Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 6 April, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Hello All!

Today I have a bit of a different post. I have a review of my favourite book of 2017. Yes, I just said that. And to go along with it I have a little guest post from the author; Brigid Kemmerer too!


3 words to describe…

By Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost: Emotional, Hopeful, Romantic

Declan: Dark, Loyal, Frustrated

Juliet: Grief-stricken, Lost, Thoughtful

Yourself: Kind, Motherly, Caffeinated


Letters to the LostTitle: Letters to the Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 6th April 2017
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.


Sometimes You

If you’ve been following this blog a while that you might know that Brigid Kemmerer is one of my most favourite authors that I have discovered since I started blogging. I fell in love with her first series, Elementals and found that every single book just got so much better than the next. So when I found out that she was publishing another book and that it had gained rights in the UK, I could not wait to get my hands on it. And fortunately, Letters to the Lost has lived up to all of the expectations I put upon it. It was, quite literally, worth the wait and is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I would not say that it was Brigid’s best book but I think my heart is just too much in love with the Merrick brothers to let that happen.

Just Need

There is one thing that Brigid Kemmerer does in her writing that always makes me envious of her talent because she always manages to make you fall hard for her characters. No matter who they are or what evil they do, she gets inside of their head so succinctly that you cannot help but understand and empathize with the characters, to the point that you just want to hug them and tell them that everything will be okay, even if it won’t be. This is something she has once again managed in Letters to the Lost. All of her books are essentially character focused, which are my favourite kind of books. This book is even more so. Essentially it is the story of two people and how their lives change once they start to intertwine. It is a book where two characters grow because of each other and it is absolutely wonderful to read.

Someone To

Honestly, I am not entirely sure how she does it but somehow Brigid always makes me fall in love with the worst of her characters – probably because her characters are not actually bad but simply misunderstood. She lets their voices come alive and allows you to become well and truly attached. This is why Declan is my favourite character in Letters to the Lost. While both characters go on a journey that strengthens their character, I feel that Declan went on the biggest journey. He had a bad reputation, he acted like he didn’t care and he did not get along with his Step Father. He was stubborn, full of fury and seemed to believe the world hated him. But underneath all of that he was also caring, protective, gentle and incredibly clever. I felt that he went on the biggest transformation but also, he just managed to let all of his anger and fears melt, allowed the people in his life a chance to see him as he truly was and not how the world portrayed him.

Find You

I always try my hardest not to get too gushy in reviews as I know that sometimes it can feel a little biased and hard to make someone else want to pick up a book if all you’re screaming at them is “READ THIS BOOK, READ IT NOW.” But honestly, that is exactly how I feel about this book. It was an emotional roller-coaster (spoiler: as all Brigid’s books are), it touched my heart (spoiler: as all Brigid’s books do) and it made me think just a little differently about people and how they don’t always show who they truly are on the outside; how sometimes you have to probe a little further to find out what people are really like. But mostly I loved this book so much because it is an addictive, heart-wrenching and heart-warming book that I will happily re-read time and time again. So if you haven’t read this book, I urge you to do so. (Or well… any of Brigid’s books…)

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 6 April, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Tour Review; Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 14 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: December 29th 2015
Pages: 322
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…


When Everyone Thinks

Ever since reading Storm, Brigid Kemmerer has become one of my all time favourite authors. She is now an author who I read anything she has written. So much so that upon hearing she had a new book out, I did not bother reading the synopsis because I knew that regardless of what it said, I would read the book. Thus, I had no idea what to expect when I started Thicker than Water and I think that helped to make this book even more exciting. Once again, I am happy to report that Brigid Kemmerer has blown me away. This book is a fantastic book from start to finish; the kind of book that makes you wish you could read forever and ever more.

You Did It

Every single plot in Brigid Kemmerer’s books are incredible and the plot of Thicker than Water is no different. From the very start of this book you’re thrown into muddy waters (excuse the pun) with this book. There’s been a murder and no one knows who the killer is. Everyone is certain that Thomas is the killer, but Thomas is certain he didn’t, couldn’t do it. And Brigid pulls you into the story with this emotion so fluidly. Then the plot just builds, it throws you one way and then pulls you another and the whole way through the book you’re left wondering what is actually going on until it is finally revealed at the end. And what a reveal it is. I didn’t see it coming. I loved it. I love that Brigid kept you guessing and then threw your guesses away as something else happened. It made the book that much more exciting and intense to read.

