What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

I happened upon this book because a friend added it to their Goodreads shelf. Books with elemental magic always intrigue me because there are so many out there, but done in so many different ways, so I decided to add it to mine too!

Here's the 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.

What I Liked: 1) Four hot boys. Haha! But seriously, Chris and his brothers are the kind of dangerous but sweet guys that I love. You get to know Chris the best, as this book focuses more on him, but their dynamic as a family is very revealing about who they all are - great character development even without focusing too much on any of these secondary characters. 2) There was a lot of mystery wrapped up in this story. In most books, I can kind of follow where I think the plot is going, and see the ending before it arrives. I had my suspicions as I read, but I wasn't ever sure exactly how things were going to turn out, especially regarding Hunter. That was something that I really enjoyed, and definitely drove the story forward for me. 3) The magic. Like I said before, there are so many stories out there that involve or include a type of elemental magic, and they are all so different and creative. And this one was no different. Lots of imagination went into creating this specific world of Elementals, how the magic manifests, and how it affects others. It was so creative. 4) The pacing. I just went back to see how many pages this book was on my Nook, and came up with 295. That surprised me, because of how fast I moved through the story. The pacing is excellent, and you can read the whole thing in just a few hours because it is easy to become fully immersed in the story.

What I Didn't Like: 1) I would have liked some more details regarding the setting and characters. They weren't the main focus of the story, that was very obviously the plot, but it still would have been nice to have a few more details.

Overall Thoughts: Storm was a very exciting story with some loveable guys and a fascinating plot. A few details were missing, but it didn't detract from the mystery that I was easily able to get caught up in. Book 2, Spark, just came out and I've already downloaded it on my Nook, anxious to get started! Anyone who likes magic will get a kick out of this one.

My Rating: 4 shots

4 comments:

  1. Great review! I absolutely loved this book and Spark! And don't forget about the two novellas!

    I'm confused about what you mean about the setting part but it's been a few months since I read this. It's set in Maryland, all over Anne Arundel county, including Annapolis. But I live in the next county over and know all the places and roads so maybe that's why it's clearer for me lol (and I loved reading a book set right in my area for the first time)!

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    1. Oh, I just wanted some more details about the setting in general. I guess it said where they were location-wise in the beginning, but I just could visualize anything beyond that. :)

      Courtney

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  2. I got this one a few weeks ago and I am looking forward to reading it. Great review!!

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    1. The next book is even better, so I'd definitely say read both!

      Courtney

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