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Storm

byBrigid Kemmerer

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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"This book will take your breath away." --Kim Harrington, author of Clarity and Perception

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys--all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her.

Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water--just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming. . .

"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

"Magic, suspense, and enough twists to keep you reading until sunrise." --Award-winning author Erica O'Rourke
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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Title:StormFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.21 × 5.54 × 1.12 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0758272812

ISBN - 13:9780758272812

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE This was just a book I stumbled across when looking for something new to read on goodreads. The plot seemed really interesting but I wasn't sure if I wanted to commit to it, so I read the prequel called "Elemental" and it got me hooked! The Merrick are honestly soo dreamy and the concept of their powers/elements is so interesting that I couldn't wait to read the rest of the series. I love this series so much.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review From Nazish Reads I read this book in October 2012, and I reviewed it on my blog on January 10. Gore: No Magic: Yes Romance: Yes Action: 5 stars Pacing: 4 stars Plot: 4.5 stars Cover: 3 stars Becca Chandler is girl who's having a rough school life, it's because of her ex-boyfriend soccer player, who spread lies about her, which people at school believed and now people think she's going out with half of the school. Because of this, she took a self-defence class which is after school. She thought that it would be a normal evening after that, but she didn't expect to end up being in a fight (two boys were beating up another boy in the school parking lot way after school). At first she's not sure what to do, since those guys are a lot bigger than her, but then she decides to save the boy using her car to scare the other two boys away, then she finds out who the victim is, his name is Chris Merrick, who is in a few of her classes, but she never talked to him before and she doesn't know much about him either. Unfortunately, because of her interference, the other two boys think she's one of them, an elemental. An elemental is someone who can control one of the four elements, although, only the Merrick brothers are known to have so much power that they're really dangerous, which is why other Elementals want them dead, they're scared. Chris' element is water. When Becca finds out about Chris and his brothers' powers, she's in more danger than ever. The arrival of a new kid at school, who is Becca and Chris' age, seems to make things more complicated. As more and more bad things happen, Becca must figure out her real friends are, and who she should stay away from. I enjoyed reading this book. I liked Chris and Becca both, although at some points, Becca kind of annoyed me, but I still like her. I love that she at least tried to defend herself, so she wasn't exactly a damsel in distress, because she was kind of like a normal girl, except for those rumours about her. Chris seemed boring at first, but later on in the story I started to like him. Becca thought that she was in love with Hunter, but many times, when a person feels safe and things are a bit too easy, while the other person seems dangerous, doesn't always mean that you're right. I don't hate Hunter, in fact, it seems obvious that he's confused and doesn't know what to do, but unlike others, when Becca thought that she was in love with him, I didn't feel much romance between the two. I liked this book a lot better than the novella, Elemental, that takes place five years ago, but I wish that there was more information about what happened to Emily, since Elemental didn’t really have an ending, and we only get a little bit information about what happened to her in this book. I hope that we will get more information about her accident in the next book. We learn more about the Elementals and their community. A lot happens in this book. I kind of expected one of the twists near the end of the book, and the other one, not so much. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but I still want to read the second book right away. I have it, but I haven't read it yet. I love that this series also has something different in it, like with Soul Screamers and the Lux series, this series has something different, you guys know that I'm getting tired of seeing too many vampires, werewolves, faeries, and zombie books, and that I love reading about different supernatural stuff (I know, I said different too many times in this sentence, but I can't think of what other words to use). I'm trying to stay away from vampire books for a while, there's a big rant I did about that, which I'm not going to post, this post will be way too long then, and I don't think that anyone is interested in reading a rant about creatures in books that I'm tired of. I like that the future books in this series will focus on and be the POVs of a different brother, including Hunter each book, like: the second book is from Gabrielle (one of the twins) POV, and the third one will be Hunter's POV, etc. At the end of this book I did still had some questions that needed answering, but that's expected knowing that this is the first book in a series, I can't wait to see what will happened in the next books. