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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  17,617 ratings  ·  1,905 reviews
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
Paperback, 353 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Kensington
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Brigid If your book has a "beyond the story" section, it may include the short story "Elemental," which tells the story of how Michael met Emily. (Some later…moreIf your book has a "beyond the story" section, it may include the short story "Elemental," which tells the story of how Michael met Emily. (Some later editions don't include the short story.) That said, it's not required reading for the rest of the series. (less)
Eleanor I really liked it. You can know if you will like the book really quickly, because the author sucks you into the story on, like, the third page. If you…moreI really liked it. You can know if you will like the book really quickly, because the author sucks you into the story on, like, the third page. If you don't like the first two/three chapters, you probably won't like the book (and series). If I were you, I would really give it a try :)(less)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*


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I was really really curious about this one.

Started it.

Nice writing, nothing special but not bad.

The family at the center of the series, uber-interestng.

The heroine, uber-idiotic, blushes at every single damn thing possible and in every single damn situation possible. She behaves like a 13 yo at best, and one who has never been in contact with a male specimen of the human species.
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Triangle. I hate them. HATE! Especially seeing stupid indecisive heroines who spend the whole book deciding who to
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This book definitely made me want to bend some elements. (That's putting it in avater the last airbender terms. ;p) I think, after reading this book, I'd want to have the element of fire. I've actually always wanted to have a fire element after watching ATLA. And this totally made me want it more. If I couldn't have it, then definitely water. There was totally a connection with water, since it was Chris's ability. c:


This is just too much hotness on one cover.
Emily May
Jan 01, 2013 Emily May rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily May by: Young Adult Book Club December 2012

Me and this book went on a strange journey together and the end result was very conflicted feelings.

It all started when I decided I wanted to become more involved in one of my goodreads groups and actually pay attention to the monthly book reads. In the past, I used the group for challenges and recommendations but didn't participate in the group read-along, so I decided that I would read every book voted for except the ones that a) I had already read or b) I couldn't obtain for whatever reas
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"You keep saving me," she said.
"Yeah, well." He stroked the hair down her back. "I think we might be close to breaking even on that."

Even though the covers fail to impress me, the books are quite good! I have to give Storm a 4.25 to 4.5 rating. I truly enjoyed this book, probably more than I have any YA PNR in a while.

It had all the key elements of a cute romance type book I'd want to read :

~ multiple hot guys (jackpot!)
~ lots of action & conflict aside from the romance itself
~ cool power
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It should take me no more than three words to convince you to read this book. They are the same three words that convinced ME to read it, and I haven’t regretted it at all. Those three words are… are you ready?
Four hot brothers.
That’s all you need to know.

*sigh* Oh, okay. I suppose I should write a “proper” review. Here it goes:

Four Merrick brothers have a very strong connection to the elements: Michael controls earth, twins Gabriel and Nick control fire and air respectively, and the youngest
Four Five hot guys and one girl. Does anybody have a problem with this?

As if all this testosterone running rampant isn't enough, these four brothers can control the elements: Water, air, earth and fire. The seriousness of these powers is made clear several times throughout this novel. It's a powerful ability to have to be able to control anything from tsunamis and earthquakes, to the spread of diseases; all without raising an ounce of suspicion. Basically, easily becoming an unstoppable, invisi
Steph Sinclair
Occasionally, my husband and I will discuss books that I am reading at the time. It mostly depends on if the cover sparks his curiosity enough to find out what it's about. In this case, he saw me putting together the Elemental Virgins post a few weeks ago (which may or may not have led to a few awkward questions. "So you're a virgin, huh?"), so he knew this was one of the books in the series. One day, I was minding my business, cracking up in my little Reading Corner at some witty banter between ...more
Wendy Darling
Heads up: this one's free right now, and the others are super super cheap as well!


This book is so much fun, and a terrific start to a promising series. I am far too behind on reviews I have to do to write one for this, but I did write a spoiler-free review of book two here:

If you enjoy sarcastic quips and hot boys with your YA urban fantasy, you'll def
It's late night in an abandoned parking lot, but Becca Chandler can't just stand there and watch Chris Merrick be cruelly beaten upon by two older guys. From the moment she saves his life, she unwittingly marks herself as a target. The Merrick brothers are not ordinary. They're Elementals, each with a strong power over an individual element - water, earth, fire and air. They are dangerously powerful and those that know of their abilities want them very dead.

