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Book of the Week: The Elemental Series

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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 GoodreadsSecret

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.

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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. ^.^

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Mini Review Monday: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

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Storm

Summary From Goodreads

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Storm was everything I had hoped it would be and more! All sorts of cool elemental powers were on display, but they weren’t overpowering or superpowery (that’s totally a word now) which was great. It made the characters, even as awesome as they were, seem mostly normal, even openly mocking stuff like the X-Men when the MC, Becca, would expect too much of their abilities.

The biggest surprise for me with this book was that, with such a large cast, I really enjoyed all of them. Becca was funny and sweet, Chris was adorable (something I’m sure he’d love to hear), and the rest of the brothers each had a unique voice, which makes sense given the rest of the series, but something that you can’t really take for granted.

Storm was so good that I didn’t even mind the love triangle, and THAT is saying something! It was fast paced, the romance was so sweet no matter what the pairings were, and the cool displays of elemental awesome were as fabulous as you could hope for. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and to see the world from the point of view of the other brothers, I know it is going to be a crazy ride. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #63/365; Mount TBR Challenge #45/200; 2014 TBR Pile #45/50; New Author Challenge #27/50; Seriously Series Reading Challenge #20/75

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Sunday Post #20

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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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 week was the opposite of the last one. I didn’t receive any books at all so we’ll be skipping that portion, but I did have a few great reads that I’ll mention, so let’s get into it! ^.^

Last Week On the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell The Fall

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers I Need On My Shelves

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Lessons III by Michael Crane

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Dragon’s Bride by Leigh Wilder

Saturday – January & February Wrap-up

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Books Read Last Week

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 5/5 (Review Above) 

Pressure by Jeff Strand – 4/5 (Truly creepy, really enjoyed it)

Lessons III by Michael Crane – 4/5 (Review Above)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – 2/5 (So surprisingly boring)

The Dragon’s Bride by Leigh Wilder – 4/5 (Review Above)

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer – 5/5 (Excellent, can’t wait to continue the series!)

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post

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After getting so many books in the mail last week it was both weird and oddly relieving to not receive any this time around. I am trying to make my TBR piles get smaller after all, even though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. I was much happier with the books I read this week, though Slaughterhouse-Five still bothers me as for how dull it was with such a great premise, but there is nothing to be done about that. Storm was fantastic, Lessons III and The Dragon’s Bride were great novellas, and Attachments increased my adoration for Rainbow Rowell’s writing prowess.

I posted my 2-month wrap-up very late last night so I encourage you to check that out. I talk about how challenges are going, what my favorite and least favorite books have been so far this year, and a few things I am looking forward to in the next couple months. 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! ^.^