Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: Falling for Jillian by Kristen Proby


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review: Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Four "Love the Merrick brothers" StarsLove the elemental series!

First just let me say if you enjoy paranormal books, then you have to try this YA series!

Just stop, drop, and roll on over to book 1 in the series, Strom (my review here). You will not be disappointed.

Michael has always looked out for those around him. When this includes his own younger brothers, Hunter, his girlfriend Hanna and her little boy, Michael feels overwhelmed. This is because he is not just trying to help them from day to day life, he is also trying to keep them safe from the Guides coming to town. Even if it means making sacrifices. When the threats are carried out, and even appear at their own front door – Michael knows something has to change.

Only as Michael tries to protect those around him, he pushes them away. And instead of bringing justice to his family, those in the community begin to think it is a little to convenient that Michael is always at the scene of the crime. Unable to explain the reason behind everything, Michael finds himself in even more trouble with the community. Especially the fire marshal who is Hannah's father.

I have described these books as The Outsiders merge with Captain Planet…and that is probably the reason I love them so. The supernatural elemental brings a lot of action to the plot. While The Outsiders component gets to the heart of the characters and the bonds of brothers. Which always gets me right in the heart too. However, the brothers were lacking a lot in this book. The moments that they were all together warmed my heart, and were probably some of my favorite parts of the book. Yet, Michael does not take any lessons from his brothers’ (or Hunter’s) books and tries to take on the Guides (and problems) himself. This really frustrated me because I knew it was the last book, and I wanted a lot of Merrick bonding moments.

Adam, Tyler, and especially Hunter played a major role in these books. And since I love all of these characters, I was really excited to see them. But some grim moments take place in this book, and it made me wonder where in the world were Becca and Layne. Also, Hannah was the first Merrick girlfriend/boyfriend that I did not absolutely love. And I really liked her appearances in the other books, and she grew on me here, but she also frustrated me a lot.

The writing was face paced, and flowed perfectly with the plot. And true to Brigid Kemmerer form the characters were fleshed out and relatable. She really has a talent for making all her characters pop off the page. And as always she never shies away from facing the big problems, the big moments, or the big plot twists. And she always can get to the emotion of the problem and make your heart break with the characters

The end of series always make me nervous. And I knew that reading about my favorite Merrick brother wouldn’t be any different. I knew something b-i-g was about to happen, but I did not see it actually coming till a few moments before. And ack, it was a huge plot twist moment.

The ending made the series complete, but I wanted more. More explanations, more brothers interacting, and maybe just maybe an epilogue! Too much was left unanswered for me to actually feel like the series was wrapped up. Seriously, even a little novella now with a few months down the road would make my day! So this book finished everything up, and it was nice to be in Michael Merrick’s head. There was a lot of action and some heart crushing scenes, and all and all I enjoyed the finale. The ending is a bit abrupt, but then again Brigid Kemmerer covered all the bases and left me wanting more! So really I cannot complain too much.

It was going to be a three star read for me, but because of my general love for the Merrick’s and for some really great moments in the book and the awesome writing– I bumped it to four stars.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing this copy in exchange for a honest review.