How Do You

The main reason that I adore Brigid Kemmerer’s writing is because she has an amazing way of creating characters that you can easily connect to and love. Characters that have a vast array of emotions and characters that you cry with, laugh with and pray for. And she has continued that tradition with Thicker than Water. Thomas was an intense character but he was also troubled, caring and protective. He has the world on his shoulders and the cops on his back and is just trying to be and Brigid has portrayed this incredibly well. Then there’s Charlotte who is an amazingly strong character, she’s observing, protective but also feisty. She’s vulnerable, protected and cared for. I think I may have liked Charlotte that small fraction more than Thomas, but only because I loved how she dealt with everything thrown at her. She was a truly spectacular character. Hell, they both were.

Stay Above Water

Incase you missed the vibe, I very much enjoyed Thicker Than Water. It was a book that hooked me from the beginning and kept me hanging on until the very end. And, then of course, in true Brigid Kemmerer style, it was left on a gentle cliffhanger, the perfect promise of more. I personally cannot wait to see what will happen next in this story. I loved where this book took me, how it kept me guessing and I just got so pulled in by the characters. I do have to admit that I didn’t love it quite as much as the Storm series books but they are quite high in my heart, but I still loved every minute of this book and would happily recommend it and read it again!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great
many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.

Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is brigidmary@gmail.com

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Book Review; Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 8 January, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments

Sacrifice USAuthor: Bigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kennsington Teen
Published: 30th September 2014
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
Source:: Bought
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She’s got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s ‘bad luck’. Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?


At The End

I have been thoroughly invested in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer since I fell in love with the very first novella written in Michael’s POV. When the final book was announced, I knew that I would definitely read it and that it would probably crush my soul a little bit to say goodbye but despite all of that, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. But then I DID get my hands on it and I couldn’t bring myself to read it. Fortunately I finally struck up the courage and on one hand I’m glad I did, and on the other, I’m still so sad that this series is over. Regardless, Sacrifice was an exceptional read that I am certain I will return to one day.

Difficult And Crucial

With this book being the final book in the series, I knew that a lot of plots needed to be tied up and I have to admit that Brigid didn’t a brilliant job at doing this. She also had a story that kept you reading until the very end. My heart was put on a string and tugged at throughout this book. I loved the way that Brigid dealt with this final chapter in the series and really am struggling to find a bad thing to say about it. What I will say is that this book will make you cry. It’s inevitable because Brigid has made these characters and this world so realistic and lovable. And because of all the tears, I had to actually put the book down instead of reading through because I couldn’t deal with the heartache – but I love it when that happens so that wasn’t a problem for me.

Decisions Must

Throughout this entire series, Brigid has blown me away with all of her characters and her talent for writing them so spectacularly well. With each new story you’re exposed to a new side of all the characters and can’t help but fall in love with them and their journey. This book was no different. While already getting a taste of Michael in the first novella, this book really rounded out his character, making you fall for him all over again. On top of that, you also get to see more of Hannah which was really great and I really enjoyed reading her story. Brigid Kemmerer has really blown me away with how fantastic and wonderful and human all of her characters are.

Be Made

Sacrifice was a brilliant ending to a fantastic series. It was heart-breaking and it kept you on the edge of your toes. It was tense, action-packed and just really packed an emotional punch. It was a book that showed you how much you’ve grown to love every character in this series. I cannot tell you how much I adore Brigid Kemmerer and how in awe I am of her talent. If you’re looking for a selection of books that will capture your heart and soul, I really recommend these books. They look at family, friendships, love and that incredibly difficult coming-of-age part of life, and she does it incredibly well. In each story she touches on a sensitive subject with ease and professionalism. I am seriously in love with this series and so very sad that it’s finally over. I also cannot wait to see what Brigid will bring us next.

five stars

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Posted on 8 January, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


Cover Reveal; Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer!

