[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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[Brigid Kemmerer]

[Review] Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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I thought things were bad and weird before—hold on—it’s getting worse.

Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.

The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.

Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.

With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.

This time, destiny is taunting me.

I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.

This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds.

Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.

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4stars

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   So I am not the kind of person who would real ‘quality’ books and make reviews about how deep the book is or how wrong or right the characters acted or about how stereotypical or not I find it. I am a hopeless romantic girl, reading all kind of romantic books and I just rate based on how the book made me feel. Besides I can’t easily express myself in a language which is not my mother language.
I don’t even know why I started reading the series and why I like the story so much.

I need to be fair so 4 stars it is.

It was better than the first book in every way I can think of. The plot was more than intriguing, the characters were appealing and so realistic; I swear that I never thought their reactions were fake or unreasonable. Plot twists were coming one after the other and I just couldn’t snap off of it. I found the dose of romance that I needed in order to keep reading it and I also even enjoyed all the sex scenes without skipping like I did with the first book.

   I picked a favorite character, Ristan, who easily grew on me and as expected from me he is absolutely no main character. When this happens, I know instantly how good the author is. She managed to make me like someone who had less part in the plot and was less described than others. Anyway I won’t repeat myself, I’ve analyzed how much I love Amelia’s writing style in Fighting Destiny’s review. My only objection still is her abuse of the word ‘fuck’ and her tend on repeating herself every now and then.

Other than that the book was amazingly good and I expect more from the third book which will probably have a higher rating. I have a feeling about this!

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[Amelia Hutchins]

[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.

[Review] Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

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When Becca Chandler saves Chris Merrick from being beaten-up in the school car park, she has no idea how dramatically this one action will change her life. Chris is no ordinary guy and neither are his three older brothers. The Merrick boys are Elementals. Hot. Powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

Then there’s Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. With her life at stake, Becca doesn’t know who to trust or whose secrets she should keep. and with two boy vying for her affections, and pressure rising all around her, will she find out in time who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all?

Take Cover.
The storm is coming!

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4stars

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So this is one of these books that I actually enjoyed. Even though there was this weird love triangle and I didn’t really liked Becca, the plot was interesting in general and of course there were the twins. (They are also the reason I will keep reading the series).
A plus was the third person POV which for a change was awesome. I got really tired of the first person POVs in books. I always need to see more about the rest of the characters because call me weird, I usually never like the leads, they irritate me. Magic comes out of the rest stories and I am so excited everytime there is a sidecouple or hidden amazing characters.
So to sup up, the plot was decent, (most of) the characters awesome, the writing style and POV pleasant and finally the use of the elements was different than what I had in mind which was a nice surprise.
Great book, read it!

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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.

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Is anyone excited as much as I am?
Shelly Crane is about to publish Undeniably Chosen, a new Significance Series novel.

“Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever.

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