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Elemental Series, Book 2
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Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist...
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist...
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  • Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

    Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't.

    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.

    And no one seems to believe 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. . .

    Praise for Brigid Kemmerer and The Elemental Series

    "Five hot guys, one tough heroine, plenty of romance and non-stop action. . . Elemental is the new series to watch." --Inara Scott, author of The Marked

    "Overflowing with action, snappy dialog, and hot guys--The Elemental Series will take your breath away." --Kim Harrington, author of Clarity

About the Author-

  • Brigid Kemmerer finds time to write between her family and her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. You can follow her blog at www.brigidkemmerer.com.

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  • DOGO Books rainbeaux - I'm up to the 4th book in the Elemental series (Secret) and, so far, this is my favorite. Each time a new character is featured it gives them amazing background. This is especially true with Gabriel. In Storm (book 1), all we really knew about Gabriel was that he was Nick's twin, a bad boy, a sports star, a fire elemental, and kind of a jerk. While he's still kind of a jerk, this book gives him much more depth. Like a fire, he's aggressive (I guess?) and his mood changes suddenly. I love his friendship with Hunter (but seriously boy? Get it together! I just want to slap him sometimes.) and how everyone thinks he's doing something bad but, really he's doing something good for the first time. I love his relationship with Layne. It's so sweet. This book did a great job of holding my attention and I recommend it to anyone. Well, almost anyone. As my mom says, "There's a bit too much touching for a teen book." Fair warning: It's not a "And they kissed. And she was happy. The next day..." book. No. They're kissing for 2-3 pages and shirts are coming off. I think this book is (maybe) 15+.
  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2012
    Enjoyable and as illogical as is dictated by paranormal-romance conventions, round two of The Elemental Series is set apart by its focus on the viewpoint of the guy. Following Becca and Chris' showdown with the Guide sent to kill the Merrick brothers in the first of the series, Storm (2012), Gabriel Merrick, one of the twins, here explores his connection to fire, which is reflected in his quickness to act and to anger. Quite athletic, Gabriel has opted to let his twin Nick cover for him in math, a strategy that works until a new and more demanding teacher shows up. Layne is a quiet girl who tries to go unnoticed, but by observing Gabriel's academic struggles, she connects with him, even as her father wants her to avoid boys completely; her deaf younger brother, Simon, is almost her only ally. Gradually, both Layne and Gabriel share the spotlight in this third-person tale. Clearly, fire is the unifying theme, and blazes appear with horrifying regularity as events reveal Gabriel's need to control his power. A lively romance blossoms, despite the usual absurd misunderstandings and defenses of the protagonists. The plot is fairly predictable, but the characters have slightly more depth and are more interesting than many in the genre, as it takes more than special powers to face their internal challenges. For more discerning fans of the genre and those who enjoyed the previous title. (Paranormal romance. 11-15)

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2013

    Gr 8 Up- Spark revisits the wonders of blossoming young love with a twist. Gabriel Merrick has a destructive streak, ruining every positive aspect of his life. Gabriel, his friends, and his family are Elementals: they each harness some control over a natural element. Fire, the most volatile, calls for Gabriel to come and play. After trying to recover from his last screwup with the Guides, which seriously injured his twin brother, Nick, he grapples with the task of regulating his abilities in a safe environment while trying to graduate from high school. Amid these supernatural and real-life issues is beautiful Layne, the inconspicuous girl who sits next to him in math, his worst subject. He has more in common with her than he realizes. Their romance is well developed and gradual, though it takes place over a span of two short weeks. Kemmerer uses straightforward yet precise voices for her characters; each one is distinct and realistic, each emotion resonating. The conclusion is the author's playlist, allowing readers to connect the personalities, passions, and positions with more than mere words.-Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York City

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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