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.
four out of five hearts
Before it Begins I want to make a note here before I start this review completely. I never would have heard about this series if it wasn’t for Brodie and her raving review of Storm. Then, Brodie being Brodie, made me go and get a copy so I could READ it. Which I did alongside Kathe, who’s review is also worth a peek. As I just finished Spark yesterday, the second book in the series, I decided that over the next three days I will review Elemental, Storm and Spark in succession of each other. So after you’ve read this review, make sure to keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for the next review!
Starting with a Bang It seems impossible to allow a reader to fall in love with characters in only fifty pages but Brigid Kemmerer managed just that in Elemental. The novella is short but is full of impact and emotion and it just pulls the reader straight into the story. It sets the scene, it begins it all and it really is just a brilliant way to get the readers interested in the story. It is a prequel that is not necessarily needed to be read but it is so enjoyable that I don’t know why you’d want to miss it.
A Pull in the Air The story that is in the novella is so cute to read. I could really get into both Emily and Michael’s heads. I knew what they were thinking, why they were acting as they did and I just wanted to give them both hugs. I liked how it all came about, how things happened and just the way that it was the beginning of it all. If this had never happened then the events in Storm and Spark may never have happened either. This was the telling of the beginning and it was told so beautifully.
A Rustle of the Wind Michael and Emily are brilliant characters. Even within 50 pages it was easy to see that they weren’t flat and boring characters. They had lives and histories and depth. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t laid out in front of them. They were both strong, stubborn and equally found it difficult to resist the emotions that ran through them. I loved them together and just felt that they were so made for each other. Seeing this side of Michael was really pleasant and I liked getting to know his character in this way.
The Storm is Coming It leaves the story in such a cliff-hanger that I simply had to buy Storm straight away – but I had to wait for it to be released – what is that about? It is such a strong, emotional, interesting start to what is quickly becoming one of my favourite series to come out in 2012. I would urge you all to go and read this prequel if you haven’t already – even if you’ve already read Storm. This is a prequel that is good to have read before Storm but works perfectly to read after it too. A nice reflection of what made it all start in the first place. I truly enjoyed this small prequel and think you should just take my advice and read it!
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to read my review of Storm!