Posted on 10 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!
I am here today to reveal to you the US and AU/NZ covers for Sacrifice. The FINAL book in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer.
I, for one, am super excited for this book and I love both of these covers but think I love the AU/NZ one more! What about you?

Sacrifice AU Sacrifice US

AU (left) / US (right)

Sacrifice: Book 5 in the Elemental Series
Author: Brigid Kemmerer

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…


You can add this book to Goodreads.

You can get the rest of the Elemental Series books here;
Amazon. Barnes & Noble. The Book Depository. iBooks. IndieBound.


Catch my reviews of the whole series here;
Elemental (0.5)
Storm (1)
Fearless (1.5)
Spark (2)
Breathless (2.5)
Spirit (3)
Secret (4)


Connect with Brigid!

Website. Facebook. Twitter.


So, what do you think?
Are you as excited about this final book as I am?? Ahhhh!!!!

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Posted on 10 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 15 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

secret (1)Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Published: 28th January 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?


When You’re

This is likely to be one of the hardest reviews that I have ever written. Not because I disliked the book or even that I’m worried I won’t do the book justice. It will be hard because my thoughts on this book are just along the lines of “AHHHHHHHHHHH! AMAZING!”, which, while great, aren’t exactly going to help me write a formulated review. But I’m certainly going to try and hopefully make you see why I loved this book so much and why I believe that you are truly missing out if you do not read this series or this book. The very first thing you should know is that this book makes you feel all the emotions under the sun in the best way.

Keeping Everything

Nick has been keeping a secret from himself and his brothers his whole life. He was ready to keep that secret hidden for as long as he could but then he meets someone and suddenly he just knows it all has to come out into the open. As they start to get closer, Nick knows it is only a matter of time before he has to tell his brothers. Alongside this is the knowledge the guides are still after them, and that the family is running low on resources, and somehow he has to keep up the facade that he is capable of dealing with it all. There were so many things going on in this book and that is one of the main reasons that I loved it so much. Like the previous novels in this series, Brigid has placed a romantic subplot around a much larger action-filled plot that has you gasping for more. In this book, everything becomes overlapped in such a complex and fulfilling way. It is easy to see that Brigid is an extremely talented writer.

Bottled Inside

Once more, Brigid has shown her hand and made you fall for the main protagonist all over again. While Nick was always one of my favourite characters, this story just made me fall even deeper for him. He is a character who struggles to think fo himself above others and often keeps his emotions bottled up inside of him. Seeing him come out of his shell in this book warmed my heart so much and I just wanted to keep reading more of his story. I felt so proud of him and it became clear to me that I have started to see these characters like friends. Then there is Adam. After meeting him in Breathless, I was sure I could like him and this book certainly confirmed that. While he does have his flaws, Adam is caring and protective, sensitive and sweet, and I absolutely adored him. Furthermore, Brigid made me rekindle my love of Hunter, Chris, and Michael. I was a bit touch and go with Gabriel but I think, essentially, I still feel so many emotions for him. Brigid simply has a unique style that allows her characters to just walk off the page in an incredibly way.

An Explosion

If there is one thing that this book does, it is toying with your emotions. One minute I was grinning, then crying, then laughing, then clutching the book tensely. It was a book that took you on a rollarcoaster of emotions and made the book so utterly fantastic. There was one point that made me put the book down because I was too scared about what would happen next, too worried that my emotions were going to be pulled thin. It was the most amazing reaction to the book because it showed me how invested I actually was in the story which is always something I strive for when I read. By the time I got to the ending of this book, I thought I had gone through all the emotions possible but then in the last paragraph I was filled with shock, surprise and suspense. Brigid has left this book on the biggest cliffhanger and I really cannot wait to start the final book in this series!

Is Inevitable

A very important part about writing a series is making sure that each book is as compelling and stunning as the last and Brigid Kemmerer has certainly managed that with her series and Secret is no exception. It can also lead to books declining in enjoyment and writing style but fortunately this is not the case with Secret. In fact, it feels more like the books simply get better as they continue on. Naturally then, I can say that from the bottom of my heart, Secret is an amazing book full of brilliant scenes, heart-stopping moments, and will essentially force you to become attached to these characters as though they are your lifeline. Of course, I’m sure these books may not be for everyone but I can say whole-heartedly that they are the perfect books for more and that as of now, Secret is my favourite. I am incredibly anxious about the final book in this series but I have a feeling Brigid will pull it off with ease.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 15 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Cover Reveal; Secret by Brigid Kemmerer!

