Thursday, June 6, 2013

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer ~ Review

Source:  Received ARC from the  publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Spirit (Elemental, #3)

Book Description:

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s 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. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…

My Thoughts: 

4 stars - My mouth is still hanging open - this one shocked me.

Um..what do I say about this book?  I really don't know.  But here goes anyway.

When I read book 2, Spark, I was very interested in the paradox of those sent to "take care of" the Elementals being much more dangerous than the Elementals themselves.  This book explores that idea.  The fifths seem to have just as much power and very little conscious to restrain it.  They are trained (and when I say trained what I mean is beat to believe) that full Elementals are dangerous and must be destroyed no matter what.  But not every fifth has lost their conscious.  Hunter Garrity may be one of those.  He really can't figure out what side he's on. 

By the end of Spark, Hunter had redeemed himself for me and I thought I liked him.  That was put to the test in this book.  It's not that I don't like him, I do.  He's just confused.  I wanted to hit him and scream at him that he should trust the Merricks and avoid the guides at all cost.  But the lessons of his past had been ingrained so well, that he couldn't go against them.  And then so much of what he thought he knew, he didn't.  I ached for him.  The pain in this book was similar to that of the prequel, Elemental.  I read what happened but I didn't want to believe it.  It hurt Hunter so much and I just didn't want it to be true.

That's something I have learned about reading Brigid Kemmerer.  Her stories rarely go where I think they will.  She brings the pain to her characters.  Sometimes things work out okay in the end and sometimes things go all to hell.  This story was not what I was expecting and I'm not really sure I'm okay with it.  Hunter grew a lot.  I think he has a side, finally.  But he'll never be the same.  I want peace for him.  I guess there isn't gonna be any for this group of 5 till the bitter end.

Going back to read Breathless next.  Missed that one and I need to understand Nick's story.  I'm excited for Secret, book 4.  As many secrets as this series has had, I'm very curious as to what that ones about. 

Really, this book went fast.  I read it in two major sessions a week apart from each other.  But BEA was that week apart so it wasn't the book that had me stopping.  If you have enjoyed the rest of this series, then you need this one too.  If you haven't started this series but enjoy the paranormal YA scene, then this is a great one.


  1. I have yet to start this series. I need more time!!! Lol!!

  2. I really love this series. I felt so bad for Hunter, I just wanted to hug him and tell him everything would be okay. You do have to read Breathless - surprising where she takes Nick's character. I can't wait for book 4 now. Great review!

  3. Love this series. Just like Ellen, I wanted to hug Hunter too at the end. I loved Breathless. Can't wait to hear what you think of that one! :-)

  4. I love this series so much, I can't wait for Nick's story! The only one I haven't read so far is Fearless (Hunter's prequel). And I agree--most of the time I was just hurting for Hunter in his story; I just wanted him to find some happiness. But, I guess he did, in the form of becoming part of the Merrick family. :)

  5. Someday. Someday I will get to read these.

  6. I have not read this series yet. Thanks for the post.

  7. I love this series! Great review! My favorite book is Storm, but I can't wait to read this one. <3

  8. I've heard this series is great. It's awesome that the author keeps you on your toes. Great review, pal!

  9. I'm looking forward to reading this series! :)