Thursday, 6 September 2012

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm (Elemental, #1)

Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

  Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Storm (Elemental, #1)(Source: I won a digital copy of this book ☺ )
This is the first book in the ‘Elementals’ series.
Chris Merrick is an Elemental, this means that he has an affinity for one of the elements – in his case water – and can harness its energy for his own use.

Becca is sick of people gossiping about her and spreading rumours behind her back, all thanks to her footballer ex-boyfriend. She thought that a self-defence class would help, but she didn’t expect to stumble upon two boys beating up another boy in the car park after class.
Using her car to scare off the attackers, she goes to help the victim, who turns out to be Chris Merrick, a boy that she knows only vaguely from school.
Things are about to get complicated though when the two boys who attacked Chris begin to think that Becca is an elemental too, and begin to attack her too.
The arrival of a new kid at school seems to only add complications, and as the trouble esculates, Becca must work out who her real friends are, and who she should be hiding from.

I enjoyed this book. It totally grabbed my attention, and I found myself at nearly 20% without even realising it.
Chris was an interesting character, although there was more romance coming from the new boy – Hunter, with regards to Becca. It was actually really difficult to choose between the two boys at several points during the book, even when we knew that Becca would probably end up with Chris.
I liked this book a lot better than the novella ‘Elemental’, but I wish that we could have gotten a little more information about what happened to Emily, as Elemental didn’t really have an ending, and we only really got hints as to what happened in this book. I can only hope that we will continue to get information on this in the next book!

I liked the storyline in this book, it was well written and flowed nicely. I like that the future books will focus on different brothers and am really interested as to see where this story goes.
There was a bit of a twist at the end of this book, part of which I saw coming, and part that I didn’t!
At the end of this book I did still have questions that needed answering, but knowing that this is the first book in a series, that’s kind-of expected. I would have liked there to have been a bit more romance between Chris and Becca rather than Hunter and Becca, but this didn’t spoil that story.
Overall; a good YA paranormal read, and I’m interested to find out what will happen next!
8 out of 10.


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