Posted on 27 July, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

First up, this was supposed to go live yesterday and I thought my scheduler had messed up before I realised I hadn’t actually scheduled the post but just kept it as a draft – d’oh! So, if you have already seen the cover, I apologise that this may be a boring post for you!

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Secondly, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you should know that one of my ultimate favourite series is the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer and so when she was looking for people to help release her new cover, I jumped at the chance. This series is absolutely fantastic and Brigid is an incredible writer that I am insanely jealous of. If you haven’t read the series, you should definitely think about it! But if you want more convincing, here are my reviews of each book in the series;

Elemental
Storm
Fearless
Spark
Breathless
Spirit

But, as you’re here for the cover reveal… let’s reveal it!

secret (1)

Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.

Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.

Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
Kensington Books
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Goodreads. Amazon UK. Amazon US. Barnes & Noble. IndieBound.


Brigid Kemmerer Headshot Brigid Kemmerer is the author of The Elemental Series, about a family of four brothers who control the elements, and their battle with those who want them dead. Storm, Spark, and Spirit are available now wherever books are sold. To read the novella introducing Nick’s story, be sure to check out Breathless available as an e-book only from major e-book retailers. You can learn more about Brigid and the Elemental boys at www.brigidkemmerer.com


There are not enough words in the english dictionary to describe how excited I am for this one guys!

What do you think of the cover? I absoultely LOVE it! It’s a little different than the others but I think it’s definitely a great cover. Do you agree?

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Posted on 27 July, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Book Tour Review; Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 30 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

Howdy All!
Today I am here participating in the blog tour for Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer! I have for you all my review as well as a chance to read the FIRST CHAPTER of Spirit, a FREE download of Elemental and a chance to vote for the main protagonist of a short story! Hope you enjoy.


SpiritAuthor: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kennsington
Published: 28th May 2013
Pages: 301
Format: E-book
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…


When There

When I first started Spirit, I already knew that I loved Brigid Kemmerer’s style of writing. I was already hooked on the series and I was already in love with the characters. What I didn’t know was that I would fall even further in love with it all. It’s incredibly hard to explain but Brigid has a way of not just pulling you into each and every story in different ways, but she also makes you fall in love with every single character she writes about. In the books previous to this one, I never gave Hunter much thought. He was just a side character, not someone I really thought about or particularly liked all that much. Having now read Spirit, I can say with absolute certainty that I think he is an incredibly strong and powerful character that I loved reading about. That is what Brigid does best, lets you see the sides of a person that make you instantly love them.

Are Things

The one thing that has always captivated me about Brigid Kemmerer’s writing, aside from her talent for writing characters, has been her ability to create plots that are unique, believable, and full of twists and turns. What could have been a confusing read simply isn’t because of the way that Brigid has managed to write it. I found the plot of Spirit to be really interesting and captivating. I was hooked to the edge of my seat as I read it, and found myself totally engrossed in the story. Whereas the earlier books in this series have a lot of light humour within them that make them seem lighter, this book is a lot deeper and darker but I honestly think it works. There is still humour in places that help to bring it up again, but this is a book that dives into the emotional side of Hunter, detailing why he is the way he is as well as why he acts the way he does. Hunter learns so much about himself and those around him that it really makes you feel for him. I truly found this book to be one that was entertaining, thrilling and kept me coming back for more.

Happening Beyond

While Hunter had a main focus in this story, it is so clear that Brigid Kemmerer knows how to bring the personalities of each and every one of her characters to life in every book. I enjoyed reading about all of the Merrick brothers – and especially loved being able to see more of Michael in this book – but I also really liked reading about Kate. Kate was a character that I struggled to like at first. There was something about her that I couldn’t quite like but as the story went on, I soon found myself hoping things would work out. She had a shaded past but she was strong, humane, and just wanted to live life without all the pressure and drama. She took my heart away and she was also the perfect balance for Hunter. She opened him up and showed him how life could be if he learnt to just trust a little bit. I think she was an exceptional character in the story and I’m so glad that Brigid added her into the series.

