Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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…
First Sentence: The self-defense class had been a waste of sixty bucks.
I’ve heard tons of good things about Storm and the entire Elemental series lately. Everyone was boasting about it – how the Elemental boys were so hot, how they could re-read all the books over and over again, and how I would definitely enjoy reading Storm. However, after finishing Storm, I have only one thing to say: I don’t see what’s so good about the Elemental series really. (Don’t hate on me please!)
The thing that ruined Storm for me was the characters. You know you won’t really enjoy a book when you hate almost every character in the book, especially the main character. I disliked Becca with a passion. That girl is an idiot. She takes drinks from strangers she’s never met at a party located in her ex’s house, keeps major important information that can save her life to herself, and follows the guy that had made her life living hell for a long time, alone, thinking she was all that. Like, what?! And to make things even worse, Becca is arrogantly ignorant to Chris’ feelings for her and makes out with Hunter, even once letting him spend the night with her. Then, when she saw that Chris was hanging out with another girl, Becca proceeds to wildly make out with Hunter in front of Chris and everybody else, practically mauling Hunter down. Yeah, Becca, you’re a totally awesome person that I can just admire.
This was stupid. She wasn’t some wallflower to be mocked – she was with Hunter. (268)
You wouldn’t have had to be “mocked” Becca if you haven’t started that making out show with Hunter the first place to make Chris jealous.
And Becca’s “best friend,” Quinn, wasn’t any better. Quinn goes into Becca’s personal space, barging into her family life. Quinn also ditches Becca before Becca has any chance to explain herself, is bossy and takes away Becca’s safety net, and worse of all, ditches Becca for a guy. How can Quinn ever be anyone’s best friend? No, just no.
Becca stared at her for a long moment, then opened her mouth to protest again. “I’m just trying to make sure you’re okay-”
“Jesus, Becca,” said Quinn. “I have a mother.” (110)
Chris was the only person I really liked in Storm. He was nice, thoughtful, and dependable. That sixty bucks thing? Although I’ll hate to agree with anything Quinn said, I’ll have to agree with her on this, what he did for Becca was seriously cute. Throughout the last half of the book, I was constantly chanting “Chris, walk away, Becca is not good enough for you!” repetitively in my mind, although I know it was a pointless thing to do because he would probably end up with her anyway to make readers happy.
As for the second plot twist near the end of the book, I saw that coming from a mile away. I wasn’t at all surprised about that plot twist; it wasn’t that hard to figure out.
One thing I did like about Storm is watching Michael rebuild his brotherly relationship with his three younger brothers: Chris, Nick, and Gabriel. It was nice to watch all the tension between them build up, then turn into understanding for one another.
Michael tightened his grip. “I’m sorry.” His face was close to his younger brother’s. “I’m sorry.” (314)
I also enjoyed reading about Brigid Kemmerer’s version of the Elementals, especially how she used a pentagram to describe their powers. The pentagram made the Elementals unique, otherwise, without the pentagram, the Elementals would be just like all the other supernatural books out there: people that can control the power of water, fire, earth, and air.
I’m not sure if I’ll check out the next book in the Elemental series, Spark, even though tons of people claim that it was a better read than Storm. Gabriel was pretty awful in Storm, and I don’t think I can handle reading another book focused on an annoying character again.
My final thoughts? Storm was an okay read, but definitely not anything special. Will I recommend it? Sure, if you can look past Becca’s character faults, Storm would have actually been an enjoyable read.