mercredi 23 janvier 2013

Elemental (Elemental 0.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Hello to all,

                     While the weather is becoming worse and worse -they forecast minus 16- i decided to stay with what has become a new favorite series for me: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer. I got this ebook when it's was free on amazon before the application stopped working for me but  a good new for those who like me prefer print book, this novella- as well as the other ones- can be found in the print edition as a bonus so we could get it after those who have access to digital book but we can have them!

Elemental is the prequel of the Elemental series, however i think it's better to read it after having read Storm, of course it can be read as a stand alone but we get more of it after Storm i think

Happy Reading!

Publisher: Kensington
Publication: 2012
Genre: YA, Paranormal, romance, fantasy
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: free download (and included in the print edition of Storm)

Short description from goodreads :

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.

My opinion:

          This is the prequel to the Elemental series. Elemental features Michael the oldest of the Merrick Brothers, as adolescent, years before the event set in Storm. We discover an adolescent afraid and angry with the universe that set him apart. He already wants to protect his family and he is feeling guilty to put them in danger when he just wanted to be normal.  He is also a bit rebellious, and confronts his parents when they punish him instead of the culprits… in that sense he is a lot like how Gabriel will be in the future.

While trying to keep a low profile, he is controlling his energy by playing baseball, alone in front of the machine yes but with the same dedication as a professional player. However, one day, he discovers Emily, his nemesis’ sister, at the cashier and fates starts. First, the young woman is afraid, since the beginning she always heard how the Merrick  were dangerous, how Michael hurt her brother….however when she sees the reaction of her family when she tells them she met him. Doubts are planted.  Slowly, both adolescents will confide in each others, learn about each other while in or around the practise cage and see that the truth is not necessary what they thought.

If you have read Storm before reading Elemental, you get to see Michael under a new light and you understand him better. You also know how the story of Emily will finish because Elemental doesn’t tell the complete story it’s not really a cliffhanger but the ending is supposedly know and not what is the most important.  I wouldn’t recommend reading this before Storm even if it’s the prequel of the story because you will be missing too much.  In storm you get this story from Chris ‘point of view, so he doesn’t develop the feeling of both Emily and Michael. When you read this after Storm you see how much Michael was vulnerable, how guilty he feels when it was just a tragedy.

 I really took pleasure in reading this prequel and to see Michael younger made me appreciate him more. Before I understood a bit the relationship between Michael and Gabriel but I didn’t get why the older brother didn’t explain himself, why he suffered the insults and fights without replying and this novella  explain everything. So a must read for the fan of the series

Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


7 commentaires:

  1. How I loved this novella! I already loved Michael but after this I was so sad for him.
    Lovely review! :)

    1. i was so sad too, it could have been his chance and now he wore the guilt for so many years...unfair

    2. Reminds me I still need to read Spark soon.

  2. Oh, now this is a new series to me! :D Thank you for reading this prequel. I like the sounds of it. :)

    1. it's a good serie Melissa but i think you will understand and savour this novella better if you read storm first ( and if you take the print version you get the novella free in the bonus)

    2. Oh thank you for the tip. :) And a free novella as a bonus, cool!

    3. ye sMelissa, i've asked the author and she will have the novella as bonus in the other print book too ^^ ( so good for thos ewho prefer print^^)