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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Good morning! Did everyone enjoy their long weekend (if you had one?) I definitely enjoyed mine though I can't believe that it's already September. My reading has slowed significantly over the past few weeks, and I have to admit, it's been kind of refreshing. Hardly a day has gone by since I started this blog that I haven't dedicated at least a little bit of my time to reading, finishing a few books a week at least. Now, I haven't finished a book in at least two weeks, and like I said, it's given my brain a bit of a break. Now I feel like I'm refreshed and can come back and give better reviews for y'all!


I stumbled across Brigid Kemmerer's series almost by accident, and picked them up thinking "eh, this might be decent." Well, I was surprised to find out how easy it was to get into the story and the characters. After enjoying both Storm and Spark, I knew I was Spirit was going to be great.


Here is the summary from Goodreads: With power comes enemies. Lots of them. Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies. He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait. Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too. With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…

What I Liked: 1) Hunter hasn't been one of my favorite characters so far - Gabriel gets that title. But it was great to get to know Hunter better in this story, and he's more of a bad boy than I was expecting. Dark and broody (not unlike the Merrick brothers). But Hunter's back story, and his life in general is so very different than theirs. Because the Merrick brothers have each other, they have some sense of support. Hunter has a Grandpa who is not supportive at all, and his mother is so overcome by grief (at the death of Hunter's dad) that she can't even stand up for her son. So Hunter is very much on his own, and I immediately felt for this guy who is living a tough life because of his elemental heritage, and has no support. And of course, in his role as a fifth (I'm not telling you what that is, but you'll know if you read either of the first two books), he has enemies even in the Merrick brothers. So I really felt for Hunter and loved getting to know him. 2) Kate Sullivan. Every book seems to add some new blood to the story, and Kate was very refreshing. She was kind of...different than most female characters out there right now, and definitely different than any of the mild-mannered ladies we've run into so far in this story. But that made her all the more fun. 3) The storyline. This story has gone in so many different directions, I'm not even sure how it all works. But it definitely is. While in both Storm and Spark we've focused on the Merrick brothers and their lives as Elementals, now we get to learn a bit more about life as a fifth (because now instead of just two, we've got four in the mix). It changes up the story a lot, but some of the pieces I've loved before are still there, such as the detailed plot, the twists, and the action.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall Thoughts: Another great addition to Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series. I love all of these characters, though Fire Elemental Gabriel is my fave! Spirit gives us a chance to learn a bit about someone outside the Merrick circle and see his reaction to the brothers, and their reaction to him. For anyone out there who enjoys stories with an elemental magic plot, this one is right up there with the best! Give this series a read if you haven't!

My Rating: 5 shots

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