Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

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Spark by Brigid KemmererSpark (Elemental, #2) Series: Elemental #2
by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington on August 28th 2012

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't.
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.
And no one seems to believe 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. . .
Praise for Brigid Kemmerer and The Elemental Series
"Five hot guys, one tough heroine, plenty of romance and non-stop action. . . Elemental is the new series to watch." --Inara Scott, author of The Marked
"Overflowing with action, snappy dialog, and hot guys--The Elemental Series will take your breath away." --Kim Harrington, author of Clarity

ISBN: 0758280068
Pages: 290
four-stars
Format: Kindle
Source: Library

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Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Romance, General, Paranormal
Also in this series: Storm (Elemental, #1), Elemental, Fearless (Elemental, #1.5)
Also by this author: Storm (Elemental, #1), Elemental, Fearless (Elemental, #1.5)

Fair warning, if you haven’t read Storm, you are going to want to stop right now.  There will be spoilers for that book.  It’s kind of impossible to review a sequel without giving away what happened in the prior book.

In this installment, we get to see a lot more of Gabriel.  He seems to be dealing with a lot of guilt over what happened to his brothers and his inability to have done more to prevent things or to help them more.

At first, I had a little trouble with the fact that we were reading from a different point of view in this book, and this seems to be something more and more common in YA series’ lately.  I am not sure if it is something that I like or not, but I digress.  And then, of course, the point of view shifts around a little in this book.

We meet a lot of characters that you learn to love, and a lot more characters that you learn to hate.  What’s more, we learn a bit more about the characters we already knew and gain a bit of a different perspective about them.  My eyes really opened on quite a few of the characters in this installment.  Of one thing I am absolutely certain, however.  Taylor and her cronies need to die a slow and painful death.  And Ryan Stacey is the devil incarnate.

I think the biggest shock for me though was the revelation about who was really behind the fires.  I totally didn’t see that coming but in hindsight, part of me thinks I should have.

The relationship that develops between Gabriel and his love interest took me by surprise, to be sure.  I was glad to see it though because it showed a side of him that I didn’t think could exist after how his character was playing out in the beginning.  Really, the same with Michael.  Who would have thought Michael could have a soft side?

Then of course there is the developing friendship between Gabriel and Hunter.  After everything that happened in Storm with Hunter, I never would have thought any of them would have trusted him.

All in all, I think Spark was an even bigger roller coaster ride than Storm and I was once again left with more questions than answers.  I am sitting here ready to devour more of this series and I get the feeling I will be left with a sense of loss when I get to the end.  If you haven’t read these yet, you really should!

 

four-stars

About Brigid Kemmerer

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 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 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, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is brigidmary@gmail.com.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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