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I kept flipping page after page, eager to know what happened next. Storm is entertaining, has good writing and flows nicely, is funny, has action in it, has some romance in it, and an enjoyable read. I recommend this book. I rated this book: 4.5 stars. Read more reviews on my blog blog: nazishreads.net
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Force to Be Reckoned With I picked up this book on the extremely high recommendations of basically half the Bloggers I know. EVERYONE was talking about this book, and it looked like just the book I was in the mood for. Hot boys, fast-paced plot, and an intriguing storyline? Yeah, that sounds like an awesome combination. And it most definitely lived up to my every expectation! I think I want to marry one of the Merrick brothers, because not only are they gorgeous they are a ton of fun. Chris, who alternately narrates the story, is so sweet. He wants to fit in with his brothers, instead of just being the youngest. There was definitely some swoon worthy moments between him and Becca, and I loved his passion and courage. Speaking of Becca, she was just fantastic. I was livid over what she had been subjected to at the hands of her ex and how the people at her high school treated her. It was absolutely awful, but Becca handled it with admirable strength. She was very fierce and loveable and a great protagonist. Jumping back to the Merrick brothers, the dynamic between the brothers evolved throughout the novel which was great to read about. There was lots of tension, power struggles but also complete love for one another. I adore those guys. I just want more of them! I had mixed feelings about Hunter, the third party in the love triangle. At first, I was such a fan! But as the story progressed I started getting annoyed and frustrated with him. By the end, I liked him, but I was definitely on Team Chris! I think, even though I love the characters in this novel, my favourite part of the book was the concept. I have always said if I could have a super power I would either want to control energy itself or the elements. Seriously, those are the most EPIC super powers to have! I have read stories that feature the elements (not necessarily with people that actually control them), but I loved that Brigid Kemmerer put a new spin on it. The idea that everyone is connected to the elements to an extent but that some fall on the exact “point” of the element was really interesting! I don’t think I’ve heard anything like it. I enjoyed seeing the different things the boys could do with their powers, and seeing how connected they are with their element. I loved reading from Chris’ perspective but it’ll be interesting to see how each of the brothers deals with their gift. This book captured me from the start. It is a fantastic example of urban fantasy in the YA genre, and I just want MORE of it! Storm was a kick-butt story, with fantastic characters, and just the right amount of suspense. I actually think everyone can enjoy this story. It is a great, great novel. - Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Plot was Fantastic! More reviews at: www.eyesonthepages.blogspot.ca One day, Becca stays late after school and on her way to her car she witnesses the youngest of the Merrick brothers getting a pretty nasty beating. Unable to ignore the situation, Becca makes some bad-ass decisions and decides to help out Chris. After chasing the bullies away, Becca sees Chris' state and gives him some water... Little did she know that this act of kindness would completely turn her life around. Right from there, the plot takes off and never slows down. Often I felt like I barely had any room to breathe the pacing was so fast in this book. But that was something that I didn't mind and really enjoyed about this it. For me, it's the plot that kept me reading, not the characters. While the characters were admirable, I found that they were a little bit too teen-angsty for my taste and made some pretty stupid choices. Hunter would have probably been the most level-headed and the only character that I continued to root for throughout the book. If you don't mind a good scrap (because quite a few punches were thrown in this book due to the high levels of testosterone), and fast-paced action with epic elemental powers thrown into the book, I would definitely recommend this book to you. I really liked this book and I can't wait to read the second book in the series, Spark!
