Sunday, September 23, 2012

REVIEW: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Spark
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Scandalously good

Summary (from
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't.
Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he's not doing it.
And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.
Gabriel can't let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that's right at his heels. But there are some risks he can't help taking.
The fuse is lit. . .
Praise for Brigid Kemmerer and The Elemental Series
"Five hot guys, one tough heroine, plenty of romance and non-stop action. . . Elemental is the new series to watch." --Inara Scott, author of The Marked
"Overflowing with action, snappy dialog, and hot guys--The Elemental Series will take your breath away." --Kim Harrington, author of Clarity

May I just say I was super duper excited for this? Like, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this bad boy (and yes Gabriel is one and yes he is extremely sexy) and when I found out it was on the way, I proceeded to: 1.) squeal like a little girl with ice cream 2.) drop my iPhone 3.) start twirling and clapping my hands in excitement 4.) have an EXTREMELY stupid happy grin on my face. I could FEEL it. 
And I would like to say for those wondering, Brigid Kemmerer did not disappoint.

Spark starts out with Gabriel telling a leaf to burn. He's staring at it intensely and.... yeah it's pretty attractive. In my mind's eye at least. It's before school starts and yadayada and the boys pick up Becca and (to Gabriel's extreme annoyance) Quinn. Then we get to Trig. and the horrible new sub who springs a pop quiz on them. Gabriel is extremely flustered and gets them all wrong... but that brainiac sophomore next to him makes it so he gets an 80. He doesn't understand why... or her.

Like in Storm I enjoyed Brigid Kemmerer's characters immensely. They have their flaws but now we can delve into them!
Gabriel- man, when I got my hands on the first chapter I was like "OH MY GOD GABRIEL. Let me have your babies." As the story continues, we get to understand Gabriel. And there's a whole lot to understand. He's got this guilty conscious... and this inability to communicate right... and this angry personality. And it is attractive. Whew, I was like...
Layne- I like, LOVED Layne's character!!!! She's that stereotypical nerd. Nothing special about her- glasses, braid, turtleneck, and no brands. Except, maybe there's more. And Gabriel is on a mission to figure her out. She's smart, perceptive, strong, and caring. Perfect for Gabriel.
Becca & Chris don't get much spotlight (which is totally fine with me!), neither do Nick or Quinn really, but we get a little peek-a-boo with Hunter and Michael. And I liked that. Quite a bit.

Well truthfully I had VERY minimal issues with Spark. That may have to do with my infatuation with Gabriel but hell, who cares? Okay, sorry, thoughts of our resident fire elemental distracted me. *deep breath* Okay, focus Cassie.
One of my issues was Quinn and Nick. Heck, I don't know why, but they annoyed the heck out of me! Quinn, in this book (to me), was annoying, melodramatic, and just... ugh. My fingers were itching to slap when her name popped up. Nick also annoyed me. He's Gabriel's twin (except smart and "the good twin") but once they have a fight about Gabriel being a jerk towards Quinn, Nick totally deserts him. What a bitch.
Two: I felt like not much happened in Spark except Gabriel's issues. And hey, I am not complaining. It's just something I noticed and felt was kind of a problem.
Three: Gabriel and Layne knew each other for two weeks and suddenly they're each other's world. Considering how their personalities compliment the other's so well and the situation, yes, I can understand. I just don't like it. It felt cheap and I would've really preferred it be Ferrari quality. If it was deeper, I would be dead right now, yes, but I would also not feel cheated. Hmm... which is better? *strokes imaginary beard*

Overall, I totally love this book. It's going on my favorites shelf on goodreads, just FYI! I mean, who can resist a book about Bad Boy + Nerd = lurrrve? Did someone just raise his/her hand out in the world? And thinks that it's okay? Excuse me sir, but NO, IT'S NOT!!!! 

Get outta here. AND GET THIS BOOK.

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