Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.
Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. 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 . . .
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: When this book arrived on my doorstep I will admit that I had not heard of it. I have no idea how it was not already on my radar, but I am very thankful that the publisher sent it to me because it has all the elements I love in my books! It is a young adult paranormal romance and has four awesome brothers that rival many of the boys I see in my adult paranormal romance novels. They have a great sense of humor, unique voices and are very lovable.
Storm is a paranormal romance, but the core of the story is the relationship between the four brothers. Sometimes in books the voices of characters who are related to one another can blend together and it is hard to tell them apart. That is not the case at all in Storm, while we focus in on Chris in this book all four brothers have very distinct personalities and it is easy to tell who is speaking when dialogue floods the page. Even in action sequences when things can get confusing, Brigid did an amazing job of differentiating the brothers’ voices. We get a back story on these guys and all of them appear in the story enough to give us a glimpse into all of their heads. I appreciated getting well developed secondary characters and it has made me that much more anxious for all of the brothers stories.
There is romance in this story, but it takes the back burner for most of the novel and lets the action take center stage. There is also a love triangle. I am not such a fan of those. I went into Storm knowing this though, so I was prepared for Becca to be torn between two guys. I gravitated toward Chris and just had to keep fingers crossed that Becca came to see how great he really was in the end as well. Not that Chris makes it easy for her since he is trying to push her away to protect her. I understood his reasons, but I still wanted to shake him at times and get him to fight for Becca. Don’t get me wrong, Hunter seemed to have his heart in the right place, I just did not trust him fully. I have a feeling though that Hunter is going to be making an appearance in future books and I am interested to see what role he will play in this world.
There is a scene that I need to bring up that was uncomfortable to read. I have seen it mentioned in other reviews and feel I have to just address it as well. There is an almost rape in this book, it is not an easy scene to read at all. I have seen rape in paranormal fiction, but do not see it in young adult very much. I think Brigid did handle it delicately, but I still think Becca downplayed the issue just a little too much. I understand that some people handle traumatic situations differently, but I did want Becca to react more than she did, especially since it happened to her twice, by the same guys.
As for the action in this book it was awesome! The scenes when they were fighting each other and the enemy were so rich and vivid I could see everything going on very clearly in my head. Brigid gave us just enough detail to keep us engaged, but kept the action moving forward at a rapid pace. I was so engrossed in this story that I devoured it in just one sitting. I started one Sunday afternoon and was finished by later that same evening. I had to know what was going to happen and who the person hunting them really was. I had my suspicions from the beginning, but still enjoyed the mystery Brigid wove for us to riddle out.
The mythology was also really intriguing. It was a subject I had not seen explored before and I liked that Brigid did not dump all the information on us all at once. She eases us into this world and reveals bits and pieces to us gradually. Many times the first book in the series can throw a lot of information at you and it hard to absorb it all, but that is not the case in Storm. The mythology is peppered throughout so you do not feel lost, but soak in every detail when it is given to you.
Overall, I really enjoyed Storm. Brigid made it easy to fall in love with these four brothers and root for them. It will be impossible for me to walk away from this series now. I am too invested in the lives of the Merrick’s and the people who came in and out of their world. I know the next book comes out in September and I will be eager to get my hands on it to continue along in this world.
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for review.