Your Control

I’ve spoken quite a bit about Hunter above, but I just want to add in a few more words about him here. As I mentioned previously, I didn’t really think much about Hunter before this book. Even after reading Fearless, I didn’t feel much of anything for him but then I read this book. Hearing things from his perspective, seeing the pressures that he was dealing with and the thoughts that were continuing to go through him simply broke my heart. Within the first few chapters I was already feeling so sorry for him and wishing that I could just give him a hug and make things better. But he never let anything really get in his way. He was a strong character who had a lot of things to work through and found himself getting stronger as the book continued. He was stuck in the middle and had no idea which way to go and I just found him to be a captivating character and an absolutely fantastic protagonist.

You Must Learn

It is without a doubt that Brigid Kemmerer is an incredibly talented writer. She makes me want to give up writing because there is no way I could ever write characters as beautifully as she does. What amazes me the most isn’t just that she has characters down to a tee, it is that she writes men so powerfully. She doesn’t write stereotypical guys, these are boys who have character, they have their strengths but they also have their weaknesses and their flaws. They’re just a bunch of kids (sorry) who are struggling to learn who they are and who they’re meant to be and that is what makes this series so compelling. It is these strong characters that keep me coming back for more. Brigid Kemmerer keeps you entertained with a multi-level plot, incredibly strong characters, and a pile of relationship dynamics that have you begging for more. If ever there was a series that could entertain many people, The Elemental Series is definitely it.

Who To Trust

Just in case it is unclear right now, I absolutely loved Spirit. This is a story that grabs you by the shoulders and keeps you entertained right until the very end. While some fans may struggle with the change in tone in this book compared to the previous two, I found it to be absolutely perfect and necessary. Hunter’s story is one that should have been told as it gave the reader a clearer look at who he is and why he belongs where he is. If this story held the same light tone as the previous books then it wouldn’t have had the same impact on the readers. This is a powerful story that brings to light many different things but also pulls the overall plot of the series forward. From the end of this book, it is clear to see that the troubles the Merrick boys and Hunter Garrity face aren’t over but are really just beginning. It is because of this that I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Honestly, this is a powerful book that you should definitely give a try – especially if you’re already reading the series. If you’re not, it is possible to dive straight in with this book but I would definitely recommend reading the other books first just for some background knowledge. Spirit is a book that will fill your heart in ways you never expected.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


BrigidBrigid Kemmerer started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years!

Spirit, the latest book in the series, will be released in stores and online on May 28, 2013. Connect with Brigid on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and GoodReads.


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Last but not least! If you want to read the first chapter of Spirit, all you need to do is CLICK HERE. Hope you enjoy it!

Series Reviews
Elemental (0.5)
Storm (1)
Fearless (1.5)
Spark (2)
Breathless (2.5)

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Posted on 30 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Novella Review; Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 20 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

BreathlessAuthor: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: 30th April 2013
Pages: unknown
Format: ebook
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it–the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out–sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.


Some Moments

As soon as I was introduced to the Elemental series, I became addicted. Brigid Kemmerer is an amazingly talented author who has created truly spectacular characters with depth and clarity that makes them all feel incredibly realistic – and let’s face it, I often wish they were, simply because I want to meet them! It is due to this very biased opinion that I picked up Breathless, the third novella in the series, and I am glad to admit that as cheesy as it sounds the novella blew me away. It is by far the best book in the series and I cannot wait for Siege.

Exist To Take

This novella was the story of Nick Merrick and, as my favourite twin already – though Gabriel did win me over in Spark, until I read this – I adored his story. It has often been noted that novellas aren’t long enough to get a good idea of character but I beg to disagree, especially concerning this one! Nick’s character comes out in full bloom and it has only made me love him more. He is truly sweet, a full family boy, protective, and kind, but he is also battling himself and has a secret he has long kept hidden. I wanted so badly to makes things okay for him, or just to hold him and tell him that everything will be okay eventually!

