alright, so tell me what it s about It s about these guys that can each control the elements See the man child on the cover This book is Chris story He can control water and his brothers can each control fire, wind and earth, I explained cue laughter from the hubby What What s so funny I asked The fact that you re giving your V card up to Captain Planet s Planeteers, he says insert my unimpressed face here We re the Planeteers You can be one too Cause saving our planet is the thing to do he sung Badly.Ha Ha Ha Everyone s a comedian.But my hubby is totally wrong, it s nothing like Captain Planet, minus the whole element wielding thing, of course But it does tell the story of four orphaned guys, living in a house together, struggling to stay out of trouble Well, I should really rephrase that Sometimes they manage to stay out of trouble Other times, they welcomed it But the thing with Storm and I is that we developed this weird love hate relationship during our courtship For every one thing I absolutely loved about it, there was always something else that I hated So here are three things that I loved hated about Storm.The Merrick BoysI d be lying if I said I didn t love this group of guys While this book does primarily tell Chris story and jumps between his and Becca s PoV, the other brothers personality are not neglected what so ever Each brother has such a distinct personality that comes through the pages loud and clear except for Nick He s kinda quiet I loved seeing the dynamic between them, which of course came with lots of witty banter like this If you want me to fix your homework, you need to leave me alone Then he spotted her You re back Yeah She glanced between him and Gabriel 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 could also tell how much they cared about each other Since losing both parents in a tragic accident, the oldest brother Michael forgoes college and any other personal aspirations to stay home and raise his younger brothers Sometimes he s very over protective, but that was totally understandable given what they ve all gone through The Merrick boys are virtually outcasts from their own kind and hunted for their powers Their relationships and fierce protectiveness reminds me of how my siblings and I interacted.But you want to know who I really thought the Merrick boys reminded me of The Mercer boys Okay, so before you start giving me strange looks, hear me out I mean, think about it You have Bobby Michael who s the one in charge, keeping the others in line Angel Gabriel who is always getting into it with the leader and he s the most volatile Jeremiah Nick is the calm, responsible one And finally, Jack Chris who is the younger, brooding member of the family Now just picture Mark Wahlberg threatening someone while saying Good Michael wrapped his hand around the hilt.Then he lifted it, cocked the hammer, and put the barrel against Hunter s forehead Now where the fuck are my brothers Guys, tell me this is not a YA version of Four Brothers And in case that wasn t clear, that s a compliment because that movie was awesome, filled with a lot of action and it has great chemistry between the brothers Are you seeing my vision here So what was the thing that I disliked about the characters Gabriel I honestly was not feeling this guy He came across a bit sexist to me when he kept commenting on Becca s sexual ventures He d say things like she s been around the block and how she slept with half the soccer team, etc But I found that to be very unfair considering how he mentioned to her that it wasn t unusual to find different girls in their house on a regular basis BUT I do think that even though Gabriel felt like he was slut shaming to me, he DOES seem like a redeemable character From what I hear from my other reviewing peeps, he does just that in his book, Spark.The StoryI really appreciate the creativity that Brigid used in Storm This could have easily turned into a run of the mile boy saves girl, boy and girl fall in love, the universe is trying to keep them apart oh noz , happily ever after But it didn t Instead, the book starts off with the heroine, Becca, saving Chris from getting his ass handed to him on the parking lot That one interaction causes her to continue to cross paths with the Merrick boys over the course of the book and from that moment on, there is very little downtime for the reader When people say this is an addictive read, they aren t joking I stayed up well past my bedtime because I couldn t seem to put it down.I also loved how the story takes place somewhere that is very familiar to me Thank you, Brigid There are not nearly enough books set in this awesome town The downside I found the plot to be fairly predictable in some parts I had seen the mystery surrounding Hunter and Becca a mile away The good thing is that it didn t bother me in the slightest The story is way to engaging for that In the beginning, I felt that the Merrick boys were way too willing to share certain things with Becca even though they were trying not to tell her their secret For example, Chris would make comments hinting at his powers to the point where it was painfully obvious, but Becca remained oblivious until Chris finally told her Becca finding out the mystery felt a little too drawn out for my tastes and didn t seem very organic The writing style was a bit of an adjustment for me I don t think it was bad, I just dislike 3rd person PoV because I am a strange person and it usually takes me a lot longer to connect with characters This is just a personal pet peeve, so that probably wouldn t bother most people who have a heart and soul Unlike me or so Kat tells me.BeccaBecca was a very interesting character and I felt that Brigid took a risk with her Mostly this was not a bad thing Becca is sexually harassed throughout most of the book and is labeled the school slut I think that was a very realistic portrayal of what happens to some girls and overall I did like Becca as a character She s spunky and does hold her own up against the Merrick boys since they are not the most accepting bunch of people.My issues I feel like Becca made a few decisions that were illogical, like say, going to a party thrown by a guy who started the rumors about her and who continued to harass her only to get drunk there Given what her past was with this guy, that made so little sense to me Also, in the end where she goes outside of the dance to talk with the guy Drew alone, was so not smart on so many levels Why not have Hunter just stand at a distance while she had the convo and be nearby just in case douchey McDouchey Pants tried to try anything And you can believe that Drew did intend to try something It was like watching a character in a horror movie opening That Door and you re yelling at your TV, as if they can hear you telling them not to, but they don t listen and they die That is how I felt with Becca The moment where Becca finally stood up to Gabriel and his snide comments, was awesome for me right up until he decided to get revenge on Drew by beating him up It felt like the scene s focus shifted from Becca being the victim and having her moment to Gabriel being the hero The problem I have is that every time Becca was being sexually harassed, it was one of the Merrick boys that came swooping in for the rescue Becca wasn t exactly a pushover since she did stand up to the Merricks on countless occasions I would have liked to see Becca be her own hero when it came to standing up to Drew view spoiler There is an almost rape scene between Becca, Drew and a group of other boys and it was graphic that what I thought it d be To me, it felt conveniently placed just so Chris and Becca would end up on the field during that lightning storm One of my pet peeves is when a heroine s gender is used to further the plot It s like, she s a girl and so the worst possible thing that will happen to her is rape, so let s throw in a rape scene But than that, this one didn t seem authentic to me because Drew essentially says, Everyone thinks I raped you So even though I didn t and could possibly plead my case, I m going to commit the crime everyone thought I did just because Really, Drew And then, of course, that was Chris cue to step in and save Becca I wasn t very impressed with that scene hide spoiler But despite my issues, I would still recommend this book It s addictive and a really entertaining read that appears to get better with every book As for me Weathering this Storm proved to be very rewarding How do I feel about losing my Elemental V card Well, you know what they say You never forget your first time Heh.A copy of Storm was provided by KTeen for the Spirit blog tour, hosted by The Midnight Garden Thank you I m ready to lose my Elemental V Card Are you Join Jen and I for a mass read along On April 28th, come back here and let s swoon over the Merrick boys discuss the story Tweet at us with evirgins starryeyedjen Cuddlebuggery Anyone up for a mass read along Check out the details for the read along here and enter for a chance to win Storm, Spark and Spirit they are totally signed flag 62 likesLike see review View all 94 comments Jan 18, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, own Four Five hot guys and one girl Does anybody have a problem with this As if all this testosterone running rampant isn t enough, these four brothers can control the elements Water, air, earth and fire The seriousness of these powers is made clear several times throughout this novel It s a powerful ability to have to be able to control anything from tsunamis and earthquakes, to the spread of diseases all without raising an ounce of suspicion Basically, easily becoming an unstoppable, invisi Four Five hot guys and one girl Does anybody have a problem with this As if all this testosterone running rampant isn t enough, these four brothers can control the elements Water, air, earth and fire The seriousness of these powers is made clear several times throughout this novel It s a powerful ability to have to be able to control anything from tsunamis and earthquakes, to the spread of diseases all without raising an ounce of suspicion Basically, easily becoming an unstoppable, invisible killing machine I wasn t sure how exciting a story about element control could be, so I was happily surprised by the constant sensation of danger that I felt while reading this novel Surround this with a fast pace and intense action scenes, and we ve got ourselves a pretty riveting plot The brothers Oh boy They re quite the eclectic bunch Each one unique and imperfect, these guys are all exceptionally well developed characters that will grow on you and make a lasting impression I enjoyed their brotherly banter which never ceases to amuse me I also found them all endearing even though sometimes I wanted to punch them Along with these four brothers, we ve got Hunter the New Guy which was my personal favorite of the boys, then Becca s friends, classmates and parents Overall, it s a pretty big cast that Kemmerer incorporates impressively inside the story, giving them each charming personalities and important roles that contribute to the story Now on to Becca Becca has to deal with all this hotness raucous For a change, it s the girl who gets to save the day at the beginning, by coming to Chris s aid and saving his life which is essentially how she gets sucked into his Then of course, soon afterwards, she meets Hunter giving us a love triangle that, even though I m not a big fan of usually, I quite enjoyed in Storm First, it s hard not to like these two well rounded guys who are both pining for Becca Second, it s very rare that I can feel chemistry from both love interests like I did in this novel I constantly felt torn on who I wanted her to end up with While I was happy about the straightforward relationship growth with Hunter, I found myself cringing when we got Chris s reaction to it Nothing felt forced for the sake of a clich triangle, it s truly a well written and complex romantic mess.Full of constant twists and exceptional characters, Storm proves to be a fantastic debut that lives up to its cover You ll find the perfect amount of romance, action, and suspense for a great start to a very promising series For of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads flag 52 