Spark

Spark

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Overview

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 . . . except he's not doing it.

And no one seems to believe him. No one but 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, his abilities, and the danger that's right at his heels. But there are some risks he can't help taking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494511081
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Series: Elemental Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of the Elemental series. Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but she prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager. Brigid lives in Maryland.

Graham Halstead is a professionally trained actor and voice artist, born and raised in Virginia and now living and working in Brooklyn, New York City. His voice is youthful, easy-flowing, and flexible, and lends itself to many different types of storytelling. He can be heard on TV and radio voicing spots for Airborne and Allegra.

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Spark 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
beckybh More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Merrick is not your typical high school senior. Sure, he goes to classes, plays school sports and argues with his three brothers, one of which is his identical twin, but he has an unusual connection to fire. He's drawn to fire. Fire speaks to him. He just can't control it...yet. But that's not his only problem. Lately several houses have been torched, and firefighter personnel think he might be involved. Witnesses claim to see someone fitting his description at those fires. And then there's quiet Layne, who sits near Gabriel in pre-Calculus class. She's a bright sophomore who tries to hide behind turtlenecks and baggy clothes to protect a secret of her own. Somehow Gabriel's always around to rescue her deaf brother, Simon, when he's bullied and abused by a mean jock. Though afraid of his inability to control his element of fire, Gabriel won't share his fears with anyone. Unless he confides in someone soon, he might not only lose the very person who understands him most, he stands to jeopardize his freedom too. This is an excellent addition to the Elemental Series. Loads of action, great dialogue, and layered, well-developed characters kept me reading and enjoying this quick-paced story. If you liked the first book of the series (STORM), then you'll definitely love SPARK !!! I was thrilled to be given a copy of this book by the author, but I did not let this kindness get in the way of an honest review. I enjoyed SPARK and think anyone who likes the YA paranormal subgenre will too.
susie_d More than 1 year ago
Holy awesomeness, this book was amazing!! Being able to control fire isn't exactly easy for Gabriel Merrick. He is addicted to it and can't stay away from it. Unfortunately for him, there is an arsonist in town and his brothers suspect he may have something to do with it. Unable to turn to his brothers with his problems in math, Gabriel finds himself seeking help from Layne, a sophomore in his math class. She tries to blend in, but ends up being bullied by the other girls in class. He works hard to hide his secret from Layne, but at the same time, she has secrets of her own. Gabriel has a short temper and has a habit of ending up in fights. Layne is quiet and smart and stronger than she realizes. Though they are different, I could not help but root for them to get together. Spark is full of humor, action, and romance. I really enjoyed it, and can't wait for the next book in the series!
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
Reading Spark was like falling in love all over again, with the Elemental series storyline and even more importantly, with the Merricks. You can clearly see where my priorities lie Although we got a decent introduction to Gabriel Merrick in book one, Spark takes us on a deeper journey into the inner workings and musings of our favorite pyro. Gabriel is hot-tempered and unpredictable, much like the flames that he has the ability to manipulate. He’s very “fists flying” first, “thinking” second. I was initially worried about Spark. After completely loving Storm book one, I feared that a complete character POV switch would leave me either bored or let down. That was not the case! I loved Spark SO MUCH. Perhaps even more than Storm!! (haven’t fully decided yet…) So my initial thought and the accumulation of the review to come is this: If you loved Storm than you sure as heck will LOVE Spark. And well, if you didn’t particularly love Storm (there’s something wrong with you! HAHA just kidding… maybe) there’s still a good chance you’ll love Spark regardless. Although set in the same world and around the same characters, the atmosphere and overall story is just completely different and intriguing due to Gabriel’s and newcomer, Laney’s POV. You really get a different look at the Merrick brothers – Nick, Gabriel, Michael and Chris along with the other characters introduced in Storm. Plus! There’s a whole sleuth of new characters