Morning all! As promised, today (incidentally also World Book Night) I’m one of the stops on the blog tour for Brigid Kemmerer’s Storm – the fisrt book in the Elementals series. First, my review, but stick with it to the end to find out how you can win one of two copies of the book.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake.
Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys; all the ones she doesn’t want. When she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot, everything is about to change. Chris is different from the guys at school… really different. He can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. The brothers are powerful and dangerous. And now that Becca knows the truth, so is she.
When the mysterious new kid, Hunter, turns up, Becca thinks she can trust him. But when he goes head-to-head with Chris, Becca’s left wondering who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
What I thought:
It seems that now the depths of vampirism have been plumbed, YA authors are seeking more supernatural and fantastical beings to write about. We’ve recently had Angels, genetically modified teenagers, girls who’ve had their memory erased etc and with the Elementals series, Brigid Kemmerer has written about a family of orphaned boys who are each able to command an element of nature – water, fire, wind and earth – and, based on the first book, Storm, it really works well.
I guess, as with any book, the premise is only part of it and it falls down if the characters aren’t appealing and in the Merrick brothers, Brigid Kemmerer has created an appropriately mysterious family of bad boys, who are actually very appealing. I have to confess, I wasn’t as keen on Becca at the beginning of the book, her indecision and the immediate introductionof a love triangle didn’t help that, but I wonder now having finished the book whether this was by decision, as she’s much more likeable when you find out some of her back story;
This first book is primarily about Chris Merrick and his developing power to control water, but this is only one part of a series of five books, each focusing on one of the brothers and their unique talents and I’m quite excited to read more (Spark is the second book).
There is also a short ebook which is well worth reading (but after you’ve finished Storm, there be spoilers) to give a bit more background to the brothers and their current struggles. Elemental is currently free on Amazon UK, so do check it out.
As I seem to have been reading a fair bit of YA fiction recently, I can highly recommend Storm, and I shall be eagerly awaiting the release of the other books in the series (in UK covers as the US covers are not as appealing).