[Review] Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

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Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She’s got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s ‘bad luck’. Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?

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5stars

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What a book! Sacrifice is not just a title for the book but the whole point of the book. All people make sacrifices but some are big and some small. Michael and his brother made sacrifices. Hunter, Hannah, Tyler, they all made their own sacrifices in this book and that’s what humanity is.

“Adam told me that it was ok to let other people take care of me. The problem is that I’ve forgotten how”

When Michael’s parents died, left him in charge of his three younger brothers. Michael who had just gotten the first glimpse of adulthood had to take care and protect them and actually be the closest thing to a parent. In this book we understand how difficult and overwhelming this was for Michael. We realise that we expected too much from a young man who got to grew up faster than he should have. Being 23 and responsible for a bunch of teenage brats it’s not something one could easily handle, especially since these brats were full elementals.
Michael needed his parents and someone to be worried about him as well. Even though he was strong and capable of keeping the custody for years, he needed help but he couldn’t dare ask. He was sacrificing his youth and himself because he was trying to be a parent for his brothers. He couldn’t understand that the only thing his brothers needed was he. He couldn’t see why it was ok to be taken care of. He realised it the hard way.

{…He was so strong – so stoic. Seing Michael crying silently in the dark on a hospital bed surprised her.}

Hannah was experiencing a similar situation to Michael. She got pregnant when she was 17 and she ended up being a single mother. Her father was not supportive and she was trying to do anything in order to prove to him that she deserved his love and pride. In this book Hannah learnt how to let go of her teenage drama and how to really grow up in order to deal with her situation. She as well sacrificed her youth but never once regretted it. It was worth it.
Hannah and Michael could understand each other and at the end help each other as well.

I am also going to talk about Hunter’s ultimate sacrifice and it’s going to be a spoiler so please don’t read it if you haven’t read the book yet.
I was never font of Hunter because of all the betrayal Merricks had to endure. But in book four and five he grew more on me. He finally managed to feel loved and wanted and make things better with his family. He understood how friendship works and his life was finally stable. When he actually died in order to protect the Merricks I was devestated. I wasn’t expecting such thing and I was so shocked and heartbroken and yet proud. That kid was the most heroic character of all. He knew what love and appreciation meant and he sacrificed himself to make his point clear. I wish he could have lived because Hunter was amazing!

So this book was all about love and sacrifices. We were taught about what’s right and what’s wrong. We learnt that people could help each other for the greater good. Tyler was the first one to realise that and he actually helped the Merricks to fight for their lives.

“Why help us?”
“Because it’s the right thing to do.” – “Because it’s what my sister would want me to do.”

Brigid is so brilliant. She managed to sent so many messages through her story and made me touched because writting a good book is not just great imagination and talent. It requires courage and willingness in order to teach the readers something, to make them also develop the same way. Helping people become better is what we all need to do. That way we grow up and appreciate life to the fullest.

Thank you Brigid, for helping me understand a couple of things. Thank you for this great journey!

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[Monday’s Top 5] Favorite male characters and how they look like in my mind

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 Well, deciding my favorite male characters was actually really hard for me. I don’t easily favor a character and to find 5 of them was like a challenge to me.

   I also had the need to show to the world how I believe they look like which is also pretty hard, right? When you read a book, you imagine the looks of a character based on what you read but I am sure that everyone has a different image in their mind.

   So here is my list of favorite characters, the reason why I love them and how they look like inside my head.

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Ristan – The Fae Chronicles by Amelia Hutchins

This is actually how the author, Amelia Hutchins, imagined Ristan and I am so so so satisfied with the picture.

Why I love Ristan?

Besides his obviously incredible looks, since the very beginning Ristan showed us signs of his good heart and his intelligence. He appeared to be loyal, loving and caring towards his friends and siblings and that’s something I truly appreciate. Sadly, he was not a main character and we didn’t have the chance to know more about his love life and how he treats his women but from what I gathered from the books, he respects women even if they betray him or wrong him. His humour is unbelievable and he knows how to use it in order to cheer up someone. He is always ready to fight for his beliefs and he doesn’t give up easily. His heart and body are both strong, precious and deserve to be loved by anyone.

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Gabriel Merrick – Elemental (series) by Brigid Kemmerer.

As far as I remember Gabriel has dark hair and perfect blue eyes. In general stunning and strong looks. The pic I found closer to the one I had in my mind was this one.

Why I love Gabriel?

