Review: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Secret (Elemental, #4)

Synopsis from Good reads:

Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

This is going to be more of some random thoughts than a full review. Because it’s my blog and I can do what I want to.

-Michael is still my favorite Merrick. By far. I can’t wait for his book next. And I’m so, so happy that the cover is not insanely horrible. (Not good, mind you, but compare the picture below to the picture above. For real.)

Sacrifice (Elemental, #5)

-I still don’t like Quinn. But she’s on her way to being not completely horrible.

-I liked Tyler in this book. I think I’ll like him in future books since he’s no longer being a terrible, hateful human being.

-There was no Gabriel-Hunter bromance in this book, which made me sad. There just weren’t enough of the other Merricks, period. And Layne had like one line of dialogue. Becca was in it a bit more than previous books, but still not enough of her, either.

-This book focused way more on the romantic aspects instead of really moving the Elemental plot along. When we finally get around to it, it felt too rushed.

-I felt like Kemmerer was trying to make more of a political point than she needed to. For me, I would’ve liked Nick’s relationship with Adam to be part of Nick’s story and not all of Nick’s story. There’s so much more to people than their sexual orientation and I felt like Nick got the shaft a bit in this book because that’s all that was really focused on. How about how insanely powerful we find out he is with the air element? Barely brushed the surface on that.

-Overall, I enjoyed Secret and still recommend this series.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 2.5
Characters: 3.5
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 3.5
Overall Average: 3.375 stars

 

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Monday’s Minutes

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

WHAT I’M READING

Secret (Elemental, #4)

Secret by Brigid Kemmerer. While I love this series, I’m not too invested in this installment yet. I really don’t care for Quinn. Nick is the Merrick brother focused on this time and so far there hasn’t been enough of the rest of the Merricks.

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I started this a few days ago and am about half way through. I’m not really into it, though. I want to finish it, so I’m hoping it starts to pick up soon.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Endless

Endless by Amanda Gray. I’ve read some good things about this and just got it through NetGalley.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

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

WHAT I’M READING

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Alienated by Melissa Landers. First of all, I love this cover! I’ve been pretty excited about this book for awhile, but my enthusiasm has waned a little after reading some mixed reviews. I decided to buy it anyways and I’m enjoying it. It started off a little slow and juvenile, but it’s gotten better. I think I’ll have a full review on this later in the week.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Secret (Elemental, #4)

Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer. First of all, this cover is HORRIBLE. Every cover in this series is just ridiculously bad. However, I enjoy this series and I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile.

What are you reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read.

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

1. Alienated  by Melissa Landers  available 2/4/14.
I have to say, the cover is the reason I want to read this book. It’s so interesting.

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

2. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer  available 2/4/14
So far I’ve really enjoyed this series. Scarlet was one of my favorite reads of 2013. And I love the covers!

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

3. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi  available 2/4/14
I love this series so much. Please, please, please end better than Allegiant! Please, please,  please!!!

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

4. Perfect Lies (Mind Games # 2) by Kiersten White  available 2/18/14
I loved the first book in this series. The main characters are great.

Don't Look Back

5. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout available 4/15/14
I love Jennifer Armentrout. I’ll read pretty much anything by her. And I love the cover for this book!

Secret (Elemental, #4)

6. Secret  (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer  available 1/28/14
I did a binge reading of this series and received a major book hangover for it. I’m very anxious for this book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After  (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins  available 5/13/14
This series is so adorable. I look forward to more Anna & St. Clair and Lola & Cricket. Here’s hoping there’s no cheating in this book, though! That’s been the major downside for me with Perkins’ books

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

8. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo  available 6/3/14
Alina, The Darkling, Sturmhond/Nikolai, Mal. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

9. The Dead Will Tell  (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo  available 7/8/14
I love this series. I love Kate and Tomasetti and the mysteries are always great.

10. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout available 8/5/14
The end of the Lux series is going to make me super sad, but I can’t wait to find out what happens! Origin left us with such a cliffhanger!