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Spark (Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Plain truth

    This story was amusing. The characters were cute. The story line was unique.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

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        It took me a bit to get connected and warmed up to Gabriel.

        It took me a bit to get connected and warmed up to Gabriel. It didn't make me want to put the story down or anything because I was definitely looking forward to more in this paranormal world. It helped though with the characters of Layne and Simon. They are amazing secondary characters and I loved what they added to the story. I related with Layne because of hiding from popularity and adored the fact she was a brainiac. Simon is an athlete, but he's labeled a retard because he's deaf. The connection that he and Gabe form over basketball is amazing and it really transforms both of them. 
       Layne pointed out though that Gabriel lashed out when he thought people was on to him--the real him hidden under the gruff and rude at most times exterior. I thought that was really deep, and it was neat to see him internalize it and start to change. 
        I also got to know Hunter more in Spark because of his friendship with Gabriel, and I think that its cool that he helped Gabriel to come out of this shell as well. 
        I hated how his family doubted Gabriel at times in Spark, but I also was frustrated with him that he didn't let them in. But on the other hand, I totally got why he didn't want to tell them. He was finally doing something good with his power and learning control, so he didn't want to be forced to stop. 
        It was also sad that he and Nick went through separation  in here, but I know that in the end helped Gabriel to learn more about himself as an individual. There was also this great epiphany about how they all saw themselves as weak, with the least control, and as a liability to the others. 
       Brigid has such a great style of writing. There is an amazing dynamic within the Merrick family and chemistry between the guys and the girls they like. The action scenes especially the ones with fire here in Spark are very vivid and beautifully and terrifyingly well done. 
       While it wasn't a cliffie, there are definitely more questions that I need answered, and tied up. But we got answers and a semblance of a hea for Gabriel and his love. 




    Bottom Line: Sparked a flame in my heart for Gabriel; great 2nd book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Great series

    I can't wait for the next one.. the brothers have a love hate relation ship but are there for each other i love the fact..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Reccomend

    I really liked this story. I love all the characters. Brigid kemmerer gives them the depth that brings out the empathy in the reader and makes you hurt, struggle, and be happy with them. I'm anxious for more Merrick brothers!

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    I think this is definitely my favorite book in the Elemental ser

    I think this is definitely my favorite book in the Elemental series AND Gabriel Merrick is my favorite of the Merrick brothers.

    Gabriel is the most troubled of the Merrick brothers. He has a lot of guilt to work through and out of all his brothers is the one who feels most isolated. The guilt he carries is huge and not over nothing. He starts stuff up all the time as a defense mechanism and it almost always has a way of turning explosive each time. Not sure if it’s the reason he is fire or if fire is the reason he is the way he is. Spark is Gabriel’s story and how he begins to get a grip on his baggage as well as the element that seems to fuel most of his anger.

    In my eyes this was the best written book in the entire series. This had all of the characteristics that drew me in while reading the prequel, Elemental.

    This book was full of action, contained some of the rawest feelings I’ve ever read but best of all we as readers finally get a better understanding of the relationship between the elements and the elemental.

    Some of my pet peeves in Storm were the lack of focus on the Merrick brothers and the fact that the use of the elements had yet to be fleshed out. Spark was all about Gabriel and his element. We get to see how he communicates with his element and how difficult it is to control the element. They might be powerful Elementals but one thing that needs to be understood is that the elements are still much more powerful. It was great to see Gabriel in action and learning things about the element of fire alongside with him.

    There is a love interest in this book (duh, I know) and it was very real and natural. I think it was great to see the connection between Gabriel and Layne. Talk about opposites attracts yet more alike than you think! It was nice to see this develop in the way that it did. There’s definitely more of a balance in this book between their alternating pov’s AND there were NO LOVE TRIANGLES.
    Seriously, there is no need for it. Great stories love triangles do not make. :-)

    Another plus for the book… We get to see Michael trying to build a relationship with Gabriel. It’s been pretty hard for Michael raising 3 kids on his own, he being a kid himself. Michael was 18 when crap happened and he had to step up and keep his family together. The fact that his brothers don’t make things easy all the time has taken a toll on him. We get to really appreciate Michael even more in this book and all he is trying to accomplish.

    I had only two complaints about the book.

    1.Although Michael and Gabriel try to work on their brotherhood, it is still left as a work in progress. It doesn’t really feel like anything’s been solved or like those loose ends have been tied. Can we tie some knots? Can we feel really happy??...About something. Not sure how long the series is going to be but so far we are on book 2 but really book 4 if we include the novellas and the relationship between these brothers seem so fragile, toxic and volatile. Although there are times when you see everyone getting along they are far and in between.

    2.The cryptic crap between Hunter and Becca’s dad was way too cryptic at this point. I can’t say much more than that other than I really don’t trust Hunter AND I’m not sure why the next book in the series is his book instead of one of the other brothers. If anyone wants to let me in on the details then please do.

    With that said, I’m still a fan folks! I really enjoyed reading this book. As usual, I can’t wait to see what happens next. I hope some happiness is found in the very near future for my Merrick bros. They deserve to just be.

    ARC provided by Kensington via NetGalley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Loved the book!

    Great book! Hate these long reviews! Read the book, kids. You'll want to date all four Merrick bros!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Was a great follow up to Storm.

    Was a great follow up to Storm.

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