Date published: 2012-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed already!!! I am a total sucker for a brotherly relationship and this book has it locked down. There's four brothers, Michael the oldest and the guardian, Nick and Gabriel the twins, and Chris the youngest. I loved all the glimpses into the family we got during Chris' POVs and a few times during Becca's POVs. They're real and flawed and learning more about their complicated bond was amazing. They're also Elementals with the power to control either earth, fire, water, or air. When Becca's leaving her self-defense class, she sees two guys beating another in the parking lot and she chases them off. She never expects to get so involved in the Merrick's lives or the mysterious deal they have with the guys who were beating Chris that night. Becca is so strong even when she can't see it. She deals with bullying every day, has only one friend in Quinn, and her dad took off years ago. Hunter is the new kid with secrets who takes an interest in Becca. He's sweet and really seems to care about Becca, wanting to protect her, but it always seems like there's something he's not telling her. There's really nothing I didn't love about this book. Except that Spark doesn't come out for months.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is definitely a book you hold like treasure. I love this series so far! This book should come with a warning: “The happiness resulting from this book may cause irrational violence”. Sort of like the warning when you’re about to play a Wii game about standing so far away. Let me break it down for you: 5 hot guys, one girl. 1-girl who saves 1-guy from getting the crap kicked out of him and delivers him to his brothers including 1-scary older over protective ass-hat of a brothers and 2-(twins) that get into a lot of mischief and sure as hell know how to work their way around some great sarcasm and comebacks, then throw in 1-goth like guy who within 30 seconds of meeting said girl make this girl swoon because of his Krav Maga hotness and who sort of gets on the nerve of guy #1 who happens to also not be able to get girl #1 out of his head. Throw in some daddy issues and one seriously bad choice that happened 6 weeks ago and you have a stew for greatness. Intimidating at first with its close to 400 pages (over 400 with the novella and sneak peek) and small writing I actually set this book aside and started on another book before I finally stepped up to the plate and picked this bad boy up. Lets just say I had no reason to be scared. I was ensnarled with this book from about page…oh….2. I’m not 100% sure how to describe it other than all the teen angst, teen insecurity, sarcasm, wit, banter, and sexy boys just made this into a book that is definitely going to be sitting on my stop shelf (where all my absolute favourites are). I cannot wait for the next in the series. No seriously…I can’t I’ve already pre-purchased it via The Book Depository. Good: Becca: Brave, yet scared too. But that doesn’t stop her. Chris Merrick: If he looks anything like he does on the cover he is extremely hot. But apparently all the Merrick boys are as the throw around extremely heavy stop spoil bags for a living…it must define a lot of muscles. Not to mention he thinks only about Becca and how all he wants to do is wrap her in his arms. Then he goes and does something like sticks up for her and gets detention because of it and I was sold. Gabriel Merrick: obviously the seriously mad boy out of the bunch (I say seriously because they all tend to be a little bad) who knows that he looks good and loves to flaunt it. Also the sportive one of the bunch who uses the fact that he and his brother are identical to his benefit (i.e be on two varsity soccer teams at once under different names). Ouuuu!!!…shame on you Gabriel. You sexy thing. Nicolas Merrick: apparently the genius and light headed one of the family. That is saying a lot considering he is generally found right along side his brother pulling some decent pranks and razzing their younger brother Chris. Michael Merrick: Although the pony tail threw me a bit it was his ass-hatness that threw me even more but in the end Michael Merrick was seen as just as tough and hot as his brothers threw my eyes. Hunter: obviously the sexiest rebel like child we’ve ever seen. Swift, strong, and a deep down nice guy. If that didn’t get you then his dog Casper sure will. Bad: So…I thought and thought about what I would put here and I guess there was only one thing to do with the book. In the beginning I loved Chris, somewhere in the middle not so much, then in the end I loved him again. Perhaps it was what Kemmerer was going for? For us to mirror good old Becky’s feelings? Well all and all there should have been more Chris and Becca…mainly them making out…but there are more books to come so you never know. