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Book Review: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

7 Apr 2012

Title: Elemental (Elementals #0.5)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release Date: 27th March, 2012
Format: Paperback 
Source: Won :) 

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.

Well..this is actually a novella review, but whatever J

I’m really glad I read Elemental before starting Storm, since I was able to meet Michael before being re-introduced to him again in Storm. Why? Well…I won’t reveal too much, but there is a significant change between his character 5 years ago and present time, and I’m just happy that this other side of him actually exists (or existed):)

Being only a few chapters long (I actually have no idea how many pages), I never expected to be able to have this instant connection with the characters – I mean, usually that takes a while to develop, right? But there’s something about Brigid’s hypnotising writing that compelled me to love the characters after a few lines or pages at most, and I was able to instantly connect with them!  

Michael and Emily. Oh, how I LOVED them! There’s no insta-love, no if-i-don’t-be-with-you-I’ll-die drama, but there’s this speck of hope that they may have a chance at being more than just ‘friends’. I actually thought the ending was perfect, but after reading Storm, I really wish I had appreciated their time together more, and that the story didn’t just end there.

Oh, and did I mention I freaking HATE Seth and Tyler with a burning passion? Huh. Must’ve forgot. But yeahh, I HATE THEM. HSDUAHDAIUSHIAHS They deserve to die from being burned (yesss…we need your help Gabriel), or perhaps drown in the Pacific ocean (CHRIS!) or maybe be swept up in an enormous tornado and land on the other side of the world in like, Zimbabwe or something :S (NICK!) Or perhaps just die from being punched in the face and then falling into the cracks formed on concrete from a massive earthquake generated by Michael. I don’t care. Just…DIEEEEE!

Anyway,the prequel to one of 2012’s most anticipated YA debuts, will literally have you itching to grab a copy of Storm, and then immediately devouring it. And yes, that’s exactly what I did :D Oh, and guess what? It’s ONLY 99c on Barnes & Noble! GO BUY IT NOW!


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  2. The Elementalists7 September 2012 at 18:49

    Love your review of Elemental! Spot on! With so much (albeit deserved) attention on Storm, I think it's awesome that you focused on Elemental, since it is where this now beloved story begins. Brigid is an amazing writer and has crafted a world we all want to be a part of. Thanks for all the love! We love you guys over here in Merrickland!!

  3. YES YES YES YES. SHIRLEY. You nailed everything I love about this and Brigid's amazing talent. It's incredible how she can create such an emotional impact in such a short amount of pages. You'd expect this from a full novel, but not always from a novella. I loved getting to know the Michael from before.... and these are the kind of love stories that work SO WELL. They realistic and pack more emotional punch.

    Okay, I was totally cheering/laughing at your Tyler/Seth paragraph. I AGREE. Brigid, can you please write this into the final book somehow??


  4. No insta-love? You promise? :D That's all it takes to convince me! This sounds like a great novella to read before starting Storm and I am excited about that book so I will definitely have to check this out first. Awesome review, Shirley!

  5. i pulled the words out of my shirly
    i so can't wait for spark

  6. Change with Michael? Noooooo! I absolutely ADORED him in this novella and I don't want him to change!! <3 But I agree completely about being able to connect with the characters so easily -- you know you have an amazing author when such a tiny little novella can make you want to marry a boy already. Or four boys. x) I already love all the Merrick brothers, and like you, I HATE Seth and Tyler! I'm thinking that if you wrote a fanfic or something with each of those scenarios, you would make a million people very happy. ;)

    Amazing review, Shirley!! <3 I love how your reviews are always as epic as you! :')

  7. LOL "Seth and Tyler totally do deserve to die and burned" :P I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ELEMENTAL! Brigid's writing was just AWESOME and her characters felt so REAL to me. The cover is SO GORGEOUS. AAAA...why haven't I read Storm?

    Anyway, AWESOME review, Shirley! <3 SO glad you enjoyed it! CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR STORM REVIEW!

  8. Okay. You convinced me. I've been seeing Storm and Elemental A LOT lately, and now that I see your are one of the people who are in love with these books (series), I Just have to find out for myself. "There’s no insta-love, no if-i-don’t-be-with-you-I’ll-die drama." Really? Well, I think I'm in love with this book already. hehe Thanks for the wonderful, review. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Storm. Enjoy!


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