Early Review: Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

August 24, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★

*This title will be released on August 28, 2012*

Spark

(Elemental, #2)
by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: Paranormal YA |
Excerpt: YesBook Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Netgalley

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: K-Teen (August 28, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0758272820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758272829

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing, mild sensuality. Sexual assault

Description

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

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.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

Review

Things seem to burn around Gabriel Merrick.  He’s hot headed, hot tempered, and just plain hot—literally since the guy can manipulate fire.  Both are volatile, dangerous, and once out of control there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. In SPARK, the second book in Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental series, Gabriel is slowing destroying everything in his life by lashing out viciously at his twin and the rest of his brothers, his teachers, and the girl who inexplicably tries to help him.  He’s such a delicious jerk–but there’s that layer of vulnerability hiding right below the surface that makes him oh so redeemable.

Layne sees that layer, and isn’t cowed by Gabriel’s harsh words.  She’s fierce in her own right having had to endure her own bullies and the ones that target her younger deaf brother.  She keeps her head down and tries to avoid attention as much as possible…until she catches Gabriel’s eye.  The relationship between these two started out without even a spark of attraction or even interest.  They each had an opportunity to step in and help the other—she with his math, and he with her brother–and things spiraled wonderfully out of control from there.

One of the many things I’m beginning to love about this series is that Kemmerer doesn’t feel the need to completely resolve her romances by the end of the book. There aren’t crazy cliffhangers, but like in real life, her characters are figuring things out as they go.  Gabriel and Layne still have a lot to work through.  Layne’s father would sooner see Gabriel in jail than near his daughter (my absolute favorite scene in SPARK was when Layne’s father catches them in an accidentally compromised position and goes ballistic.  Gabriel immediately mouths off in what has to be the top worst things you could ever say to a girl’s father including telling Layne not to forget his box of condoms when she’s grabbing his stuff), and Gabriel’s got a team of hunter’s on his tail and the fact that he occasionally sets things on fire.

Packed with the same smoking hot brothers, supernatural secrets, and rich character driven plots, SPARK is a consuming read that burns brightly from beginning to end.  The romantic development reminded me a lot of Simone Elkeles’s writing–though with less sensuality.  There was nothing easy or instant about Gabriel or Layne, but it was obvious from that first inauspicious meeting that they would bring out the best in each other.  I’ll be eagerly waiting for Hunter’s story in FEARLESS coming in May 2013.

Titles in Series

0.5. Elemental
1. Storm – 3/5
1.5. Fearless
2. Spark
3. Spirit

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One Response to “Early Review: Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer”

  1. Amber Hughes

    Great review! I loved this one! I really wanted to give Gabriel a hug. And that scene with her Father, oh my goodness!