Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: Storm (Elemental #1)

Storm (Elemental #1)
Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Kensingtion
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Kat's Review
The first book in what promises to be a very exciting series did not disappoint.  When Becca stumbles upon Chris being beaten in the parking at school after hours, she helps him without hesitation, not realising that she is intervening in something far bigger than a simple fight.  Despite attending the same school, Becca hasn't had many interactions with the brothers in the past.  Now her life is intertwined with theirs in inexplicable ways. 
This book took me by surprise.  The characters were complex and so different from one another, each struggling with their own issues.  The author knows how to give a little at a time, just enough to keep the reader turning the pages.  Becca was such an authentic teen, struggling with her own insecurities and regrets, trying to trust even though she's wary.  The way she's tormented by her peers was very real, and her efforts to just ignore the problem and hope it will go away also struck me as real.  Bullied kids often just want to be invisible. 
There's a lot going on here.  Becca's issues, her strained relationship with Chris and confusing one with Hunter, the new boy in town.  The Merrick brothers are trying to stay alive & control their impulse to fight back, although doing so would be to ensure their death.  Not to mention some fight scenes and a budding romance or two.  Seriously. 
I read somewhere that the characters were originally supposed to be vampires, and I'm so happy that she went in another direction.  A band of brothers who can bend the elements to their will is much more original and interesting.  Not to mention hot.  These boys are all very attractive, and their powers just add to that appeal.  That there is a solid storyline backing it all up makes the book even better.
Rating: All Consuming
I'll admit that I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did.  It delivers on all fronts: action, mystery, romance, friendship, trust, betrayal, you name it.  If you like books with a supernatural slant, I would recommend giving this series a chance. 
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