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...
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 141.48 x 211.84 x 34.04mm | 335.66g
- 01 Sep 2012
- Kensington Publishing
- New York, United States
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About Brigid Kemmerer
Brigid Kemmerer finds time to write between her family and her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. You can follow her blog at www.brigidkemmerer.com.
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It took me a bit to get connected and warmed up to Gabriel. It didn't make me want to put the story down or anything because I was definitely looking forward to more in this paranormal world. It helped though with the characters of Layne and Simon. They are amazing secondary characters and I loved what they added to the story. I related with Layne because of hiding from popularity and adored the fact she was a brainiac. Simon is an athlete, but he's labeled a ****** because he's deaf. The connection that he and Gabe form over basketball is amazing and it really transforms both of them. Layne pointed out though that Gabriel lashed out when he thought people was on to him--the real him hidden under the gruff and rude at most times exterior. I thought that was really deep, and it was neat to see him internalize it and start to change. I also got to know Hunter more in Spark because of his friendship with Gabriel, and I think that its cool that he helped Gabriel to come out of this shell as well. I hated how his family doubted Gabriel at times in Spark, but I also was frustrated with him that he didn't let them in. But on the other hand, I totally got why he didn't want to tell them. He was finally doing something good with his power and learning control, so he didn't want to be forced to stop. It was also sad that he and Nick went through separation in here, but I know that in the end helped Gabriel to learn more about himself as an individual. There was also this great epiphany about how they all saw themselves as weak, with the least control, and as a liability to the others. Brigid has such a great style of writing. There is an amazing dynamic within the Merrick family and chemistry between the guys and the girls they like. The action scenes especially the ones with fire here in Spark are very vivid and beautifully and terrifyingly well done. While it wasn't a cliffie, there are definitely more questions that I need answered, and tied up. But we got answers and a semblance of a hea for Gabriel and his love. Bottom Line: Sparked a flame in my heart for Gabriel; great 2nd book in the series.show moreby Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Favourite Quote: 'Her dad took a step forward. "I'll have you arrested and changed with trespassing and statutory rape." "Then I'm going to need another fifteen minutes." I absolutely LOVED this book so much! I enjoyed this book more than the first book (Storm) because I loved Gabriel so much more than Chris. He was hot, funny, sarcastic but could be sensitive and sweet when he wanted to be. Throughout this book I felt mostly pity for him because he was such an outsider even with his family. I was heartbroken for him when him and his twin Nick weren't speaking his pain felt so real, plus it was great to see into a twin's relationship compared to other sibling relationships and once again I loved the way the author wrote Gabriel's connection with fire it added another layer to the character. . The other main character was Layne who I also loved she was average teenage who loved to read but there was a lot of depth to her as well she has a lot of her own secrets. Gabriel and Layne's relationship was slow starting but builded up to be an epic romance. I loved that they could read each other perfectly and showed their true sides to one another. Such a good couple. Layne's younger brother Simon who was deaf stole my heart I absolutely adored him. He was so sweet and I hated every bad thing that happened to him because he didn't deserve it. I hope we see him again in future books. Once again I didn't really like Hunter and I know his book is next so I hope I warm up to him in that but in this book I knew he was up to something when he was friends with Gabriel. Really didn't like him after everything was revealed. Onto the plot like Storm it was very fast paced with lots of actin scenes many including fires Gabriel's element, and I actually didn't guess who the arsonist was! So that was a shock and the ending opens up more directions the plot could turn and I'm excited to read the next book! Overall I HIGHLY recommend this book and this series. I have absolutely no complaints about this book so it in my all time favourites!show moreby brookexx
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.show moreby Suzanne Finnegan
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington publishers and Netgalley.) This is the second book in the 'Elementals' series, and kicks off a couple of days after the end of book 1 'Storm'. This book focuses on Gabriel (one of the twins), whose element is fire. Gabriel is passing math because Nick (his twin) is taking his tests for him, and the new math teacher has called him on it. It's this that leads Gabriel to accept help from the girl who sits beside him in class - Laney. Laney lives with her over-bearing, lawyer, father, and her younger brother Simon who is deaf. Laney offers to help Gabriel, but doesn't realise what problems this will cause for her with her father. Laney and her brother Simon are both bullied at school, and Gabriel realises and steps in to try and stop it. There are fires being set around town on purpose though, and Gabriel's involvement leads the police and fire Marshalls to suspect him of being the arsonist, even though he is not to blame. Now Gabriel is in deep, and he's got no idea how he's going to get back out of the mess that he's in. Spark seriously sparked! I was glad I was reading this on kindle because otherwise I would have been worried about the pages catching fire! Gabriel is a misunderstood, tortured, bad-boy, with a heart of gold and I seriously could not get enough! Gabriel is seriously, seriously hot, and is definitely my favourite Merrick brother! Laney was so sweet and loving, and I hated the way the other girls bullied her, and the way the boys bullied her brother for being deaf. So unfair! I loved the blossoming romance between Gabriel and Laney and wanted loads more! Gabriel totally got the blame for everything in this book, even when things were definitely not his fault, and everybody just seemed to have it in for him. I felt really sorry for him and wanted to shout - 'But it wasn't his fault!' Overall; a fantastic second instalment, even better than the first! Can't wait for the next book! 9 out of 10.show moreby Sarah Elizabeth