Title: Spark (Elemental #2)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release date: August 28th 2012
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Read my review of Storm HERE.
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. 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…
Definitely I have a weakness for bad boys (in books), but underneath all that armor they use to repel people, there is someone who is suffering and has several personal demons they need to fight. And I think that´s why I LOVED this book, because in the first book of the series Gabriel Merrick was not my favorite of the Merrick´s brothers (was Chris), but after reading Spark, I love Gabriel!.
In the first book of the series - Storm we met the four Merrick brothers and Hunter, their powers and that because they´re pure elementals, others elementals consider them dangerous and want to eliminate them. Spark begins a few days after the events of Storm and has dual POV (Gabriel and Layne) and I really enjoyed it. Gabriel has an explosive temper and he´s constantly fighting with his brother Michael, and his classmates. Layne is a smart girl but shy and insecure and her main priority is to get good grades and take care of her younger brother. And Gabriel has too many personal demons and in several of them when I was reading about them I felt a lump in my throat and I cried a few times, he carries guilt over what happened to his parents.
And to add to his problems, someone starts to burn houses and the main suspect is Gabriel, my heart ached to see that neither of his brothers trusted him and thought he was the culprit. But the good thing is that the Merrick brothers although they have problems with each other at some point in the story, they unite and protect each other when someone outside of their the family, threatens the tranquility of one of them.
Something I loved about this book is that we keep seeing and knowing a little more about Hunter, Becca (the protagonist of the first book) and the Merrick brothers (Michael, Chris, Nick). I really like this series, the characters are great and Spark is a very second book. Now I can´t wait to read Spirit, which is Hunter´s book and Breathless - Nick's short story. I highly recommend this book! If you haven’t read Storm yet, you must give this book a chance.