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(Elemental #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  16,594 ratings  ·  1,384 reviews
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he's not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who ...more
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Published August 28th 2012 by Kensington (first published August 22nd 2012)
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Wendy Darling
CASE # 0197

SUBJECT: Brigid Kemmerer, Author

HYPOTHESIS: Subject writes highly addictive books that are a serious impediment to normal sleep patterns.

Exhibit A: Storm
Exhibit B: Spark

STATUS: Considered a serious risk to all reasonable conduct.

This paper is an emergency presentation to provide anecdotal evidence that the young adult author Brigid Kemmerer is a menace to society. Through her Elemental series, which follows a group of dangerously attractive brothers with the power to harness the force
Feb 05, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
One of my most commonly asked questions about The Elemental Series is, "Who are the guys on your covers?!" Then it's almost always narrowed down to Gabriel/Nick. I've always had to say, "I have no idea."

Well, guess what? Today, the cover model for Nick/Gabriel sent me an email. He's actually a super nice guy. He's been chatting with readers on Twitter all evening, much to my delight. If you want to follow him, go for it:

This is one of the most surreal things EVE
Stacia (the 2010 club)
He appealed to the rage and fury, promising the fire it could bring the house down if those firemen escaped. Promising to help. Promising it would be fucking spectacular.

4.5 stars. I dedicate this review to my friend Carina. Without her, I would have never been motivated to continue on the path of bullying people into reading books. Throughout my GR career, you've all seen me go through a bunch of random names, but the most infamous one got its origins from dear Carina and a group o
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, favorites
Is there anything hotter than a guy (half) in a fireman suit?


Turns out there is. GABRIEL MERRICK in a fireman suit. And a little ol' book called SPARK SPARK SPARK SPARK SPARK SPARK SQUEEEEEEEE!!!

And now that is out of the way....

Tensions are running at an all time high in the Merrick household and Gabriel is right at the centre of it. It was fascinating to read from his perspective this time, so different from Chris in Storm . His element is fire and that reflects on his personality type: ex
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
In Storm we met four brothers, one friend, and a girl stuck dealing with them. In Spark, we get into the mind of one of these brothers: the reckless and unpredictable Gabriel. Hot like the fire that he's learning to control, we delve deeper into this rough-edged character who shows us the depth and insecurities inside his tough shell.

It took only a couple of sentences before I knew I was going to completely adore Gabriel. He was one character that we didn't get to know a whole lot in Storm, but
Steph Sinclair

3.5 Maybe? I really enjoyed the ending so I'm rounding up.

I spent a good portion of this book floating somewhere between wanting to punch Gabriel Merrick in the face and wanting to hug him and bake him cookies. Our pyromaniac always has the ability to bring up the most strong feelings due to his personality being so unpredictable. In Storm, I down-right hated him because, let's be honest, he's a dick. But somehow in Spark I started feeling differently. Don't get me wrong, I still don't love Gab
Nov 25, 2011 marked it as to-read


Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Brigid Kemmerer is one of those rare few authors who know exactly what their readers want. She surprised us with Storm by giving us a solid world filled with complex characters and a plot that kept us on the edge of our seats, but in Spark, she took this a step (or three) further and showed a profound understanding of human nature and readiness to explore the more vulnerable side of her characters.

And who better to bare his heart than the gorgeous and daredevilish Gabriel Merrick? While I truly
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.. Well, it seems like this series gets better with every book :D

For some reason I couldn't put this series down and if i had the next one too, I would definitely go for it this very moment. Yes you can see a whole new star over there, this means that I loved this better and that I agree with all the people that told me this story was worth reading.


Spark was quite emotional, and it kept me on the edge all the time. There were laugh out-loud moment
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Attention everyone! If you aren't reading the "Elemental" series, stop what you are doing and buy it now!! I swear they get better and better! You'll thank me, I promise!

If you are a fan of awesome YA paranormal/urban fantasy, you must be reading this series. MUST. Put down that crappy book that you have been trying to get through and buy this one. No overdone, seen-100-times-before story-lines here! Brigid Kemmerer's writing is just so on point and fresh. And excuse the obvious, but she was
Sarah (saz101)
There’s no denying Brigid Kemmerer took the blogosphere by, well, ’storm’ earlier this year with her debut novel, so it comes as little surprise her sophomore release, Spark, is just as incendiary. So, now I’m satisfied it’s not possible to include any additional puns in this paragraph, let’s talk about what makes Spark so damn good.

