5 Reviews: The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer (Mini reviews)

Elemental (Elemental #0.5)

Elemental (Elemental, #0.5)

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.

My Review:

I thought it best to start from the very beginning. And even though this novella came after the first book, i still found myself starting from this.

Elemental gives us a background idea of what the book is going to be about. Hell, what the series is going to be about. Michael is the older brother of the Merrick clan and we come to understand the hardships he faces because of his powers. The book ends by just giving us an idea of what more can possibly come. And sort of come to accept Michael’s character.

I wanted to read more about him. Honestly, i was quite smitten.

Book #5 is Michael’s book!

Storm (Elemental #1)

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. 

Storm (Elemental, #1)
Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

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

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

The storm is coming.

My Review:

LOVED it! I really do think that the Elemental series is a great fun read. Just to relax and lounge around. It gets your mind of life and diverted onto the Merrick brothers. Chris was no exception.

The story switched between Becca and Chris, giving us differing points of view and sometimes i really did feel like smacking Becca on the head for some stupid decisions she was making coughHuntercough. But the way Chris was overprotective of Becca and his dialogue was just amazing. *sigh*

Fearless (Elemental #1.5)

Fearless (Elemental, #1.5)

Being a force of nature doesn’ t keep you safe.Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they re right.

Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.

Maybe that s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She s shy, quiet, and intense, but she s sought him out. There s no telling what she wants from him.

But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he s ready to face.

My Review:

I don’t like Hunter. There, I said it. I didn’t like him from the very first appearance that he made in Storm. Something was off about him from the very beginning. Not to mention he was interfering with Becca and Chris. Seriously, that was when i started to really dislike him.

So, i must admit, as i read this book…i was a bit biased. Sorry. And quickly finished through this novella. BUT i do want to know just why he does what he does. I mean, we sort of know but still. A little more insight would be nice. Plus, wherever he is so are the Merrick boys. So, why wouldn’t i want to read more about them?

Spirit (Elemental #3) is Hunter’s book! Who knows, maybe i start liking him?

Spark (Elemental #2)

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Gabriel has always had his 

Spark (Elemental, #2)

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

My Review:

Woah! Gabriel was just as hot as his element. And his love interest was just perfect for him. He was fiery and just a pleasure to read. I had so much fun with this book and Kemmerer did an amazing job with it.

I found myself reading it into the wee hours of the night and couldn’t bring myself to sleep until i was completely finished with it.

Gabriel really cares about his family, so don’t let his hard exterior fool you. Hunter, however on the other hand, i still didn’t understand his motives in this one. He just seemed too pushy for some reason.

Breathless (Elemental #2.5)

Breathless (Elemental, #2.5)

Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.

My Review:

Honestly, that was quite a shocker!

Having finished Spark, i wanted to immediately read Breathless and when i found it on Netgalley i immediately requested it. What i didn’t imagine was that Nick would turn out to be gay. I was actually hoping for some insight into the difficult relationship he might be having with Quinn. Hahaha i just didn’t see that one coming. Kemmerer really gave us quite a surprise or maybe just me because i clearly didn’t read the signs. Were there any signs? But, whatever rocks your boat Nick. 🙂 Now what i want to see is what happens when his brothers find out.

Siege (Elemental #4) is officially Nick’s book!

Winners!

Alright, you are all eligible hate me. I know it has been ages since the giveaway ended and it is only now that i am posting about the winners, but in my defense this year started and i bombarded with so many things. And now i want some these things to leave so that i can relax. Weekends apparently are no use anymore because they pass by lightning fast and i’m super tired by Sunday night so much so that i dread Monday with a vengeance. Monday morning i just want to crawl under my blanket and hibernate.

So, i won’t bore you with my hatred of Mondays and get on with telling you who was lucky and who wasn’t.

The winner of the signed giveaway of Elemental by Emily White is…

Krystal Larson!

And the three winners of the T-shirts are…

Julie Witt!

Linda Henderson!