Allow me to take a moment to express
Sarah Maas
I freaking LOVED this book. It is so, so amazing, and the four brothers are SMOKING HOT. Not to mention, Becca is a fantastic, strong heroine. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Apr 05, 2013 Vilda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR/YA lovers!
Recommended to Vilda by: Amanda
Rating: 4,5 stars

'"My mother believes everything in existence has a consciousness," he said. "An awareness. As in, maybe it's not what you like." He reached out and touched her finger, which was still resting on the hematite. "Maybe it's what favors you."'

I seriously can't believe I waited this long to start this one! I've been desperate to read it since even before it came out, and I don't even have a good reason for not starting it sooner. It was GOOD, and I mean real good! From the moment I p
I don't know what to write here. I know I usually start my reviews that way and then churn out essays the length of my arm, but honestly, this book is a paradox: Because I really, really liked it. And yet I didn't.

It's not the idea. It's not the execution. The concept - of four brothers with an affinity to the elements struggling to survive in a world that is hostile to them, is fantastic. The writing is great - the dialogue zings and I often found myself really cheering the characters on. They'
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
To say that this book grabbed me would be an understatement. I read the entire thing in 4 hours and completely ignored my poor husband (sorry honey, I'm reading about Merrick boys, 'kay?!). It was a wonderful blend of action, paranormal, and romance. No insta-love, no cheesy cop-outs, just great writing and a fast pace that kept me frantically reading.

My favorite parts of the book? I love a great YA paranormal that is well done. And by well done I mean that the supernatural elements make sense,
Aug 04, 2013 Joana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joana by: Kristalia ♥Dex's,Hugh's & Matt's Lady♥(◕‿◕✿)

The Merrick brothers, Michael, Gabriel, Nick and Chris are special.
They are pure Elementals, meaning they have an unusual amount of power, with the element they "dominate".

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And because of that power, the other Elementals feared them and are set on eliminate them. Only a truce made some years ago, stays between them and the ones that want them gone. However, that don't stop the other of bullying them, beat them up, trying to make them lose control, to break the curse and force the Guides, to come
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

Okay, it's a challenge to write a review after half a month I finished with this book. Ha-ha! It's what you got when you chose to read a book right before a major exam starts.

One thing I vividly remember though...

This book haz it.

Where do I about THE FIVE HOT GUYS! (Actually, Becca's dad was actually kind of cute until I actually found out his secret).

Well, it didn't reach the point where I found my ovaries were exploding. But, close en
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Leído para el 2015 reading challenge #20. Libro del final de tu lista de pendientes.

Me encanta como pase de "Es MUY BUENO a ¿puede alguien matarme, por favor?.

Tantas, TANTAS cosas que estàn mal con este libro que no me alcanzan las manos para escribir.

This is so fucked up.

Segùn este libro la única forma en la que puedas defenderte de los chicos que te acosan, insultan, amenazan, intentar golpearte o violarte es ir a clases de defensa personal para mujeres donde te enseñan esta "caminata de muje
Jun 16, 2014 jade rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Oh my giddy-aunt I love this book! This is the sort of book that you crawl into the corner of the couch with, pull up your legs and bring all your limbs as close together as possible, then commence drumming your fingers against your bottom lip while you smile like you have some hidden secret. No really…I did that at one point. I also gasped out loud (a lot), smiled, giggled, and clapped multiple times while reading this book. I may have also hit a dear friend that was sitting beside me while I w ...more

After all the glowing reviews for Storm, I was a little afraid that it may not live up to my expectations. Looks like I didn't need to worry!

Let's just get this confession out of the way: I heard "four hot boys" and I just knew I had to read this. The four we're talking about are the Merrick brothers, born with special elemental abilities, able to draw up power and control the forces of nature. Each brother has a specialization: air, fire, water, earth (and yes, they are all HOT!). Because of t
Mimi Valentine
I was pressured, brainwashed, and totally convinced to go into this book with high expectations, and even then it still blew me away! So. Darn. AMAZING!

Storm starts on a dark night when our awesome heroine Becca literally saves Chris Merrick's life. Everything quickly goes to hell from there when she realizes that Chris and his brothers aren't normal — they're Elementals, targeted because of how powerful they are. And now that she knows the truth, Becca isn't so safe either.

Becca is the perfect
Sarah (saz101)
Four brothers, each a powerful elemental, a community at war, and one girl caught in the middle, Brigid Kemmerer brings her A-game in her electrifying debut. Storm should come with a cautionary notice. Something like: “Severe Weather Warning: This book will blow you away.”

The Story:
When Becca Chandler saves a boy from a brutal beating in her school’s parking lot, chasing off his attackers, she has no idea what her good Samaritan act is getting her caught up in. The boy is Chris Merrick, who, al
3.5 stars

I had my eyes on this book for a while because most of my friends have read it and loved it, so when I got a copy of Spark (the second book in the series) for review I thought that it was time for me to start reading this series too.