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Mar 21, 2012 Wendy Darling rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves young adult, 2012 publication, april, kensington, paranormal general, male pov, crush worthy boys, heroines butt kicking, read 2012, 2012 favorites Heads up this one s free right now, and the others are super super cheap as well book is so much fun, and a terrific start to a promising series I am far too behind on reviews I have to do to write one for this, but I did write a spoiler free review of book two here you enjoy sarcastic quips and hot boys with your YA urban fantasy, you ll def Heads up this one s free right now, and the others are super super cheap as well book is so much fun, and a terrific start to a promising series I am far too behind on reviews I have to do to write one for this, but I did write a spoiler free review of book two here you enjoy sarcastic quips and hot boys with your YA urban fantasy, you ll definitely want to pick this one up, though flag 37 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Mar 07, 2015 Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness On Hiatus rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves paranormal romance, not so secret admirer involved, his and her pov, 3 and a half stars, a star for the ending, twists i did not see coming, read n reviewed, young love 3.5 Elemental stars The Elemental series Is a great read for all paranormal YA lovers out there.The story remained fast paced and orginal as the plot twisted in surprising ways until the last page My mother believes everything in existence has a consciousness, he said An awareness As in, maybe it s not what you like He reached out and touched her finger, which was still resting on the hematite Maybe it s what favors you The two reason this book lost 2 stars for me was because 3.5 Elemental stars The Elemental series Is a great read for all paranormal YA lovers out there.The story remained fast paced and orginal as the plot twisted in surprising ways until the last page My mother believes everything in existence has a consciousness, he said An awareness As in, maybe it s not what you like He reached out and touched her finger, which was still resting on the hematite Maybe it s what favors you The two reason this book lost 2 stars for me was because1 It didn t really hold my interest for than 45 minutes each time.I found myself leaving the book unattend halfway to go do the laundery,finish up my assignments and everything else possible under the sunwhich isn t really that good of a sign.2 I didn t really feel much for the chracters to be honestI just kinna shrugged my way through the main sences of the book view spoiler The only person I felt a certain amount of emotion towards was the heroine s best friend Quinn aka The user I hated that female.Becca is freakin delusional if she thinks THATS how a best friend should act P Poor girl hide spoiler Would I recommend it Yes Definatlythis book had everything any YA paranormal reader would adoreOverall it s was a great one time read.Will I be reading the sequals No.Probably notI guess High school romances are just not my thing ,any flag 36 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Feb 08, 2011 Brodie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2012, favorites It s late night in an abandoned parking lot, but Becca Chandler can t just stand there and watch Chris Merrick be cruelly beaten upon by two older guys From the moment she saves his life, she unwittingly marks herself as a target The Merrick brothers are not ordinary They re Elementals, each with a strong power over an individual element water, earth, fire and air They are dangerously powerful and those that know of their abilities want them very dead Allow me to take a moment to express It s late night in an abandoned parking lot, but Becca Chandler can t just stand there and watch Chris Merrick be cruelly beaten upon by two older guys From the moment she saves his life, she unwittingly marks herself as a target The Merrick brothers are not ordinary They re Elementals, each with a strong power over an individual element water, earth, fire and air They are dangerously powerful and those that know of their abilities want them very dead Allow me to take a moment to express the depth of my love for the Merrick brothers I ll get the obvious thought out of the way first HOLY F SWOONSVILLE Clear the top spots on your Best Boyfriend Lists, because these boys are about to rumble the very foundations of Hotness But do you want to know what makes them compelling They are REAL They are FLAWED They are FUNNY They are FRUSTRATING They are so goddamn amazing I loved how you re not told that the brothers share a strong and messy bond, you discover the many complexities of their relationships The fights and the resentment, the banter and camaraderie, the fierce protectiveness and loyalty Family relationships this brilliant are rarely explored so well in paranormal novels.Chris is the youngest brother and deep down, a little lonely Twins, Gabriel and Nick, are a tight knit duo, combining one s recklessness with the other s intelligence for their naughty schemes Michael is the eldest and while he and Chris once shared of a closer bond, Michael is weighed down with heavy responsibility that s shifted his role in the family Chris is the slightly innocent of the brothers but don t mistaken that for a naive little boy Just in comparison to the others, he s a little sweeter, a little younger, but no less fierce or brave or challenging He may not have as much experience with girls as the twins, but it s his lack of experience that makes him all the endearing That hint of nervousness that sweeps through him at times around Becca I loved how they could both shake each other up Also, did I mention he s a sweetheart 3The characters of this novel are what make it such a standout Is Brigid Kemmerer really at teenage boy in disguise 5 times over The dialogue and mannerisms and the way they express themselves she nails it And what about Becca, who is one of my new favourite heroines This is the kind of protagonist I LOVE She doesn t take crap from people After a douche named Drew ruined her reputation, she s had to deal with the fallout every day since And though it affects her, she still puts up a hell of a fight Her vulnerability and strength shine through so admirably she ll stand up for herself, verbally or physically when needed yet she not a complete hardass She has such a beautiful a heart and cares than she should I really don t know who I love her or the boys I m definitely not choosing teams And then there is Hunter He s a new kid in town and won me over the moment he opened his mouth Let s just say his entrance to the story Total Freaking Win I was cheering him on Hunter is just as complex and compelling as the Merrick s He comes off very open and friendly and is guaranteed to pull on your heartstrings, but you do sense a mystery in the shadows Perhaps he s hiding a few secrets of his own People people will call the romance in this a love triangle but I really don t want to attach that label to it Because it s not what you expect when you hear those words There are two potential suitors for Becca, yes, but she doesn t spend the entire novel obsessing over which boy to choose It all develops so organically, so naturally, that you re tangled up in the complicated web before you even realise what s happening And both boys will have a hold over your heart I honestly could not choose a favourite It feels so real and rich and than just a romance, yet still sexy and heart pounding and throws you off balance in the best freaking way.Storm is a smashing debut that combines the thrills and danger of a paranormal with the emotional weight you often find in a contemporary Brigid paints the raw, gritty reality of bullying so amazingly well The verbal taunts that dig under your skin and the physical violence that spirals out of control Her story will inspire and motivate you, make you snort laughter or clutch your heart in despair It will cause irreparable health damage after you ve just swooned eight times over in the one chapter Her characters are literally tearing at the pages while you re trying to read, so life like that an ink and paper prison cannot contain them Storm is that novel that can t stop flicking back through days after finishing, with characters you re still quoting years after and a compelling paranormal edge that is about to take the YA world by storm Brigid, you have cemented yourself as one of my new favourite authors I love you Can I please keep your boys Gabriel Sexy, flirty, firecracker who will make you swoon one minute and say something infurating the next and holy hell, I am looking forward to his story in Spark flag 33 likesLike see review View all 12 comments May 30, 2012 Katya rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2012, katya s mouth runs away again, kudos for the worldbuilding, the ya project I don t know what to write here I know I usually start my reviews that way and then churn out essays the length of my arm, but honestly, this book is a paradox Because I really, really liked it And yet I didn t.It s not the idea It s not the execution The concept of four brothers with an affinity to the elements struggling to survive in a world that is hostile to them, is fantastic The writing is great the dialogue zings and I often found myself really cheering the characters on They I don t know what to write here I know I usually start my reviews that way and then churn out essays the length of my arm, but honestly, this book is a paradox Because I really, really liked it And yet I didn t.It s not the idea It s not the execution The concept of four brothers with an affinity to the elements struggling to survive in a world that is hostile to them, is fantastic The writing is great the dialogue zings and I often found myself really cheering the characters on They re neither badly drawn or not fleshed out enough I really rooted for Becca, and Hunter, and Chris.I do think, however, that much like Red Glove, this book suffers from stretching itself thin Let me try to explain within the first handful of chapters, we re presented with a lot of conflicts We have Becca struggling with the aftermath of a horrible experience and the fallout when her ex spreads lies about her We have Chris struggling with his powers, and dealing with his loneliness born out of the fact that he s the youngest sibling We have Michael trying to raise three unruly siblings, while also deflecting the community s attempts to chase them out We have Becca s relationship with her absent father who suddenly makes a re appearance We have Quinn s conflict with her own mom And THEN we have the surface plot, which is that someone is trying to kill the Merrick brothers.I wouldn t mind those things, but, like I said, this book tries to tackle so many things and it s only 353 pages long It simply does not have the room to expand on all of them, and give the charaters satisfactory growth while keeping the hunting plot in the front of everyone s minds You might say it s because this is the first book of a quartet, but from what I can tell, each book focuses on a different brother I don t think it s unreasonable to expect that Chris and Becca have a satisfactory character arc.Which they don t Or Chris doesn t, at the least While the Merrick brothers didn t impress me overall, Becca s characterization wasd almost painfully realistic view spoiler See, after her boyfriend got her drunk at a party, he and his friends almost gang raped her The only thing that stopped them was that she threw up, and they decided to ditch her Drew then goes on to spread rumours that she actually had sex with them, in the hopes of destroying Becca s reputation, because he was afraid of losing a scholarship Becca struggles with those things, because she thought she started it, and thought it was her fault hide spoiler The issues she deals with are things a lot of women are faced with, and her ultimate resolution is a satisfactory one.However, I am less impressed with the Merrick brothers Early on in the book, Gabriel, one of Chris older brothers, and who has a reputation as a player himself, tells Chris to stay