Saturday Series: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

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 . . .

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You don't have to read the novella Elemental before reading Storm, but it does give you a little background to start with and it definitely makes you wonder what has happened since then. It seems so much has changed.

We are now a couple of years later and Chris, the youngest of the bunch, is already sixteen years old. Just like his older brothers he has a knack for getting into trouble. It's not that he likes to fight, people just keep coming after him. That is how he and Becca first meet. Him getting his butt kicked, she saving his life. I always like it when the roles get turned around a bit.

After that little incident Becca gets thrown in the life of Elementals. Since she helped Chris she now also has a bullseye on her back. Also ever since Chris' parents died, the whole harassing things has been escalating and it now seems to be coming towards a climax.

I loved the dynamics between the four brothers. Michael has been pushed in the parent role, which mostly means getting mad at his brothers whenever they get into trouble. Gabriel is THE foremost trouble maker in the family. His twin brother Nick makes sure they don't get into the worst trouble and usually has to temper everyone down. And then Chris, the baby of the family. These guys are the most powerful Elementals around in about a radius of a thousand miles, so there is bound to be some tension and fights once in a while. As long as they remember they have each others back, they'll be good.

They will be needing it, because it seems someone called the Guides on them. They are a group of Elemental police. Which means the boys will need to behave if they don't want to die. This all would be a lot easier of course, if other weaker Elementals weren't constantly on their case.

And what has the new kid Hunter have to do with all this, you say. Well let's just say that he isn't what he seems to be.

Overall Storm was a very enjoyable read. I really liked the characters, even though the emotional parts sometimes went a little fast between Chris and Becca. The story was pretty predictable, but in no way was that a hindrance to me. The idea of having these powers, not superpowers though, and having to keep quiet about it and trying to live a regular life, speak to the geek inside of me. I am curious at what the other brothers have in store for us!

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