to love and get invested in. Out of all the Merrick brothers, I think Gabriel has suffered the most. There may have been various incidents caused by all four Merricks brothers that led to their parent’s tragic death, but in the end it was Gabriel’s uncontrollable emotions and rampant fire that killed them. Between guilt over his parent’s death, disfunction and overall disagreements with his brothers and consistent struggles in math class, Gabriel has more than enough fuel to feed the emotional fire in his mind. On a daily basis he struggles to keep his temper down and not unintentially cause his surrounding to go up in flames. His one solace has always been his twin brother, Nick affectionately known as “Nicky”. However, after a silly fight the two are at odds for a good chunk of the book leaving Gabriel feeling truly alone. Then enters Hunter. In Storm Hunter never truly made a great impression with the Merricks due to certain circumstances (that I won’t spoil). I really enjoyed the new interaction between Hunter and Gabriel along with their budding bromance. I never in my wildest dream thought that these two would so much as become friendly acquaintances, so you can imagine my surprise when they truly begin to hit it off. We’re talking regular xbox sessions, daily jogging and general hanging out. Spark was a fabulous book. Not only did we get a continuation of the story we loved SO much in Storm we also got a better look at who Gabriel truly is. Although from the surface he seems ill-mannered, hot-tempered, and overall jerky (which he definitely is at times) there’s more to him. He’s filled with sorrow over his parent’s death and uncontrollable anxiety over not being able to fully control the fire that constantly beckons and calls out to him wanting him to “play”. He struggles with not only reigning in his anger but also finding a place in the world. He longs for purpose. Then there’s Laney who we meet for the first time in Spark. Although her first appearance is quick, she sure as heck makes quite the impression. From the outside she look’s meek, quiet, and shy or in other terms “a nerd”. However, that is not the case. Although it takes her a while to truly stand up for herself, we find out that she’s incredibly smart and strong all along; just needing that extra boost of confidence. Although she doesn’t really affect much of the Elemental storyline, she does affect Gabriel’s. Once again I am satisfied yet still thirsting for the next Elemental book. If you have or plan on starting this series make sure to checkout the novellas as well. They’re just as good as the full-length novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as great as the first book! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most amazing book ever!! Everyone should read this book and the rest of the series!!! Cant wait for the next one to come out!!
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Feel the Heat! Brigid Kemmerer returns with a “burner” of a book in the second installment of her Young Adult “Elemental” series, Spark! Filled with heart wrenching emotion, this installment is a closer look into the Merrick family and peels back for us more of the layers that set the foundation of the secrets they all have sworn to protect. Spark is a page-turner of a story that leaves you wanting for more! Gabriel, the most troubled of all the Merrick brothers, born in the middle and the other half of a matched set of twins notwithstanding, finds himself caught up in an internal struggle to control the element to which he is bound. Gabriel holds in his possession the element of fire, while matching his personality to a T, (fiery and restless), the recent changes in the family dynamic leaves him striving to find his place. Unable to resist the unleashed power of his element, Gabriel finds himself helplessly dragged to places fraught with danger, while upon his response, this power will also choose to abandon him even as he heeds its siren call. Powerless to voice how his tentative control seems to be slipping through his fingers, the surprising alliance with the one person who chooses to help guide him is at somewhat comforting. Added to the fact that he is no longer able to switch places with his twin Nick as the need arises, Gabriel must now answer for his other hidden shortcomings. Layne Forrest, studious and sheltered and persecuted by her fellow students also has the unfortunate luck to be sitting next to Gabriel Merrick in math class one of the cutest boys in school; who somehow lately seems a bit different. All too soon, Layne will find out why this brooding stranger now fills the seat beside her and what she chooses to do with this knowledge could burn them both. I cannot wait to see where Brigid is going to lead us next!
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
