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Original, funny, and romantic, this is the series that YA fans have been waiting for. --Nocturne Reads

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 trust. . .

Praise for Brigid Kemmerer and The Elemental Series

Magic, suspense, and enough twists to keep you reading until sunrise. An incredible start to the series! --Award winning author Erica O'Rourke

A refreshingly human paranormal romance. . . Read fast and keep that heart rate up. --Kirkus Reviews on Storm
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 24mm | 327g
  • Aphrodisia
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0758272839
  • 9780758272836
  • 82,296

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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Rating details

8,617 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 33% (2,878)
4 38% (3,278)
3 23% (1,974)
2 4% (385)
1 1% (102)

Our customer reviews

Favourite Quote: “If you can't fix what went wrong, then fix what you can make right.” After reading and loving the last two books in this series, I was a little skeptical about this one as I wasn’t a fan of Hunter. Surprisingly, I ended up really liking this book and also liking Hunter so I give this book a 4/5 stars! The thing I love about this series is the characters, they are all well developed and you grow to either love or hate them. As I said before, I was not a fan of Hunter but in this book we got to see a more vulnerable, emotional side to him and as more of his backstory/home life was revealed, the more I grew to care for him! I really empathized with him about the choices he struggled to make and overall I actually think he’s one of the nicest characters in the series. Then there’s the other main character, Kate, who to be honest, I didn’t really like much. She was too forward in my opinion, she was a constant liar and she presented herself in a way, I didn’t agree with! However with that being said, there was a couple of times when I did like her but that was towards the end of the novel. As for the other side characters, I loved the snippets we got of the Merrick family but would have loved to see a little more of Gabriel/Hunter bromance! There were some new characters like Hunter’s family and a new guide who I didn’t like. Onto the plot, most of it focused on the internal struggle Hunter had with which side to take. I enjoyed watching all the events and decisions unfold. As with the rest of the series, there was a lot of action packed scenes that were done very well and made the pace of this book fast. The was a twist I never saw coming towards the end and I applaud the author for making such a tough decision as I felt it was a good, fitting end to the book and Hunter’s story! Overall this was a good addition to the series and my love for Hunter has grown! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a fast, exciting read!show more
by brookexx
Review for Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer Release Date: 28th May 2013 Publisher: K Teen 4 of 5 stars I'd forgotten how much I love these guys, but Spirit soon brought it all rushing back. I've had mixed feelings for Hunter throughout this series, I wasn't crazy about him in Storm, but I warmed towards him in Spark, when he was working with Gabriel, trying to stop the fires. Spirit begins where Spark ends but we've left Gabriel's perspective behind and are now getting our insight from Hunter, along with a new character, Kate. A guide who's arrived in town with another guide, mean and, in my opinion, a sociopath, Silver. They're here to kill all the Elemental's in the town, which obviously includes, the Merricks. Kate's job is to enrol in the high school and find out as much as she can about them. Calla breaks into Hunter's house, making threats that they will keep starting fires and killing people until Hunter brings the guides to town. Calla and some other elementals have banded together and they want a war. They don't realise the guides have already arrived. Hunter is pretty messed up. He's missing his dad, and trying not to fail him. He feels he shouldn't be friends with the Merrick's, that he's betraying his dad if he is. But he can't just be a callous killer either. He doesn't trust the Merrick's but he doesn't want them harmed. When he meets Kate, he's attracted to her immediately. She seems to return his feelings but Hunter feels she's just playing him. Hunter finds it very hard to trust, something we discover was drilled into by his dad, 'trust no one'. 'Use people' was another of his dad's lessons. Kate is pretty messed up too. Her guide training was supposed to kill any compassion she had, but she doesn't quite feel this way and feels guilty because of it. With Hunter having pretty similar feelings, they turn to each other. Just when they seem to be getting somewhere, the worst happens. The relationship between Hunter and the Merrick's goes through some turmoil throughout this book, but I liked seeing how it played out. I also enjoyed the relationship between Hunter and Kate with some interesting texts passing back and forth. Hunter goes through a lot of emotional anxiety in this book and finds out some surprising things about this dad. Hopefully, he's through the worst of it and we'll see a stronger Hunter in books to come. I loved how the Merrick's were with Hunter, especially Michael. He really is an awesome guy and it's great to see things finally starting to come together in his life. Book 5 is his story, another one I'm really looking forward to.show more
