(Elemental series Book #1)
First off, let me say that there is not 1, not 2, but four hot guys on this cover. 4 hot guys-as far as I’m concerned, that’s an instant buy alone. This cover is so much better than the cover for the book, Elemental (a prequel novella for the series), for which I reviewed earlier.
Storm introduces us to Chris Merrick, the youngest of the
brothers and an Elemental, as well. An Elemental is an individual who can
control an element, such as earth, air, water, and fire. However, the Merrick brothers are pure Elementals, meaning that they
are more powerful and considered to be a danger by many. In addition, if the
wrong people find out about their enhanced abilities, it could essentially mean
their death. Chris’s element is water. Michael Merrick, who was introduced in Elemental, has earth as his element. If
you haven’t read Elemental, just know
that it gives a little more background on the Merrick
brothers and ends in a major cliffhanger.
This book is such a delightful surprise and really well done. Ms. Kemmerer’s writing style is simple and straightforward but it flows so naturally. The character development is good, the plot was interesting, and the relationships/family dynamics were real and believable. The supernatural brothers act like real brothers with big personalities; they clash, they fight, and they move on, but they always remain loyal to each other. And then you have the female protagonist, Becca Chandler, who unwittingly gets herself caught up in their messy lives. By coming to Chris’s rescue one evening, when he’s being beaten up by some thugs, she inadvertently places herself directly in the path of danger. Nevertheless, there’s no shrinking violet here, as she jumps right in there, or rather, she gets in her car and drives right in there. Additionally, there are other challenges that she will face in the story. There’s one in particular that is quite traumatic, yet also a little puzzling, as I feel like the follow-up to it could have been written differently and in a way that sent a better message to young girls (don’t want to give too much away).
And yes, there is a triangle in this one. Moreover, I was quite surprised to see one at that; I was really not expecting there to be one. Not only is Becca attracted to Chris in Storm, but she is attracted to the new kid, Hunter, at their school, too. And Hunter, well, he’s got some secrets of his own. So, not only is the heroine in danger throughout the story and through no fault of her own, but she’s also caught in the middle of a love rivalry for her affections. Then again, when is that ever a bad thing? Particularly when you have two swoon-worthy guys involved.
For those readers who like snarky bad boys with softie interiors, give this one a go. And for those of you paranormal fans looking for something new to try, don’t let this one pass you by.
Storm – 4.5 stars out of 5!
Storm Playlist –
Two is Better Than One by Boys Like Girls (because really, having two boys lust after you is better than just having one;)
Set Fire to the Rain by Adele (this one kept spinning in my head because his element is water)
Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by
All Roads Lead Home by
Reviewed by Susannah B;)