Sunday, March 3, 2013

Book Review: Spark (Elemental Series #2)

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire.
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. 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. Only he's not doing it.
And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own...
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Kat's Review
Good God I love this series.  I've read some comments online about the book covers not being to everyone's liking.  Screw the covers; these books are really good.  The Merrick brothers are fascinating to me.  I said it in my review for Storm, and I'll say it again: I'm so glad the author chose not to make her characters vampires, because their ability to control the elements is so much more interesting. 
Brigid Kemmerer does a good job writing Gabriel in his own distinctive voice.  Cocky and confident, while at the same time fighting some very real insecurities and fears.  He's a good guy underneath it all, but he undermines his own efforts to be understood.  Add in Layne.  The bad boy who can have any girl he wants is suddenly thrown off balance by the good girl he would normally not give the time of day. 
There's something about these characters that is just so very human and real.  Maybe it's the language, or the view inside their heads, or whatever, but I don't think of this as a supernatural series, even though it clearly is.  The embarrassment and frustration of Gabriel when he can't understand his homework in math, or Simon's frustration that no one can understand him, or Layne's mortification when someone touches her scars- these are all rendered so clearly and so realistically that I couldn't help but feel for these characters.
Rating: All Consuming
I loved the first book, and it may still be my favourite of the two, but that doesn't take anything away from how much I enjoyed this book.  An excellent read.
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  1. I haven't heard of this series before but it sounds good so I'll have to go check out book one and add it to my TBR. And I'm with you, though sometimes the cover is what attracts me at first...if the book is good who cares about a cover! :)

    1. I have to admit, I'm a cover person myself. I put off reading this series because of them, actually! Thankfully I looked past that, because I really do like the books.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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