Series: Elemental #2
Published by K-Teen on August 28th 2012
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.
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.
More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear 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…
After finishing Storm, I knew I just HAD to continue with Spark. From previous experiences, series that shift focus from one character to another for the sake of continuing the story has always been hit or miss.
Spark continues in the world that Storm built. Four brothers (Micheal, Nick, Gabriel, and Chris) each with a special affinity to the elements. Storm introduced readers to these wonderful characters, and put the focus on Chris and his water affinity. Moving on, Spark deals mainly with Gabriel and his fire affinity, plus giving readers glimpses at the other characters that we have grown to love.
If possible, Spark was ten times the book that Storm was. And as much as I enjoyed Storm, I feel like that is saying a lot. After reading Storm and realizing that book two was all about Gabriel, I was not very excited. Gabriel's character comes off very tough and almost too sarcastic, making him a little bit of a difficult character to like. But within probably the first twenty pages or so, I was Team Gabriel all the way. Heck, he may now be my favorite character. With Layne a very close second.
The romance elements that I had an issue with in Storm are almost non-existent. I am not sure if it is because Layne, unlike Becca, is a non-elemental, or if is it just that her character seems less complicated. There are no triangles here. Just a simple, sweet, and complex love story that swept me away.
Spark takes this series to the next level. I literally sat down with this one and read until the late night, not wanting to put it down until that last page was turned. There are still plenty of unresolved plot threads to continue on to the next installment. Strangely enough though, the next book will break outside of the Merrick brothers, and put the focus on Hunter. While I am not exactly thrilled with this decision, the Elemental series has proven that I have to push all doubts aside until I dive in. And expect the unexpected. This is one of the best series out there right now. If you haven't given it a chance yet, you seriously need to consider changing that.