away from Becca, because she has played around the block , which is to imply that she s somehow evil Michael, upon learning that Chris got into trouble after defending Becca from being sexually harrassed, tells him that she s not worth it Guys This here Don t do it Because you know what, even if Becca had slept around, that wouldn t detract anything from her character Who she slept with is none of your goddamn business, and treating her like trash for something you think she did makes you no better than those assholes feeling her up and giving her dirty little notes.And no, I also don t think the way that particular subplot is solved is very satisfying Because you know what Gabriel does when Becca, in a moment of pure feminine badassery, punches him and tells him exactly what happened He goes up to Drew and beats him up Chris He gets indignated that the teacher thinks he was harrassing Becca, when another jerk in their class was torturing her all September.In the immortal words of Anna Mardoll, Do not appropriate a victim s experience for yourself It s not cute It s not hot It doesn t make them the bigger person Gabriel doesn t lash out on Drew because he suddenly understands and respcts Becca, not after 200 or so pages of calling her an evil slut He lashes out because it s the only thing that makes sense to him He, and his brothers, don t ultimately learn something from that.Chris, for his part, is better than his brothers in that he gives Becca a chance, but even he tends to act irrational and jealous And, honestly, the ending I thought it was a cop out Because the person Becca spent the most time with, the person she had the best chemistry with, is not Chris, but Hunter I know the book is meant to be about Chris And I know he s meant to be with Becca But their relationship, in my opinion, wasn t set up well Hunter was kind and supportive He helped Becca out, taught her how to fight, made her feel better about herself and DIDN T JUDGE HER ON A SECOND HAND RUMOUR In fact, Hunter gets character growth in here than any of the Merrick brothers In comparison, the last scene with Becca and Chris just felt like it came out of nowhere.I don t think this is a bad book It s not offensive, it s not badly written I devoured it in one night, before an exam, when I should have known better and slept It s compulsively readable, and interesting.But it needs work flag 29 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 17, 2013 Heather K dentist in my spare time rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves at my library, little to no sex content, fantasy, loved it, paranormal, young adult, favorites 2013, hype hype hype, m f, first in a series i love To say that this book grabbed me would be an understatement I read the entire thing in 4 hours and completely ignored my poor husband sorry honey, I m reading about Merrick boys, kay It was a wonderful blend of action, paranormal, and romance No insta love, no cheesy cop outs, just great writing and a fast pace that kept me frantically reading My favorite parts of the book I love a great YA paranormal that is well done And by well done I mean that the supernatural elements make sense, To say that this book grabbed me would be an understatement I read the entire thing in 4 hours and completely ignored my poor husband sorry honey, I m reading about Merrick boys, kay It was a wonderful blend of action, paranormal, and romance No insta love, no cheesy cop outs, just great writing and a fast pace that kept me frantically reading My favorite parts of the book I love a great YA paranormal that is well done And by well done I mean that the supernatural elements make sense, are explained well, and fit into the whole arc of the story The writer also did a fabulous job with the pacing It is brisk and it seems much shorter than 432 pages because it is so engaging and well done To top it off, I also had a serious love for the characters I adored Hunter and each Merrick boy view spoiler I was pretty devastated to find out what happened to Michael and his parents since I last saw him in the 0.5 in the series I hope he catches a break, poor guy hide spoiler I had a pervy, old lady crush on all them blushes As a character, I felt a bit less enthusiastic about Becca My biggest issue was that she was being mocked for being a slut and yet Quinn, her best friend, calls other girls sluts and Becca says nothing Wouldn t she not want to make assumptions about other people like they are making about her I disliked the constant slut calling so much that I almost knocked it down a star However, the book was so fabulous otherwise that I kind of just put all that nonsense in the back of my mind I will most certainly be moving on with this series flag 29 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jul 02, 2014 Laz rated it liked it review of another edition Recommends it for young adult lovers A nice, well executed novel I wanted to read this because I ve always loved books with natural powers such as earth, water, wind and fire They fascinate me Storm began with action and suspense and I liked that but somewhere along the way it lost its edge Maybe because it was uneventful Then it picked up and it became thrilling again and I loved the ending too, although I would have liked some closure So we have this caring, giving, kind girl named Becca who s always been one to have eyes A nice, well executed novel I wanted to read this because I ve always loved books with natural powers such as earth, water, wind and fire They fascinate me Storm began with action and suspense and I liked that but somewhere along the way it lost its edge Maybe because it was uneventful Then it picked up and it became thrilling again and I loved the ending too, although I would have liked some closure So we have this caring, giving, kind girl named Becca who s always been one to have eyes drawn on her, not because she provoked people around her or anything like that It s just the way it is People always picked on Becca Living with her mother after her father abandoned them, her childhood has not been easy But she s grown to become an amazing person.Then one night she saves Chris Merrick from a beating and her life unexpectedly becomes intertwined with the Merrick brothers Soon, she discovers that they have powers Earth, water, fire and wind And the fifth one spirit As the book progresses Becca always finds herself either saving or being saved by the Merrick brothers, and particularly, Chris The amazing Chris, protective, I d describe as a wallflower although he s not afraid to stand up to anything, he mostly keeps to himself, which is why I loved the dude.Then there is Hunter, the enigmatic, mysterious new guy at school, who swoops in and steals Becca from Chris I may be biased on that one, so I liked the plot, I would have liked it if it had been a little thicker but there s always the next book Was this book good Yes, I m totally recommending it nice ya right here Is there room for improvement Hell, I m already sure the next book is going to rock my world Why did it I give it 3 stars I m saving my 4 and 5 for the rest of the series flag 24 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2014 jade rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves pnr This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s easy to recognize the good things about this book the smooth writing some dialogues are sharp and entertaining one character, Hunter, is well developed However, some other aspects of the book turned me off so much that I cannot give the book a rating higher than 2 stars.One problem was the love triangle I felt that Hunter was a much better written character than Chris I liked his quiet confidence, sharp mind and charisma He s nothing but supportive of Becca, never judged or hesitated It s easy to recognize the good things about this book the smooth writing some dialogues are sharp and entertaining one character, Hunter, is well developed However, some other aspects of the book turned me off so much that I cannot give the book a rating higher than 2 stars.One problem was the love triangle I felt that Hunter was a much better written character than Chris I liked his quiet confidence, sharp mind and charisma He s nothing but supportive of Becca, never judged or hesitated, and he s the one that helped her the most Therefore it s frustrating to read the scenes between them while knowing she d end up with Chris by default it s a Chris book after all.The bigger problem was Becca For a girl that was constantly cornered by aggressive guys and a victim of repeated assault and attempted rape, she displayed an unbelievable lack of common sense and learning ability To me, she definitely fell into the category of too stupid to live At times it seemed like she just had to make some off the chart stupid decision for the plot to continue When Hunter told her to leave a party that s getting out of control, she was so curious that she decided to follow the fight instead and walked right into the guy that had than once assaulted and attempted to rape her What happened next she s assaulted again, big surprise there What really irritated me was her behavior after the first sexual assault that had happened prior to chapter 1 I give her all the sympathy for the awful things she experienced in the book and wouldn t even argue that the blame fell on her attackers With that said, shouldn t she have examined her own behavior just for the sake of protecting herself Yes, she started to go to self defense class, but what about trying NOT to get drunk among a bunch of drunk guys, which had led to that near gang rape instead, what did she do six weeks after that awful event She went to a party in her attacker s house yes, she s ok with it no, it s not to save anyone, just a smart girl having fun and got drunk within seconds again Maybe the first time could be blamed on, I don t know, ignorance a second time in one and half months Really That s just too stupid to live I guess I had a hard time warming up to a book that had to use the main character s stupidity repeatedly just to advance the plot, especially when the book tried to portrait her as oh so very smart flag 22 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 08, 2013 Joana rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommended to Joana by Kristalia Dex s,Hugh s Matt s Lady Shelves contemporary, faves paranormal, paranormal romance, read 2013 The Merrick brothers, Michael, Gabriel, Nick and Chris are special.They are pure Elementals, meaning they have an unusual amount of power, with the element they dominate And because of that power, the other Elementals feared them and are set on eliminate them Only a truce made some years ago, stays between them and the ones that want them gone However, that don t stop the other of bullying them, beat them up, trying to make them lose control, to break the curse and force the Guides, to come The Merrick brothers, Michael, Gabriel, Nick and Chris are special.They are pure Elementals, meaning they have an unusual amount of power, with the element they dominate And because of that power, the other Elementals feared them and are set on eliminate them Only a truce made some years ago, stays between them and the ones that want them gone However, that don t stop the other of bullying them, beat them up, trying to make them lose control, to break the curse and force the Guides, to come and deal with the situation.Becca know nothing of this world and one night when she sees 2 guys beating up Chris, she goes for it and saves him And that just made her into the hit list, alongside Chris and his brothers.Now with Hunter, the new kid, antagonizing Kris and trying to win her affection, she must discover which one of them has a hold in her heart and which one isn t telling the whole truth I m LOVING this series It s quite a refreshing story in the paranormal genre and it s quite awesome, to see how they can control or try to control their elements And especially how each personality match so well their element His affinity to water made sense He reminded her of the sea, alluring and mysterious, calm on the surface, with who knew what brewing underneath. Besides all the action packed scenes and they re are amazing and nerve wrecking , the