Spark (Elementals #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

Friday, 14 September 2012.
Published: 28th August 2012
By: Kensington
Source: Netgalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Gabriel's character in Storm so I was really looking forward to reading Spark and getting a look at things from his prospective.

He's having a hard time lately. He's failing math and unless he can pick up his grade, he'll be kicked off the basketball team. Nick, his twin, starts dating a girl he doesn't like, and when Gabriel picks a fight with her for no reason, things get heavy between him and Nick and they don't speak afterwards. He saves the lives of some people caught in fires, but then gets accused of being the arsonist who's starting them. Anything that can go wrong for him is, but the light at the end of the tunnel is Layne.

I found Gabriel to be quite witty and fun loving in Storm so I expected something different from this book, that's not to say I didn't enjoy it though, I really did. But Gabriel is having such a hard time and I really felt sorry for him. He is isolated from his family, and the only person he seems to have to fall back on is Layne.

I enjoyed the relationship build up between himself and Layne, it's exactly the kind of romance I enjoy. Both of them indifferent to start with and it gradually grows into something special.

The interactions between Gabriel and Nick really warmed my heart. They hadn't really made up but yet you could see how much Nick really cared for Gabriel. I have no experience with twins at all and I just loved the intimacy that the two of them shared.

Michael softens a little bit in this too, and I felt we were starting to see a little bit of the old Michael from Elemental. Things finally seem to be looking up for him and I'm hoping that everything is going to work out.

Hunter appealed to me a lot more in this book, I really started liking him too. I think it's probably because he wasn't part of the love triangle anymore lol.

But I really found myself missing Chris and Becca, especially Becca. I don't think I realised how much I actually enjoyed her character in Storm, until I was only catching glimpses of her in Spark.

Layne was a lovely character and such a sweetie. Her life seemed to be a struggle but she was strong and caring. She took care of her brother Simon who was deaf and who got bullied at school. Gabriel also builds up a friendship with Simon and it was really nice to see him also looking out for Simon. I felt both Gabriel and Layne had a lot of character growth in this and by the end, they are both more comfortable with themselves.

Spark has a lot going on, it's fast paced and exciting and I definitely recommend it. I'm really excited for the next in the series, Spirit, which is from Hunters prospective.

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Ning said...

I just saw a 5 star review for this one so I had to come and check out yours! Gabriel and Layne sounds like amazing characters. Also, there're 5 brothers! That's a lot of hotness lol. I don't really know that much about relationships between twins either but I love reading about family! Great review!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Awww, I missed Chris and Becca too! But Gabriel was so incredibly vulnerable that he made me feel all protective towards him and that's what really kept me glued to my seat from start to finish. Hunter changed completely for me too in this book, though.
I love this review, Suzanne! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Maji Bookshelf said...

I really found myself enjoying the relationship between Gabe and Layne as well! And like you, I also felt sorry for him at some points.. :( But i still REALLY LOVED this book! Great review dear!
- Farah @ MajiBookshelf

Elodie said...

You're really enjoying this series .. I look forward to start reading it !!

Btw, thanks again for your help with the publicists, you're awesome !! Madeleine is sending me 2 books, I really can't wait to read them and review them on the blog :) !! <3

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I love that each of these books is told from a different brother's POV. i have heard so much about this series it is definitely on my list for 2013'

Neyra said...

God I really need to read these books! Four hot sexxy brothers that can control the elements? O.O HELL YEAH!!! xD LOL Great review Suzanne :D I've been seen a lot from these books, gonna have to check it out and soon! ;)

Sam (Realm of Fiction) said...

The relationship between Gabriel and Layne is the kind of romance I really enjoy too. I thought the author did that bit really well! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. :) Wonderful review, Suzanne!

Eunice said...

Oh my! I agree with everything you said in this review, Suzanne! I think I really grew closer to the brothers in this sequel. I adore the relationship of the brothers although it wasn't always in the best condition. It was actually heartwarming and moving, yes, especially with the twins. So glad you enjoyed this. Great review! :)

Jasprit said...

Hunter left me really conflicted in this book, so I'm hoping we will get to understand his character more in Spirit. Kemmerer is so talented as she toys with my feelings so quickly I'm always changing my mind about which Merrick brother I like. But I like you missed Becca and Chris too! Lovely review Suzanne! :)

A Canadian Girl said...

I'm really liking the sound of these characters and the romance seems well done. I guess I should check out this series soon :)

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