Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: Spirit

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Format: e-ARC
Print Length: 301 pages
Publisher: K Teen
Published: May 28 2013
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…

My Opinion

I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed in this edition to the series.  Mainly though I feel that was due to it being Hunter’s story and not one of the brothers.  When we were introduced to the series it was about the Merrick brothers.  The novella, and the first two books were the brother’s stories.  Then we get Hunter.  Hunter who hunts down elementals.

The story starts off almost where Spark left off.  Calla is still around, and still causing trouble for Hunter.  No one of course believes him in regards to her though.  Why would they when she is the mastermind behind scenes like the one in the lunchroom.  He totally comes off as guilty.  The stuff she accuses  him of puts him at odds with his grandpa and he is systematically kicked out of the farmhouse.  Who should come to his rescue by Michael Merrick.  Oh Michael how do I love you.  Let me count the ways- hot, smart, responsible and always willing to help out.  I could go on and on but this is not about Michael this is about Hunter.

There is a new girl in school, Kate- who happens to be a guide apprentice.  She has it all- great looks, fabulous personality, lots of snark.  Oh… did I mention a complete psycho for a mentor?  Kate is along for the show because she has already taken down an elemental- the same one who killed her momma.
The chemistry between Hunter and Kate is off the charts.  They both have had bad things happen to them.  Kate handles it better even though Hunter had the better childhood.  The training that the guides have to go through is mentioned in this book and holy night is there no way I could have gone through it. 

The thing about Hunter that bothers me the most is his lack of trust in the Merricks.  They have been there for him and he still does not trust them.  He keeps putting his trust in a group of people that have routinely screwed him over.  Why?  Oh why?

Speaking of why- the ending is a real tear-jerker.  I was like holy heck did she really just do that?  Is this for real?  And where does that leave us?  One thing for sure, this book is an emotional roller coaster.

My Rating 3 stars out of 5

Favorite Quote “No, jackass.  I blame you.  Where’d you learn how to be a friend, anyway?”

Other People

Silver- Kate’s mentor, a guide and a real jerk
Michael- oldest Merrick, best father figure in town
Calla- evil weak elemental, also Hunter’s enemy
Gabriel- Hunter’s best friend, too bad neither of them know it

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