Friday, June 21, 2013

4 stars: Storm (Elemental series, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

"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. 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."

Published April 24th 2012 by Kensington. I read the digital version of this book.

Thanks to Sarah who loved this book and lent me her Kindle copy! You can check out what she has to say about this series by clicking on her name.

This was a fun story that had really great pacing; I never got bored or felt like I needed to put it down. One thing that didn't hurt was that there was a love triangle. Poor Becca (yeah, another thing the story had going for it, a character with my name) had two cute guys crushing on her and fighting each other over her. Pssh, I think I was kidding when I said "poor girl." One is the new boy Hunter, who is pretty mysterious and intriguing. I feel like almost all YA books in this type of genre have book summaries that say "a sexy, mysterious new guy shows up," but this one really does deliver.

While it is a fun story about teens who can control the elements (earth--things like earthquakes, air--uh oh, tornado, fire--lightning and duh fires, water--um rain storms... yeah, that's not a really cool element to be able to control, and spirit--being able to control all the elements) and the issues that they have, it's not the deepest story. There is character development, but not a huge amount of depth. Some things were also predictable. It's still a good story though!

If you're a fan of this series, read the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout! And well, if you like the Lux series, read this series! Sarah and I both agree that there are similarities.


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