Storm

10401084Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Series: Elementals #1

Genre: Young-Adult, Paranormal-Romance

The Plot
Storm is a novel that follows the path of one girl, Becca Chandler and her encounters with fellow pupils at school, which is the likes of past-boyfriends and secrets that the plot follows to uncover, it also includes the Merrick family and in particular Chris. In addition to this, there is a new boy present, an absent father, a demanding best friend and some paranormal elements that are not quite the traditional vampire/werewolf aspect and this make things a little more interesting. So as expected there is romance, potentially of the double-trouble kind (love triangle alert!) and some paranormal-magic to spice things up and drive the action along which there is plenty of!

The Review

Storm is a book that is not quite fabulous, but not entirely awful. It manages to be engaging and exciting, whilst at times utterly predictable which made it a little exasperating when it fit exactly into what I was expecting. I was hoping in some regards that there would be a greater twist or something that would entirely surprise me, but it did not, and for me that was the downfall of this novel. Having said that, I still believe there to be a fair few redeeming qualities about the novel. The literary prose flows freely and I did not have any issues with the writing style, in fact it was a very easy, enjoyable read. The book has a fast paced plot that keeps you turning the pages and this makes up for the predictability. In addition to this, most of the characters I largely liked. However upon my deconstruction of the book I do feel, it deserves 3 stars rather than the initial 4 I gave it.

Becca Chandler the female protagonist of this novel; I almost certainly have a love/hate relationship with this character and honestly I still feel like I am sitting on the fence a little in regards to her. At moments she is this strong, brave and fierce individual who runs headlong into things to save others and the next she appears some tormented, bratty and annoying teenage girl who has “daddy issues” and appears to be a little bit of wild child. However the “wild child” image is not really one I felt other than the derogatory comments from the ‘jocks’ of the story and I thought the whole story line was rather useless in terms of plot and character development. It made me cringe away more than anything because it presented a group of ‘jocks’ as brutish, vulgar individuals and did nothing to discriminate from a very common stereotype. By the end of the story, I still feel like my issues with Becca and her overall progression seem a little unresolved.

Honestly the next part is my own fault for not really reading the blurb, but the love triangle was not something I was expecting. It was frustrating at best and again by the end of the novel it still felt largely open-ended and unresolved and when I see the next novel moving to focus on an a different individual from the series, it leaves me with little comfort. The two male individuals in question seemed to develop fairly quick infatuations with Becca and in particular, the New Kid, Hunter who has hundreds of females in the school to pick from finds Becca the most appealing. To me it all seemed a little far-fetched and I did not feel like there was enough about Becca to warrant this ‘fight’ over her. Personally I took a large dislike to Hunter from the start and something about his character I found downright creepy and he grated on me. I felt there was very little redeeming about him and his odd behaviour that was eventually resolved did not in the end serve to make me like him anymore.

This leaves us with the Merrick brothers, and in particular Chris who I liked much more. Despite his oh so expected conflicted personality and family issues that seem to encompass the YA genre like a suffocating cloak, he was a character I could like. Although the fact his brothers were the hottest creatures on the earth and Becca was not able to function when they were shirtless in the same room was a little bit tedious. The redeeming quality here was the family relationship and the dynamic between the brothers, I definitely felt the camaraderie and bond between brothers and that certainly made me root for them as a family throughout the novel.

Finally the plot concept itself in terms of the paranormal element was actually a fairly interesting one, and my only complaint was that little more was learnt of the origin and the ideas behind that. In fact, I think for an introductory novel to the series, Kemmerer should have made much more of the elementals idea and this left me disappointed. I feel like there is much still to learn about the powers of the brothers and those involved in the story, and I very much hope Kemmerer builds on this, or I can see myself being sorely disappointed.

Overall I devoured Storm and the book is far from being bad, however I fail to have been blown away. I definitely realise the standards I am setting for books are ever increasing, so I hope the next novel Spark will help resolve the issues that this book raised for me. Certainly I would recommend Storm as a quick, lazy day read that helps you escape from reality for a few hours and contains a few potential book boyfriends depending on your type, but I would not go to extreme efforts in making time for this series yet!

Favourite Quotes

“Touch was funny like that. How one movement could choke you and kill you, but another meant nothing more than a caress and an invitation.”

“Crap, Bex, do you think he’ll do something truly horrible like buy you flowers?”

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

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12 Comments

Filed under 2012 Publication, 3 Books, Brigid Kemmerer, E-book, Kensington, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

12 responses to “Storm

  1. I enjoyed this one too, and had a few less problems than you

  2. So many bloggers I trust love these books, and I have a few of the books on my e-reader waiting to be read. Sorry it didn’t quite live up to the hype for you. Maybe they get better as the series progresses.

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Yeah, I have the same problem, and I did enjoy it but I just had a few issues. I definitely think I’ll continue reading the series, but I do hope they get better!

  3. Cait

    Mmm…I feel like I won’t be racing after this one though. The predictability sounds frustrating, along with the stereotypes and love-triangle. I’ve read enough of them already. Sucks when a book is really mediocre though, right?! Not awesome, but not horrible either.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

  4. I thought the concept sounded intriguing but based on the predictability and the love triangle I might pass on this one! Great review!

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Yeah, I will probably give the second book a chance at some point because plenty of people love this series, but I am not entirely sure it will be for me.

  5. Faye M.

    Oh, trust me – you’re not the only one with issues with Becca. I pretty much hated her with every fiber and nerve of my being. I don’t know but I just haaaaaaated her. Good news though is that Storm is the weakest in the series. It just keeps getting better and better with every installment! I can’t wait for you to discover the other Merrick brothers!

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Oh, well I am pleased to hear the series gets better, that definitely encourages me to keep reading and discover the other Merrick brothers!

  6. I know what you mean, there was nothing spectacular about Storm, but the series does get better with each new installment. Until the next one, that is, which was a total bitter disappointment. I just finished it so there’s still some resentment towards Kemmerer, obviously. But still, you have much to look forward to.

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Considering that is the second time I have heard the series gets better, I definitely believe that I will have to give the new instalment a chance. Although I am sorry to hear you were disappointed. I hate when that happens in a series.

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