Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: Spark (Elemental, #2)



Spark (Elemental, #2)Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental
Release date: August 28th 2012
Publisher: K-Teen
Paperback, 432 pages


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 enjoyed Chris in Storm, he was simply too young and his problems too childish for me to relate to. But Gabriel’s troubles are a whole different story. Really, who of us has never been rejected or felt completely alone, even in a crowded room, even among family? Gabriel is crippled by guilt over their parents’ deaths, he feels responsible for their current situation, and, even though it’s never discussed or admitted, I believe he refuses to form a connection with Michael because he feels guilty for basically stealing Michael’s life.
You’d expect strong and complicated emotions from someone who controls fire, and you’d be right: Gabriel is explosive by nature, he often acts (defensively) first and thinks it through later, but in Spark, he slowly learns to control that side of him just as he learns to control his element.

Even when I disliked one of the characters (I’ll never be Layne’s biggest fan, I’m afraid), I always understood why they behaved the way they did. For example, Layne’s relationship with her father was incredibly frustrating and difficult to read about, but I never blamed her for not being able to stand up to him, and when she stopped her brother from doing the same for fear of driving their father away, it really broke my heart in two.

Once again, Michael Merrick really stood out for me. He is quiet and remains mostly in the background, but the sacrifices he’s made are revealed constantly through other characters. One of Gabriel’s stories about their parents’ death really showed how much pain and pride Michael swallowed for Gabriel, Nick and Chris. He was so young when he started taking care of everyone, but no one was there to comfort him. (I totally would. Yes, I would… Shut up, brain!)

With Spark, Brigid Kemmerer showed incredible potential and great imagination. I hope she’ll keep listening to both her readers and her characters, because what she’s been doing so far works. I need more, please.



9 comments:

  1. Great review, hun, I know you're a big fan of these brothers! I really didn't like Gabriel in Storm but I hope that I like him once I get to know him in Spark

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  2. Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed this, Maja! I loved it too. :) Brigid really does give her readers what they want. The characters were fantastic and I'm surprised by how much I managed to relate to Gabriel in this one. I agree that Chris was a little too young in Storm for the same effect. I have to admit, I'm starting to develop a little thing for Michael now... you may have to share I'm afraid. ;) Great review hun!

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  3. I'm so glad you loved this too Maja, Gabriel surprised me so much in this book, I honestly didn't pay much attention to him in Storm, as Chris was the Merrick for me, but now I'm not so sure! I'm glad too that me, you and Sam all have a different Merrick as our favourite! Another brilliant review hun! I need more Merricks asap too! Btw I love how were both reading Onyx at the same time, when we didn't really have a brilliant reading experience with Obsidian! I hope you're enjoying this one a lot more! :)

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  4. gr8 review maja . i love the red ha ha . i can't wait to hold my copy . glad you enjoyed it

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  5. I've only skimmed your review because I just started the first novella Elemental today, but glad to see you enjoyed it. I can't wait to get into this series, I've read so many great reviews about it.

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  6. YAY! I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Maja! I'm SO excited for the release of this one and I've heard so many amazing things about it already. I love your paragraph on Michael though - he always struck me as such an interesting and overlooked character out of all the brothers, but I'm glad we get to see more of him in this one. AND GABRIEL! *swooon* Stunning review, dear! I can't wait to dig into this one tomorrow! :D

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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  7. I need to get to this ASAP!! I'm so excited to dive into this, even more so with you lovely review, Maja. I have a soft spot for Michael too, I felt so bad for him, having so much responsibility thrust on him at such a young age. And losing his love! He definitely needs some loving. I guess you wouldn't mind stepping up to the plate? Heehee! :)

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  8. I wish I could just drop,everything and read this series. Nothing but praise for these hot guys! I must meet Michael ASAP!

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  9. Ok first - omg dude you totally redesigned your blog! I think I haven't been in a while huh!? Bad blogger!! haha. But frig this is awesome I LOVE it!!

    And this books! This book was SO good! I'm glad you loved it too Gabriel was definitely an awesome character and much more compelling than Chris. I did like Layne, though, I thought she was so strange and I liked her peculiarity I guess >.< And I'm with you on Michael I'm really hoping he gets his own book. I know there's a novella with him but I want more than that! haha. Great review, muffin!

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