Wednesday, 5 February 2014

AUSSIE BLOG TOUR! Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Secret (Elementals #4)
Released: 28 January 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:

Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He's trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won't get in to college. He's trying to keep his brother's business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He's trying to keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel - or he fears he'll lose his family. And he's trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his 'girlfriend's' partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.


Author Bio:
Brigid Kemmerer hails from Pasadena, Maryland, where she works in the finance industry

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Sum Up:
The Elementals series can do no wrong. These boys are swoon worthy! Nick's (and Quinn's) story in the fourth book, shows the more tough things in life, and is more of a secrets book, then action like it's 3 predecessors.

Behind the 375 Pages
So, I think the whole bookloving world/community knows by now that Nick Merrick is gay. It's not a spoiler of sorts, because just like every book in this series, you literally have no idea what you are getting yourself into once you start. Just to get things straight first off, if you don't like reading about gay guys, then it's easy to still enjoy this book and just skim over the make out sessions. Besides the make out sessions, Nick and Adam help each other out and give good advice, which is part of the overall story that you need to read, and even if you are against gays, the struggle of their past and of who they are is one of the main points to this book.

From the first chapter, we realize that this book is just as much Nick's book, as it is Quinn's. She has some serious dilemmas going on with her family, and the results of that, shape her into someone that not many readers like, because she is rash and makes decisions in the book from the way that her life is already like. She makes hasty decisions and her mind set isn't right (especially when it comes to Becca) from the effect of what has been happening to her in her home life. Even though she tries to reason everything out, she still goes back to the same mindset because it's familiar (even though it's not familiar in a good way). The way that she looks at herself, as well as how she thinks she is treated makes me feel sorry for her. She tries to fit in, but with her world crashing down on her, everything makes one little thing become the biggest problem. She shuts out her friends, thinking that they don't want to talk to her, even when they do. Quinn is damaged in a very bad mental way, from the experiences that she has had to go through, and definitely shows by how she treats herself and what she really thinks she needs to do to be able to survive (i.e. Tyler's house). 

In a way, Tyler is good for Quinn. I know that it's TYLER!! but if you look at from before the other books, he is just trying to protect himself and is still trying to cope with his sister's death. He and Quinn are good for each other, in the way that, they have both gone through some pretty rough shit and they help each other to overcome a lot of things. Tyler literally makes her confess what is wrong, and from there, it helps Quinn to see the good in people, and try to make her life better, by opening up to her friends and getting her life back on track. Although, I do agree with the majority of others out there, who don't like Quinn. Her character is really complicated, and I have feelings where I want to shake her and slap her, because she honestly doesn't get it (Tyler's apartment). And even when I remember what she has had to do to survive against her family and everyone, I kind of understand why she is like that, but then it does get a bit annoying as well.

Nick has a lot of depth. He is so cool, calm and collected on the outside. But then on the inside, he is squirming under all the pressure that he puts on himself. He keeps everything shut behind a closed door, because he thinks that he needs to deal with it on his own. His fears about opening up to his family, mainly Gabriel, and how he pushes them away. I like how Adam can calm Nick, and make really think about the things that has gotten him so stressed out. They figure each other out easily, and they fit together perfectly. Nick's fears of what will happen if this happens, or if that happens, really shows that he is gay. I don't know, maybe that bit's just me, but it's because I do that a lot. I think about all these different situations and what the best outcome would be, but then being scared to actually do it, and not having enough confidence in the outcome. I know a lot of other females who do this as well, which kinda brings that out for me a lot more than others.

Most of this book, is about Nick and Quinn finding themselves. It's a secret book (see where the title fits in ;) ), made up of all these secrets and overcoming those secrets to be able to tell those around them, and coming to terms with the reality of the situation. There was not a whole lot of action in this book because of that, and I really wish that there were more, especially from how the last three books were (all action packed), this one seemed a lot calmer in comparison. Yet, the ending was really explosive! It made me crave more!

Kemmerer puts us under a spell. From the very first book to the fourth book, we are completely hooked and turn pages rapidly. I stayed up two nights in a row until the very early hours (knowing I had work in the morning), and not regretting it. Then not being able to sleep after I force myself to put the book down. If that's not enough to convince you that these books are addictive, then I don't know what is! But you have to try them yourself to really experience it!!

The ending was bittersweet, and I loved it! I love how everything turned out, but then when we get to the very end.... BANG! cliffhanger........... 


You can purchase all books in the Elementals series from all good booksellers and online!

What's Next:
Storm (Elementals #1)
Behind 368 Pages
Released: May 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
When Becca Chandler saves Chris Merrick from being beaten up in the school parking lot, she has no idea how dramatically this one action will change her life. Because Chris Merrick is no ordinary guy and neither are his three older brothers. The Merrick boys are Elementals. Hot. Powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death. And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

With her life at stake, she doesn't know who to trust or whose secrets she should keep. Hunter, the mysterious new kid with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, might be the one boy Becca can put her faith in. But with two boys vying for her affections, and pressure rising all around her, will she find out in time who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all?

Earth, Fire, Air, Water - the storm is coming...

Spark (Elementals #2)
Behind 350 Pages
Released: October 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Sometimes he can even control it. Sometimes.

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.

Layne wants to help him. She 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...

Spirit (Elementals #3)
Behind 294 Pages
Released: 1 June 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He has 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 - which means he'll have to find someone he can trust.


Note. photo of cover taken from back of Secret
Sacrifice (Elementals #5)
Released: September 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure. 

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way. 

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice. 

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war. 

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

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This novel was received for review via Allen & Unwin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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