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Book Review: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

19 Oct

book cover for Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Spark

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Series: Elementals #2

Genre: Paranormal YA, Contemporary YA

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Publisher: K-Teen

Release date: August 28, 2012

Source: NetGalley

Summary: Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

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.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear 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…

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Book Review: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

28 Sep

Book cover for Storm by Brigid KemmererTitle: Storm

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Series: Elemental #1

Genre: Paranormal YA

Publisher: Kensington Teen

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Challenge: DAC

Source: ARC from Tara @ Hobbitsies

Summary: 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.

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Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico

6 Apr

Book cover from Croak (Croak #1) by Gina DamicoTitle: Croak

Author: Gina Damico

Series: Croak, book 1

Genre: Paranormal YA

Publisher: Graphia

Release date: March 20, 2012

Challenge: Debut Author Challenge

Source: ARC from DAC ARC Tour

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure. 

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business. 

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer. 

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?

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Waiting on Wednesday (21): Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

4 Apr

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I love it because it is basically a squee-fest where book lovers can choose one book that they are DYING to get their hands on. Check it out!

Storm (Elemental #1)

by Brigid Kemmerer

Book cover for Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

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 she doesn’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 . . .

Don’t have to wait too long for this one, friends! Which is GREAT news because, even though the cover is a little…icky? I’m not a fan of all those blurry, brooding boys GLARING at me. But even though the cover isn’t my favorite, I’m CONVINCED that the story inside is going to be awesome. See, just this past week, Brigid Kemmerer released a little prequel story about the oldest Merrick brother, Michael, and this star-crossed lover thing he has going on with the daughter of his family’s enemy. IT WAS REALLY SUPER GOOD, and it made me all kinds of excited to read the whole story, starting with STORM.

I know I’ve mentioned a bunch of my must-read buzz words before: Scotland, gardening, witches, road trips, Robin Hood, etc. Add to that list controlling the elements. It’s like nature’s superheros, and the Merricks have control over one each. (Michael, from the prequel novella, can control Earth LIKE A BOSS.) Of course, though, there’s bad guys who want to get rid of the Merricks and their powers, so I’m anticipating DRAMA and TENSION, along with some good, tingly romance. Woot!

STORM (ELEMENTAL #1) is coming out April 24, 2012 from Kensington.

Book Review: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

23 Mar

Book cover for Spell Bound by Rachel HawkinsTitle: Spell Bound

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Series: Hex Hall #3

Genre: Paranormal YA

Publisher: Hyperion Children’s

Release date: March 13, 2012

Source: Library

Summary: Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident. 

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

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