Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Star Review!

Hi all!

The review of the second book from one of my favourite series at the moment :)

Title: Spark
Series: Elemental #2
Release date: 28th of August 2012
Published by: Kensington
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 345 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he's not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own...


I just finished the first book in the series “Storm” a week ago and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book even tough my TBR pile is dangerously huge already. But, come on, a chance to read about the lovable hothead Gabriel who I got to know and love in the first book was an opportunity I couldn’t pass off for too long.

First things first: I can say that this book did not disappoint, on the contrary, it was even better than the first. Basically, all the small squabbles I had with “Storm” were gone and I was left with all the goodness.

I liked that there was again a nice balance between relationships (plus the romance) and action. The latter being frequent and cutting edge. And I again have to mention how authentic the interactions and bonds between the Merrick brothers felt, even though there was a lot of avoidable conflicts, if only people would open their mouths, be honest and speak things through. Also, the mystery and intentions of the “bad guy” were also not easily solvable as in the first.

That way Gabriel and Laney took turns in having the story in their point of view was also to my liking, this way you could experience the whole love story, not only one side as is usual. Gabriel and Laney really came alive and were vividly created and explored. Their romance was sugary sweet and something to root for with both hands and legs, and the opposites attract kind. They were in many ways polar opposites but in the end had more in common than at first glance. While they were a pair much to my liking, there was the Nick and Quinn couple that made me irritated and, please, please, break up! Quinn is my personal pet peeve in this series.


I really really liked Gabriel. He was your typical explosive bad boy, but he was created so sympathetically and the story having his point of view helped heaps to understand his inner workings. You really felt his frustration, helplessness, pain – the whole array of emotions – regarding his powers, issues with his brothers, math problems, girl trouble, you name it. He was so isolated with his issues, part by his own will and actions and part because of the doubts others had caused by his erratic and sometimes explosive behavior. I did feel that all the prejudice and suspicion against him was quite unfair at times. Him learning, struggling to control and develop his powers was intense and emotional. Worth a mention: I was very positively surprised by his developing friendship with Hunter.

Laney at first seemed like a typical smarty-pants proper girl who was a babe underneath all that geeky, but it was soon clear that there was more to her than that.  She had had to face several issues and the problems kept piling, especially after she met Gabriel. She was a levelheaded girl who held everything inside and tried to always do the right thing. She and Gabriel, however, clicked and were perfect for each other, they were each others outlets. An extremely cute couple!


I can’t wait to read Nick’s story. There will be a short story and a whole book about him, so, please, I need it now! I have no idea where this series will go, there is no visible goal, so it’s just a fun ride and I’m left guessing through and through. Thus, I find this series to be great and recommend this second installment to all, despite, if you have read the first or not.

5 stars!



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