by Suzanne Finnegan
I don't know how she did it. I have hated, strongly, passionately, with fervor, hated Hunter since this series began. I knew there would be no way I would like him or ever feel the slightest bit of empathy for him. I could not have been more wrong. While he isn't my favorite in the Elemental series, I like him. I understand him. I damn near cried for him. I felt really bad for him. And I am hoping that Gabriel Merrick finally stops hitting him because I might just have to stand in his way and tell him to grow up. If you haven't heard of Brigid Kemmerer or her Elemental Series then I'm pretty sure you've been living under a rock or in a convent. These novels are oozing with steamy scenes between the Merrick brothers and their love interests be it a girl or another guy. And then there is Hunter, the outsider. He isn't exactly an elemental, he is all the elements. And he's becoming someone I like. I really never thought I'd write that. I think I might owe Brigid some money or something. We might have made a bet. So let's break it down like I usually do- Characters- Hunter Garrity-. Well, I've never trusted him. Even in this novel, he shows that even he doesn't know how much he can be trusted, but I finally understand why that is and how he learned those lessons. I get his powers more now as well. I understand his living situation. I get what happened with his dad and uncle. I just get Hunter. The whole book is in his head and a running diatribe of how he thinks and he is terribly flawed in his thinking. But what boy in this series hasn't been? Hunter though, he has been screwed up from his father, his uncle, his mom, grandfather, girls, the Merricks, everyone he knows, he thinks. Hunter walks a shaky line not knowing who to trust, what's right, what's wrong. His head tells him the Merrick brothers are an abomination and should be killed, that's what his dad and uncle would do, that's what he was raised to believe. But yet, time and again, he can't kill them. Not only them, but people that really deserve it. Hunter feels abandoned, confused, lonely, devastated, conflicted, torn and betrayed. He's a wreck. He's got this big wall he puts up between himself and others and it is hard to break. It's still there, but it's ready to come down. It was down for a bit. I'm wondering if he'll get his own book again??? Michael Merrick-This is big brother. He has a much bigger part in this novel and I am so happy to see it. I LOVE this guy. He took over raising his brothers right after his parents died at 18, gave up his dreams and has been dealing with their crap (can you imagine trying to raise Gabriel?) for a long time. He wasn't prepared to do it, but he's learned a lot about how to talk to his brothers and he's good with Hunter who needs someone to listen to him. He's not condescending. He's not fatherly. He's just quiet. Then says something totally out of the blue that Hunter needs to hear and it helps so much. Just when Hunter thinks "I'll crack if you're nice to me" Michael just sits there and doesn't say a word. Just sits there quietly. Michael is outstanding when it comes to reading Hunter. I just want to hug him and tell him what a great job he's done. He's come a long way from the first novel when he was always verbally sparring with Gabriel. He seems wiser, more at peace. Kate- Wow, she was like a hurricane coming into Hunter's life. Full of energy and life and ideas and feelings. She really changed things for him. And I think he changed things for her. I didn't like her at first because she was faking things with him and Hunter was already so beaten down. I mean, I was already feeling so sorry for him, I didn't want him to get hurt any more than he already was. But when the true Kate came out, when she admitted to how she saw things, how she viewed the Merricks, I really liked her. I wasn't sure how she'd fit in with everyone, but that didn't matter. The world- Well no need to explain that, same town, same school. Two new guides have been sent to kill the elementals who have been causing the fires. The Story- Well, there's a lot going on in this one. Since this is all told from Hunter's point of view (for the most part) we don't know what the Merricks are up to so we don't know what they are thinking or their plans. Two new Guides have been sent to town to find the elementals and eliminate them. Kate is one, who's job it is to infiltrate the school and find the Merricks as everyone as usual is blaming them for the fires. Hunter was in the library during that fire in the last book and knows it was Calla that started the fire and she confessed to causing the rock slide that killed his father and uncle. He had a gun, but couldn't pull the trigger. Now Calla is pretending