Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Rating: *** / 3 out of 5
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Action
Published April 24, 2012 by Kensington
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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.

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Final rating: 3.5

When I was younger, I was a bit obsessed in stories and cartoons that involve a group of teenagers being able to control the elements. I loved watching Captain Planet (shame it’s not on Cartoon Network anymore!) and reading this girly comic book called W.I.T.C.H. There were a couple of mangas about it, too, and some that were slightly similar such as Wedding Peach and Sailor Moon. But take note – most of these stories were composed of an all-girls troupe, so when I first read the synopsis of Storm, I scoffed. All the elements being controlled by boys?! Well, isn’t that new? I was a bit skeptical at first, but as I read on, I found myself enjoying it.

I can’t deny that a premise involving four boys and one girl is intriguing and exciting (as long as not all of them falls in love with the same girl x_x that’s a disaster waiting to happen). I was looking forward to the tension and drama the plot entailed, and there were a lot. Plot-wise, I was satisfied. There was flow and structure in the storyline, making it easy to follow and grasp, and the characters were all diverse and fun to read. They had their own personalities and antics that distinguished them from one another, making no room for confusion whatsoever. They’re all consistent, electric, and fun, making the read very pleasurable. No joke, it made me look forward to seeing and reading each and every one of them, as many as they were. Add a magnetic and engaging plot + hot, dashing brothers, and you got yourself a winning formula, my friend.

However, as much as the story in general entertained me, there were a few “whoopsies” as well.

For starters, the girl was annoying as hell. In my opinion, she was highly unpleasant to read. The four brothers were fun and colourful individuals, but the heroine was irritating, fickle, and stupid. I’m alright with a girl being added to the bunch, but Becca’s personality was very unbearable to read, and it didn’t help her case that she was the narrator, to boot! Thank god the brothers were there to save this book for me. She couldn’t make up her mind between Hunter and Chris, she was too hard on other people like her dad and her best friend, hell, she was hard on some of the brothers sometimes, too, without even knowing why they acted this way or that way (it kinda went both ways, though, but this was quickly resolved). There were times she made nasty and mean comments towards Quinn, her best friend, judging her clothing, the way she acted around other people, etc. etc. It didn’t help that she had questionable actions in many instances in the story which I found unnecessary. Many of them were reckless and just stupid. It was like she just couldn’t help but go to where trouble was brewing. Grrrr.

I was also disappointed at the predictableplot twist near the ending. So, the story tells us that there are people that are more connected to the elements, but there are supposedly a handful of individuals who have an affinity with them and are therefore more powerful and dangerous. These people have the capability to fully control and become one with water, air, earth, and fire. I read this book 2 weeks ago, so I’m not sure how this works, but I remember there’s also a “fifth” person who can control all of elements, and that person is also usually trained as the one to contain the others who have an affinity with the four.

So, okay, I understand that. I thought to myself that surely this fifth person will be someone else, because, hey, it surely can’t be that predictable, right? But imagine my surprise when the book finally revealed who the fifth person was. I’m sure you’ve all figured it out by now since it was so easy to predict, but just in case you forgot about it, it was Becca. When I got to this part, I was raging. I felt so upset! Why can’t some people just remain normal for once, and play, I dunno, like Gwen/Maryjane is to Peter Parker’s spiderman? Why do they also have to have power? Okay, maybe it really isn’t that bad, but to have the highest form of power? Really? REALLY? —____— Needless to say, I facepalm’d so hard my forehead became red. No. Fricking. Joke.

All in all, it’s a solid 3.5 for me, mainly thanks to the entertainment value and the interesting characters sans Becca. The plot is engaging, and despite us not seeing much of the powers of the boys, we still get the feeling that they are stronger than they appear to be, and I am indeed interested in knowing more of what they’re capable of. There is also so much room for character development, and I’m looking forward to the process of maturity that I expect will happen in the succeeding books.

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A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. says

    This is a surprisingly enjoyable series. I agree with you on Becca. Ugh and I hate Hunter as well. You have no idea how happy I was when I found out the series would be mostly on the brothers, not Becca herself. Whew! The twins are my favourite by far. Gabriel and I’m looking forward to Nick’s own book so bad.
    I used to love the W.I.T.CH.! I was Irma, I think and the air girl. But my preference have changed to fire since then. Great review, Faye!

    • FayeFaye says

      I’m glad to hear that! I’ve only read Book 1, and I’m a bit unsure how the rest will go, but since you say it’s enjoyable, then I’ll take your word for it. Good thing Becca won’t be given much spotlight; I was afraid it will turn all about her and her supposedly affinity with the … thingy… you know… haha (avoiding spoilers).

      Yeah, I used to love W.I.T.C.H. as well, and Hay Lin + Will were my utmost favorites. But I think I’ve stopped reading it after a year or two, it became a bit exhausting. :))

      Thank you, Katrina!

  2. says

    I love the Merricks, and love the series more and more as it goes on. It was hard with the back and forth between Chris and Hunter, but I actually could see more of where Becca was coming from, but I can see where that would just turn people off completely.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    • FayeFaye says

      Thanks for the comment, Brandileigh. Great to see you loved the series more and more as it went on! That would mean to say there’s also a possibility for me to appreciate it more as well. Does this mean Hunter will continue appearing in the next books? I’ve had the impression he only had a cameo in Book 1 and that’s it.

  3. says

    Wow, yeah, that plot twist sounds SUPER obvious. It’s pretty much exactly what I would guess. That’s how I felt about the plot twist with who the Silencer was in The 5th Wave. Like, was this REALLY supposed to be surprising?

    Also, it super sucks that she sounds so annoying and speshul since it sounds very fun otherwise.

    • FayeFaye says

      I was expecting Becca to be a normal girl for once so that she could be the one to keep the superpower dudes in check, you know? I was really disappointed, especially since she has the ability to control all four… like wow. It doesn’t feel shocking at all, rather, it feels annoyingly “convenient”. :/

  4. Jaime Lester says

    Aside from Becca and some predictability, I still believe that I will enjoy these books. So many people whose reviews I follow have read and adored it, so I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t as well. At the very least, I think it would be a fun and enjoyable series between some of the darker reads that I lean towards!