on May 28th 2013
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.
Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.
He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.
Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.
With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…
Hunter has never really trusted anyone. He’s also never been one that the others felt like they could trust. Much like Gabriel, Hunter has a tough exterior. He guards his heart and doesn’t let anyone get too close. He’s got daddy issues, mommy issues and grampa issues. Basically he has a lot of issues. He struggles with doing what he’s been told, what he thinks he’s been told, what is right, and what his heart feels is right. From my analysis I’m sure you can gather that Hunter is a very conflicted guy. His conflictions and flaws are always what attracted me the most. From the moment Hunter entered the picture in Storm I was intrigued. Regardless of his attempt at centering himself you could tell that there was a lot brewing beneath the surface.
Spirit reminded me once again how in love with the Merricks I am. Like the saying goes, the Merricks give dysfunctional a new meaning. But regardless, at the end of each day they’re still a strong and compact unit. A great deal of Spirit focuses on Hunter and his rocky relationship with not just Gabriel, but the rest of the Merricks as well. Through his continual interaction with the Merricks, Hunter makes realizations and does a lot of growing in this novel. He’s always been on the outside looking in when it comes to family. Spirit lets him see that there’s more to life, and that letting people in is a risk worth taking.
Kate is the co-MC in Spirit. I loved Kate from the moment she sauntered in. She’s a firecracker with a super confident exterior and a pretty secretive interior. One of the perks to Kemmerer’s writing style is that, because we get multiple POVs the readers learn right away what Kate’s agenda is, or at least, what it starts off to be. Like every character in the Elemental series, Kate is fully dimensional, unique and not easy to read.
Each and every Elemental story has pulled on my heartstrings in some way or another. Spirit is no exception. A tear ran down my cheek as I read the last page of Spirit‘s bittersweet ending. Two big themes in this latest Elemental story were redemption and sacrifice.
I wouldn’t say that I loved Spirit more than Spark but I definitely loved it to around the same level. All three, Spirit, Spark and Storm have different tones and feels. Their main characters have different personalities and problems. None are greater or lesser. The plots in each Elemental novel and novella never feel like a been there, done that scenario. They’re always fresh, full of twists and standout.