BOOK REVIEW: The Elemental Series, #0.5: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

4.5 stars

Synopsis: 

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.

As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.

 

-from Goodreads.com

 

*NO SPOILERS, AT LEAST NOT REALLY…*

This was a really great novella. It was very helpful which is what a novella should be, just not completely understandable if you haven’t read the first book, Storm, and so I had to give it a little less than five stars.

In this novella, it was all about Michael Merrick, Earth Elemental. If you are unfamiliar with the plot of this series, it is basically about four brothers: Michael, Nicholas (Nick), Gabriel, and Christopher (Chris) Merrick who each are very powerful Elementals, people who can control an element. Michael is earth, Nick is air, Gabriel is Fire, and Chris is water. In Storm, Chris explained to the main character Becca, that the elements are like a pentagram and everyone falls close to a point, except the Merrick brothers are very powerful and fall directly into one.

The five points on the pentagram, the five elements that are basically the focuses of every book are earth, air, fire, water, and spirit (which is just like energy or a life force.)

In this novella, it gave a back-story to Michael and his family’s struggle with the other not-as-powerful elementals. It was very intense.

I really enjoyed the relationship formed between the two main characters Emily and Michael and it kind of serves as a lesson. Emily’s blind prejudice against Michael was nothing more than just fear and lies fed to her by her parents and it speaks very loudly about society today. Just because someone is different doesn’t mean that you should be scared of them.

Or maybe I’m just reading into it too deeply, I haven’t slept in 24 hours and I’m hyped on coffee, so don’t hold this against me.

 

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