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I love Brigid Kemmerer. Her being a new writer I wasn’t sure what to expect but then when the review kept rolling in and I didn’t see anything other than a 5/5 I had to see what she was all about. Her writing style is beautiful. Its not confused and like so many others she bring her humour across beautifully. But I think the shocker is that she can do it with so many characters…so many male characters especially. The book was paced perfectly with action around ever corner and the meaningful reflective moments and romantic moments exactly where it felt they should be. This series is one that will be highly loved for readers across the world. So I’ve looked forward to the other books in the series and I am delighted to see that the next one in the series is all about Gabriel, and of course the novella “Elemental” is all about Michael, this one, Storm, is all about Chris, but then I was surprised to see the third one will be about Hunter. Um….what happened to Nicky? Come one there has to be a Nick book. P.s. Nick and Quinn…oh ya its going to happen. View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A smoking hot elemental series you don't want to miss! I was pressured, brainwashed, and totally convinced to go into this book with high expectations, and even then it still blew me away! So. Darn. AMAZING! Storm starts on a dark night when our awesome heroine Becca literally saves Chris Merrick's life. Everything quickly goes to hell from there when she realizes that Chris and his brothers aren't normal — they're Elementals, targeted because of how powerful they are. And now that she knows the truth, Becca isn't so safe either. Becca is the perfect imperfect heroine for this novel! She's bad-ass and tough, but she's also vulnerable in a way that makes her so real. One thing I loved about this book was how Brigid Kemmerer incorporated bullying into the mix — with Becca's ex-boyfriend (who I hate with a passion!) spreading awful rumors about her. She reacts to it the way most girls would, and I couldn't have loved her more if I tried. This review would not be completely without mentioning the Merrick brothers. ♥ There's Michael, the oldest who controls earth; Gabriel, the super-hot twin who ironically controls fire; Nick, the sweeter air-controlling twin who is no less hot; and then there's Chris, the youngest, the water-controller, the main character of this novel, and my favourite so far! As one of my friends said, you'd think Brigid Kemmerer grew up in a house full of boys with how well she wrote them! Their brotherly bond, the way they fought, their heated banter... Topped off with Brigid's great writing and the sweet romance, this book has it all. With four hot brothers, a fantastic heroine, an Elemental-based storyline that will steal your breath away, Storm was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year and it definitely lives up to the hype! Brigid Kemmerer, you are definitely starting off on the right foot with this debut. :) I can't wait to get my hands on Spark, Gabriel's story, later in the fall! BUY or BORROW?: Hahahahahaha you're funny. Why would you even think to borrow this? Buy all the way!! :')
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After So many of my lovely blogger friends were just raving about Storm, and they all told me that it's an excellent paranormal romance that I was sure to love! It sounded interesting enough on its own, but the fact that I had so many people singing its praises made me pick it up and read it as soon as I had the chance! And Storm fully delivered on every promise made- it's an excellent YA paranormal, that doesn't neatly fit in to the stereotypes or ruts that most other paranormals fall in to. It actually seemed to me as if it was able to incorporate elements commonly found in contemporary YA which I thought was brilliantly done and a welcome inclusion! Reasons to read: 1.Contemporary YA elements: I'm staring off with this reason because I think it's the most interesting and it was my favourite thing about Storm. Even though this is definitely a paranormal book, I loved that the characters actually acted like teenagers with real-life problems. They just happened to me regular teenagers with some special powers. They still go to school and have jobs; Becca has a bit more freedom from her parents, but they are somewhat involved and play a role in her life. There are highschool issues of gossip and reputations, sex, drinking and all sorts of other topics brought up that ask some really good questions. Becca deals with so many other heavy issues, and there are times when these things take center stage. And I LOVED that Brigid was willing to bring these questions up, because they aren't dealt with very often in YA and they are very rarely included in YA paranormal books at all. And because of this... 2.The characters are so easy to relate to: I like characters that I can connect with, and I like having something (no matter how small) in common with them. Giving them real life problems is a perfect way to do this, because I can remember my friends and I going through some simlar experiences. But I also appreciated that Storm featured strong characters, who were determined to fight through it and find a way to deal with these issues rather than run away from them. 3.Paranormal at some of its best: I love a good paranormal read, because it's so exciting to try and figure out all the secrets and mysteries