story has dept,angst,it s witty and overall such a GREAT read It s easy to connect with them and of course to root for them 4.5 stars For this one and reviews go to A Bookworm Confessions flag 22 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Jun 30, 2014 s amante de los spoilers rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves 2015 reading challenge Le do para el 2015 reading challenge 20 Libro del final de tu lista de pendientes.Me encanta como pase de Es MUY BUENO a puede alguien matarme, por favor.Tantas, TANTAS cosas que est n mal con este libro que no me alcanzan las manos para escribir.This is so fucked up.Seg n este libro la nica forma en la que puedas defenderte de los chicos que te acosan, insultan, amenazan, intentar golpearte o violarte es ir a clases de defensa personal para mujeres donde te ense an esta caminata de muje Le do para el 2015 reading challenge 20 Libro del final de tu lista de pendientes.Me encanta como pase de Es MUY BUENO a puede alguien matarme, por favor.Tantas, TANTAS cosas que est n mal con este libro que no me alcanzan las manos para escribir.This is so fucked up.Seg n este libro la nica forma en la que puedas defenderte de los chicos que te acosan, insultan, amenazan, intentar golpearte o violarte es ir a clases de defensa personal para mujeres donde te ense an esta caminata de mujer segura para que los hombres no te ataquen , viste Lo que quiero decir es que yo misma quiero aprender defensa personal PERO hay que abarcar el tema desde la ra z Aunque suene mis ndrico es un hecho que m s del 60% de los violadores son hombres hay que ense ar a los chicos a no violar, hay que mejorar la educaci n sexual, el consentimiento lo es todo NO es NO NO IMPORTA que vos ya te hayas acostado con el chico, no importa que ambos est n desnudos a punto de hacerlo Si momentos antes de la penetraci n vos dijiste NO, no quisiste seguir y el chico sigui , ESO es una violaci n Por eso no es una sorpresa que la mayor a de los violadores son conocidos familiares, amigos, pareja de la chica Ahora, por qu este libro es tan insultante Frases del libro Running Who s the pussy now You man up and do it proper Claire is a total whore TODAS las chicas son putas TODAS incluso la protagonista seg n los rus el problema Primero La BFF de la potagonista tiene una vida sexualmente activa PERO se ve como algo negativo, se le juzga y LA UNICA raz n por la que las chicas pueden ser seres sexuales es porque tienen muchos dramas familiares Porque duh uh, cualquier chica que se respete a si misma no va a ser un ser sexual THAT S BULLSHIT Any girl who wanted to sleep with half of the school wouldn t pull away when I touch her Primero QUE CARAJO TE IMPORTA A VOS CON QUIEN ME ACUESTO O NO y segundo Que una chica sea un ser sexual no le da derecho a los chicos a tocarla sin su consentimiento y a faltarle el respeto PEDAZO DE IDIOTA But really, man, for what Chris, I warned you about this chick We could probably come back any morning this week and find a different one a guy De nuevo, me estoy aburriendo de repetir lo mismo una y otra, y otra vez Pero bueno, no es mi culpa que los personajes estos sean unos imb ciles QUE CARAJO LE IMPORTA A ESTOS IMB CILES CON QUIEN SE ACUESTA LA PROTAGONISTA O NO DEJEN DE METERSE CON LOS GENITALES AJENOS There s another term for that Friends with benefits Or do you prefer fuck buddies Y si quiero tener un fuck buddie QUE I didn t sleep with Hunter No les cuento todo el drama porque es muy largo, para dejarlo corto, Becca va a charlar con los chicos Merrick y a agradecerles por salvarle la vida y no se porque mierda les aclara que no se acost con Hunter Saben cual es el problema Que hace falta que ella les diga que no se acost con l para que no le digan puta primero que carajo les importa a estos pedazo de imb ciles si se acost con Hunter o no Ella no les debe nada No esta saliendo con ninguno No es de su incumbencia Y segundo o sea si ella SI se acostaba con Hunter era una puta que se merece que la insulten a su espalda y de frente tambi n pero como NO se acost con l est mal llamarla puta Hacer que tu protagonista este a punto de ser violada para que aparezcan los chicos buenos que en realidad son una mierda a salvarla ES BAJO MUY BAJO Este libro tiene como dijo Carmen en su rese a at least he doesn t beat me trope TODOS los personajes masculinos son un asco Drew es un violador.Seth es un abusador de mujeres y un violador.Tyler es un abusador aunque no solo de mujeres y un casi asesino.Michael amenaza f sicamente a Becca Gabriel es un idiota machista y sexista.Haunter es un imb cil que hace slut shaming.Rafe es un imb cil que le falta el respeto a Quinn.Nick es un tarado sexista.Chris hace comentarios de listillo que caen mal As que, si te pones a pensar Chris es el mejor de todos Tri ngulo amoroso La verdad no soy de odiar odiar los tri ngulos amorosos, Snow Like Ashes es uno de mis libros favoritos de este a o y tiene un tri ngulo amoroso pero el problema con este tri ngulo amoroso es que es el t pico pelea de machos nos importa tres pepinos lo que la chica quiere porque nuestro ego es m s importante La autora podr a haber hecho algo genial con esto I mean la protagonista sufre de slut shaming y la autora podr a haber hecho que la protagonista se diera cuenta de los dobles est ndares, de lo mal que esta juzgar a otra chica por su vida sexual, PERO NO A la protagonista le molesta que le hagan slut shaming porque NO se acost con ning n chico Porque las chicas que SI se acuestan con los chicos SI son putas, as que mientras toda la escuela le dice puta y SABIENDO lo que eso supone para ella y lo mal que le hace sentir, la genia va y piensa que las chicas que usan ropa provocativa son unas putas, las porristas son putas, la amiga es una puta TODAS son putas Pero ojo si a la protagonista se le ocurre acostarse con un chico aunque este no fue el caso NADIE le puede decir nada porque ella lo ama A estas imb ciles no se les pasa por la cabeza que esas chicas , esas putas tambi n tienen sentimientos y aunque se acuesten con los chicos sin amarlos eso tampoco te da NING N derecho a juzgarlas Again, DEJEN DE METERSE CON LOS GENITALES AJENOS.Esto podr a haber sido soo much , sobre todo teniendo en cuenta el factor supernatural que queda completamente eclipsado por el drama de secundaria pero no, termino siendo el tipico libro YA con sexismo y slut shaming a montones flag 21 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Apr 17, 2013 Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves siblings, sci fi, why do i hate myself, tstl male, tstl, high school I was an only child for much of my life, then, by an unfortunate twist of fate, when I was almost 10 years old, my sister came along For much of my life after that, the sister and I fought like cats and dogs, mainly because I was a controlling little teenager who viewed my toddler sister as a slave dog that I could send to fetch whatever I needed As much as we fought, there was never any sort of conflict on the grand scale of that within this book Holy crap, this book was filled with massive I was an only child for much of my life, then, by an unfortunate twist of fate, when I was almost 10 years old, my sister came along For much of my life after that, the sister and I fought like cats and dogs, mainly because I was a controlling little teenager who viewed my toddler sister as a slave dog that I could send to fetch whatever I needed As much as we fought, there was never any sort of conflict on the grand scale of that within this book Holy crap, this book was filled with massive amounts of adrenaline and testosterone Ok, so the boys are hot, I don t care It only works in my sexual fantasies if they actually get along.I get that the author is trying to build the family dynamic and portray the conflicts between siblings Maybe I m wrong, having grown up with just a sister, and this is actually how boy siblings get along It was just frustrating and an experiment in slow torture for me to read about all the fighting, both verbal and those involving fisticuffs.I felt the plotline was extremely slow I really had no idea what was going on for the first 1 4 of the book It was just a lot of fighting between brothers, brothers being assholes to Becca, and other people being assholes to Becca If I gave this book 2 stars, 1.5 was given out of sympathy for Becca, who went through so much shit in the book I felt so bad for her, in light of all the horrible news stories about girls being raped gang raped almost raped and being shamed to it to an extent that they d kill themselves.And is it a rule that every teenage protagonist have an annoying, overbearing best friend I just wanted to strangle Quinn for most of the scenes in which she makes an appearance.I finished the book, but I really have no idea what the book was about it s a frustrating book that doesn t quite reach its blurb potential flag 20 likesLike see review View all 12 comments May 07, 2012 Zuleeza rated it really liked it review of another edition This review is also available on my blog, QwertyOkay, it s a challenge to write a review after half a month I finished with this book Ha ha It s what you got when you chose to read a book right before a major exam starts.One thing I vividly remember thoughThis book haz it.Where do I beginhow about THE FIVE HOT GUYS Actually, Becca s dad was actually kind of cute until I actually found out his secret.Well, it didn t reach the point where I found my ovaries were exploding But, close en This review is also available on my blog, QwertyOkay, it s a challenge to write a review after half a month I finished with this book Ha ha It s what you got when you chose to read a book right before a major exam starts.One thing I vividly remember thoughThis book haz it.Where do I beginhow about THE FIVE HOT GUYS Actually, Becca s dad was actually kind of cute until I actually found out his secret.Well, it didn t reach the point where I found my ovaries were exploding But, close enough nonetheless No matter what kind of guys you like, you re in for a ride.Micheal, the eldest is the father figure in the bunch He is protective overly protective sometimes and responsible If you can ignore his distant and cold aura, that is.Gabriel, one of the twins is the mini Tony Stark Genius, billionaire, playboy, philantrophist Oh wait, minus the genius part And the billionaire part.Andand the philantrophist part too.HurmmI guess Gabriel is not the mini Tony Stark.He s like the Human Torch from Fantastic Four, I think Oh, Chris Evans Squeeeeee Nicholas The other twin Don t you dare call him Nicky It s not even cute He s my favourite because I aways drawn to nice, nerdy, intelligent guys With a sense of humour, of course Now you know why I remain single, don t you Haha And why WHY Nicholas can t have a book for himself, Brigid Kemmerer WHY And lastly, Chris is the focus of this book His insecurity makes him such a douche sometimes But overall, he is this sweet and sensitive guy.Huh I totally forgot about Hunter He is cool, I guess but generally I just don t like blond guys Maybe I deserve to be stoned to death for my discrimination but I can t help it Believe it or not, he was the one guy who almost managed to get my ovaries to explode I almost wanted to shove Becca away from Hunter s embrace and whisper Take me instead, Hunter I d wear all those crazy bracelets you have in your possession though I m not a hippie Note that I have nothing against hippies.Sheesh, this review is going nowhereYWAY, with so many male characters interacting at one time, it was hard for me to exactly pinpoint who is this he and him Next, plotwise, this book was going at slowpoke level I mean, really half of the book had been summarized in the blurb already I had this You re so dumb, Becca Of course, they are Elementals It s written at the back cover of the book moment But she couldn t possibly know this Oh, well.Again, plotwise, the initial chapters are dedicated to one after another testosterone fueled brawls between the guys and I thoughtIt didn t help with the fact that I was forced to read what colour Chris and Gabriel s shirts are and whether Micheal is wearing any slippers or not God, Becca, the guys are hot I get it, but no need to be overly observant This kind of writing made Becca looks