Author: Brigid Kemmerer


Feb 15
Bite-Sized Reviews of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, The Simple Art of Flying, and The Language Inside

Bite-Sized Reviews of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, The Simple Art of Flying, and The Language Inside

Reviews 24

I’ve got three reviews for you today: a YA fantasy retelling, a MG contemporary(ish), and a YA novel in verse. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book! So much perfection! Lately I’ve honestly been slogging through a lot of my reading. I’ve been tired and unmotivated and most of the books I’ve read have felt really long. I don’t think it’s been the books’ fault—it’s just the state of mind I’m in. And then I picked up this book. And I flew through it. Every time I put the book down, I was just waiting for the moment I could pick it back up. It was pure magic. It’s hard to imagine a fresh take on the Beauty and the Beast story, but this one has so many nuances: First off, there’s the heroine with cerebral palsy whose condition doesn’t define her in any way–it’s just a fact about… Read more »


Apr 24
Letters to the Lost Review (AKA My Admiration for Brigid Kemmerer)

Letters to the Lost Review (AKA My Admiration for Brigid Kemmerer)

Reviews 26 ★★★★½

I have read every single one of Brigid Kemmerer’s books, and I have not been disappointed yet. When I first read the description of this one, I was a little surprised to see that it’s a straight-up contemporary (considering that her Elementals Series is paranormal and she wrote so many of those).  But as I read, I started to realize that I was falling in love with it for the same reasons that I fell in love with the Elementals books: her characters. Kemmerer writes characters that I can’t help but connect to, and whether she’s telling a contemporary story or a paranormal one, her books focus on the characters and what drives them—and, often, the pain behind their stories. Letters to the Lost is a beautiful example of this. What Fed My Addiction: Heartbreak. Honestly, if Declan and Juliet’s stories don’t tear you to pieces, you have to be made of… Read more »


Dec 30
Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer – Review

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer – Review

Reviews 14 ★★★★

This book could almost be a YA contemporary romance and mystery, but there are hints of paranormal that become much more than hints toward the end of the book. If you enjoy both contemporary and paranormal, this book is for you! I’m not going to spend time recapping the book because I don’t want to say much more than the synopsis says, so I’ll just jump straight into my review. What I enjoyed: The mystery. I was definitely drawn into the mystery of who killed Thomas’s mother. There were several possibilities, but when the truth came out I was completely shocked and eager to learn more! Charlotte and Thomas. Thomas reminded me of Kemmerer’s Merrick brothers (who I LOVED), so that was a definite plus for me. He was a bit of an outsider with a touch of bad boy to him, but he wasn’t a jerk by any means – especially when… Read more »


May 19
Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015

Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015

Book Events, RT, Top Ten Tuesday 33

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, so I decided I’d combine it with my update on RT 2015! Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015 (Clockwise, from left to right – Colleen Hoover, Sara Raasch, IW Gregorio, Brigid Kemmerer, Kimberly Derting, Liz Czukas  – AKA Ellie Cahill, Jennifer Lynn Armentrout, Ann Aguirre) Okay, I know I’ve been silent on the blog a lot this past week, but RT was WAY more intense and all-consuming than I expected. In all the best ways, though!! This conference was AMAZING in so many ways – it is so much more personal than BEA, and there’s A LOT more more interaction with the authors. That’s not to say that I didn’t love BEA, and I’m definitely going to be heading to that next year, but I would highly recommend RT if you’re looking for something different. Next year it’s in Vegas! 1. My Roommate If it weren’t for RT,… Read more »


Oct 08
Review & Giveaway – Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Review & Giveaway – Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 22 ★★★★

***While this review is for book #5 in the series, there are no major spoilers for any of the books in this review.  Check out my reviews for the other books: Storm, Spark, Spirit, Breathless, Secret*** Sacrifice is the final (maybe?) installment in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. This is one of my favorite YA series, so the ending is sort of bittersweet for me. While I was really looking forward to seeing how Kemmerer wrapped it all up, I was also very sad to see the series go. This book follows Michael as he struggles to keep his family safe from the Guides. When things start going up in flames, Michael and his brothers are once again under scrutiny. But what Michael doesn’t want to admit – to anyone – is that someone is threatening him and the people he loves. Is it the Guides or someone else… Read more »


Dec 17
ARC Review – Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

ARC Review – Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: Secret Series: Elemental #4 Author: Brigid Kemmerer Release Date: January 28, 2014 Pages: 352, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.23 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Sexual content, homosexuality, abuse) Summary from Goodreads: Nowhere is safe. Not even home… Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point. Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown. Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street. Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family. Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner. Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some. Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?   ***NOTE: This review contains spoilers… Read more »


Dec 16
Mini-Review – Breathless (Elemental #3.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Mini-Review – Breathless (Elemental #3.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Title: Breathless Series: Elemental #3.5 Author: Brigid Kemmerer Release Date: April 30, 2013 Pages: 65, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.05 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Sexual situations, homosexuality) Summary from Goodreads: Too many secrets. Not enough time. Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic. But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive. His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark. He can feel it—the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.   Let me start by saying that, unlike most “in-between book” novellas, you… Read more »


Dec 14
Review – Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Review – Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Title: Spirit Series: Elemental #3 Author: Brigid Kemmerer Release Date: May 28, 2013 Pages: 301, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.11 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Some violence and sexual content) Summary from Goodreads: 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… Read more »


Aug 18
Review: Spark (Elemental #2)  by Brigid Kemmerer

Review: Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Spark Series: Elemental (Book #2) Author: Brigid Kemmerer Release Date: 201 Pages: 345, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.29 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: PG-13? (Not much more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. 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. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own…   MY TAKE I really enjoyed this book, but I don’t think that it quite lived up to Storm in my opinion.  Still, it was an excellent second installation in the series and I can’t wait to read the next… Read more »


Aug 02
Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Plus Mini-Reviews of Books #0.5 & #1.5)

Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Plus Mini-Reviews of Books #0.5 & #1.5)

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer Series: Elemental #1 Published by Kensington Books in 2012 Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Pages: 432 Source: Library My content rating: YA (The book contains a few sexual situations, including an attempted rape, but nothing is described in any detail) My rating: Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. 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… Read more »