Series: Elemental #3
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Published: May 28th 2013 by K Teen
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
Book 1: Storm
Book 2: Spark
Book 2.5: Breathless
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.
Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.
He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.
Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.
With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…
I might have to revise my favorite Merrick brother theory, Michael should have been front runner for this the whole time. Michael is an awesome guy, and he has always been, only the shitty teenagers he lives don’t give him enough credit. I think the main thing that makes this series gold for me, that will keep me coming back for more, is that these guys are just such dudes. so much of their problems would be lessen if they just talked to each other. Shared their feelings and shit. The way Brigid Kemmerer writes it feels very authentic, very in character, and not as a gimmick to rack up the tension.
In this book, we finally get the hear Hunter’s story, and it is a heart breaking one. If you don’t want to hug this boy at least once during the story, you do not have a soul.
Hunter Garrity has lost everything. He lost his father, his sense of self, the girl who might have been something if he’d played it differently, the friend he lied to, and now, everyone’s trust in him. Rock bottom is rushing up fast, and there is nothing Hunter can do but impact and get crushed.
For a large part of this book, something felt off to me. I still enjoyed it, I was still riveted, but I didn’t have quite as much love as I had for the previous books. I loved Hunter and his ability to complicate his life and tie himself into knots. I really liked Kate and her take charge, punch a man in the ‘nads way of life. I just… didn’t like them together, I guess. Found myself skimming through the parts where conversation wasn’t involved.
Perhaps it’s personal bias. The Gabriel/Hunter shipper in me being obstinate. Even though Gabriel made it a little difficult by being such a hotheaded ass for much of the book.
I’m a little ashamed to say I kind of punched the air in Chapter 31. And the hospital scene towards the end? RESTORED MY FAITH COMPLETELY. Complete teehee moment. It feels like Brigid Kemmerer put me through the wringer right along with Hunter, but we both came out of it with a sense of hope.
Oh man, it’s going to be a mighty long wait until the next book. Am I the only one who hopes we see more of Silver? I’d especially like a glimpse into his psychotic head. Bettin’ its real interesting in there.
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)
Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.