I'm sorry everyone!!! But I just found out that Goodreads has this book series about Netball that I used to read when I was little and I feel nostalgi...moreI'm sorry everyone!!! But I just found out that Goodreads has this book series about Netball that I used to read when I was little and I feel nostalgic and so Australian right now.(less)
I'm..........going to come back and write my review because I need some time to happy-cry and maybe think about the little shit Eugenides and his ways...moreI'm..........going to come back and write my review because I need some time to happy-cry and maybe think about the little shit Eugenides and his ways of subduing palace politics.(less)
Socially stupid boys with a heart of gold \o/ Lol Gabriel's thought processes are basically: Omg what do I do...moreOOOOOOOOOOOOK LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK.
Socially stupid boys with a heart of gold \o/ Lol Gabriel's thought processes are basically: Omg what do I do with this crying girl? OMFG. WTF. Girl. Crying. Am I supposed to do something? Never mind, Nick will know. He's used to me being a failure. Let's kiss this girl because I don't want to do Maths. What the hell, I had to wait 15 seconds (15 seconds!!!!) for this girl to reply to my text. How come Michael is allowed to bring a girl home and I'm not? [seethes])
I'm okay with these books not really having a plot. I AM SO OKAY WITH IT. I'm also okay with more scenes that involve making out. Also, the Merrick brothers rescuing each other and the Merrick twins crushing your soul but damn, someone needs to get all four boys to sit down in the same room and just /talk it out/.
I think my favourite things about the Elemental series are the characterisations and brotherly dynamics of the Merricks, and the nuances of all the different relationships they have with each other. The next time someone wants to spout some crap about there not being enough boys in YA, I'm slapping this series in their face. There were some great things about this book and more great things about Gabriel Merrick. Gabriel Merrick who thinks he doesn't deserve a future because he isn't as good as his brother Nick, how he blames himself for the death of his parents, and his feeling like an intruder in his own family. This book almost made me cry because it hits home how hard the Merrick brothers are slumming it. Their older brother has to stop just being their older brother and become a parent. All four boys miss their mum, and I sort of internally cried in anguish when Gabriel was remembering how his mum made his first coffee and it's the same way he takes it today.
There were beautiful moments I loved including: A conversation between the twins in the bathroom; another conversation over a shared secret beer; the fact that Gabriel has to, for the first time, think about his life with the possibility of his twin not being close by because Nick wants to leave and go to college; the friendship between Gabriel and a younger boy who wants to play Junior Varsity basketball, and Gabriel wanting to learn sign language so he can coach this younger boy so that he's good enough for the team. Your heart of gold is buried under layers of defence mechanisms and your jerky/arsehole exterior, Gabe Merrick.
Things I wish there was more of: Carry over of the plot from Book 1 because everyone seemed to forget that there was a Guide in their hometown; What's a Chris?; and am I going to have to read about more situations of sexual violence because it's starting to turn into a plot device only to be used to add conflict and tension without having major impacts besides propelling our heroines into the arms of the relatively good guys so they can comfort her. Please prove me wrong though, Brigid Kemmerer.
Also, I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK OF HUNTER GARRITY. LIKE, WHAT IS UP WITH YOU MATE? AM I SUPPOSED TO LIKE YOU OR HATE YOU? Hunter Garrity is that person in the series where every time he makes an appearance, his theme song - which would probably be the Gossip Girl intro - plays in the background: And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell. XOXO Hunter Garrity.(less)
You should just read this book because it has four hot brothers and that's the only thing that matters. Can you imagine being in the Merrick household...moreYou should just read this book because it has four hot brothers and that's the only thing that matters. Can you imagine being in the Merrick household for even a second? The clothes would come off instantly and then we would be rolling around in polyamory. I DON'T EVEN KNOW (but let's be real, this would probably happen, don't lie to yourself). The only way I can describe this is Avatar: The Last Airbender but with cute brothers and lots of man-angst thrown in.
- The Merrick brothers teasing each other about girs!!! - Merrick brothers being sexy!!! - Merrick brothers looking out for each other!!! - Merrick brothers protecting each other's honour!!! - BORTHERHSH!!!!!!!!
I can feel my life spiralling slowly in a downward direction.(less)