A few months ago, I raved about Brigid Kemmerer’s debut novel, Storm. I loved the characters and the cool Outsiders vibe I got from this book and have been really looking forward to the second book in the Elemental series, Spark. Guess what guys, Spark is even better than Storm! I am a very character driven reader and the characters in Spark are fantastic. The plot centers around the four brothers who can control the elements: fire, air, water and earth, and a fifth boy who controls all four elements plus spirit. I love how Kemmerer keeps the focus on the boys’ family dynamics and their friendships. Some of my favorite parts of this book were Gabriel’s interactions with his brothers. And speaking of characters, I love Gabriel! True to his fire element, Gabriel is a sarcastic hot head with major issues but Kemmerer makes it work so well. Gabriel is officially one of my favorite book boys for the year! There is romance in Spark and it is sweet, perfect and like everything else about this book, very well developed. While I thought Becca was a decent female lead in Storm, I love Layne in Spark! Spark is fast paced and with a different enough focus from Storm to make it fresh even though it is the second book in the series. If you are looking for a paranormal novel that’s fresh, funny, fun, well written with awesome character development and a great plot, Spark (and the Elemental series) is for you. I cannot wait to read Spirit, the next book in the series which comes out in May 2013, and pretty much anything else Brigid Kemmerer writes! Content: Heavy profanity, underage drinking, bullying, sexual assault, kissing and violence. More appropriate for older/more mature teens and adults.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer is amazing. Not just amazing, but a-ma-zing. I liked Storm, but Storm was nothing compared to Spark. This book was action packed in every page, and just so addicting! In Spark, the main protagonist is a different Merrick brother, and this time it's Gaberiel. Gaberiel has the fire element, and actually likes to play with it. In this book, Gaberiel is a pretty tough guy. I don't know what to expect from him, and I really think he's got a bad temper. Gets upset pretty easily, and anything can lead to a fight with him. Despite all those qualities, he's a great guy as well! I feel like Brigid portrayed a teenage guy pretty well. He had a very strong act from the outside, but he's actually very nice from the inside. Gaberiel really cares about the people around him, but because he doesn't want to show that he cares, he messes everything up with his brothers and friends. It was awesome that for once, the "cool" guy develops an interest with the class "nerd". I found that very different, but interesting to read! What I really liked in this book, that unlike Storm, everything was clear to me. I was never confused, and there was never any boring part! The fights the brothers had with each other were very understandable. I have siblings and I can understand how anything can piss you off. I really liked the relationship between Layne and Gaberiel. Layne is the nerd, while Gaberiel is the jock, and you don't really see these type of people together. Even though at times it might have felt a bit draggy, it was still really cute. While reading, nothing really felt annoying or out of place. The flow was fantastic, and I really want to give a big clap to Brigid for writing such a great novel! Overall, I liked that the book wasn't concentrated on the magic elements a lot, and that made the book balanced. Sometimes to much fantasy just makes me all confused, so I'm thankful for that not happening. I loved every single character in this book, and everything felt so realistic and believable. It felt like all the characters were real! If you haven't started The Elemental Series yet, you really should, because they will not disappoint you! I really do recommend this to all young adult readers! A very beautiful, action packed, story that will leave you wanting more!
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At first,not as good as the first book, I'm not that thrilled about teen angst and teenage fumblings. But once we got past that I enjoyed it very much. I love the twists and turns and that the good guys stay true,even when it's questionable. Now I have to move on to the next one!?
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
So its been a while since I read the first one. But I really liked it. After reading this one, I think I like this one more. And the couple of Gabriel and Layne is probably one of my favorite book couples right now. The writing and pace is just as good. And of course I want to read the next one obviously.
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Good job! Keep up the good-no, great work!
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She soared above them, paying attention to nothing.
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Spark is my fervoret book in this series. Gabriel is defenatly my favorite brother, he is funny and not afraid to play with fire (no pun intended). Plus a sweetheart when he whants to be. Though I hate how the others say his element is to dageres to use or control when thay can all be serounded by there elements when ever thay want, it gust seems unfair. Also the story itself is very enjoyable and I look ford to read more storys of these extrordenary brothers.