cheap.Okay, with so many low points you must be wondering, WHY DID I GIVE THIS FREAKING BOOK FOUR STARS ANYWAY It was because of the FUN It amazed me how closely the dialogues sound like everyday teenage conversations I actually laughed numerous times due to the guys snide remarks and Becca s dramatic monologues Me Laughing The stoic me who hardly laugh at jokes.Quite an achievement, I must say Ms Kemmerer.But then again, this book is not something I would want my dad to know about because if he found out I m reading this kind of books, he would bury me alive and seal my coffin shut with adamantium nails.Why Because the level of cursing caused me headache at some points But my dad is not on GR So hoorrahhh flag 19 likesLike see review View all 6 comments May 01, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it review of another edition After all the glowing reviews for Storm, I was a little afraid that it may not live up to my expectations Looks like I didn t need to worry Let s just get this confession out of the way I heard four hot boys and I just knew I had to read this The four we re talking about are the Merrick brothers, born with special elemental abilities, able to draw up power and control the forces of nature Each brother has a specialization air, fire, water, earth and yes, they are all HOT Because of t After all the glowing reviews for Storm, I was a little afraid that it may not live up to my expectations Looks like I didn t need to worry Let s just get this confession out of the way I heard four hot boys and I just knew I had to read this The four we re talking about are the Merrick brothers, born with special elemental abilities, able to draw up power and control the forces of nature Each brother has a specialization air, fire, water, earth and yes, they are all HOT Because of their exceptionally strong powers, the Merrick s are viewed as a potential threat Technically, they should be reported and killed, but the Merrick s parents made a deal long ago to keep them safe, as long as they don t use their powers This has made them the subject of constant bullying because the neighbors in the community who know of their abilities are fearful and envious Also, they know they can do whatever they want without the brothers fighting back But this is about to change This installment focuses on Chris Merrick, the youngest of the brothers, and Becca, a girl in his school These two are thrust together after Becca comes to the aid of Chris, who was being attacked by these cruel bullies She scares them off, and in the process, becomes a target as well Becca has had her own problems with these bullies after her ex boyfriend spread some nasty rumors to the whole school about her She just wants the situation to go away, but her intentions of lying low are ruined after helping Chris The enemies of the Merrick s feel she must either be an elemental also, or she s on their side Either way, she s in the middle At first, Becca is far from being on their side When she takes the battered Chris home, she gets nothing but flack from Michael, the oldest brother and guardian of the brothers She plans on washing her hands of all those surly and ungrateful men Unfortunately, circumstances continually throw them together Added to the mix is the mysterious new guy, Hunter yes, he s hot too , who shows up at school, intent on getting close to Becca Hmm.This story read like an action adventure movie, a non stop thrill ride If I had time, I could ve easily sat down and read this in one sitting It s one of those stories where you want to keep turning the page to find out what happens next I loved all these brothers, and it was fun to see Becca deal with them and stand up to their teasing and snarky remarks She definitely wasn t a pushover Here s a fun quote Gabriel Finding a girl in the kitchen isn t exactly and oddity around here Becca Charming He glanced up at that, a glint of wicked humor in his eye I m sure you re special, though It should have pissed her off, after Michael s brusque attitude and Nick s hey baby why don t you come inside But Gabriel s teasing was straightforward, challenging, in a way He expected her to girl it up, to huff and fold her arms She could tell Not special at all I just heard my number called and thought I better show up I loved the gradual build between Chris and Becca I wasn t really thrilled with her getting close to Hunter because I m not a fan of love triangles but this one wasn t too frustrating This story was a little on the predictable side, but even so, it was very entertaining I guess we get a short story with Hunter in Fearless, and then Gabriel s story in Spark Can t wait You can find this review and at The Readers Den flag 18 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Jun 02, 2013 Carol Addict rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves paranormal fantasy, young adult Wow, I haven t felt this way while reading a book in quite awhile That feeling that your eyes just can t move fast enough across the pages to eat up the words That even when you are not reading, your mind is still on the characters That your heartbeat is going a little bit too fast I didn t even take the time to highlight anything So this review won t have any quotes in it Sorry about that In Storm we meet the youngest Merrick brother, Chris Chris gets his power from water And, we meet Wow, I haven t felt this way while reading a book in quite awhile That feeling that your eyes just can t move fast enough across the pages to eat up the words That even when you are not reading, your mind is still on the characters That your heartbeat is going a little bit too fast I didn t even take the time to highlight anything So this review won t have any quotes in it Sorry about that In Storm we meet the youngest Merrick brother, Chris Chris gets his power from water And, we meet Becca Chandler She is Chris s age Becca lives with her mother but her father left years ago She never knew why Becca knows nothing of the world of Elementals but one night after attending a self defense class at the high school, while going to her car she witnesses Seth and Tyler beating up Chris She is scared to death but she can t just let them beat him, so she saves him After involving herself with the Merrick family, she is then mistakenly identified as being one of them and this puts her in danger About the same time, there is a new boy at school, Hunter There is an instant attraction between Becca and Hunter but he has secrets of his own She wants to trust him, but can she Then tensions build between Chris and Hunter and she doesn t know who she should trust If all of this wasn t enough for Becca to handle, out of the blue her father shows up and tries to get back into her life.This book is non stop all the way through You are fully involved from the first page until the last page The characters are all so relatable You don t know who to trust They all have stories of their own that pull at your heart strings so you don t want any of them to be bad Except Seth and Tyler I don t think there is ANYTHING good about them In this book I was so proud of Becca Even with all she was given to cope with, she was strong Her moral compass never wavered These Merrick boys are already securely implanted in my heart and I can t wait to read the next book All I can say to the author, Brigid Kemmerer is You Are Awesome flag 18 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Mar 20, 2012 Jessica My Not So Vacant Shelf rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites Oh my giddy aunt I love this book This is the sort of book that you crawl into the corner of the couch with, pull up your legs and bring all your limbs as close together as possible, then commence drumming your fingers against your bottom lip while you smile like you have some hidden secret No really I did that at one point I also gasped out loud a lot , smiled, giggled, and clapped multiple times while reading this book I may have also hit a dear friend that was sitting beside me while I w Oh my giddy aunt I love this book This is the sort of book that you crawl into the corner of the couch with, pull up your legs and bring all your limbs as close together as possible, then commence drumming your fingers against your bottom lip while you smile like you have some hidden secret No really I did that at one point I also gasped out loud a lot , smiled, giggled, and clapped multiple times while reading this book I may have also hit a dear friend that was sitting beside me while I was reading this book out of pure joy It should come with a warning The happiness resulting from this book may cause irrational violence Sort of like the warning when you re about to play a Wii game about needing to stand so far away.Let me break it down for you 5 hot guys, one girl 1 girl who saves 1 guy from getting the crap kicked out of him and delivers him to his brothers, including 1 scary older over protective ass hat of a brothers and 2 twins that get into a lot of mischief and sure as hell know how to work their way around some great sarcasm and comebacks, then throw in 1 goth rebel like guy who happens to wear a lot of jewellery and who, within 30 seconds of meeting said girl, make this girl swoon because of his Krav Maga hotness, and who sort of gets on the nerve of guy 1 who happens to also not be able to get girl 1 out of his head Throw in some daddy issues and one seriously bad choice that happened 6 weeks ago and you have a stew for greatness Intimidating at first with its close to 400 pages over 400 with the novella and sneak peek and small writing I actually set this book aside and started on another book before I finally stepped up to the plate and picked this bad boy up Lets just say I had no reason to be scared I was ensnarled with this book from about page oh.2 I m not 100% sure how to describe it other than all the teen angst, teen insecurity, sarcasm, wit, banter, and sexy boys just made this into a book that is definitely going to be sitting on my stop shelf where all my absolute favourites are I cannot wait for the next in the series No seriously I can t I ve already pre purchased it via The Book Depository.Good Becca Brave, yet scared too But that doesn t stop her.Chris Merrick If he looks anything like he does on the cover he is extremely hot But apparently all the Merrick boys are, as the throw around extremely heavy top spoil bags for a living it must define a lot of muscles Not to mention he thinks only about Becca and how all he wants to do is wrap her in his arms Then he goes and does something like sticks up for her and gets detention because of it and I was sold.Gabriel Merrick obviously the seriously mad boy out of the bunch I say seriously because they all tend to be a little bad who knows that he looks good and loves to flaunt it Also the sportive one of the bunch who uses the fact that he and his brother are identical to his benefit i.e be on two varsity soccer teams at once under different names Ouuuu shame on you Gabriel You sexy thing.Nicolas Merrick apparently the genius and light headed one of the family That is saying a lot considering he is generally found right along side his brother pulling some decent pranks and razzing their younger brother Chris.Michael Merrick Although the pony tail threw me a bit it was his ass hatness that threw me even but in the end Michael Merrick was seen as just as tough and hot as his brothers through my eyes.Hunter obviously the sexiest rebel like child we ve ever seen Swift, strong, and a deep down nice guy If that didn t get you then his dog Casper sure will.Bad So I thought and thought about what I would put here and I guess there was only one thing to do with the book In the beginning I loved Chris, somewhere in the middle not so much, then in the end I loved him again Perhaps it was what Kemmerer was going for For us to mirror good old Becky s feelings Well all and all there should have been Chris and Becca mainly them making out but there are books to come so you never know Fingers crossedOverall Writing style, story line, and general Overall I love Brigid Kemmerer Her being a new writer I wasn t sure what to expect, but then when the reviews kept rolling in and I didn t see anything other than a 5 5 I had to see what she was