Sacrifice (Elemental #5)
Summary From Goodreads:
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?
I received a copy of Sacrifice from NetGalley, and I’m sure glad I did because I was really running out of patience to get my hands on the latest book in the Elemental Series. I was starting to have withdrawal symptoms! >.>
So, we are finally getting the book I know a lot of the fans in the series have been anxiously waiting for, Michael Merrick’s! The stoic leader, the steady rock (and the earth elemental puns begin!) of the family, Michael is the closest to a parental figure we see consistently in the series, a role he was forced to take when his parents died. The thing I wanted to know is, how has he been able to handle that role when he really was a kid himself at the beginning, and what on earth (you like puns right?) is going on in his head?
The simple answer is he’s as freaked out as you might expect, especially since his family is in constant danger, only getting worse as time goes on. Michael needs a shoulder to cry on, or at least someone to confide in to take some of the burden off of his shoulders, as much, if not more than any of his brothers. The problem is, he knows better than to involve any more people because it would put them in danger, including his sort-of girlfriend, Hannah. If you’ve read the series you already know how kind, caring, and simply good Michael is, I don’t need to tell you that, but Sacrifice does give a little more insight into his fears, and that was interesting to see.
Hannah is the other MC of the book, as it shifts between her and Michael’s perspectives, and this was the first glimpse we got into her life in any detail. What I took away from Sacrifice in regards to Hannah is how much she cares for her son, how she has handled having a child when she was 17 until now, and how her relationships with her family and the people around her have affected the way she sees the world. She’s tough, she’s a fighter, but she’s also not the most trusting, usually jumping to a negative conclusion about people who are trying to help her. I can’t say I really connected with Hannah too much (unless you are a teen mom, or were, it would be hard to), but her perspective is well worth looking at.
The biggest change for me from the previous books to Sacrifice, as you might have guessed by the previous paragraphs, is how dark this book is. The two main characters are both dealing with pretty bad situations, the supporting cast (especially the brothers) aren’t faring much better and are in freak-out mode for much of the book, and then there is the new Guide threat coming after the other Elementals. It’s not a light and fluffy read whatsoever, but it is compelling, especially when the elemental battles are concerned.
Sacrifice is not light on the fantastic displays of elemental power, despite all of the drama going on that would be enough to make the book interesting, and since it is Michael’s book we finally get some earth-shattering (you thought I was done with the puns?) displays. While you are in store for an earthquake or two, there is also plenty of fire, some air, and even a good bit of water as well. We are finally seeing how well the elemental brothers can operate when they are connected and not constantly fighting each other. It’s freaking awesome. ^.^
The tone of the book being so somber did drop my enjoyment level a tiny notch, along with Michael’s constant worrying over his brothers (though I understood it), but overall I definitely enjoyed the book. The ending quarter of the book or so is a whirlwind of activity and the final bit leaves potential for more books in the future, though I know this is supposed to be the end of the series. If Kemmerer isn’t planning on doing a novella or something to add to the end of Sacrifice then I’ll say it is more open-ended then I would like, even though the paths of the characters are mostly understood. I would love to get more of the Merrick’s and the large family they’ve created in the future, but it’s been a wild ride either way. Thanks as always for reading, and get your copy on the 30th of the month!
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.
For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:
Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer
Set For Release On: September 30th, 2014
Summary From Goodreads:
Michael Merrick is used to 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 out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.
His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.
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. There will be blood on the ground tonight…
I’m sure some of you are aware of Sacrifice already, but it is finally starting to get close to its release and I can’t wait! I’ve really enjoyed The Elemental Series so far and I’m sure seeing things from Michael’s perspective will be just as interesting and fun as it has been with the other brothers. I own the other four books in the series and this will find its way to my shelves I’m sure!
