Book Review – Storm (Elemental #1)

March 3, 2016 Reviews 2 ★★½

Book Review – Storm (Elemental #1)Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental #1
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Date Published: 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 407
Rating: two-half-stars
Description: Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones shedoesn'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 . . .


Lynnpic Lynn’s Review:

I had moderately high hopes for Storm. After all, I did purchase it. And nominate it for a book club read. But sadly, it didn’t really pan out.

I started out loving Storm. Well, maybe loving is a bit strong. It was more I found Storm hilarious. Though, I’m guessing not as the author intended. Which boy with Becca end up choosing? Chris, who she rescues by using her car as a weapon? Hunter, who rescues her with his dog? (The best character in the book, btw). One of the other Merrick brothers? But the humor in the book quickly wore off. And became boring and predicable. 

One aspect that really drove me crazy of Storm was the sudden switches in Point of View. There are random chapters from Chris’s point of view, while the majority of chapters are from Becca’s POV. With no notice of switching. There’s nothing like have to go back multiple pages to figure out who’s POV we are reading.  

As we’ve been critiquing covers lately, I’d like to discuss this one. I hadn’t really looked at the cover on my ebook. But when I was downloading it for this post, I noticed a bunch of little irritants. First, the models portraying Gabriel and Nick – TWINS – look nothing alike. Sure, the book is about four brothers. But someone should have realized that identical twins should at least look similar on the cover of the book. Next, what the heck is with the face that the model in the back is making? Sneer? Snarl? Who knows. It’s distracting.

I’m giving the book 3-stars. But not recommending reading it. 

Julie Review Avatar Julie’s Review:

Lynn said it all. This book was predictable and kind of dull. So let’s have me do something different than eloquently-written paragraphs, because LISTS! This book …

  • Inspired some great naps. Seriously I constantly found myself waking up hodling my kindle.
  • Needed more editing. In one chapter Becca is putting on a tee shirt and hoodie. Later she’s taking off her hoodie and is happy she wore a tank top underneath?
  • Follows the horrible trope of families not communicating. TALK TO EACH OTHER!
  • Has the Fifth Element. Not the movie.
  • Is predictable, did I mention that?
  • Is where the Guide… is an asshat.
  • Thinks rocks are powerful.
  • Has a cool doggie character.

I can’t think of anything interesting to say about it. As for the cover, I didn’t even notice there were 4 guys on the cover. It is a blur of blue. And yes, the tall one with the nasty face, must be Michael.

I give it about 2-stars

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2 Responses to “Book Review – Storm (Elemental #1)”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Noooooo! I had high hopes for this book, too. I got it last year at RT. And now I’m wondering if I should even bother. 🙁 I’m sorry it didn’t live up to your expectations, Lynn, especially since it was your rec for book club. Oh well, not all book club reads can be stellar, right? 😛
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