Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental, #0.5
Source: Borrowed
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.

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.

I really liked Michael’s story. It’s nice to see his point of view of things. Becca made him seem very intimidating and indifferent in Storm, but he’s not that way. Elemental  really gives insight to why Michael acts the way he does presently. It’s so sad, because he’s gone through so much when he was young. As much as his parents say they’re there for him, they’re really not. Not in the way he needs them to be. Michael has to go through all these difficult things himself, without anyone to help.

Emily was an okay character. I wanted to know more about her when reading Storm (yes, I read this out of order), and hoped that this would tell more. But with only fifty pages, you can't really. We definitely see more of who she is in this novella, but it’s not a lot at all. I would have liked it to go more in depth. For her whole family, actually. Because this is so short, no one’s character is really developed very well.

And just a random note: Michael's brothers were cute even when they were just 10 and 11. :D

I’m sort of disappointed at the ending. In a way, it’s like StormThey finally get together and you don’t know what happens next. Well, you technically do, because it's explained in Storm, but still. I wanted to see the accident, which I guess wouldn't be a very nice thing to read, but come on. Wouldn't that be cool?

Overall, I really liked this, but hell, it’s way too short. I’m not used to reading novellas, and this ended too soon. 50 pages go by before you know it. But read it, definitely.

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