The Story:
It's never been more dangerous to be an Elemental. 'Gifted' with the ability to control fire, Gabriel Merrick is explosive as his element, and after recent
THIS WAS SUPERFANTABULOUS!!!! I don't even know where to begin describing my feelings! I thought Storm was incredible......*shaking head*......Gabriel just up and ran away with my heart! Spark blew me seriously...out of the ball park, blew me away! It was simply amazing! Ms. Kemmerer you are totally, hands down and undeniably my 2012 girl crush! :D Woman, I just freakin LOVE YOU!


****First and foremost, I would like to thank Brigid Kemmerer for providing me with a cop
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it

By now you’ve probably seen lot of reviews out there for Spark, raving about the SERIOUSLY HOT BOYS. Well that’s certainly no exaggeration, there are four, and they ARE hot. But the draw for these stories is much more than that. The Elemental series is seriously cool with all of the Merrick brothers able to harness and control a different element: fire, water, air, earth. These boys are each a hero in their own right, yes, even cocky Gabriel, just waiting for the opportunity to get out.

Spark ce
Jessica Buwalda
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Holy baby jesus. I can’t believe I got my hands on an ARC of this bad boy. I think my knees may have given way when I realized that I had it. I may have snapped out of it and started doing the cancan for good measure then raced over to the lounger and clicked on the power to my beautiful KOBO.
For any one out there that has a KOBO and downloaded a book in PDF format onto it they understand my pain when I say usually it prevents you from reading the book until you can find it in some other source.
Irina Elena
Wow. No snark for this one; I've only got praise.

It took me (much) less than 12 hours to read this one - and that includes eating, sleeping and convincing a bunch of people to just stop talking to me already. Just to give you an idea of how much I liked it.

If I had a favourites shelf - which I don't because my favourite books change with the weather - this would go straight in there.

Much more intense and mature than the first book and novellas in the Elemental series, this one perfectly captured
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Brigid Kemmerer’s YA PNR series, Elemental.

It was much better than the first book. This one focuses on Gabriel Merrick, who was so angsty in book 1, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this, but I ended up loving it. Getting inside Gabriel’s head gives a much better understanding of why he is the way he is and some of the choices he makes. Here he is a flawed but likeable character on a roller coaster of action, frustrations and misunderstandings. The romance is sweet a
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
We're no longer Elemental virgins, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! As part of the Spirit Blog Tour hosted by The Midnight Garden, Steph and I will be reading Spark for the next two weeks, so if you're still swooning over the Merrick boys with us, be sure to stop back here on May 12th to discuss! And if you had no restraint and tore through all the books already, we'd still love to hear from you. ;0) And if you're just joining us, check out the Elementals Read Along sign up post for mo ...more
(4.5 stars)

After reading Storm, I couldn't help think how badly I wanted the next book already. So it was pretty funny and shocking to find this on Negalley. I didn't expect to read these books back to back, so to say I was pretty excited would be a huge understatement.

When I first read the blurb for Spark, I was eager to dive in to Gabriel's story since he seemed the most conflicted of the brothers, plus his power is fire so ya know it's gonna be good. But I was also slightly disappointed sinc
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
If Storm was an explosion, Spark is an eruption. I don’t believe that I have ever felt this strongly for a character so quickly before. The Gabriel Merrick of Storm is a mischievous, smart arse identical twin. The Gabriel Merrick of Spark is a broken, hurt, troubled kid who’s an emotional live wire.

He’d been banned from the team, from a sport she knew he loved – God, even Simon practically worshipped Gabriel’s athletic ability. He was fighting with his twin brother, and they had to be close, th
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Isamlq by: Stacia (the 2010 club)

This was really good. I mean it, this was really, really good. In fact STORM (Elemental #1,) a book that took me totally by surprise in its awesomeness might even pale in comparison to this one. Who would have thought that stories of four hot brothers with super powers word turn out so good? So, if that first one was good, this one was so much better… perhaps because past the introductions, we get to have a closer look into what made one of them tick. Book One allowed us those introduct
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Spark we are told the story from Merrick brother Gabriel, In Storm I just saw Gabriel as the hot headed cheeky Merrick brother, Chris had already played so much havoc with my heart in Storm that I didn’t think another Merrick brother would be able to sneak their way in, but boy was I wrong.

