Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review: Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

by Brigid Kemmerer
Keep his brother's business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his own twin--or he'll lose his family.
Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who's supposed to be his "girlfriend's" partner.
Of course there's also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.
There's a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.
Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Kat's Review

This is a series that, in my opinion, doesn't get enough love. Those who know about it love it, but there doesn't seem to be the same awareness of it as many other supernatural series out there. 
That really needs to change. 
The Elemental series offers readers something different from the standard vampires and werewolves and demons by introducing a band of brothers who can control the elements. Each one controls a different element, and for that reason, they are considered dangerous and are targets for destruction. 
If you haven't read any books in the series and don't want to know Nick's secret, stop reading.

Secret is about Nick coming to terms with the fact that he's gay, and trying to figure out how to just allow his sexuality to be a part of his reality. He's especially concerned about how his twin brother Gabriel will react to the news. As he tries to hide the truth from his family, the stress starts to pull him under. 
On top of that there's always the danger of exposure that keeps the brothers on their toes. All of Nick's secrecy puts the family in trouble. But when his secret gets out, things get even worse.
Brigid Kemmerer manages to write teen boys that have depth, and weaknesses, and fears, in addition to strength and confidence. They're complex and complicated, and at times this book brought tears to my eyes. At first I was a little wary of Nick's love interest being a male dancer because it spoke of so many stereotypes to me, but the character worked, and the relationship between the two fit the book well.

Kat's Rating: All Consuming
Every book in this series has been strong so far, and this book doesn't disappoint. Each book tells the story of one of the brothers, and the author manages to maintain the overall story arc of the struggle for survival while focusing on each brother in-depth. If you haven't started reading this series, you should start.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review. 

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