Our Breath Away

I’ve never put spoilers in my reviews because I personally hate them and thus I am going to end this review now so as to make sure that I don’t spill my guts. I will end to say that the writing style of Brigid Kemmerer is magnificent and she is an author who has quickly become a favourite of mine. All of her books are incredible and I would totally advise you to read the series if you haven’t yet! Breathless is an intense novella that will have you dying for more and waiting on the edge of hooks for the next part of Nick’s story – and crying in pain when you realise how far away that is. All I can really say is; Don’t Miss This.

five stars

** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

Series Reviews
Elemental (0.5)
Storm (1)
Fearless (1.5)
Spark (2)

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Posted on 20 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Novella Review; Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 13 April, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

fearlessAuthor: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kennsington
Published: July 31st 2012
Pages: 59
Format: ebook
Source:: Bought from Amazon
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Being a force of nature doesn’t keep you safe. Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they’re right.

Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.

Maybe that’s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She’s shy, quiet, and intense, but she’s sought him out. There’s no telling what she wants from him.

But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it’s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he’s ready to face


If Someone Doesn’t

If there is one series that I have been reading and loving continuously, it has been the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. So, when I found out that she had released a novella between book one and two, I knew that I simply had to read it. Once more, I was swayed by Brigid’s powerful words which drew me into the story and kept me there. This was just a short snippet of what is to come but it was written incredibly well and really got me excited for Spirit.

Believe In You

This novella is from the perspective of Hunter. It is before he met the Merrick brothers and is just a little background into what his life was like before. It was a story of the perfect length as it gave you an idea of who Hunter was and how he became the way he was later on. It was interesting to read, enjoyable, and the perfect little novella to keep you going while you wait, in agony for the next book to finally reach your hands. It is the perfect teaser for what is on the horizon in the third book, Spirit.

Do You Give Up?

Personally, I never really liked Hunter from the first two books. (Yes, I read the series out of order but it is possible to do that so it’s okay!) Really it was only because I didn’t really know him. You never see a lot of him in the books to really bond with him. You do get to see a bit more of him in the second book and I can see how I might grow to like him a bit more but I just never really thought of him. After reading Fearless, however, I’m really quite intrigued by him and cannot wait to read an entire book from his perspective. He’s a guy who has had a lot to deal with in his life and just wants to be seen and to make his father proud.

Or Continue Fighting?

I could write another gushing paragraph about the amazing and talented Brigid Kemmerer but I really don’t want all of my reviews to sound exactly the same, but I will just repeat that she is incredible and I am in awe of her writing skills. She always manages to bring her characters to life and make their problems, fears, and worries to the surface, practically forcing you to fall in love with them. This is definitely what happened to me with this novel and is one of the many reasons why I liked it so much. I have finally seen a side of Hunter that I really like and cannot wait to see where else he may lead me. If you’re a fan of the series, I would definitely recommend this novella to keep you sated until Spirit is finally released. If you’re not a fan, then you should definitely start reading! You can see the links to all the reviews of the books from this series below!

Four Stars

Series Reviews
Elemental (0.5)
Storm (1)
Spark (2)

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Posted on 13 April, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 9 August, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington
Published: August 28th 2012
Pages: 432 pages
Format: Ebook
Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon, TBD

Summary:

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

five stars
five out of five hearts

The Flames Spread Far
Just when I thought that Brigid Kemmerer had given all of her talent up in her first two books, I was proven wrong. Spark was a book that, if given the chance, I would not have put down once. I ended up reading 68% of the book in one sitting because it was so enthralling and amazing that I simply couldn’t take my eyes away from the page. It was a fantastic novel that truly captivated me and reminded me that there really are great writers out there who need all the love and awards in the world. Really, if this is how great her books are now, I don’t dare think what her next book, Spirit will be like when it is released next year. Want to know why I loved it so much? Look below to find out!

The Fire is Lit
The storyline in Spark is so compelling. It is fascinating and brilliant and I just loved it so much. I gasped in so many places, I bit my lip in others and clenched my fists a few times as well. It made me feel so many different emotions and the writing is just so brilliant that it felt like it was happening right there in front of me. I was living it, feeling it, witnessing it. And the journey that not only Gabriel – I’ll come to him later! – but also Layne goes on is simply astounding! I am really struggling to find the right words to put here. I don’t want to ruin the story by gushing too much, but I really, really want to do this book justice and give it the review it deserves.

