Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid KemmererStorm (Elemental, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington on April 24th 2012
Pages: 407
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five-stars

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. 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 . . .

Storm was one of those “spur of the moment” instant-click purchases. That in which I’ve been known to make quite frequently lately and will surely kill the remaining dollars in my bank account. What can I say. Everything about this book drew me in. I don’t know what appealed to me more, the intriguing synopsis or the four cuties on the cover. Hah! Of course it was the cuties. The thought of one boy controlling an element was appealing, but four boys, and brothers ta’ boot? HELLO. I’m so there. Lets just say that the cover doesn’t do justice to Chris, Michael, Gabriel, and Nick Merrick. If you think they’re scorching on the cover – wait to you read about them. Each brother leaps off the page with their own unique and swoon-y personality. I’m still not quite sure which team I’m on. Can I just have all four + Hunter? Pretty Please? 😉

But besides drool-worthy characters and awesome powers, Storm touches on something deeper. There’s a lot that goes on in Storm because it reaches a darker and meatier place with components that really affect your emotions while reading. Besides being filled with action, romance, and mystery, this book also touches on loss, redemption, and prejudice (to name a few). Even though the story contains some unbelievable aspects such as elemental abilities, on another level it maintains a very realistic ideology. Although there are many cute and funny moments, the dark and intense moments aren’t sugar-coated. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a thriller-far from it, but it’s also not one of those books where the good guys always catch a break. The characters have and continue to suffer emotionally and physically throughout the story. I really like the way Brigid Kemmerer wrote the characters and their backstory. Sometimes bad things happen in life and you can’t stop them from happening. By maintaining this level of realism throughout the book, Kemmerer succeeds in tying us emotionally tighter to Storm’s compilation of characters.

I think a big theme throughout Storm is the age-old “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” idea. There are multiple characters throughout the book who have been labeled pretty harshly. For instance, Becca, our main character, has had to suffer through a lot of ridicule from her peers. An old boyfriend has tarnished her name by spreading nasty rumors suggesting that she’s as they say “easy”. He’s a jock and quite popular and therefore unfortunately has a lot of influence over fellow classmates. Because of his influential power, the majority of the student body regards Becca as a leper while a small chunk make vulgar suggestions insisting she’s a sl*t. Basically we see High school at it’s worst.

I found Becca to be a very appealing and instantly-likable character. One can only imagine the pain and suffering she’s gone through since her boyfriend basically turned the entire school against her. Although I don’t condone an entire group believing the word of one or two individuals; I understand the need to blend-in with the student body herd. This is especially true in High school where your peers tend to judge you superficially and harshly. Regardless, Becca is a pretty amazing girl in the sense that even though she’s been sentenced to social-siberia she hasn’t completely fallen apart. Although she has now encased herself in a thick shell in order to protect herself from more harm, her true self still shines through. In a way she may seem damaged, but that doesn’t stop her from being totally kick-ass too. As it plays out in the first chapter, paired with only with a cellphone case and water bottle, not to mention a heaping amount of courage, Becca holds her ground against two dangerous boys who she finds pummeling a classmate named Chris Merrick. This first courageous act leads Becca on a road of unbelievable discovery. She learns that the impossible is definitely possible, and that in the end she may never have had a choice when came to getting involved with what appears to be a grander scheme.

When it comes down to it; I absolutely (times ten) recommend Storm. It’s an easy read with a lot of heart and emotion, yet balanced out by action and mystery. It’s fast-paced and filled to the brim with extremely likable, real, and 100% relatable characters. It’s easy to jump into Storm, and never want to jump back out. You will not be disappointed. I should also mention that the narrative switches off between a couple characters but don’t fret! This switch-off definitely works in favor of the book.

 

five-stars

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