Among five brothers he is the most damaged one and even if he did some wrong and bad things, the support from his family helped him realize what brotherly love really is and that made him a better person. It’s really important to me, to be able to admit your mistakes and to understand how important family is. Gabriel used to be the player of the school but that wasn’t what he really wanted. After meeting his current girlfriend, he realized how superior he really was and that he deserved better than being just another jerk. He learnt how to love deeply and be a good friend. He learnt how to fight for a better life and not just give up. Who doesn’t love a guy who learns through love and trust? Who doesn’t love a guy who was ready to give his life for weaker people? Plus, his life ambition is to become a firefighter. If that’s not perfection, the what is?Read More »

[Review] Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

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Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He has learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down – which means he’ll have to find someone he can trust.

POWER. ENEMIES. EVERYWHERE.

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3stars

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To be honest, as much as I love elemental series, I have to admit that this book was hard to read. It left me with mixed feelings, the same feelings that ‘Fearless’ left me with.
Brigid Kemmerer is amazing. Her writing style is fantastic and the way she gives dept to the characters makes them all so real.

Hunter was not the person we all thought he was. He was more damaged than Gabriel, who already had some serious issues. I could relate with Gabriel but I couldn’t do the same with Hunter who frustrated me to the point I had to take a break from the book. I admit that there were times I felt sorry for him and for all the bad things that were happening in his life. Three of the girls he tried to be in a relationship with, left him, betrayed him and died on him. It’s not just something you can simply handle or get over with. Also his father was murdered and his mother ignored the fact that his grandparents were being rude and mean to him. He felt betrayed, unloved and alone.
I can’t accept the fact that he couldn’t see how the Merricks were there for him. He refused to ask for help or even talk to them and that was what frustrated me the most. If only he could speak his heart things were going to be better for him.

Kate, the female lead of this book, was hard to understand as well in addition with Layne who actually made the story steady. She was raised and trained to believe that elementals were meant to be killed and when she fell in love with Hunter, because she really did, it was confusing and put her whole training and lifestyle at stake. I was actually glad that she was not simply guided to kill. She was strong, opinionated and curious but that was not enough for her.
I didn’t like her and I also didn’t like what was going on between her and Hunter. They were both in need of some love and they were both up for revenge so they were ready to use each other in order to take what they want. How wrong is that? Isn’t it pitiful that you can refuse love because of revenge when you know that revenge won’t bring back the dead?

To sum up, we had a story about two troubled teenagers with trusting issues and lack of communication. Somewhere near the end I was suffocating but I had to end the book. Hunter was a complicated character since the first book and he has to try hard in order to grow more on me. It was good to know more about him and I can finally see why he was behaving like that but that doesn’t mean anything.

So even though Brigid knows how to write an excellent book, this time it’s only three stars because of the characters. I know that it’s not fair but it was really hard for me to finish it because of all the drama and the betrayals.

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[Brigid Kemmerer]

Brigid Kemmerer finds the time to write somewhere between caring for her family and working at her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. The Elemental Series follows a family of four orphaned brothers who control the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and their battles with those who want them dead.

[Review] Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

 

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EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

He could feel flames coming through the floor, looking for him. Sparks and ash rained down. He wasn’t going to make it. He was going to fail. Again. Then a hand closed over his wrist and pulled, hard.

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. So when an arsonist wreaks havoc on his town all the signs point to Gabriel.

Layne is strangely drawn to him. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let Layne know that the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

THE FUSE IS LIT…

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5stars

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I thought it was going to be like the first book which I did enjoy but this was nothing like it. This book is way better and close to perfection. It goes right in my ‘favorites’ shelve!
I really like Gabriel and I was so glad I got to know him better. His mind was so confused and he was struggling to be accepted by his family, something that made his control worse. Brigid Kemmerer made me understand exactly how he feels and I could actually relate to him. His feelings, his thoughts, everything was so messed up and I was so mad with everyone else even though I knew that Gabriel was also wrong but I couldn’t help it. I was feeling exactly how he was feeling and If I could, I would have burnt everything in front of me.
And then it was Layne, the shy but mysterious girl. At first I thought she would be fragile and always in need of Gabriel but she proved me wrong and I liked her even better. She is a perfect female lead character and nothing like Becca whom by the way I totally dislike. She was a fighter and she wasn’t giving up no matter what. Ok yes there were times she needed Gabriel but it’s Gabriel… I need him too!
Anyway I will say the same thing again. Great book, amazing plot, awesome characters and a happy end.
A perfect book you must read!

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[Brigid Kemmerer]

Brigid Kemmerer finds the time to write somewhere between caring for her family and working at her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. The Elemental Series follows a family of four orphaned brothers who control the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and their battles with those who want them dead.