Book Review: Storm

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Title: Storm (Elemental #1)

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 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

My Review

This book (along with a few others – Obsidian comes to mind) seemed to be THE book of the summer this year. While I probably would have read it eventually anyway – who doesn’t like a good elemental story? – that certainly bumped it up my list a few notches.

There were a few things I really loved about this one. The premise is kind of Tamora Pierce meets YA paranormal and I kind of liked that. Elementals are a rather unused and under-explored type of magic user and I love them all the more for that.

I also really enjoyed Becca’s balance. She’s caring and sentimental but is also a little bit badass. She’s hurting from her past but eventually she finds the courage to face up to it and move on. She was almost too balanced to be realistic, but she’s so nice that you like her anyway.

Despite its many good points there were still a few things that bugged me. For one, the love triangle felt a little contrived. I was never really convinced that Becca really liked either of the boys. I got the feeling that while she enjoyed the attention, she was more just along for the ride, and I half expected her to dump both of them and go after someone completely different.

I have to say, I think I’ve read to many YA paranormal romances recently, because I saw the big surprising twist ending coming from a mile away. As much as I love trying to figure out what is going to happen as I read, I’m sometimes a little disappointed at how often I’m right.

Overall I would say this is a fun (if thick) read. I will definitely be looking out for the next book – I’m curious to see how a change in narrator will affect the tone of the story.

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