Spark is about more than dealing with being an elemental in an ordinary world. It’s about being human in an ordinary world. It faces the challenges of family, friendship and love. It deals with bullying, judging and feeling betrayed and angry. The topics within the book are so real and raw and I am still left feeling completely overwhelmed with just how powerful and amazing this book was. I really want to go and read it again like, right now. Brigid Kemmerer has stolen my heart and it is safe to say I am now truly a fan.

The Flames Burn Rapidly
While Storm focuses on the story of Becca, Chris and Hunter, Spark is definitely Gabriel and Layne’s story. It would be easy to say that this book could be described as belonging to the romance genre but somehow, despite being a large part of the plot, I still felt that the romance didn’t overcrowd the book, that it felt more like a subplot to everything else that happened. I think that this could be why I loved it so much. Brigid has somehow managed to create the perfect balance between romance and fantasy and there was never a moment when it felt like it was too much or too little.

Gabriel is such a fantastic character. I didn’t get much of a feel for him in Storm, and while I liked his powers and thought he had an interesting personality, he never really felt like someone I could connect with but I was wrong. Very, very, very wrong. I have fallen in love with his character. That is really the best way to describe it. He had so much going on, so much to deal with and the way he copes with it just spoke to me because he was very similar to me in many aspects. He was strong, caring, protective, charming and funny and I just admired him so much. Of course, he always was nasty and mean and full of pent-up anger but despite these flaws, he was nothing but lovable and realistic and I just wish I could put my arms around him and give him the biggest hug ever. A truly magnificent character.

Move aside Becca, welcome Layne! Oh, I loved her. I loved her spirit and her stubbornness and her fearlessness. I admired her courage and loved that despite it all, she still went weak at the knees over things. She was insecure and worried, an average teenage girl with so much to hide and worry over. Such a brilliant protagonist that I just wanted to hold on to and make sure that she was always happy. She was a delight to read about and the total perfect match for Gabriel because they were so alike and yet so different all at the same time. She was protective yet passive, strong yet weak, fiery yet worried. She was just this amazing character that really helped to bring the story alive.

This review would be incomplete without mentioning Simon, Layne’s brother whom I absolutely adored. He was so cute and loving and lovable. I wanted to help him so many times and yet, at the same time, I loved the way his dad helped him – even if it was a little unorthodox. He may not be a spotlight character but he is one that will be in my heart for a very, very long time.

It Goes out of Control
It would be impossible to complete this review without talking about the ending of this book. There were so many things that happened and I was just enthralled with it all. I loved the very ending of the book, I found it to be such a perfect way to end it – kind of reminding me of “I’m not going home, not really.” from the HP film. But before then, a couple of bombs, so to speak, were dropped that lead so well onto the next book that I am itching to read what happens next. It was such a brilliant ploy to keep readers interested but lord knows I didn’t need too much to keep me hooked! All I know is that as soon as Spirit hits the shelves, I will be picking up a copy and storming through it. (yeah, yeah, lame pun, I know.)

Almost as though it has Spirit
Needless to say, Spark is not a book to be missed. It quickly became one of my top ten of 2012 and I would not only happily re-read it again and again but I would also recommend it to others in a heartbeat. It has a little bit of everything for everyone. A great, fast-paced read that will keep you interested and alert. It’ll pull you in and keep you held for a very long time. If you’re looking for a book that is full of electricity, fire and spark, then this is one that you really need to pick up. It is truly magnificent and a book that needs to get all the love it deserves – which is a lot!

* I received this book in return for an honest review *

Other bloggers who have loved this book include (but not limited to);
Brodie @ Eleusinian Mysteries
Sarah @ Saz101
Claire @ Claire Reads
Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

Unfortunately Spirit doesn’t hit the shelves til June 2013 so this ends our Elemental Series week. However, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Spark on August 28th!

Faye

Posted on 9 August, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments