I’m constantly looking for recommendations from other readers/bloggers that enjoy the same things as me, and I heard about the Elementals series by Brigid Kemmerer from Stephanie at Stephanie’s Book Reviews. Where has this series been all my life??
Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. 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 . . .
I absolutely adored this series. The characters were so realistic even though they had supernatural tendencies and I loved the dynamics between the four Merrick brothers. They each had their own issues, for a lack of a better term. They all struggled differently with the loss of their parents and it tugged violently at my heart strings.
Becca was such a fun heroine. She was brave, compassionate and caring. I loved how she always wanted to help others, but had the guts to stand up for herself. She was also hilariously snarky and I enjoyed her witty comebacks.
As someone who enjoys multiple love interests, Becca’s back and forth between Chris and Hunter was realistic, sweet and respectful. It wasn’t a girl going back and forth trying to decide, the story flowed nicely where her feelings ruled where her heart landed. I thought it was beautifully done. The more romantic scenes were electrifying but clearly within the bounds of the Young Adult genre. I was impressed that I didn’t crave more during those scenes to be like a New Adult, so I think the writing and character development had me sufficiently wrapped up in the character’s emotions.
The author gave glimpses into the lives of all the brothers and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, which centers around each brother. They all deserve love, peace and happiness. *sigh* I’m going to devour this series, and you should too.
STARS: 5 out of 5