Storm by Brigid Kemmerer {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 6 November, 2013 by Amanda / 20 Comments

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer {Amanda’s Review}Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

I can haz all Merrick brothers?

Thoughts on Storm

Well. I started Storm late one evening–eight or nine–and couldn’t pull myself away from it until I’d finished. And considering I’m in the middle of an adult historical romance bender and Storm is YA paranormal, that’s a high compliment. I thought I was burnout on YA paranormal. Not, apparently, if it’s from Brigid Kemmerer.

Another reason I know this series rocks? I was able to handle a–wait for it–love triangle. And you know how I hate those. And I hated this one too, but it made sense. It wasn’t overdone. If I can tolerate that, then the story has to be good. #Logic

I find myself clamoring for the next book in the Elemental series because for as much as we learn in Storm, there is a lot more left to learn. We’re with Becca, who knows nothing. We’re with Chris, who knows what’s happening, but as a narrator, he is slow to give up his secrets. Brigid Kemmerer nailed the “just enough information to keep me feverishly reading, but not revealing so little that I want to give up reading” line.

It’s a tough line to walk, y’all.

I am intrigued by this elemental world. But I like elemental powers. And I like how they were explained in Storm. Even though I know, without a doubt, there is more information to be had. I more more Elemental world. I want more Merrick brothers. Their family dynamic is a bit heart-wrenching. I liked Becca. She wasn’t damsel in distress, but she wasn’t “I don’t need anybody” either. She was real. Real is good.

Bottom line: I want more.


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20 Responses to “Storm by Brigid Kemmerer {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I’ve seen this one batted around, but if it got your thumbs up I may actually have to look into it. I’m interested in reading more elemental magic books since Gin Blanco.

  2. I think I need to read this series now. I’ve been thinking about it, but your review makes me want it now! I’m a sucker for when people have elemental powers in books too :)

  3. I picked up a novella of this story and didn’t really like it. Of course, it was a novella, coming sometime after book 1, so I’m sure I missed a lot. Especially considering you and a couple other reviewers I trust loved it. Maybe book 1 is where I need to start!

  4. LOVE this series and I’m so sad that it’ll come to an end in January. I too have been on a YA paranormal burnout but I just devour this series. Love these characters and their interactions. So glad you got a chance to read and enjoy them too!

  5. Haha. Yes, real is good, especially when it comes to character development. I liked Storm, too, although it’s been awhile since I first read it. I’ve also read Spark and liked that one, too. I should read Spirit, but haven’t gotten to it, yet.

    I’m not a fan of love triangles, either, but I don’t think I was pissed about this one. I mean, I didn’t like it, but I could handle it. Does that make sense?

    Anyway, I’m so glad you liked this!

    • It totally makes sense! I think some love triangles are used to propel the story forward, and those are hard to handle. That wasn’t the case here.

  6. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen this book in passing and had never stopped to find out what it’s about. Clearly, that was a fail on my part because it seems like such an intriguing read!

    NOTE TO SELF: Add it to my TBR and somewhere near the top ;)

  7. YESSSSSSSS! So glad you loved this one too Amanda! I agree with you on Becca, I really enjoyed her, and I didn’t find this love triangle all that bothersome either. I especially can’t wait to see what you think of the next one though, Gabriel is my favorite. Well, at the moment anyway, I haven’t read Hunter’s book yet and I’m of course dying for Nick’s, but I love Gabriel something fierce!

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