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Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington
Published: April 24th 2012
Pages: 353
Format: Kindle
Source: Bought from Amazon
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Summary:

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys – all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. 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.

five stars
five out of five stars

Missed my review of Elemental yesterday? Check it out here!

When it Rains, it Pours
There is simply no way to describe Storm without using a large quantity of puns and snappy punch lines. The title of this book is so perfect for the story which is as fast as lightning, as thrilling as thunder and as brilliant as the heaviest rainstorm on a sunny day. It pulls the reader in quickly and keeps the tension high, keeps the interest going and just simply doesn’t allow the reader to ever got bored. It is intense and it is perfect for that simple reason. Of course, the entire novel isn’t all set at break-neck pace but even when it slows down, it still manages to pull the reader along making it very difficult to put the book down. If you thought Elemental was a treat, wait until you climb upon the rocky shores of Storm.

The Atmosphere Tightens
The storyline of Storm is so compelling and I just really loved it. I liked that it switched POV and that Brigid really manages to keep you entertained. I felt that some of the topics mentioned were serious and yet she really covered them brilliantly and realistically. It was so unique and original and I just found myself pouring over the story wishing that it would never end. There was so much going on, so much to keep you reading that it is just difficult to write this review without giving too much away. It is easy to say, however, that this book was full of flavour and this was in large part due to the magnificent story. Becca’s journey was great to read but it was the combination of hers and Chris’ that really got to me. How things happened, where it all went right and wrong… it was all just so well written that I really wish I had written it myself.

It was briefly mentioned in my review of Elemental but I absolutely adore Brigid’s writing style. I love that she owns the third person narrative and truly makes her own. You can feel the characters emotions as well as your own, you can acknowledge what they’re doing and why and you’re always given just enough information without knowing exactly what will happen next. It was truly stunning to read and helped to really bring this story alive for me. Brigid is nothing if not a brilliant writer.

The Clouds Thunder
This novel would be absolutely nothing without it’s amazing and realistic characters. At first I was a little put back at the idea of four brothers and all that could come with it. I gush as much as the next person but sometimes I don’t like feeling girlie when I do it so why would I like to read a book with four guys in it? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because there is something for everyone. You get just enough information from each guy, enough emotion and characteristic to know that they are four very different individuals but none of them take too much of the spotlight. They really manage to fill every corner of the novel without making it seem too cheesy or annoying and I can say quite easily that upon reading Storm, Chris was the guy that had my heart throbbing.

I adored Becca in this story. I found her to be really down to earth and just trying to get through her life with the least amount of drama. I liked how strong she was without even realising it and how she would go to the rescue without even thinking. In a lot of situations I would have just walked away but Becca just stepped up and did what she felt she had to and I truly admired her for that. She was a great character and I felt that she was the perfect match for Chris. At first I had different opinions on the matter but towards the end it was just so perfect and amazing and I really did love how that relationship grew to where it went. It was all just so stunning.

Hunter. Ah, Hunter. There is so much I could say about this guy, so much I want to say but feel that most of what I say may give away too much of the story. I will tell you that I have mixed feelings for him. I want to love him, I want to just be happy for his existence but on the other side of things, I just don’t like him at all. He’s so protective and caring throughout the novel that it was just so great. You could see that he loved his family and really just wanted to keep his promises. He was such a brilliantly written character – another reason why Brigid is just such a talented writer.

Lightening Strikes from Above
The concept of this book, well, of this series, is so creative. I’ve never read another element type of book but this one really makes me want to go out and try some more. I loved the idea behind it all, the way that the brothers are pure elementalists and how they control but also how they can’t control the elements. I love how it adheres to and hinders their life and how it is all tied together in one big bow. It is just such an inspiring concept that I loved to read about but I truly loved that despite being a major point in the book, Brgid somehow managed to also make it seem more like a subplot as opposed to the major plot of the book. It is simply a background of who they are.

Sparks are Igniting
If you can’t tell yet, I absolutely loved this book. I read it extremely quickly because I found it incredibly hard to put down. I was completely enthralled by everything going on and I know that there is probably a tonne of things that I haven’t even mentioned or touched upon in this review that I loved about it but I don’t want to be rambling on for ages! I would easily recommend this book to anyone because not only is it compelling and full of electricity, it is also an easy, fun and imaginative story that everyone really should read. Perhaps I wouldn’t recommend you to read this book but rather force you too. So, if you’re still just sitting here reading this review, may I ask you to close this and go and buy – or read – this book NOW!

Don’t believe me? Check out these awesome reviews for further acknowledgement of how stunning Storm is.
Brodie – Eleusinian Mysteries
Sarah – Saz101
Lisa – Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Rebecca – Reading Wishes
Kai – Amaterasu Reads

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for my review of Spark!

Faye

8 thoughts on “Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

  1. Your review has made me even more excited to read this one, Faye! I’ve heard literally nothing but great things about this one, so I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

  2. Hehe, right?! The titles lends way to such creative (or lame) awesomeness!! A huge YES to what you say about the guys… okay, so maybe Gabriel stole the spotlight for me personally, but if you don’t become an obsessed fangirl, they’re really all brilliantly balanced and offer something different. Becca rocked and I ADORE her and Chris together! <3

    I love love love your review!! AND THAT YOU’RE JUST AS MUCH IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES AS I AM!

  3. “There is simply no way to describe Storm without using a large quantity of puns and snappy punch lines. “
    OMG. RIGHT?
    Seriously. My reviews for both Storm and Spark are all like ‘this book will BLOW you away’, and ‘HOT, INCENDIARY, FLAMING’! HA!

    “It was briefly mentioned in my review of Elemental but I absolutely adore Brigid’s writing style. I love that she owns the third person narrative and truly makes her own. “

    YES. SO much is first person now–which I love. But I love Brigid’s writing, I love how closely she connects you to them, still.

    Fayzer, your review. It is made of pure PERFECT.
    But seriously… you know that, right? RIGHT? YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOU’RE AMAZING. I love. I love. I love.

    And I love YOU ♥

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