Ugh. The version I got (through a seller on AbeBooks) smells horrible. Not "old book" smell but just gross storage mouldy/smoky smell. I've changed my...moreUgh. The version I got (through a seller on AbeBooks) smells horrible. Not "old book" smell but just gross storage mouldy/smoky smell. I've changed my mind: I'll be getting these new 2012 Phoenix covers. Even though I prefer the cover I own I have to draw a line with second hand books. I guess I'll just donate it...(less)
I actually came across this title yesterday or the day before, and it just didn't appeal to me. Thanks to Hachette (Hodder & Stoughton) for the re...moreI actually came across this title yesterday or the day before, and it just didn't appeal to me. Thanks to Hachette (Hodder & Stoughton) for the review copy, but meh.
For any Aussie residents: to swap or pay for postage, if you want this book.(less)
One question: Do I need to read the first book to get into this one? Do I need to read BLUE BLOODS to enjoy this? I really don't know where this cover...moreOne question: Do I need to read the first book to get into this one? Do I need to read BLUE BLOODS to enjoy this? I really don't know where this cover (UK) is going. It confuses me. :P
I am kind of speechless right now. STORM was good. Really good. My only comfort at this moment is knowing that we w...more4.5/5
Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God.
I am kind of speechless right now. STORM was good. Really good. My only comfort at this moment is knowing that we won't have to wait a full year for the next book, just until September. DERP!
STORM starts off with a fight. Becca is heading to her car late one night after self-defence class when she comes across a few big guys beating up another guy. Having always done what she felt was right, Becca saves the guy's life. His name is Chris, one of the highly acknowledged Merrick brothers at school. What follows is a series of events where Becca gets caught up in a twisted state of affairs. The Merrick brothers are what is known as Elementals, people who have a higher connection to the elements. Which means they're dangerous, because they can control these elements and cause wide-spread chaos, such as earthquakes and tornadoes. Every single natural disaster has occurred by the hand of an Elemental, and that is why they are marked for death by the Guides. And when history tries to settle the score, things get messy.
In among all this, Becca has internal struggles in finding herself again and coming to terms with past traumas; in her growing feelings for Chris and the mysterious new boy at school, Hunter; and also in coming to terms with the reappearance of her father.
I am not a paranormal fan, but I love anything to do with the Elements (Avatar!).
+ That first chapter is full of win. + I freaking LOVE all the characters! For a paranormal YA, this book was highly complex and had some great character development going on. Especially with Becca. She is so well fleshed out and her emotions felt so very realistic. + Brotherrrrrrrrrrrr relationships! Yay!!! It will warm your heart and make you laugh and feel the complexities in the Merrick family and how they've had to live with only each other. + The roooooooomance! There is a bit of bad romance, but then we have the good romance too. See love triangle below. Triangles aside, there are some swoonworthy scenes and I kind of chuckled to myself whenever Becca wanted more than this guy thought she was ready for. Kind of reminded me of a puppy, overeager for playtime. Keep in mind that I was cheering on Chris most of the way through, so it kind of didn't feel as much like a love triangle when compared to some other books out there. I'm not sure if that makes sense. It all goes back to that dual perspective, I think. + The switching POVs! It gave us the opportunity to look at Becca's life as well as Chris's! I'm so so glad that Brigid made the switch to include Chris's POV - a very wise choice, I must say. + I called a couple of the twists, but some of them literally had me yelling at the book and slamming my forehead against it. Which explains the "Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God." I wrote at the beginning of this "review", which might be ommitted in the final review. :P ~ The ending was satisfying enough. There's no cliffhanger, and I can see why, considering the next book will be focusing on a different Merrick brother and it will be HIS story. ~ Okay, so there IS a love triangle. I always supported Chris, even when he was being a complete jerk. MAYBE this just gets back to the point of the dual perspective, because where we don't really get insight into Hunter's mind, we find out so much about Chris that I just could not help rooting for him. ~ Pretty standard YA literacy writing level. Not a bad thing, since it made it easy to read. I think this style just works for this genre, compared to Historical Fiction where more sophistication is expected from me. It's a very easy style to slip back into easily though, and will have you turning those pages. ~ I think I should give proper warning that there are issues of rape and bullying in this book, so if you're extremely sensitive to that stuff, just yeah, be aware that it's there. I don't have much personal experience with that, but when I read those parts I just...it was hard to read and I was tearing up and I don't know I guess the feelings that this character felt was contagious.
FUN FACT (because I find it funny when people say that phrase):
* The Merrick brothers were meant to be vampires.
That is all.
AND HOW FREAKING AMAZING WOULD THIS BE AS A MOVIE? I'd say a TV show, but I find that it can easily be pulled along to the point of tedium. Phew!(less)
After reading the synopsis at the back of the back . . . I'm really not sure. I would never touch this book had I not been handed a copy for review. T...moreAfter reading the synopsis at the back of the back . . . I'm really not sure. I would never touch this book had I not been handed a copy for review. Thanks for that, Gabby, but I'll think it over before I dismiss it. If you've read this, please do let me know what you thought! Convince me to read, or not read, it.
On an unrelated topic, I quite like the cover. If anything, I'm curious to find out what the symbol clock/sundial-whateveritis is. What does interest me, also, is that there is witchery in this. Along with vampires. So I've read, anyway.(less)