Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Spirit (Elemental #3)
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…
Publisher: K Teen
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Kat's Review
You may already know of my love for this series, and this book doesn't disappoint.  Actually, this may be the darkest, most intense book yet.  Before reading Spirit, Hunter was my least favourite character.  There was something about him that annoyed me.  I can't exactly put my finger on it, but he was untrustworthy.  Kind of a weasel. 
Then I read Spirit.
Now I just want to take care of him.  Giving Hunter his own book gives the reader a closer look into the complicated existence that has led him to behave the way he does.  His trust issues are legend, and I felt that sometimes he could be his own worst enemy.  I liked the juxtaposition of Hunter and Kate because Kate essentially is what Hunter was supposed to become- a trained assassin with no room for pity or remorse.  At least she's those things on the surface.  It takes having the two of them thrown together to really help both of them begin to work through their individual issues and examine everything they've been taught was true.
This book was a nice break from seeing everything from the Merrick brothers' perspective.  It provided an inside view of what they're dealing with when it comes to the Guides, as well as how the pure elementals are viewed by outsiders.  There's also an interesting little bit about how having one of each elemental in a group completes the circle, providing the potential for an enormous amount of power.  I hope to see that potential explored in future books. 
While there is an element of romance in Spirit, there is also a lot of heartbreak.  Hunter has to figure out who he is, who he can rely on, and what side he's going to choose.  The Merrick brothers offer him their friendship and trust, and Hunter spends a lot of this book deciding what he's going to do with it.  It's a huge part of the series, because the decision he makes essentially determines his future path. 
Rating:  All Consuming
If you're into this series the way I am, this book isn't to be missed.  It will make you see Hunter in a whole new light, and broadens the horizons of the series by expanding the perspective beyond that of the Merrick brothers. 
I was provided a complimentary copy this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review. 
Want to know more about this series?  Read my reviews of earlier books:
STORM (#1)           SPARK (#2)          BREATHLESS (#2.5)

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