*contains some spoilers if you haven't read Storm*
Now that the problems with the guide have been dealt with, the Merrick brothers can stay put, but under one condition that they don’t bring attention to the
Ash Wednesday

I'm going to start this review with this HoYay (homoerotic...yay!) moment between Gabriel and Hunter:

"You had a gun and you still fought me like that?"
Hunter grinned. "Wait, you were fighting for real?"

Aren't they adorbs? No I'm not going to apologize for that word.

With how Gabriel was introduced in the first book, I was full on expecting more snark and more bite coming from the short-fused half of the Merrick Twins. This being his book had a lot of these endearing douchequotes b
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok


After my vast enjoyment with Elemental I had high hopes for its sequel. I was especially excited because it features fan favourite Gabriel. However it seems that Gabriel might have made a better secondary character than a leading man.

The love story in this book was pretty weak. I hated Layne, she walked around with a stick in her butt, and was constantly running away from her problems. By running away I mean literally running away...and people thought Bella was terrible about confrontation.
Crystal Navarro
Okay. Gabriel Merrick, you win. You are my favorite. You are soooo my favorite. You are a perfectly flawed ball of aeoghaoehgoaeaphe'a'! Wait, is that an oxymoron? You personify it.

I don't care about reading the rest of the series. Gabriel will always be my favorite. Don't tell me I will change my mind. I won't.

Stop it. Really, guys. I'M BEING SERIOUS. No really. I-- who cares if your favorite changes with every book and who cares if I keep loving old characters for new reasons I HAVE LAID CLAI
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

When I went into Spark, I was 100% sure I would love it. Yes, 100%. Not even 99.9%. I devoured Storm in a matter of hours and after seeing such a huge string of glowing reviews for this book, I was confident that for once I wouldn't be the Black Sheep. Well, I was (unfortunately) quite wrong. I loved Spark, but ultimately, there was just something missing from it to make it a truly phenomenal novel.

First and foremost, I have to admit that I thought Gabriel was an ext
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Wow, I was totally surprised by Spark, the 2nd book in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. Where the first book, Storm, was heart poundingly intense, I felt this book was sweeter. It pulled a little more on my heart strings but don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of action. It begins directly where the previous book left off so you do need to have read Storm first.

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This book focuses on Gabe, half of the set of twins. Nick being the other half. Gabe’s element is fire. The fire spea
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
t's not often that book 2 in a trilogy is better than the first, but that's definitely the case with Brigid Kemmerer's debut series. I mean, I liked Storm, but Spark exceeded any sort of expectations I had.

Mostly, this book is awesome because of Gabriel.

I really loved his humor in Storm and was excited to read a book from his POV. And I was definitely not disappointed! He's one of my new favorite boys in YA, mostly because he's funny and has lots and lots of issues.

In fact, this whole book has l
3.75 or 4 stars?? 4 stars!

I was so glad when I found out that it will be Gabriel's story in the second book of this series. He's my favorite among the Merrick brothers and to finally be able to see and learn more of him was just freaking awesome. And I just love how Brigid Kemmerer thoroughly explored Gabriel's characteristics here from being a friend, a brother, a student, a lover and a hero.

What I enjoyed most was seeing the soft and vulnerable sides of Gabriel, the side which he usually hide
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved Storm ,the first book in this series and I was dying to read this novel! I believe I squealed when I got accepted for this book.Needless to say my expectations for this book were sky high.

This is Gabriel and Layne's book. The entire book is told from their point of view.Chris and Becca do make an appearance but they're not the main characters in this novel.

I was a little disappointed with this book.The main reason I think I didn't like this book as much as Storm is because I wasn't a big
This series reminds me a lot of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series where each book showcases a brother’s story and their meet cute with their girlfriends. Naturally this is for the YA generation and is set in high school. Gabriel has a fiery “bad boy” image and like most of the stereotypical characters, he has a heart of gold. I was looking for something more? Maybe more of the paranormal elemental aspect instead of the kids and their relationship. I still love the brothers dynamics and I look ...more
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Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she ...more

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