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…
This review took me about a week to write for several different reasons. First, I’m upset that I probably have to wait like a year for the next one. Brigid Kemmerer is one of my all time favorite authors, and I’m always chomping at the bit to get my hands on her books. Second, it took a few days for me to be able to cool my jets, cause there were some parts of this book that made me see red. Spirit was definitely a bitter sweet read for me. Read on and you’ll see why.
Above all else, the writing in this book was fantastic. Brigid Kemmerer is an amazing author. If you haven’t read her work yet, you’re seriously missing out. Make sure you go buy/borrow/whatever you have to do to get your hands on this series. You won’t regret it!
I’ve been dying for the chance to read Hunter’s story since book one. He’s such an edgy, fresh, interesting character…it’s hard not to fall head over heels in love with him. I appreciated the sensitive, broken down side of him that is revealed in Spirit. At times, I thought it was taken a little too far. I wanted to see more of a masculine, harsh side of Hunter. Some could argue that that did happen, but I wanted a little less vulnerability. I loved Hunter regardless, though.
As with all Brigid Kemmerer books, I loved the contemporary aspect. All of her books surround paranormal, fantasy, and supernatural things, but they also have heartbreaking issues (such as bullying and rape), as well as beautiful romances. Kate Sullivan wasn’t quite what I expected when it came to Hunter’s love life. She was fierce, edgy, and totally out of control. In my head, I saw Hunter with someone a little more mellow. In the beginning of the book, they worked really well together. They were a bit hesitant with each other, but I expected to see their relationship grow. And I did see that….but not completely.
A couple more highlights of the book were the other Merrick brothers and the almost new adult theme of this book. There is not one Merrick brother that I dislike. I have a huge character crush on every single one of them. I wish that I would have got to see a little more romance from Gabriel and Layne, since their book just ended not that long ago. As for the new adult theme, I want to stress that this book is not categorized as a new adult book. The romantic scenes in this book are a little more intense that you would see in the average YA book. I personally loved it!
I will warn you guys that the ending of this book will make you want to throw it across the room. The only reason I didn’t is because it’s a Brigid Kemmerer book, and I would never do that to this series. But I did sort of have a screaming match with it when I was done. What happened was unexpected, unappreciated…did I mention unexpected?! I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll just tell you guys that you will NOT be prepared for what’s going to happen at the end of the book.
When it comes down to it, I will read every single book that Brigid Kemmerer writes. Was this my favorite book in the Elemental series? No, but I did enjoy it. I was actually a big fan of the book until the ending. I will say that if Hunter doesn’t get a second book, I am going to be VERY unhappy! But still….all of you need to read this series. It’s amazing!
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Rating: [rating: 3]
Teaser Quote: “The first day you meet, you are friends. The next day, you are brothers.”