Review: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

  Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Book #2 of { Elemental } series

 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural

 Themes: rape, bullying and love

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  Synopsis

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. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own…

my rating: 3leaves

It might took me some time to start reading Spark, I could not have waited more time to get my hands on it as soon as it release. If you’re like me and was so in love with the series so far, then you know what I am talking about. Brigid Kemmerer just makes you go and buy her books.

The Plot

The air in town, specifically at the Merrick’s is still heavy with tension from what happened in Storm. The Guides are still a threat to them and those close to them. But, surprisingly, Becca’s dad is willing to help? could that be a truce or is he planning something?

Like Storm was about Chris and has to do with water, Spark is about Gabriel, the hot tempered brother, who literally plays with fire. He is still dealing with the emotional residue of the attack. He believes that he’s responsible for what happened for his brother, more so about Nick, his twin who got injured during the fight with the Guides. This sends him on a spree of recklessness. In class, he meets Layne, who is an A-student and hides herself behind her conservative clothes. Would this relationship bring them to be better people?

But when there is an arsonist lighting houses ablaze, no other than Gabriel to point at.

The Characters

Gabriel Merrick

We’ve known the hot-tempered Merrick from Storm, so I was really excited to read this from his POV. Beside being hot-tempered, what you might not know is that he’s strongly loyal and more protective of those close to him, especially his twin brother. As much as I have figured out from Storm, there’s an underlying suffering to all the Merrick family, now Spark delves into the dark depths Gabrielle Merrick. I was happy to see that he’s exactly what I thought he would be.

Coming to the romance, I really thought he was into Quinn. The banter between the two is misleading. However, between reads I do think of why they aren’t together. Moving on, Gabriel goes into some really good character development. Even when it’s slow, as expected with a stubborn guy like him, but nicely done. you know what I loooooove the most, his bonding with Hunter. *sigh* Hunter hunter hunter hunt….. *ahem* sorry just forgot myself there. Beside, being the guy who I think deserves all the love ❤ there’s little bits and pieces about him there to prepare for Spirit, which I can’t wait to read. Him and Gabriel talking was really nice.

Layne

She’s a straight-As student, she’s secretly crushing on Gabriel. She’s always someone who avoids being noticed, and her cloths are what helps her disappear among the crowd.

Layne, like every Brigid Kemmerer character in this series, has more to her than meets the eye. We soon know that her mom left her and her deaf brother Simon under the care of their workaholic dad. She has a spirit to her that finds home in riding horses, much to parallel Gabriell’s need to run. Both are drawn to each other despite the increasing roadblocks. It was so enjoyable to watch, even though, I thought the relationship lacked some real Spark 😛 but it was nice to see Gabriel care for a girl 🙂

The Writing

This proves how much I adore Brigid Kemmerer’s style of writing. It’s so comfortable and nice. I just love it!

Overall, this is a great installment to understand the enigma of Gabriel Merrick. And that’s just that about Spark. I still want to know what happened with Becca’s dad. Also, What will come in Spirit? check out my reviews of Storm and Fearless, and if you haven’t already read the series, go and do just that.

until the next book, 🙂

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