all about Her writing style is beautiful Its not confusing and like so many others she bring her humour across beautifully But I think the shocker is that she can do it with so many characters so many male characters especially The book was paced perfectly with action around ever corner and the meaningful reflective moments and romantic moments exactly where it felt they should be This series is one that will be highly loved for readers across the world.So I ve looked forward and into the other books in the series and I am delighted to see that the next one in the series is all about Gabriel, and of course the novella Elemental is all about Michael, this one, Storm, is all about Chris, but then I was surprised to see the third one will be about Hunter Um.what happened to Nicky Come on there has to be a Nick book P.s Nick and Quinn oh ya its going to happen.View of my review and others at my blog mynotsovacantshelf flag 16 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 01, 2016 elena rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, read in 2016, romance, young adult I haven t gotten in a fight yet this year Despite everything, that made her smile It s September He waved a hand Details So, i m going to try to write my first ever detailed review of a book because i loved this one so much Storm is about a girl, named Becca, who saves a boy, named Chris, when she sees him getting beaten up by two strangers Then, she gets tangled up in his family story, as she discovers that Chris and his three brothers have special powers according to their element I haven t gotten in a fight yet this year Despite everything, that made her smile It s September He waved a hand Details So, i m going to try to write my first ever detailed review of a book because i loved this one so much Storm is about a girl, named Becca, who saves a boy, named Chris, when she sees him getting beaten up by two strangers Then, she gets tangled up in his family story, as she discovers that Chris and his three brothers have special powers according to their element earth, fire, wind, water Now she has to find her way out of this mess and try to help the Merrick brothers while sorting out her personal life The plot was great and one crazy thing happened after another But what really got me were the characters Each character was complicated and had their own tragic story Michael, who is the oldest of the four, had to carry the weight of the family and take care of his brothers, after their parents died, and Gabriel was certainly not making it easy for him His brothers had isolated him and blamed him for everything The twins had the best sibling relationship, I think They always understood each other and helped each other I always feel that twins have a special bond that nobody can break Gabriel was the bad boy , whereas Nick was the sweet, caring one Finally, Chris was like a confused puppy He had to learn to control his powers and tried to put up a tough front, but in reality he was vulnerable and lonely Becca was a great female lead She was strong and always tried to do the best thing for everyone even though she had been hurt by people in the past As for the minor characters, Quinn was a bit abrasive and loud mouthed but it was only because she cared so much about her loved ones and Hunter was a character mystery for me as i feel that there was a deeper meaning behind his every word The romance was quite strong in this one and there was a love triangle but i didn t feel that it overpowered the story at any point I hope this was not the last time we see Becca and Chris because they are so sweet and young and innocent and i love them The only thing that I didn t like was the fact that a couple of times women were judged because of the way they dressed Also, I don t think Becca stopped blushing throughout the entire story Overall, I loved it and I can t wait to continue with the series Unfortunately, I have a full tbr for September, so Spark I ll see you next month 3 3 flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2012 Mimi Valentine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves authors i want to meet, finished copy for review, best of 2012, boys i wish were real, pure awesomeness, reviewed I was pressured, brainwashed, and totally convinced to go into this book with high expectations, and even then it still blew me away So Darn AMAZING Storm starts on a dark night when our awesome heroine Becca literally saves Chris Merrick s life Everything quickly goes to hell from there when she realizes that Chris and his brothers aren t normal they re Elementals, targeted because of how powerful they are And now that she knows the truth, Becca isn t so safe either.Becca is the perfect I was pressured, brainwashed, and totally convinced to go into this book with high expectations, and even then it still blew me away So Darn AMAZING Storm starts on a dark night when our awesome heroine Becca literally saves Chris Merrick s life Everything quickly goes to hell from there when she realizes that Chris and his brothers aren t normal they re Elementals, targeted because of how powerful they are And now that she knows the truth, Becca isn t so safe either.Becca is the perfect imperfect heroine for this novel She s bad ass and tough, but she s also vulnerable in a way that makes her so real One thing I loved about this book was how Brigid Kemmerer incorporated bullying into the mix with Becca s ex boyfriend who I hate with a passion spreading awful rumors about her She reacts to it the way most girls would, and I couldn t have loved her if I tried.This review would not be completely without mentioning the Merrick brothers There s Michael, the oldest who controls earth Gabriel, the super hot twin who ironically controls fire Nick, the sweeter air controlling twin who is no less hot and then there s Chris, the youngest, the water controller, the main character of this novel, and my favourite so far As one of my friends said, you d think Brigid Kemmerer grew up in a house full of boys with how well she wrote them Their brotherly bond, the way they fought, their heated banter Topped off with Brigid s great writing and the sweet romance, this book has it all.With four hot brothers, a fantastic heroine, an Elemental based storyline that will steal your breath away, Storm was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year and it definitely lives up to the hype Brigid Kemmerer, you are definitely starting off on the right foot with this debut I can t wait to get my hands on Spark, Gabriel s story, later in the fall BUY or BORROW Hahahahahaha you re funny Why would you even think to borrow this Buy all the way Original review at Mimi Valentine s YA Review Blog flag 15 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Apr 23, 2012 Ari rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves paranormal 3.5 stars I had my eyes on this book for a while because most of my friends have read it and loved it, so when I got a copy of Spark the second book in the series for review I thought that it was time for me to start reading this series too.Don t be fooled by the 3 and a half star rating, the book is quite good and if you don t usually over think the paranormal worlds like I seem to do you will definitely love it.This is a refreshing story about 4 boys with powers way too strong for the 3.5 stars I had my eyes on this book for a while because most of my friends have read it and loved it, so when I got a copy of Spark the second book in the series for review I thought that it was time for me to start reading this series too.Don t be fooled by the 3 and a half star rating, the book is quite good and if you don t usually over think the paranormal worlds like I seem to do you will definitely love it.This is a refreshing story about 4 boys with powers way too strong for their own good and also a story about a girl caught in the middle of a fight beyond her power of comprehension This is a story about revealing secrets that could kill you and about love that could heal you, it has a lot of action, a bit a drama, some humor scattered here in there, not to mention that there is plenty of hotness involved Be aware THE GOODThe concept.If I remember Captain Planet, am I a bit too old Well this book reminded me of that cartoon movie series and I ve always liked the idea of one controlling the surrounding natural elements, the idea of them giving you power, the idea of that power consuming you Yeah, I am talking now a bit about Chris brothers than himself, but in this story they come all in one package and some of them will steal your heart with their humor, or their drama, or them both.The characters.When you have 5 hot guys parading is this the right word in front of you, you just got to be enjoying yourself a lot I loved the teasing between the brothers and Chris when we started to see Becca, I loved how they stood for each other even when they disagreed with what one was doing, I loved how they wanted to fight back and not keep their head down because that wouldn t solve anything and they would be bullied again and again Yeah, sometimes the overprotectiveness was getting on my nerves, but this is what loving your younger might do to one I have a younger sister and I like to think that I would do everything to keep her out of trouble, even though it s not the case.The writing.The is something melodic about the way Brigid writes It captivates you and makes you want to read , to know , to see what happens next You simply can t put the book down I ve been reading on the train, on a bus and a boat, and it s funny because i usually get motions sick if I read in a moving vehicle, but I guess that the story was way too interesting for my brain to think of something elseE BAD ish The fake love triangle.When you have alternating povs from two main characters things are clearer than bottled water And when you have a cute relationship that starts pretty well, but you know with whom the girl might end it leaves you with a bitter taste.I am not a big fan of paranormal love stories and this one was no exception I don t understand why did the two liked each other, and i don t understand why the third one got to be left out when he started so damn well, I don t know why there was a need for a love triangle in the first place, and I don t get how Becca ended with the one she ended because not only there was no chemistry between them, but it was the same treat me like hell because i like you story all over again.The paranormal elements.There were things that didn t make much sense, mostly by the ending We started to understand many things, but as a paranormal world goes it wasn t really enough.Making storms out of nothings is something, but changing the course of life is an entirely different thing, and no one seemed to be bothered by this And the same goes for the next book and there are still no consequences The confession.Again with these paranormal clich s You can t just go tell a girl all your secrets only because you like her and she knows a bit of it anyways There are sectrets that are not only yours, the are things powerful than you, there are sectrets that could kill.Also there were some disturbing things left hanging Again, i know this is paranormal fantasy, but young people are reading it Don t make them think that if someone tries to rape you is alright for you to hide it Make them fucking pay for it It really annoys me that something this important is treated so lightly in YA booksNCLUSIONWith the good and the bad, I really got to like the story, enough for me to want to read the next ones I am including here Spark that comes next this month and also Elemental, a short story about the oldest brother Keep an eye for this series because I bet that many of you will like it as well Happy midnight reading This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnight ____________________________________________Blog EN Facebook Twitter Tumblr Bloglovin Blog RO ____________________________________________ flag 14 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 09, 2012 Sarah saz101 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves paranormal, young adult, favorites Four brothers, each a powerful elemental, a community at war, and one girl caught in the