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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Publisher: Kensington Teen

Source: Free DL
Publication Date: 27 Mar 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: B006MLKZAG
Format: ebook
Pages: 50

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Place(s) Traveled to: Unknown
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: The thrill of having a summer job wore off about fifteen minutes after Emily Morgan started working.
Elemental Series Order
Book 0.5 – Elemental
Book 1 – Storm
Book 1.5 – Fearless (31 Jul 2012)
Book 2 – Spark (28 Aug 2012)
Book 3 – Spirit (May 2013)

Not too long ago on Twitter I saw some people all raving about a book called Storm by Brigid Kemmerer and it made me curious to see what it was about. However, since I’m on a book buying ban I was a bit hesitant in just picking it up. Then I saw that a prequel novella was available for free download and so I snapped at the chance to give this series a try. I’ve read several novellas of the past year and I do enjoy how they give little sneak peaks into a world…be it as a set up for what’s to come or as a way to tide the reader over during that long wait between books.

Elemental is a novella that falls into the set up category its a book that introduces the reader to the world that the longer length novels will then continue to flesh out and expand. With Elemental I really liked the start of this book and how it was told in dual perspectives, flipping between Michael and Emily with each chapter. However, I don’t think that enough of the world’s background was explained and so I was left a bit confused at times as to what was going on. This novella also ended very abruptly and almost in mid-thought and so that was a little jarring. I’ve grown used to novellas that contain full story ARCs and while short contain lots of information.  

Elemental on the other hand came across more as a chapter sampler than a novella. I hope that one day Kemmerer goes back and fully expands this novella and makes it into a full length story. I think that the novella format hurts this story and didn’t fully do its job in making me want to rush head long into reading the first full book in the series. Although I do still plan on checking out Storm and I hope to learn what happened to Emily and Michael and their story as the series progresses.

2 Responses to “Review: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer”

  1. Liyana

    Aw, I really liked it because it made me want to continue reading the series. Do agree on all points of your review though–all novellas should have their own story arcs rather than being a teaser to the story.

    • Irish

      I liked it too but it just felt so unfinished. And it doesn’t look like the next few books are going to continue the story that was started in this one. I do think I’ll continue reading the series…but I just wish this one had a full story ARC.

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