Fantasy Book Review: Storm

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys – 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.

When Hunter, the mysterious new kid in town, 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…

This new series follows the Merrick brothers. This first installment concentrates on the youngest brother Chris and his love interest Becca. Becca has an undeserved reputation of being easy. Now she keeps boys at a distance. Chris is reckless and impulsive, which isn’t smart when there are other boys out to hurt him. And Chris feels a pull towards Becca, ever since the night she saves him. Hunter is quiet and confident and purposefully pursues Becca. This love triangle is not clear cut as Hunter seems like the better choice at first. But Becca can’t get away from Chris’ trouble when it soon follows her as well. Chris and his brothers are dangerous Elementals with incredible powers.

This fantasy for young adults will appeal to fans of teen romance and urban fantasy. There is plenty of teen angst (complete with an annoying and selfish best friend) and cool super powers, but they take a backseat to the mystery that slowly unfolds throughout the story. We learn what’s happening along with Becca. Kemmerer’s characters are complex and diverse. And events lead up to a climactic ending with a surprising huge twist. Storm is a dramatic and exciting start to a promising new series.