that he assaulted her so he has to stay away from her and she's made it clear she can make his life hell. She wants him to call more Guides to town so they can fight them and she's not afraid to kill more people and start more fires to do it. Here's what I thought- I was stunned, I still am, that Hunter seemed so vulnerable when I got inside his head. No wonder I didn't like him, he doesn't even like himself when it came down to it. He doesn't even know who he is. But he's got a constant battle going on inside of himself fighting what he knows is right against what he was taught to believe. He deeply wants to belong, but he's afraid of putting himself out there based on past experiences. Brigid Kemmerer addressed feelings and emotions that teenage boys experience, but rarely talk about for fear of being laughed at. You see that when Hunter tries not to talk to Michael. He keeps this thing inside, this horrific thing that happened to him to himself because he's afraid he'll look weak for needing to talk about it, or worse that he'll cry. But sometimes things just have to be said. And in some instances, tears have to be shed. With Hunter, tears needed to be shed. He'd held too much in for too long. Though the ending brings easier times for Hunter, it's bittersweet. Get ready, it's an emotional story. And yeah, you're probably gonna like Hunter at the end. I would never have thought it could happen, but yeah, I do. flagshow more
by Heather Rosdol
I was so thrilled when I got this book early for review. The Elemental series has been my favorite since last year when I read the first one, Storm. However, the second one, Spark I didn't like too much so I didn't know how I would feel about Spirit. I did hear good things about it, like that it has more action and a shocking plot so I had good hopes for it. And, boy, were they ALL true! Spirit was amazing! Hunter has a lot going on. Everyone seems to be gunning for his head. The Merrick brothers, his grandfather, that psycho bitch Calla, who's planning awful things to do to try to draw the guides to town. Everyone. Then a new girl arrives in school, Kate. She's different but Hunter isn't sure if he can trust her, if she's playing him or not. And then **** hits the fan... So. Hunter. Damn, that boy. I didn't even know how much was going on inside his head. He has so much issues with trusting people, which is understandable the way everyone lies to him. Most of the time I wanted to just jump inside the book and try to hug and comfort him. Not that he would allow it. He doesn't let anyone get close. I was surprised by how much I loved being inside his head and seeing his way on things. I love male point of views but his is exellent. Right from the start I knew that Spirit was going to be nothing like Spark, which I didn't love like I did Storm. Brigid Kemmerer did say there would be more action and there was. I freaking loved it! I actually read this book in barely two days. That only happens when I really, really like a book. It was a total win! Beside Hunter, there were a lot of other characters. Of course we have the Merrick brothers, who we all adore and love. I especially loved Michael (but then again when do I not? He's my favorite Merrick). I love how he took Hunter in when life decided to crap on his head once again. He really took care of him. I also love Gabriel and Hunter's bromance even though it was a little broken but I hope now that they will pick up where they left off. I only wished Hunter saw from the start how the Merricks weren't going to betray or just leave him. Then there was Calla, who we already read about in Spark. Bitch is crazy, I say! Seriously psycho... And we also had some new folks into town. Kate and Silver. I liked them. Well, as far as you can like the guides who want to come kill elementals. I didn't necessarily like Silver all that much. He was also kind of psycho. But I do dig him name. Kate was a while different story. You can probably be guess Kate is the girl the other point of view is about. In all books the boys are finding a girl, as you might know. So it isn't surprising when Hunter and Kate get a little closer. I wasn't too sure if I liked Kate or not. I didn't know what to think of her. She was bold, a little too confident but as the book progressed we saw that it was all jusr an act and inside she's just a girl. It was then that I really begun to like her. And even the romance scene with her and Hunter were kind of steamy, in young adult style of course. Naturally, Ms. Kemmerer had to kick me back to reality with that shocking plot! I tell ya, I didn't expect it at all. And that doesn't mean it was bad or anything. I mean, what happened was bad but in the way of shocking turn of events it was awesome. I haven't read too much books lately where it took me complete by surprise. So I said before there was more action, right? There was and it was great. Kemmerer can really write an action scene. And her writing hasn't been more excellent than with Spirit, in my eyes. Since I read this book in only two days I pretty much didn't do anything but read. I hung on every word of this book. Gasping at the turn of events