Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Hi all!

Another YA :)

Title: Storm
Series: Elemental #1
Release date: 24th of April 2012
Published by: Kensington
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 432 pages in e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


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.


Yes, I’m shallow, I took up this book because of the promised hot four brothers. But, I was in luck, in addition to the latter I ended up receiving heaps of action, complicated conflicts, realistic and fun interactions and relationships between diverse colorful characters and, as a cherry on top, those hunks ended up being no carbon cut out flat handsome surfaces, but fleshed out, distinct and extremely intriguing characters.

One of my main pros in this book are the conversations, teasing, fighting and brotherly bonds between the Merrick brothers. It all felt very authentic, this is how I’d picture such guys interacting. I’m impressed that the author managed to pull off writing about and creating guys so like ... guys.

I also liked how the main girl and boy had equal parts and say in the book. It varied between them being on center stage one at a time. Otherwise, in such an action oriented book, one half would have remained underexposed. This story was definitely not heavy on romance, even despite the love triangle. The main focus was on the various conflicts, character interactions and of course, the dynamics amongst the Merrick brothers and, in turn, between them and others.

My biggest con, however, was the love triangle (which I’m by nature allergic against). The confidence that I had in what I thought had to be the main couple was wavering, sinking and rising constantly because of the pingponging going on. One guy has a special moment with Becca, then the other, and repeat again. It was difficult to hold onto my initial preference. And I was again reminded on why I dislike such a trope, luckily, I enjoyed everything else the book had to offer a great deal more.

I have to also mention that this book had a lot of bullying going on. Starting with Becca and her so called “tarnished reputation” and ending with how the Merrick’s were constantly harassed because of their powers. On both accounts I found the treatment from the tormentors disgusting.


Becca was a more than likable heroine. From the first scene where she saves Chris, I admired her determination, bravery and slight recklessness. What happened to her because of a bunch of appalling douchbags was unbelievable, and respect that she could still hold her head high. There was, however, one aspect that made me irritated about her, the constant back and forth feelings for Chris and Hunter. Me no like, but despite this, she was great!

If Chris wouldn’t have had parts of the story from his point, then I probably wouldn’t have cared for him much. He was difficult to understand and the insight given helped a lot in making him sympathetic and a good hero.

I felt suspicious of Hunter from the moment he appeared (what a magnificent entrance and first line though). Nevertheless, a nice guy with his own bag of issues.

The Merrick brothers: Gabriel was a wisecracker, incontrollable, humorous, conflicted and easy to loose grip on his emotions. Nick wasn’t explored in great detail, but I liked his calmness, rationality and his role as the peacemaker. He also came across as the most mysterious to me. I admired Michael immensely, and felt sorry that his sacrifices and constant work weren’t appreciated by his brothers to the extent that it should have been.

A short rant: I’m sorry but how can anyone be friends with Quinn? Moody, unsupportive, me and the world attitude, she sort of got on my nerves.


I’m more than looking forwards to starting the second book of the series, especially since I really liked its main hero in the first one. But, overall, an action packed interesting read with a bunch of great guys for all tastes to go around!

4 stars!



  1. I've heard both the good and the bad about this book, but your review makes me want to FINALLY get it. I think I will :), so thank you for sharing!

    Diana @The Lovely Getaway

  2. Nice insight to the story! I read the prequel, but I want to read this one too.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. i LOVED the history .. and anxious about this book ..

    great review.

  4. Thanks for the feedback!
    Definitely give this a try, but I guess this can also be a hit or miss for some. Well, it's a hit to me, I'm trying to make time to read the next one, but my TBR pile is already a big shame, so I guess I have to wait a little.