Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Hi all!

The next installment in the great Elemental series!




Title: Spirit
Series: Elemental #3
Release date: 28th of May 2013
Published by: Kensington
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 432 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

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. . .

Review:

Well, this book definitely went where not many of its genre have dared to venture before (at least what I’ve had the pleasure of reading) and, boy, did it surprise, shock and excite me. There were several scenes/happenings where I just had to glance away from my kindle to ask: Did this really just happen? REALLY??? And for a book catching me off guard and genuinely surprising me, I give the author heaps of credit, plus, to be able to take the story in the directions it went needed courage for the writer. Respect!

That aside, I read this book in one go and it came across quite short, even though, there was plenty of action, and wow, what action-movie level scenes they were, and more than enough romance and edge-of-your-seat intense moments. Again, I can’t stress enough how I absolutely adore the dynamics of the Merrick family and the people that have gotten close to them. How they handled Hunter in this book was too awesome to describe. It was realistic considering the circumstances and, also at the same time, it made my heart ache from happiness and annoyance for both sides. However, more happiness, definitely.

The major conflict of the series is still present and I don’t think there will ever be a definite solution to the Merrick’s issue, but, who knows. Some quite interesting possibilities were raised and hinted at regarding the five points of the pentagram, so, I’m definitely waiting for development in that direction in future books. This book came across substantially darker than the first ones due to several reasons and this also kind of took it apart from other YA with its maturity and unusual twists. I also liked that all the bonds formed in pervious books were still going strong and there were glimpses to the on goings in their lives aside from the main couple. Everyone contributed and the interactions were constant.

Why I can’t give the book maximum points even though I desperately want to? It basically follows the same story pattern as the pervious two books and while it’s effective and appropriate, it slightly felt like a copy of what has already been done. But no need to worry, there is too much going on to dwell on similarities, and several elements that make the book distinctive, exciting and brilliant.

Characters:

In previous books, Hunter seemed so in control and confident, but in this book we definitely see another side and what’s under the hard exterior and it isn’t all sunshine. He has conflicts with so many people due to misconceptions, unfairness and lack of trust, that I was surprised he didn’t snap or suffer a complete mental breakdown. Despite everything, he managed to remain the same detached, but nice guy with a lot of baggage. He was a great hero, someone you just were forced to root for.

Kate remained slightly distant, not because she wasn’t distinct, didn’t have a personality or enough insight wasn’t provided, she just came across untouchable and cool next to Hunter’s emotional turmoil. She did surprise me on several occasions and, all in all, I think she was just right for Hunter.

Have I already said how much I love the whole Merrick family and their posse? Well, I do and in this book Michael definitely upped his game and made me admire him even more than I already have.

Overall:

A great addition to the series, managing to surprise me and take the storyline to places I wasn’t ever in a million years expecting. I need to know what will become of all and for that I’m counting down the days to the next installment (Nick’s story).



4 stars!

LIIS



2 comments:

  1. I actually haven't started this series, but it's on my summer reading list! So I'm hoping I like the first book and then move on to this one. It's a trilogy, right?
    Ana @ Characterized Book Reviews

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, it's more than a trilogy thank god!!! :) The first book was good, but it was the second that got me totally hooked on the series. It's definitely one of my favourites at the moment.
    Can't wait till the fourth comes out! :D

    ReplyDelete

There was an error in this gadget
;