2013 · 4 stars · paranormal · ya

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

13494365 Title: Spirit (Elemental #3)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer (websitetwitter)
Pub. Date: May 28, 2013
Source: e-ARC via netgalley
Summary: 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.
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Rating: star-half-64

“Brotherhood,” he said. “Welcome to the family.”

Spirit takes over where Spark left off and this time, it’s the tatted & pierced bad boy Hunter Garrity who’s the focus. The Merrick boys aren’t quite sure where they stand with Hunter: is a friendship forming or is he just using them for information? And, to be honest, Hunter isn’t quite so sure of himself either.

Life isn’t fun and games for Hunter. His dad’s death caused the already tense relationship he had with his mother to become even more sensitive. She spends her days crying and Hunter can’t stand it. Moving in with his grandparents only made matters worse – he can’t do anything right in the eyes of his grandfather. Things come to a head one night and Hunter is thrown out. The most painful part is that his mother stood there watching and allowed it to happen.

Now homeless, Hunter sleeps in his car and spends the last of his money on sandwiches for his dog. When he’s turned down for a job at the local Home Depot, he’s desperate and considers swiping some $20s he saw in the register. It’s only when Michael Merrick shows up and offers him some work for the afternoon that Hunter regains his cool. Barely. After Michael all but forces Hunter’s story out, he not only provides Hunter with a way to make some money, but also a place to stay. Unfortunately, the other Merrick boys aren’t as hospitable.

“You know I’ve got three younger brothers, right?”
Hunter frowned. “What?”
“It means I’ve got a pretty finely tuned bullshit detector.”

It’s no secret that I love this series. And by love, I mean flaily arms, keysmashes, and more exclamation points than WordPress can handle. Elemental is such a great series and the boys are fantastic. I shared this story in my review of the first book, Storm, but I hadn’t even planned on reading this series. Yes, people were going crazy over it, but I’ve given in to hype in the past only to be horribly letdown. That, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover (since then, the first cover & the ones that followed have grown on me ♥). We had a copy in at work and I decided to see what was so great about it. Imagine my surprise when I not only enjoyed it, but fell head-over-heels in love with it!

Here we are on book three. This time around it’s Hunter who’s the star instead of a Merrick boy. While the previous two books were very action-packed, this one is far more character driven. Don’t get me wrong: there’s definitely some action (of multiple varieties~), but Spirit is about Hunter and how he comes to terms with himself, his family, and life in general.

Just as in the other books, the other characters still play fairly large roles. The Merrick clan is back and Michael’s Mama Bear mode is in full-force. (Side note, Michael’s getting his own book and I. Can’t. Wait. He’s hands-down my favorite Merrick and I’m super excited for a full-length story!!) Also, as in the other books, new characters are introduced and I have to admit this group wasn’t my favorite. Silver is SERIOUS BUSINESS and trigger-happy. Kate had her moments and the way her story concluded left me shocked. Gutsy move, Ms. Kemmerer. A lesser author would have hesitated.

The next book in the series is Nick’s and Spirit ended with enough going on that I hope we jump back into the action. Naturally I’ll be all over it once it’s out and I’m pretty pumped. These books go fast – we’re three books in and only SIX WEEKS have passed since the start of the first book. I’ve lost count the number of people I’ve forced to read this series recc’d these books to. They’re that good.

If you haven’t yet seen the light read the first two novels, now’s the perfect time. They’re a little on the longer side, but are SO quick and easy that you can get through a book in one sitting. Also, there’s a readalong going on now, so there you go!

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