going on in the background. And everything's more exciting when people have super, magical powers. It just makes highschool THAT much more fun to read about. But I like it even more when it isn't an overused idea, and something that's kind of creative. We aren't seeing a whole lot to do with the elements in paranormal right now, so I liked that Brigid centered her series around this concept. Plus, Brigid does romance SO well, which just always seems to fit in so well with paranormal YA books. She's VERY good at building the romance and sexual tension between characters, but without making it the main focus of the book. 4.Four completely different brothers: The Elementals series focuses on a number of different characters, but the four Merrick brothers really take center stage. I loved reading more about them, and getting to see them interact with each other and those around them because you get an idea of how different and independent they are, yet how complementary. It was a really neat way for Brigid to show this by using four brothers. And really, between the four of them (and mysterious boy #5) there's something for everyone. Storm is an incredible debut, and definitely a series to watch. I think it's a great book for fans of paranormal YA looking for something a little different yet still comfortable and reliable, yet also a really great read for fans of contemporary YA who really want to branch out and try something new. And everyone in between is just going to really enjoy it, because it has so much going for it. ARC received from publisher for review.
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Four smoking hot brothers... One new hot YA series you don't want to miss *Copy provided by publisher for review* Four smoking hot brothers One new hot YA series you don't want to miss Words will never truly express how completely and utterly surprised Storm by Brigid Kemmerer left me. Completely unsuspecting of it's wonders inside, I dove into Storm believing that it would simply be another sappy paranormal romance that would pull the heart strings of teen girls everywhere. Was it a sappy paranormal romance? Far from it! Did it manage to pull my heart strings? Heck yes! Don't let the cover fool you Storm by Brigid Kemmerer has some serious punch that kicks the butt of EVERY paranormal title in it's genre! The cover for Storm, luckily, isn't what pulled me into the novel - it was the premise. With a promising premise speaking of characters with elemental capabilities, I knew this was one novel I had to take a crack at. Diving into Storm, I was immediately introduced to Becca Chandler, a teen girl who, unfortunately, hasn't had the best of luck in high school. Regrettably, her ex-boyfriend has spread vicious lies about her around the school, leading the student populous to thinking she's something she's not. However, that all changes when she meets the Merrick brothers. Becca, as I had originally expected, was an incredibly emotionally strong character with bite - I couldn't help loving her! With that said, it was inevitable that I'd love her narrative voice. The Merrick Brothers... *swoons*. How could I NOT mention them! The Merrick's consisted of; Michael ; 23 years old and controls the element of Earth Chris ; 16 years old and controls the element of Water Gabriel ; 17 years old, Nick's twin, controls the element of Fire Nick ; 17 years old, Gabriel's twin, controls the element of Air Storm, in this particular case, mostly focused on Chris, giving the reader a wonderful view and in depth perception of his personality. I quickly found myself connecting with Chris, who initially wasn't someone I ever expected to like. In my experience, I've never been one to sympathize or like brooding male characters, however, there was a caring side to Chris in regards to Becca that I couldn't help swooning over. Moving on, that isn't to say that the other brothers didn't have their own appealing traits either. Michael was the authoritative figure among the brothers, a much needed role model that I couldn't help loving! Gabriel and Nick were, by far, the funniest and most random pair I've ever read. Despite being twins, both Nick and Gabriel were complete and total opposites. While Gabriel was the womanizer, Nick had the brains! Storm by Brigid Kemmerer opens up the Elementals series wonderfully with intense action, wonderful world-building, suspense, drama, and die-hard romance. Young adult and adult readers will find themselves calling dibs on each of the Merrick brothers, being completely jealous of their female counterparts, and begging Brigid for the next installment to be released immediately!
Date published: 2012-04-09

Editorial Reviews

"This book will take your breath away." --Kim Harrington, author of Clarity and Perception"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"Be prepared to lose some sleep. Otherkin is full of non-stop action and suspense, and you're not going to be able to put it down!" Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental series"Magic, suspense, and enough twists to keep you reading until sunrise." --Award-winning author Erica O'Rourke