Series: Elemental #1
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp.
Published on April 24th, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 . .
Humans who call upon the Elements to draw power?…
Yes, I know, I know. I couldn’t resist. But seriously though…Captain planet alert, anyone?
In this book we are introduced to the Merrick brothers, who all collect strength and special abilities from specific elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
Couldn’t help myself.
They are orphaned, and left to come into their abilities on their own. After an accident that leaves another teenager dead, the Merrick brothers are alienated by others in their community, and are left to be handled by Elemental law enforcement, aka “GUIDES”. While the Merrick brothers try to shake off what could become a bad situation, their paths collide with an unsuspecting ally: Becca Chandler.
Becca is a social outcast at school, who is trying to lay low, and not draw unwanted attention to herself. Hard to do when she is constantly finding herself in sticky situations with the youngest Merrick brother: Chris. Throughout this book, you follow Becca’s path of discovery as she comes to terms with the fact that there’s more than meets the eye with the Merrick bros. When Becca is accused of being in cahoots with them, she finds that she is marked for “Guide” judgement, for she is guilty by association as far as the Elemental community is concerned. When a new kid (Hunter) approaches her at school, she finds herself drawn to him. Soon she starts to think that she’ll be able to find solace in friendship (or romance? *wags eyebrows*). But she soon learns that she can’t be too trusting, for things may not always be as they seem…
I was thoroughly intrigued by the concept of this book, as it was so different from anything else I’ve read. All Captain Planet references aside, I found that the this book’s originality is what helped keep me captivated. The story is told in Third Person, from several character perspectives, which made for an easy read for me. I found that at times, Becca was a little too whiny for my tastes, but at the end of the day, what’s a YA book sans teenage angst? There was enough action, suspense, and vulgarity (HELLO, Gabriel!) that kept me invested in the story from start to finish. There were some twists that were a little predictable for me, but, in the same regard, there were some that totally took me by surprise. This book will keep you guessing until the last moment, and will hook you right away. This is definitely a more mature YA read, but has a little something for everyone. :)