Amy Stogner!

And there you have it. The WINNERS! I will email you all in the morning because my eyes are really closing at this point in time. Ta ta lovelies!

New Year’s Eve Giveaway HOP – Interview with author Emily White

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Interview with author…Emily White!

1) If the genre of your novel was changed to Sci-fi, what changes would we see?
Well, actually the genre is Sci-Fi, so there probably wouldn’t be many changes. 🙂 But if I were to change it from Space Opera to let’s say, hard sci-fi, I’d probably include a bit more on the different technology of each civilization Ella encounters. I do touch upon a few of the more interesting techs, but I’d probably make them stand out more in hard sci-fi. 
2) Do you have a certiain routine you have found that helps you write better or do you just wing it and let the inspiration flow?
I am a stickler for routine. I must write at the same times each day (10am-noon and 6:30pm-8:00pm) and I must sit on the same side of the couch. Okay, this little bit of information will probably make people think I am weird, but when writing a first draft, I have to sit on my couch and when revising, I have to sit on the loveseat. I know I sound crazy, but if I don’t do this, I just can’t write! As far as the routine you were probably referring to (now that I’ve reread the question and thought about it), I do write out my plot points and pinch points so I know where I’m going with the story. I can never really just “wing” it. I always have to know where my characters are going and how the story will end.

3) Since Christmas is just around the corner, what does it mean to you?

Christmas is my second favorite Holiday, preceded only by Easter. It’s a very solemn time, but also very happy. I love being reminded of my need for Christ, but also His love for me.

4) How did you get the idea for the novel?

I actually got the idea when I was in high school. I wanted to take my favorite paranormal creature and put it into a sci-fi with grandiose civilizations and new sci-fi specific abilities. I didn’t start writing the story until a few years ago, though. The main character lived alone in my brain for a long time (and actually changed quite a bit) before I fleshed out her world and her motivations.

5) If your book were to be turned into a movie, would your dream cast be? 

Oh, this is such a hard one! It’s not like I haven’t thought about it before (believe me, I have!), but I’ve never found the perfect cast. I’ve found people who are similar, though, so I’ll let just go with those for now. 
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Ella

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Cailen

Malik

Meir

Ranen

Elemental

Elemental

Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn’t mean she should. But she wants to. 

For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers. 

Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories? 

Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who’s destroyed? 

Coming in May 2012.

Emily  White

Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She’s spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more. And when she’s not doing that, she’s usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables. Emily’s debut YA Sci-fi novel, ELEMENTAL, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in 2012. 

Giveaway!

A bookmark signed by Emily White. This is international. Then Emily has offered to send 3 beautiful Elemental T-Shirts to 3 lucky winners in the US. Fill out the form below to enter! Goodluck!


“Waiting On” Wednesday #15

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

This week, the theme is YA Paranormal Romance!

 

After Obsession

After ObsessionAimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They’re wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it’s neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It’s Alan’s cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her. 

Filled with heart-pounding romance, paranormal activity, and rich teen characters to love-and introducing an exciting new YA voice, Steven Wedel-this novel is exactly what Carrie Jones fans have been waiting for. Meet your next obsession.

Published September 13th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Destined

DestinedWhen Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear. 

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she’s come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined. 

Destined is a fresh and heartachingly romantic retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth from debut novelist, Jessie Harrell.

Expected publication: November 17th 2011 by Mae Day Publishing

Elemental

ElementalFor ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers. 

Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories? 

Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who’s destroyed? 

Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by Spencer Hill Press (first published June 21st 2011)

Forbidden

ForbiddenSyrie joined forces with her talented son Ryan to co-write her next novel, Forbidden. The book is about a 16-year-old girl who comes into unusual powers, only to discover that she’s half-angel… and her entire existence is forbidden. 

Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson Academy as the ideal hiding place where he could escape and be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire Brennan into his plans… 

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the threat to Claire’s life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?

Expected publication: January 24th 2012 by HarperTeen