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Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker Than Water by Brigid KemmererThicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

Quite honestly, I thought most of this book was ridiculous. For various reasons. I’m incredibly disappointed because even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the finale, Kemmerer’s Elementals series was really enjoyable for me, and I was excited to see what she came out with next. Thicker Than Water, however, was such a disappointment. Continue reading

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Sacrifice by Brigid KemmererSacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental #5
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-half-stars

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?

Michael is my favourite of the Merrick brothers, so you can probably imagine my intense excitement when I discovered that he was getting his own book. I was flailing about all over the place, especially since his book was to be the last in the series and that is usually a bad sign because everyone dies in series finales. Unfortunately – can you see where this is going? – all of my waiting and fangirling didn’t pay off, because Sacrifice is not the book that I was expecting.

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Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Secret by Brigid KemmererSecret by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental #4
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars
EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He's trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won't get in to college. He's trying to keep his brother's business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He's trying to keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel - or he fears he'll lose his family. And he's trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his 'girlfriend's' partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

Gareth Brody sat in a chipped plastic chair in the prison waiting room, listening for the guard to call his name.

Since reading the novella, I have been very excited for Nick’s story. He was never my favourite Merrick brother; in fact, while I certainly liked him, he was always my least favourite. I didn’t feel as though I knew enough about him to really like him. But the novella changed that, and after reading it I had hoped that he would grow on me more. Continue reading

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Spirit by Brigid KemmererSpirit by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental #3
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: K Teen
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

I discovered this series last year when everyone was riled up about Spark being released. I wanted to find out what everyone was shouting about, so I bought both Storm and Spark and read them in a couple of days. Brigid Kemmerer has a way of captivating you with both the excellent story and the great characters. So after nine months of excruciating waiting, I finally got my hands on Spirit. And I loved it! Continue reading