Don't be fooled by the 3 and a half star-rating, the book is quite good and if you don't usually over-think the paranormal worlds (like I seem to do) you will definitely love it more.
This is a refreshing story about 4 boys with powers way too strong for the
Good... good. Very good. Nothing eartshaking, but hey, good is already more than I expected, since I haven't touched a het paranormal YA in months.
It looks like I read it in 8 days, but it was actually 4, with one long break in the middle. This means that no, I wasn't completely sucked in and sitting on the very edge of my seat, but while reading I was mighty interested in what was going to happen next. Good enough.

I was planning on talking at length about all the typically PNR-het-YA stuff that
Carol [Goodreads addict]
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Wow, I haven’t felt this way while reading a book in quite awhile! That feeling that your eyes just can’t move fast enough across the pages to eat up the words. That even when you are not reading, your mind is still on the characters. That your heartbeat is going a little bit too fast. I didn’t even take the time to highlight anything. So this review won’t have any quotes in it. Sorry about that!

In Storm we meet the youngest Merrick brother, Chris. Chris gets his power from water. And, we meet
Jacob Proffitt
In my ongoing quest to improve my life by not finishing stuff I'm editing in my head to be any good, I'm DNFing this at 41%. I hesitate with this one because so many of my friends really liked it (average of 4 stars). And I suppose I can see the appeal, even if I don't feel it, myself.

Hot guys with powers and lots of emotional masculinity and a sympathetic heroine to pilot us around the plot landscape. That's a draw, I have to admit. So why can't I lose myself in a book so many others find engag

The first book in the series, which focus on the Merrick brothers, who each have the power to control a different element. The oldest Michael controls earth, the youngest Chris controls water and the twins Nick and Gabriel control air and fire respectively.
The youngest brother, Chris takes centre stage in Storm. The story starts with Becca Chandler saving Chris from being beaten to death by two guys, outside of her school. Becca soon finds out that no good deed goes unpunished when she's pulled
Faye, la Patata
I'm giving away the three Elemental books! Click HERE to enter :)
Warning: there's a bit of rant up ahead. It's still PG-13, promise!

Final rating: 3.5

When I was younger, I was a bit obsessed with stories and cartoons that involve a group of teenagers being able to control the elements. I loved watching Captain Planet (shame it's not on Cartoon Network anymore!) and reading this girly comic book called W.I.T.C.H. There were a couple of mangas about it, too, and some that were slightly similar such
3.75 stars

I would be honest that the main reason that caught my interest to read this book was that I heard that there were quite a number of hot swoon-worthy guys in this one. Then I was surprised to learn that they were not just your typical gorgeous guys but also very cool people who have super natural powers that can control the elements! And so I was sold!

The characters were awesome and very fascinating. Becca Chandler was a very real and compassionate character. She did a poor decision in
**Disclaimer - My wife is the author of the book ** So, while Brigid was writing this book we would talk about it and she would tell me how the story was progressing. I read early versions but about 25% of the way through, I stopped. I wanted to wait and read it in "book" format. I'm glad I did. You might think I gave this book 5 stars to help boost the rating, but let me tell you, it won't need the help. This book takes you on such a ride. The characters grab hold of you and don't let you do un ...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Is this some kind of pattern with the series?? Do all the books end abruptly and with the story unfinished??

Anyway... I wanted to fall in love with this book. I really did. I sadly didn't. That's not to say the book wasn't good. It just wasn't awesome.

I didn't like the first half of the book. It was boring. It seemed all over the place. I didn't get what I was reading half the time and the other half I just didn't care because I was overwhelmed with bits and pieces I couldn't stick together.

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Brigid Kemmerer finds the time to write somewhere between caring for her family and working at her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. The Elemental Series follows a family of four orphaned brothers who control the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and their battles with those who want them dead.

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Other Books in the Series

Elemental (5 books)
  • Spark (Elemental, #2)
  • Spirit (Elemental, #3)
  • Secret (Elemental, #4)
  • Sacrifice (Elemental, #5)
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“If you want me to fix your homework, you need to leave me alone.” Then he spotted her. “You’re back.”
“Yeah.” She glanced between him and Gabriel. “You do his homework?”
“Just the math. It’s a miracle he can count to ten.”
“I can count to one.” Gabriel gave him the finger.”
“Nick,” he said. “I think I’m going to need you to bite my arm.”
“I think I’m going to need you to run that by me again.”
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