Review: Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Sacrifice (Elemental, #5)

I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Synopsis from Good Reads:

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

My Reviews of other books in this series:

Storm (#1)

Spark (#2)

Spirit (#3)

Secret (#4)

“There will be blood on the ground tonight…” That is a little over dramatic, maybe a little cheesy, but I LOVE it. I can’t help it. It really sets the tone for the book. Kemmerer isn’t kidding around here. It’s not Secret with all character development and barely any plot movement. There is action propelling the story every page of the way.

That’s not to say there isn’t character development. Sacrifice finally gives us Michal’s POV. Michael has always been my favorite Merrick brother and this book just reinforces my love for him. He manages to be steady and strong and loving even though he’s also confused and terrified much of the time.

We also get his girlfriend Hannah’s POV. I liked her enough in previous books, but she didn’t really endear herself to me in this one. For much of the book she acts very childish towards her father, despite the fact that she has a child of her own. I also didn’t care for the way she acted when Michael hadn’t yet told her he was an Elemental because he was trying to protect her. While she has many good qualities, her childishness and pettiness is what stuck with me the most.

Since the first book, the problem that has centered around the Merrick family is that they are pure Elementals that the Guides want to take out since they have the potential for so much destruction. While they’ve faced a couple throughout the books, they come after the Merricks, Hunter, and Tyler in full force in this book. There’s multiple fires and bombings. There’s destruction and death. And at the center of it all is Michael. The Fire Marshall, who also happens to be Hannah’s father, suspects Michael is the perpetrator and not the victim and one of Michael’s greatest fears regarding his brothers come to fruition.

The plot is fast paced and pretty action filled, though there was still time for some character development for Michael and Hannah. I liked that Tyler and Michael got to work together on almost friendly terms. There were, however, LOTS of things that were left open. They are all spoilery things so if you haven’t read the book yet, you can skip over this part and just scroll to the end for the final rating.


-Where the heck is Becca!?! She was always my favorite of all the Merrick Girlfriends and she is not in the book AT ALL. Tyler mentions once that Quinn is staying with Becca and Becca’s dad is keeping them under lock and key until everything is settled. Yeah, that’s nice, but that’s a major character to leave out of the final book! I never liked Quinn, so I don’t care that she’s not around, but some readers might object to it.

-Hunter and Chris are at each other’s throats the whole time. Is this just residual anger left over from the Becca triangle? It seemed like there should have been more to it. It seemed like there was A LOT more going on with Chris that we never find out about.

-Hunter dies!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hunter was never my favorite, sometimes I downright disliked him, but I was not prepared for him to die! And then there was the whole thing with his uncle being alive. He talked about “coming back from the dead” and while I figured it meant metaphorically since everyone thought he was dead, was he able to actually come back from the dead? Can Spirit users do that? Could Hunter come back?

-The book ended so abruptly! Part of that is probably because of the sneaky ARC that I had – My Nook told me it was 432 pages and it ended on page 282. (The rest were the novellas from the series.) I had not mentally or emotionally prepared myself for the end! Plus, Michael doesn’t have custody back yet of his brothers! His landscaping business files are still missing. A new Elemental character is introduced that used to be a Guide and let’s Michael know there are people who want things to change, but there’s still a GIANT threat out there that hasn’t been dealt with. How can this possibly be the last book!?


Overall, I did really like this book. I enjoyed it right up until the last page when I realized it was over. While some things were satisfying, I felt like it left things way too open to be an actual series finale. There has to be another book, right? Please Kemmerer!

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3.5
Characters: 4
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 4
Overall Rating: 3.875 Stars


Monday’s Minutes


Monday’s Minutes is my weekly (when I feel like it) post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next:


Pear Shaped

Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried some British Chick-Lit and so far I’m enjoying it for all it’s shallow, humorous glory.


In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4)

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4) by Kristan Higgins. This comes out tomorrow!

What are you reading?

WWW Thursday

So I was late to the party for WWW Wednesday, so I decided to make it a WWW Thursday!

WWW Wednesday is a feature from Should Be Reading that asks:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)

Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J Lynn. So you guys know – know! – that I’m a big fan of JLA. There is no shortage of posts where I rave about her or one of her series. But I have to say, I’m just not feeling this book so far. There is just far too much gushing of how hot different guys are and how they make the main character, Calla, feel in her bathing suit area. Like, I have no problem with description and some gushing here and there. But I’m five chapters in and feel like if you added up all the pages so far, at least half would be nothing but hot guys and gazing stupidly at them. I want more STORY. I EXPECT more story. I’m still holding out hope that there WILL BE more story. So far it just feels lazy.


Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan. Another series that I rave about. I was originally going to post a review on this today, but I’ve decided to give myself more time for it. I might even re-read it again first. While it didn’t live up to my expectations, I still love this series. And this was my 100th new book read for the year!


Visions (Cainsville, #2)

Rule (Marked Men, #1)

Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong and Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover. I just got both of these from the library. I’ve seen the Marked Men series around a lot and decided I wanted to give it a try. I was disappointed a little with the first Cainsville novel, but I thought I’d give the series another attempt.

What are you reading?

Good Reads Challenge


At the beginning of the year, I set my Good Reads challenge at 100 books. I thought there was a good chance I would read more than that, but I wanted to be a little more conservative in my reading choices this year and not just try to read as many as I could, as fast as I could. Turns out it was a conservative number, because today I reached my goal!

And here are all the books I’ve read so far this year:






Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list.

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

1. Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: September 23, 2014
This is out TODAY and I’m so, so, so excited!

Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)

2. Stay With Me (Wait for Me #3) by J Lynn
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Always excited for some JLA!

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4)

3. In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4) by Kristan Higgins
Release Date: September 30, 2014
I love pretty much everything Kristan Higgins

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)

4. The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Release Date: September 30, 2014
I love the Fake Relationship trope.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

5. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
Release Date: October 14, 2014
I want to read this book just for it’s cover.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

6. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 21, 2014
I’m sooo excited for this book! I love this series!

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)

7. Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Again, always love JLA

Illusions of Fate

8. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Already Released
I really loved the couple of Kiersten White books I’ve read and I’m looking forward to trying more from her!

So I guess that’s all I have for now. What books are you looking forward to?

Release Day Launch: Stay With Me by J Lynn

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We are so pleased to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s STAY WITH ME! STAY WITH ME is a New Adult contemporary romance being published by Avon (William Morrow), an imprint of HarperCollins, and is a part of Jennifer’s With You Saga!


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As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand.

“Why?” I asked.

There was a beat. “Why what?”

Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say.

A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here.

But then he moved.

Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.”


“You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked.

“You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out.

His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.”

I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place.

“You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed.

Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me.

Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe?

“Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter.

“Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.”

He chuckled.

I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years.

I felt cared for . . . cherished.

Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.


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STAY WITH ME Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jaxis in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

Author PhotoJennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Monday’s Minutes


Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.


Spark (Elemental, #2)

I didn’t want to start anything new since what I’m reading next comes out tomorrow, so I am re-reading Spark by Brigid Kemmerer. (Don’t let the covers for this series put you off. They’re very unfortunate.)


Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) comes out tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this series so much and I’m so excited to read this. *Please, Please, Please end well!!!*