July 28, 2014

Review: Storm by: Brigid Kemmerer

Storm (Elemental #1) by: Brigid Kemmerer (2012)
353 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Supernatural
Publisher: Kensington
Source: The Library
Goodreads Summary: Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. 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 . . .

My Review

I enjoyed Storm more than I ever thought I would. I feel like I haven’t read a young adult supernatural novel in while that I really truly enjoyed, until now.

What I Liked
  • It’s quirky and made me laugh.
  • I loved how it was written. We get to know what is going on from Becca and Chris’ perspectives. I liked both and you really get the whole story.
  • The characters are likable. Storm gets a lot of points for not having the main male character be a complete jerk. Although some of his brothers were, but that’s fine. I also greatly enjoyed Becca’s snark.
  • Real life teenage issues are discussed, such as bullying. I always feel like it’s hard for supernatural books to also seem real. Although Storm did stretch the imagination a little too far at times, it did a nice job at showcasing real life problems, not just supernatural ones.
  • The action scenes were awesome. Fists were always flying or the weather was going crazy almost all the time.
  • Supernatural powers where people control the elements... Yup. I like it.
What I Didn’t Like
  • There weren't any big or small shocking reveals. Everything was pretty predictable to me.
  • The bullying could have been handled a little better. There really was no resolution to the issue.
  • There is a love triangle, but surprisingly I didn’t hate it, I just wasn't a big fan.
Bottom Line: Even if I’m not sure I fully understand why I liked this book as much as I did I would still tell you to give it a try. I will be reading the second book as soon as I get it from the library.


  1. Great review Kay!
    Well, the books will keep getting better and better... it's constantly building up and I just loved that each book is of one of them.

    Jo @ A Bookworm Confessions

    1. Yay! That makes me want to read the second one even more now! :D

  2. Great review! I like how you point out the good and the bad :) I've had this book on my tbr forever, but have never gotten around to it, though maybe I should after your review! It sounds like a good ya paranormal, and I'm glad to hear that the male character isn't a jerk - they often seem to be like that. But I have to admit that I'm not much of a fan of love triangles (bookish pet-peeve right there), but if you didn't mind it, it might not be too bad :) I hope you'll enjoy the second book too!

    1. I was the same way... I kept not reading this book for whatever reason, kept putting it off, but I regret that because it was a good book! I just picked up the second one from the library. I'm not a love triangle fan either but for some reason this one didn't bother me. If you read this one I can't wait to see what you think. :)

  3. Ooh, this is another one of those series I would love to pick up. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Kay! From your review it sounds like this has a fun mix of paranormal and yet some realistic teen issues too, and I like that mix in my books. I'm going to have to try and bump this series up. Wondeful review, Kay :)

    1. I think you would like this one! I was very pleasantly surprised. I just picked up the second book from the library.

  4. I have seen a lot of good things about this series. I think I would like it! I am a total sucker for powers and snark :)


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