middle, Brigid Kemmerer brings her A game in her electrifying debut Storm should come with a cautionary notice Something like Severe Weather Warning This book will blow you away The Story When Becca Chandler saves a boy from a brutal beating in her school s parking lot, chasing off his attackers, she has no idea what her good Samaritan act is getting her caught up in The boy is Chris Merrick, who, al Four brothers, each a powerful elemental, a community at war, and one girl caught in the middle, Brigid Kemmerer brings her A game in her electrifying debut Storm should come with a cautionary notice Something like Severe Weather Warning This book will blow you away The Story When Becca Chandler saves a boy from a brutal beating in her school s parking lot, chasing off his attackers, she has no idea what her good Samaritan act is getting her caught up in The boy is Chris Merrick, who, along with his brothers, is an Elemental, gifted with the ability to control water And that might just be the least of the surprises coming her way It s not only Chris attackers, or Chris himself, who are interested in Becca New Kid at school, Hunter, has his eyes on Becca, and he s not so bad to eye back but who should she trust Like it or not, Becca finds herself caught up in war not just for the Merricks survival, but her own.Becca and Chris, Chris and BeccaStorm wastes no time jumping straight into the action We join Becca as she finds Chris being beaten in the school parking lot, and it escalates from there Told between Becca and Chris point of view, we re give a unique viewpoint into their world the outsider view of Becca, as she tries to discover what she s been dragged into, and that of Chris, who knows what s happening around him, but still doesn t necessarily hold all the cards or information Both Chris and Becca are eminently likeable, fascinating and engrossing, and both have unique, singular voices.Becca s not an action chick exactly, but she s never afraid to take action She s brave, curious and compassionate After saving Chris, who is in her grade, but she hardly knows, her world is irrevocably shaken, and only gets complicated from there But Becca s life is hardly simple to begin with It becomes clear Becca has secrets of her own, and there s a meaningful subplot to Storm in the shape of some truly vicious bullying And this is why it s so difficult to discuss this book It s not a linear love story, a paranormal, or an action packed thriller It s all of these things, and it s much It s layered and nuanced in a way that renders it not just compulsively readable, but truly memorable.It s not only Becca who is the victim of malicious harassment the bullying Chris Merrick endures could cost him his life The quietest and most reserved of his brothers, Chris is much like element he controls calm and still on the surface sometimes but hiding a tumult of dangers, currents and fathomless depths below Watching Becca and Chris step around each other is a delight There s an almost palpable tension between them The two are drawn to each other, but neither understands the other, neither knows what it means Both hide secrets and hurts, and are struggling to fight inner demons as well as the external kind But Storm isn t entirely Chris and Becca s story, there is another boy very much involved, in the way of Hunter, New Kid at school He s fascinating, mysterious, and he has a story as heartbreaking, intriguing and important as Chris or Becca s He plays a large and important role in Storm, and it feels as though his part may only just be becoming clear.The BrothersWhere Storm truly shines is in the authenticity of its characters, in particular the four brothers at its core There s been a lot of buzz about how swoon worthy , hot, and amazing these boys are, and it does bear repeating But this isn t what gives the book its compulsively readable quality, or what makes it so utterly gripping Every one of the four Merrick boys feels real It s the brotherly bond they share, the care, the tension, the anger and the banter between them that is so entertaining, and at times heartbreaking, to read Chris and his brothers are fascinating to say the least Enormously powerful, the boys are a natural disaster waiting to happen literally But they keep their powers constantly tamped down They live in fear of a power greater than theirs, creating a fascinating dichotomy between their power, and powerlessness to defend themselves without bringing a fate worse than harassment down on their heads.The Verdict There s a surprising complexity to Storm It s a story with many dimensions, and one that truly deserves to be singled out amongst an abundance of young adult Paranormals It s not one aspect of the story that shines, but a cohesive mix of all its parts, combined to make something layered, something truly unique and special Storm isn t about a group of brothers with unbelievable supernatural powers It s not about boy meets girl It s not about one of the first love triangles I ve ever read and genuinely enjoyed, nor is it bullying, discrimination, grief or friendship It s It s the way in which Kemmerer blends them all together, into a mix of colours vivid and alluring then any one part could be on its own.Storm is a remarkable debut Brigid Kemmerer s gift for characterisation and pitch perfect voice combine with gripping story and perfect pacing to make Storm a riveting an utterly addictive read Action packed from start to finish, Brigid s nailed a perfect balance between excitement, romance and supernatural to create something magic A story that is so many things, but most importantly, fun flag 13 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 05, 2013 Nina rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves paranormal or urban fantasy, ya pnr, 3 star, read in 2013 Good good Very good Nothing eartshaking, but hey, good is already than I expected, since I haven t touched a het paranormal YA in months.It looks like I read it in 8 days, but it was actually 4, with one long break in the middle This means that no, I wasn t completely sucked in and sitting on the very edge of my seat, but while reading I was mighty interested in what was going to happen next Good enough.I was planning on talking at length about all the typically PNR het YA stuff that Good good Very good Nothing eartshaking, but hey, good is already than I expected, since I haven t touched a het paranormal YA in months.It looks like I read it in 8 days, but it was actually 4, with one long break in the middle This means that no, I wasn t completely sucked in and sitting on the very edge of my seat, but while reading I was mighty interested in what was going to happen next Good enough.I was planning on talking at length about all the typically PNR het YA stuff that bugged me, but since I ve had this review languishing in my brain to do list fingers for ten days what I want right now is honestly to just get rid of it.So schoolgirl mooning over complete strangers, a love triangle let s not even , pointless descriptions of clothing, secretly following people around does anyone actually do that irl Because it sure happens a lot in books , immediately accepting paranormality but then refusing to trust someone evidently trustworthy just to stick with the mysterious hippie guy er yes, I was team Chris Oh dear Team I guess I haven t managed to exterminate my inner schoolgirl completely yet , people who say crap SHIT Shit Shit.BUT There was a lot of good stuff too Like the fact that all that testosterone was fogging up my phone screen If I m reading the next books for one reason, it s the Merrick brothers I m sure as hell not interested in the girls vaguely disgusted face I just love the guys relationship, the way they fight and seem to want to kill each other all the fucking time yet gang up on an enemy or outsider in a second It might not be the friendliest or most healthy attitude, but it s fantastic to seew, I refuse to believe that the guys on the cover are the Merrick brothers They look like complete tools.Colton Haynes though Oh god, I d climb that like a squirrel You see Everything goes back to Teen Wolf So Colton Haynes is Chris, in my mind as if I needed one reason to want to lick him Chris, that is Not that I don t want to lick Colton Haynes He Chris was just too adorable and natural and spontaneous and grumpy and just plain nice to resist Plus he looks like Colton Haynes Humour me Hunter, on the other hand, made my brain itch He was cocky in that I m so cool I don t even need to rub it in your face kinda way that is even worse that straight out bragging, yet he still had this almost ethereal feel about him that confused me and annoyed me and made my leg automatically jump and kick the table everytime I read his name If this was the author s intention, kudos if it wasn t, fix it Still, I want find out what the hell the deal is with him One reason to continue the series, I guess Also, discoveries Did you know that hair on a scar grows back white I had no idea, and when I first read about it here I called bullshit That s actually kinda cool, anyway.On to Becca I do have to talk about her, even if I could do without she s the MC after all sigh Becca was a girl As in such a girl I don t know if I ve just lost the ability to like or relate to female characters or authors are just that bad at portraying them, but they end up pissing me off often than not Are clothes and boys and the occasional paranormal ability really all we think about She acted in a moderately logical way though, so I didn t outright despise her Thank fuck she had some family issues too, at least I could like one thing about her the way she interacted with the rents.The romance was cheesy, sweet, angsty in the girly way, which is not angsty at all but surprisingly okay, because of the good pacing and slow building tension Although I can t help but be suprised by the complete absence of actual smut in here it s like the main characters hormones are hybernating for some reason There s an almost rape not with one of the love interests, chill , so the author might not have wanted to put both elements in the same book, but no, even that doesn t make sense Whatever.There are some suprises too, if YA lurve and girliness hadn t convinced you to give this a try yet The double twist at the end took me completely by surprise, despite a couple generous clues dropped during the story But that s probably just me drIt s het YA paranormal romance.But it s a few steps higher on the originality scale than I expected and I tend to be pretty optimistic flag 13 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Dec 02, 2014 Nadia rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves dumb dumber the heroine, eyes are rolling and face is palmed, frustrating, annoying side characters, cheesy attacks, i m so mad, i wanna punch the hero in the face, stupid This book drove me nuts And I m in the mood to rant You wanna know why Because idiotic heroine, obnoxious heroes, fucking love triangle, teenage drama I m too old for this shit.I m trying really hard to write a coherent review, but every time I think of anything from that list above, I start to see red I ll begin from Becca, because she is what made this book insufferable for me Becca has the personality of a kitchen cloth, which is my witty way of saying she has none Nothing makes her sp This book drove me nuts And I m in the mood to rant You wanna know why Because idiotic heroine, obnoxious heroes, fucking love triangle, teenage drama I m too old for this shit.I m trying really hard to write a coherent review, but every time I think of anything from that list above, I start to see red I ll begin from Becca, because she is what made this book insufferable for me Becca has the personality of a kitchen cloth, which is my witty way of saying she has none Nothing makes her special or stand out from every other girl Is she exceptionally smart Hahahhaha, no Is she stunningly beautiful Meh Is she in any other way interesting, maybe cunning or charismatic, strong, brave, daring, anything, just to prove she s a worthy heroine Nope So you see, a cloth is a perfect comparison for her personality No, I m not being fair when I say she has no significant talents She has one talent When shit starts to hit the