Had you heard of this one before, or read the other books in the series, and if not does it sound like something you’d enjoy? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! ^.^
Book of the Week
Every Saturday I will talk about my favorite book that I read during the week, whether it be a review or a spotlight, or maybe having the author over to talk about it. Who doesn’t want more happy bookish goodness? ^.^
This week I’m gushing about: The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer
Summary of the latest in the series, Secret, from Goodreads:
EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.
Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.
And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.
SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.
I know, I’m EXTREMELY late to the bandwagon. Is there any room left for me? Could you squish together just a bit more? *throws someone else off and sits down* Ah, much better. YES, I am finally in the bandwagon of support for both Brigid Kemmerer and her AMAZING series because oh my goodness it is so GOOD!!! I am very aware that the series isn’t done yet, but I thought I would do a quick summation (or attempt to summarize what is mostly squees and happy dances) of how I feel about what HAS been released as a whole. Cool? Awesomesauce. ^.^
*realizes that last paragraph makes me sound like I’m ten* >.> So, The Elemental Series for those of you who haven’t read it (READ IT!) is about these brothers with awesome elemental abilities that are struggling to conceal them while living relatively normal lives. Michael is the eldest and is their legal guardian (parents died), there are the twins Nick and Gabriel, and the youngest brother, Chris, which is the MC of the first book.
The brothers are a very tight nit bunch but each of them is battling their own demons and has a unique way of dealing with it. The series follows their struggles, perseverance, and growth as both people and elemental powerhouses. One of the biggest strengths, outside of the obvious amazing displays of ability, is the rest of the cast in the series. Girlfriends, boyfriends, best friends, and even just acquaintances are written with extreme care and detail, showing Kemmerer realizes how integral they will be to make this series function, to give it depth. For you to get into the Merrick’s good graces you have to be pretty darn special, and because of that the quality of the characters involved is some of the best I’ve ever read.
These books are addictive, so be warned, once you start reading you are going to want to marathon them all so plan accordingly. I read Storm and then tried to spread out the awesomeness and ended up reading the other three books in one day, that’s how good they are. This is contemporary meets paranormal/fantasy at its finest, weaving sensational prose with relationships that you can’t help but become invested in. When the brothers, or really anyone important in the Elemental Series is hurting you are going to FEEL IT. I know I did.
I can think of only a handful of series where I was this passionate and also unable to find really any faults to speak of. I gave every single book 5/5 and if they had a higher rating on Goodreads I would have considered going higher. This is on par with Lord of the Rings in terms of my enjoyment level, and my name is Frodo. Thank you as always for reading. ^.^
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!
This was a very exciting week of pre-order goodness! I didn’t get a crazy amount of books, but it was definitely quantity (and excitement level) over quantity!
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
Last Week on the Blog
Monday – Mini Review Monday: Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
Tuesday – Release Day Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #17
Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig
Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Goblin Market by Leigh Wilder
Saturday – “If I Were a Book” Tag
Books Read Last Week
Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando – 4/5
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab – 5/5
Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig – 5/5
The Goblin Market by Leigh Wilder – 4/5
The Wicked Dragon by Kelly Apple – 5/5
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis – 4/5
This Week on the Blog
Monday – Mini Review Monday
Tuesday – Totally Random Tuesday
Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #18
Thursday – Killing my Kindle
Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday – The Wicked Dragon by Kelly Apple
Saturday – Book of the Week
Sunday – Sunday Post #17
This was an admittedly slow reading week. I only read 6 books and two of those were novellas. I ended up working Friday because I got called in and that took up one of my designated reading days where I likely would have read Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons. That is the book I am currently working on, so if I have time today (working around the Super Bowl which I LOVE) that’s what I’ll be reading and likely posting for tomorrow’s Mini Review Monday.
Next week I know I’ll be reading the previously mentioned Breaking Point, and my ARC of Three, which is scheduled to be reviewed on the 11th for the Three Blog Tour, so look for both of those coming up soon. Other then that not too much to report except the return of Book of the Week! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday and football madness! ^.^