Series: Elemental #3
Published by K Teen on May 28, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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With power comes enemies. Lots of them.
Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.
He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.
Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.
With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…
Disclaimer time. I kind of didn’t realise this was the third in the series until after I started reading. Now, normally that would be a problem, except in Spirit Brigid Kemmerer does a surprisingly awesome job at making sure those of us who are new to the series don’t get lost.
This book contains an interesting kind of magic, based on the five elements air, fire, water, earth, and spirit. But the only elementals that are supposed to be evil by default are the first four. Spirit elementals are supposedly the good guys, although in this book we’re starting to see that isn’t necessarily the case. After all, whether the person is good or evil is kind of up to them and how they use that power.
Hunter is a spirit elemental who was never trained as a guide, and as such he’s working alongside some other elementals who, guess what, turn out to be good. While an official guide is trailing them and making life difficult, Hunter and his frenemies need to work together to save the town they live in.
The first half of this book I wanted to cry for Hunter. He’s in a bad situation, and he’s bitter, angry, maybe even a little bit depressed. But when Kate and him start texting things seem to be getting better. Kate is the new girl in town and she’s a guide in training, although Hunter doesn’t know that initially. Still, the two become more than friends, but not quite a couple.
What I most loved about this book was how well explained it was. The world was developed really well and it made it easy to sink into, which is difficult enough when it comes to the start of a new series, but when you’re thrown in part way it becomes nearly impossible. The characters weren’t just static, they all developed and grew by the end, which is also not something you see every day. This was a strong piece of writing that I really enjoyed reading. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, and I can almost guarantee that I’ll be going back and reading the first two as well!