and crying when things got sad. Hunter just got all under my skin with his amazingness. I really felt for him throughout all the book. He didn't deserve what happened. *starts sobbing again* Anyway... I couldn't be more happy with the way this book turned out. It was so good and I hope Brigid Kemmerer keeps up the good work. But I think she will. Overall Spirit was more than I could hope for with its action packed scenes, pretty hot romance (for a YA book) and exciting turn of events. Brigid Kemmerer really has a way to make me care about her characters and in Hunter's case even cry for them. I can't wait to read more of this world and see where things are going. Nick's full book is up next year and I must say I cannot wait for him and Adam to happen. I should also recommend Nick's novella, Breathless for everyone. It was superb! Please more of this awesomeness, Ms. Kemmerer, more! =Dshow more
by Stephanie Verhaegen
I had a bit of a tough start when beginning Spirit, simply because I had a hard time remembering the big details from 'Spark' (book 2). It had been a while since I read it, so I couldn't remember why certain characters were mad at Hunter, or what the motivation was from the "bad guys". However as I kept reading I began to remember some of those details, and I was swept away by the story and the main characters in 'Spirit'. Hunter and Kate are intriguing characters, both of them extremely complex and not always likeable. They've been through a lot, they don't know how to trust (even when they should), and they both make a lot of mistakes. What's interesting about these characters and their connection is that, despite their tough exteriors, both of them really just want peace and a place to belong. This book is very Hunter-centric, and he's still not trusting the Merricks, so it's a bit of a step back from the family atmosphere of the previous books. That being said, there are definitely still some great moments with each of the brothers (especially with Michael), as well as with Becca and Hannah. To me this was a book about Hunter finding himself and his place in the whole Elementals world. It's a tough journey for him, and there are some terrible moments that he has to go through. 'Spirit' really leaves you in a place where the Elemental/Guide war is heating up, and you wonder how things will continue to spiral and how these guys will try to stop it. 'Spirit' was a big character journey book that examines wrong versus right, and the different sides of the Elemental conflict. I genuinely enjoyed this read, and I can't wait to read the next one.show more
by Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
I don't know how Brigid Kemmerer does it. With every word I read in the Elementals series - be it a full length novel or novella - I fall more in love with the stories, the series plot and especially the characters. Spirit is Hunter's story. He's on the outs with the Merrick brothers, his mother is still weeping over his father's death six months ago and his grandfather thinks he's a delinquent - a theory that's only strengthened when the headmaster rings home after Hunter is accused of assaulting another student. And then he meets Kate. Sassy and strong, the new student makes Hunter feel like no girl ever has before. But as sexy as the mysterious transfer student is, she's also secretive and may or may not have a boyfriend. Hunter's father taught him to use everyone else before they use him but as Hunter gets to know the Elementals he's starting to question everything he's ever known. I wasn't expecting to love Spirit as much as I did. But I fell in love with how terribly life treats Hunter. He's only sixteen but has been though so much. He survived a car accident that claimed the lives of his father and uncle, he's somehow managing to cope with a withdrawn mother and grandfather who doesn't know how to deal with his tattooed and pierced grandson. And I have to say it's a fantastic thing for Hunter that he knows people who can draw on the elements to heal... And through it all Hunter manages to pick himself up and try to carry on as he thinks his father would have wanted him to. His relationships with others are rocky and trust isn't something that comes easily to the Spirit Elemental. But he evolves throughout the book. His romance with Kate was my favourite relationship to read so far in this series. They're not conventional but somehow they work so well together. The Merrick brothers and their other halves are brilliant in this latest instalment of the Elementals series. They add a spark of drama but in the end are there of each other (and Hunter if he lets them) when it storms. I really enjoy how Chris, Becca and Gabriel pop in and despite their happy endings, they aren't over glamourized as characters. They have their faults and their finding love hasn't completely changed their personalities. This is my favourite book in what is quickly becoming one of my favourite series. I can not wait till early next year when the fourth book (Nick's story!) is released.show more
by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
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