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. ^.^