May 26, 2013

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer Review

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
(Elemental, #3)
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: K Teen; 301 pages
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…

Hunter, no matter what you do, you just can't live up to the Merrick brothers in my eyes. You try, boy oh boy do you try but it just didn't happen. Does this mean I don't like Hunter? Not at all. It's just that he's the odd man out in this series. I adore, like freaking adore the Merrick's and then there's Hunter. I like him more after reading this book but he's still no Chris or Nick or Gabriel or Michael. Half of this book, I wanted to bang his head against a wall but the other half I just wanted to give him a huge. Actually, it probably wasn't so split, more hugs than violence.

Hunter is at his breaking point in this book. He had an amazing bromance with our favorite hot tempered brother, Gabriel but that all went to hell at the end of Spark. Seeing these two fight broke my poor, fragile heart. I wasn't sure how much of this tension I could take without exploding. They needed to kiss and make up for the greater good. Did they? I'm not telling you so you'll just have to read to find out. I will say Michael really surprised me in this book. While the rest of the family was busy glaring at Hunter, Michael actually reached out to help him. He gave him a job and a place to live after he was kicked out of his grandparents home. He shared a room with Nick because, let's be honest, sticking him in a room with Gabriel would've ended with someone dead, most likely. By the way, as much as I love the bromance that had formed between Gabriel and Hunter I kind of also love the tension their falling out caused. Gabriel is such an asshole and it just makes me laugh.

Hunter finally gets his chance at happiness. While you remember in Storm he thought he'd end up with Becca, because he fell for her even though he was only using her but she's with Chris (yes!) cue in Kate Sullivan. A badass guide-in-training who is here to terminate the Merrick's with an bigger badass, Silver. (YES! Another hottie to drool over - accent and all.) I liked her from the second she made her entrance and knew she'd be a great fit for our trouble Fifth. Their romance was hot, intense and sudden but it doesn't mean it was only lust. Sure, there were lots of lust and we get our first taste at a carnival on a ferris wheel. Holy hell was that scene hot and intense! (And so incredibly public) While this romance is exciting; it takes an unpredicted turn.

I was excited to see more of Chris and Becca in this book. Becca cares for Hunter and I don't think that would ever change but it's clear who she loves. But because of the history and the feelings it means more of Chris and Becca. I miss them. I still think Chris may be my favorite Merrick and we haven't seen a whole lot of him since Storm, especially with Becca. I adore these two so seeing more of them made me a super happy reader. Tons of Michael, which was exciting because he's another brother we haven't seen a whole lot from except when he's bossing the brothers around or working. We also get a feel for his girlfriend, Hannah and her son, James. (Who I adore, by the way) Then there's the twins and holy moly do I love these boys. You already heard me rave about Gabriel but Nick, how I love thee. I swear, I could gush for hours about these brothers but I don't want to put you to sleep.

While I was eager for Breathless I didn't have that same anticipation for this book; mainly because it was focusing on Hunter and he's just meh for me. It definitely exceeded my expectations and made me sympathize with Hunter a lot more. I do like him, I never have not but I just never liked him a whole lot. That's changed thanks to Spirit. I adore him; he's a great character. The ending was pretty amazing and now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat awaiting Nick's story in Secret. Bring on 2014!

Thank you to Kensington for sending me an ARC of Spirit in exchange for a honest review. I'm a huge fan of this series and I was very honored to be sent this.

Download the ebook of Elemental for free now through May 31 using the promo code VCARD here!

Brigid Kemmerer started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years!

Spirit, the latest book in the series, will be released in stores and online on May 28, 2013.

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