fan, Becca can get in the middle like nobody s business Every single time things start to go downhill, she manages to get involved and end up in a life threatening situation, only so she could be rescued by the heroes facepalms herself into eternity God forbid she has the presence of mind to get herself out of difficult situations facepalms herself into eternity the second time Aaaand the blushing Oh my god, the blushing Fine, once or twice I can understand, but every freaking time she talks to someone she blushes At this point it s past shyness and social awkwardness, this is a physical condition that should be medically treated Maybe it s like a high blood pressure thing or whatever That much blushing and flushing couldn t be healthy, for real.What s next on my list Obnoxious heroes As it is in YA, they re all really not boys any as sixteen year olds still tend to be but they re all like really grown up with defined cheekbones and jawlines and muscles and voices and each one is basically sex on a stick, just perfect human beings with no flaws at all You can t beat them, you can t fluster them, you can t do them wrong A conversation between a perfect Hunter and the oh so plain Becca is TORTURE And fuck me if that love triangle made any sense And how it was resolved Ugh No sense I ll cut this review short before I start repeating random words for emphasis It s no secret I didn t like this book But, I ll read the next one Why Because I m a glutton for punishment Just kidding, I m not, but I m feeling patient and maybe the next book proves to be better I keep hoping this might be like the Fever series, where you have to suffer through the first book to get to the awesomeness that is the rest of the series So, off to the next book flag 12 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 02, 2017 Giselle rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves bought online, 2012 Soo it started off good, but got super boring and I lost interest Heavy with dialogue and not enough plot to keep me invested, I was torn between rating this a two or a three Elemental powers seem to be intriguing right But when the brothers all seem to have wild tempers that flare hot and cold, I grew annoyed Michael and Gabriel annoyed me, but Nick and Chris were okay Becca was still a cookie cutter character so she wasn t anything new either So yep, it was interesting, but the romance a Soo it started off good, but got super boring and I lost interest Heavy with dialogue and not enough plot to keep me invested, I was torn between rating this a two or a three Elemental powers seem to be intriguing right But when the brothers all seem to have wild tempers that flare hot and cold, I grew annoyed Michael and Gabriel annoyed me, but Nick and Chris were okay Becca was still a cookie cutter character so she wasn t anything new either So yep, it was interesting, but the romance also just felt super flat for me I didn t find them to have any chemistry and the love triangle didn t really need to happen The reader knows who she wants the entire time so it s no surprise who she picks I m meh on this one Maybe the second will be better flag 11 likesLike see review Apr 10, 2013 Faye, la Patata rated it liked it review of another edition I m giving away the three Elemental books Click HERE to enter Warning there s a bit of rant up ahead It s still PG 13, promise Final rating 3.5When I was younger, I was a bit obsessed with stories and cartoons that involve a group of teenagers being able to control the elements I loved watching Captain Planet shame it s not on Cartoon Network any and reading this girly comic book called W.I.T.C.H There were a couple of mangas about it, too, and some that were slightly similar such I m giving away the three Elemental books Click HERE to enter Warning there s a bit of rant up ahead It s still PG 13, promise Final rating 3.5When I was younger, I was a bit obsessed with stories and cartoons that involve a group of teenagers being able to control the elements I loved watching Captain Planet shame it s not on Cartoon Network any and reading this girly comic book called W.I.T.C.H There were a couple of mangas about it, too, and some that were slightly similar such as Wedding Peach and Sailor Moon But take note most of these stories were composed of an all girls troupe, so when I first read the synopsis of Storm, I scoffed All the elements being controlled by boys Well, isn t that new I was a bit skeptical at first, but as I read on, I found myself enjoying it.I can t deny that a premise involving four boys and one girl is intriguing and exciting as long as not all of them falls in love with the same girl x_x that s a disaster waiting to happen I was looking forward to the tension and drama the plot entailed, and there were a lot Plot wise, I was satisfied There was flow and structure in the storyline, making it easy to follow and grasp, and the characters were all diverse and fun to read They had their own personalities and antics that distinguished them from one another, making no room for confusion whatsoever They re all consistent, electric, and fun, making the read very pleasurable No joke, it made me look forward to seeing and reading each and every one of them, as many as they were Add a magnetic and engaging plot hot, dashing brothers, and you got yourself a winning formula, my friend.However, as much as the story in general entertained me, there were a few whoopsies as well.For starters, the girl was annoying as hell In my opinion, she was highly unpleasant to read The four brothers were fun and colourful individuals, but the heroine was irritating, fickle, and stupid I m alright with a girl being added to the bunch, but Becca s personality was very unbearable, and it didn t help her case that she was the narrator, to boot Thank god the brothers were there to save this book for me She couldn t make up her mind between Hunter and Chris, she was too hard on other people like her dad and her best friend, hell, she was hard on some of the brothers sometimes, too, without even knowing why they acted this way or that way it kinda went both ways, though, but this was quickly resolved There were times she made nasty and mean comments towards Quinn, her best friend, judging her clothing, the way she acted around other people, etc etc It didn t help that she had questionable actions in many instances in the story which I found unnecessary Many of them were reckless and just stupid It was like she just couldn t help but go to where trouble was brewing Grrrr.I was also disappointed in the predictable plot twist near the ending So, the story tells us that there are people that are connected to the elements, but there are supposedly a handful of individuals who have an affinity with them and are therefore powerful and dangerous These people have the capability to fully control and become one with water, air, earth, and fire I read this book 2 weeks ago, so I m not sure how this works, but I remember there s also a fifth person who can control all of elements, and that person is also usually trained as the one to contain the others who have an affinity with the four.So, okay, I understand that I thought to myself that surely this fifth person will be someone else, because, hey, it surely can t be that predictable, right But imagine my surprise when the book finally revealed who the fifth person was I m sure you ve all figured it out by now since it was so easy to predict, but just in case you forgot about it, it was view spoiler Becca hide spoiler When I got to this part, I was raging I felt so upset Why can t some people just remain normal for once, and play, I dunno, like Gwen Maryjane is to Peter Parker s spiderman Why do they also have to have power Okay, maybe it really isn t that bad, but to have the highest form of power Really REALLY ____ Needless to say, I facepalm d so hard my forehead became red No Fricking Joke.All in all, it s a solid 3.5 for me, mainly thanks to the entertainment value and the interesting characters sans Becca The plot is engaging, and despite us not seeing much of the powers of the boys, we still get the feeling that they are stronger than they appear to be, and I am indeed interested in knowing of what they re capable of There is also so much room for character development, and I m looking forward to the process of maturity that I expect will happen in the succeeding books.Join the Elementals Read Along 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        Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST Bloomsbury , as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER Kensington Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold Brigid lives in the Balti a Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST Bloomsbury , as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER Kensington Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold Brigid lives in the Balti area with her husband and four sons


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    1. 2.5Me and this book went on a strange journey together and the end result was very conflicted feelings.It all started when I decided I wanted to become involved in one of my groups and actually pay attention to the monthly book reads In the past, I used the group for challenges and recommendations but didn t participate in the group read along, so I decided that I would read every book voted for except the ones that a I had already read or b I couldn t obtain for whatever reas 2.5Me and this b [...]


    2. DNFI was really really curious about this one.Started it.Nice writing, nothing special but not bad.The family at the center of the series, uber interestng.The heroine, uber idiotic, blushes at every single damn thing possible and in every single damn situation possible She behaves like a 13 yo at best, and one who has never been in contact with a male specimen of the human species.Triangle I hate them HATE Especially seeing stupid indecisive heroines who spend the whole book deciding who to DNFI [...]


    3. I freaking LOVED this book It is so, so amazing, and the four brothers are SMOKING HOT Not to mention, Becca is a fantastic, strong heroine I can t recommend this book highly enough


    4. Read the full review here This book definitely made me want to bend some elements That s putting it in avater the last airbender terms p I think, after reading this book, I d want to have the element of fire I ve actually always wanted to have a fire element after watching ATLA And this totally made me want it If I couldn t have it, then definitely water There was totally a connection with water, since it was Chris s ability c This is just too much hotness on one cover.


    5. You keep saving me, she said Yeah, well He stroked the hair down her back I think we might be close to breaking even on that Even though the covers fail to impress me, the books are quite good I have to give Storm a 4.25 to 4.5 rating I truly enjoyed this book, probably than I have any YA PNR in a while.It had all the key elements of a cute romance type book I d want to read multiple hot guys jackpot lots of action conflict aside from the romance itself cool powe You [...]


    6. It should take me no than three words to convince you to read this book They are the same three words that convinced ME to read it, and I haven t regretted it at all Those three words are are you ready Four hot brothers That s all you need to know sigh Oh, okay I suppose I should write a proper review Here it goes Four Merrick brothers have a very strong connection to the elements Michael controls earth, twins Gabriel and Nick control fire and air respectively, and the youngest It should take m [...]


    7. Occasionally, my husband and I will discuss books that I am reading at the time It mostly depends on if the cover sparks his curiosity enough to find out what it s about In this case, he saw me putting together the Elemental Virgins post a few weeks ago which may or may not have led to a few awkward questions So you re a virgin, huh , so he knew this was one of the books in the series One day, I was minding my business, cracking up in my little Reading Corner at some witty banter between Occasio [...]


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