Review: Elemental #5, Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

17149158Blurb from Goodreads

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She’s got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s ‘bad luck’. Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Kensington Teen
edition language: English
series: Elemental
genre: Paranormal, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
Edit, October 4th, 2014

3.5 stars

After I reread this book, sadly I have to lower my rating. I think the first time I read it there were so much expectation to this book. I love Michael Merrick, he’s my favorite among the Merricks and this is the (sort of) final book, so I was so eager and looked forward to read it. I think it was kinda cloud my thoughts. I also read Secret this year, a few months before this book was released and it didn’t have much action and tension, unlike Storm, Spark, and Spirit. So reading Sacrifice with more tension and actions, even more than all of previous books, made me felt like I read a different kind of Elemental story.

Don’t get me wrong, I love those action, obviously but on second thoughts (and second reading) I also think that it was kinda loose the main thing I love the most from the series, The Merricks brotherhood which I didn’ t get in this book. And I didn’t quite like the way The Guide works, in the end. From the beginning of the series, I knew that they are very bad villains and there’ll be something big when they face the Merricks, eventually, but the way it ended felt like too easy. It just didn’t suit with the image, at least my imagination, of what the author build on previous books and novellas.

But once again, I still love this book, I really do, despite a bit disappointed that I have after reading it for the second time. And the series is still one of my favorite YA paranormal series. And if one day Ms. Kemmerer decides to write another story about the Merricks, I’ll be glad to read it. So until then, Merricks.

My original review, August 25th, 2014

4.5 stars

Oh my goodness, my poor heart almost couldn’t take everything that happens in this book. There are a lot of action and tension I felt like I should stop reading it and take a deep breath before I continue it again. It’s just too much, in a very good way.

As much as I loved Secret, Sacrifice is like the opposite. What lack in Secret are provided here in Michael story. If you want to have some action and tension after Secret, this book won’t disappoint you. I guarantee it, and it’s really worth the wait. I’m not saying that Secret isn’t good, far from it, I loved it too for what it’s worth but I also feel like it has more drama than action, though I didn’t mind about it too since that way I knew much about the characters, more than any previous books.

All I’m saying is I think this is an awesome final book for the series. It’s fast-paced and page-turner. What the Elementals have to deal with since the very first book, Storm, are finally revealed. I loved that it ends where it begins, from and with Michael Merrick. There are many twists that surprised me along the way. I didn’t see it coming at all. I practically just reading it and be there with the characters without trying to figure out what will happen next, because it felt useless. My guesses were mostly wrong and I let Ms. Kemmerer lead the way and I just enjoying the journey with my heart beat fast and faster and faster in each chapters.

As Ms. Kemmerer said this is the final book of Elemental series, but she left it open ending so she can write more in the future. At first I was wondering what kind of open ending she really meant. I want the Merricks have their happy ending while an open ending sounds like far from it, I’m glad that they are still have (sort of) their HEA.

However, there are indeed things that can be more explained, about the characters and things that happen. I guess that’s why she left it that way. In a way, I think it makes the story is still a bit unclear, but I’m still satisfied with it, nevertheless. It might not perfect as a final book, but it’s perfect for that imperfection to me.

I have so many feelings before and while I read this book, I think Rapunzel can sum-up it for me 🙂

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first 5 chapters
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ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

Review: Elemental #4, Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

18754512Blurb from Goodreads

Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin–or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

ebook, 352 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
edition language: English
series: Elemental
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I don’t think there is any better title for this book other than Secret. Nick along with other characters has a lot of secrets they keep around for most of their life. And it costs drama, lots of drama, more than 6 previous books and novellas in the series. I love drama and angst in contemporary story, but I also quite worried that it will be too much and overshadow other things in the plot. I’m glad I didn’t feel that way at all, on the contrary it was so engaging. I couldn’t stop reading it, not even when I have to work. I ended up kept stealing my work time to read it because I just couldn’t wait for Nick and Quinn tell their story.

In a way, I think Secret is slightly different from its prequels. It focuses on more to Nick and Quinn’s life, not the Merricks’ element power. Thus, the drama and angst in this book. Again, I thought it will make it lose focus on the main theme in the series, the Elemental. Moreover the antagonist who shows up in the prologue hasn’t yet mentioned again in more than half of the book, though I have my own guess about it too. But once again, I was glad it doesn’t lose focus. It just changes its focus and because of that I know more about the fight between the Merricks and the Morgans.

To be honest, it was quite surprising me that I ended up liking Tyler Morgan. He reminds me a bit of Hunter. Not that they have common things but in a way that Brigid Kemmerer put them in the gray area. He isn’t like the Merricks who are in the white side, or the Guides who are the antagonists. Well…at least I see them that way, but with Hunter and Tyler, I’m not sure anymore. They make me wondering and there is always moments when I’m questioning their motive and whether they are sincere or not. It feels like I don’t know them at all and can’t guess what they will do next. And they keep surprising me which I really like because it makes the story more interesting.

Although Spark is still my favorite of the series so far, I hold all of the books and the characters dearly in my heart. Without a doubt this is one of my favorite YA paranormal romance series. Now I’m gonna move on to Sacrifice because I can’t wait to read my favorite Merrick to tell me his story 😉

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Elemental #3, Sprit by Brigid Kemmerer

13494365Blurb from Goodreads

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…

ebook, 284 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Kensington Books
edition language: English
series: Elemtal
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I’m not quite a fan of Hunter, not because he isn’t a Merrick but because he keeps using them for his own purpose. Somehow I think he’s a bad guy in disguise who hasn’t made up his mind in this whole series. I can’t trust him. I’m always wondering which side he is.

I think that’s what makes it different from any other books and novellas in the series. I get that what the Merricks think is right and good, it could be wrong from other perspective and vice versa. There is always gray area and two side of a coin. I see that in this book. In Storm and Spark and Breathless novella I always know who the good and the evil guy since it tells from the Merricks. While here, I feel like I have to keep reading to know whose side Hunter is, though I always know about it too. I understand what Hunter feels and his confusion. And I like him questioning everything, those two sides of a coin. I think it makes him more dangerous and at the same time more human, if it’s even possible. And then, the romance, Hunter and Kate’s relationship, it doesn’t take huge part in this book. Yes, there are steamy scenes but it doesn’t there all along the story. It has less romance than its sequels, both books and novellas. It isn’t about Hunter finding his love, but it’s about him finding himself, just like the author said.

But it also still has things that I love from this series. The Merricks, of course and always love reading their relationship with each other, with bonus a glimpse of Chris and Becca, Gabriel and Layne, Nick and Quinn and Michael and Hannah which I really look forward. And as usual, I love the writing and the flow of the story. There isn’t any single moment that makes me bored.

Although I’m beginning to like Hunter now, my favorite so far is still Spark and Gabriel among the Merricks. It might change, though because I’m really curious and eager to read Michael story since
Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars