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This book made a crack in my heart. I adore Hunter and I just felt so sad for him at the end. ( )
  ChaosCaitlin | May 23, 2017 |
Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe LibraHet duurde een tijdje voor ik het aandurfde om Spirit te lezen. Vanaf het eerste boek had ik gemengde gevoelens over Hunter. Het was moeilijk om enige hoogte van hem te krijgen. Was hij nu wel of niet een vriend? Is hij wel te vertrouwen? Het hielp ook niet echt, dat net voordat dit boek uitkwam de schrijfster een super waanzinnige novella over Nick uitbracht, die me zooo nieuwsgierig maakt naar zijn verhaal. Enfin, met dat allemaal in mijn achterhoofd begon ik dus na een tijdje met toch wel enige tegenzin aan Spirit.
Dat me vervolgens totaal verraste. Het duurde maar een paar pagina's of de moederberin in me was wakker geworden en had Hunter onder haar hoede genomen. Wee diegene die daarna nog aan hem kwam, die verkocht ze meteen een paar flinke meppen! Het was fijn om eindelijk de echte Hunter te leren kennen. Zonder het front dat hij had opgeworpen, zonder de zelfverzekerdheid. Om het hele verhaal te weten te komen. Ook hij heeft het niet altijd makkelijk gehad.... Verder is Hunter een heerlijke jongen, die net zoals alle mannen moeite heeft met praten over zijn gevoelens, wat natuurlijk tot de nodige problemen kan leiden.
Het verhaal was zoals gewoonlijk meesterlijk verteld. Het is altijd heerlijk om Brigid Kemmerers boeken te lezen, ik wordt altijd meteen in het verhaal getrokken. Het heeft spannende gedeeltes, maar ook wat rustigere, zodat je alle tijd hebt om wat er gebeurd is in je op te nemen. Er zitten genoeg grappige momenten in en Gabriel Merrick, die me altijd aan het lachen maakt. Het was fantastisch om te lezen hoe Hunter voetje voor voetje zijn gevoelens blootlegde, zich voor anderen open leerde te stellen en te leren vertellen wat hem bezig hield. Bovendien is het ook altijd weer geweldig om te lezen over de wonderbaarlijke wereld van mensen die de kracht hebben over een van de elementen. Daar worden gewoon te weinig boeken over geschreven!
Tenslotte was er ook nog het einde, dat ik nu nog niet helemaal kan bevatten. Dat me compleet verbijsterd achter liet. Dat zo oneerlijk was... Het voelt gewoon niet goed, maar maakt Brigid Kemmerer ook meteen een schrijfster van heb ik jou daar. Dat ze dit gewoon durfde te schrijven! Ik ben vol bewondering voor haar, ook al had ik gewild dat het anders ging. Het maakt me des te nieuwsgierig naar het volgende boek!

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Opnieuw is Brigid Kemmerer met Spirit erin geslaagd om een super verhaal te schrijven. Een verhaal waar ik met tegenzin in begon, maar waarvan ik al gauw de bladzijdes van verslond. Een verhaal dat me eindelijk de ware Hunter heeft laten zien, een jongen die, net zoals de andere Merrick broers voor altijd onder de hoede van mijn innerlijke berin zal staan. Wat ben ik blij dat ik het eindelijk heb gelezen, ook al is het einde nog zo bitterzoet.... ( )
  CarpeLibra | Aug 16, 2015 |
Ahhh I was hoping for another Merrick boy story! Spirit is Hunter's story. He's not like the Merrick brothers. He's a Fifth. He is supposed to erase the full Elementals, like the Merricks. He hasn't.

Hunter is on rocky terms with the Merrick brothers and Becca. Nobody trusts him and they're not even really sure what side he's on. That's when he meets Kate - and the poor guy gets even more confused.

As a Fifth, people are drawn to him and he to them. It's in his nature to want to help people. This is why I don't understand why the Fifths (or Guides, they are called as they get older) have to eliminate the Elementals. It seems like a waste of ability and potential. The Elementals control over the elements can be potentially dangerous, yes. I agree. But there's better ways to go about it. Why don't the Guides teach them to control what they can do? Use it for good? You could still get a story out of that - just considering the character profiles of Fifths, it doesn't make sense. To be fair, maybe they've realised it (a little late) and thats the reason for the 'rebellion' (if you could call it that).

I feel like there's a lot of stuff that goes down in this novel that could have been avoided if the characters weren't stupid. Hunter's switching sides and constantly not knowing what he was doing was irritating. I also couldn't stand his need to 1. storm off in a huff and 2. not explain why he was storming off in a huff, as if everyone should always know why he was grumpy at the world. It's not all about you, Hunter, and you could make life a lot easier for yourself but you choose not to. I also found the week-long whirlwind romance with Kate strange and a little unbelievable. But this author has guts! I respect that.

That being said, I am still (shocking, right?) enjoying the storyline. I like the action and the secret world of the Elementals. Looking forward to book four, not sure if it will be Nick or Michael (Nick, please!)

Also, Author?
PLEASE stop telling me how good looking everyone in these books is! I honestly couldn't care less, tell me something real. ( )
  crashmyparty | Dec 9, 2014 |
Before I get started on this review, I was supposed to review this book last year. For some reason, I read the book but never posted a review. So, here it is.

Plot: Once again, this author has amazed me. I love this plot and the way it move. So much action yet filled with just the right touch of emotion. I think this story has so much more than what I thought. It really captured me and held me in the book.

Hunter: Just his story in general is really intriguing yet heartbreaking. I loved learning more from his point of view as well as the other brothers. I think this guy has proven himself time and again. I’m hoping that maybe one day he will had his happy ending.

Ending: This book does not end on a happy note. It ends sad yet the story is fulfilled. I can only hope that the author will release another story for Hunter or at least, give him something to make him happy. I didn’t see it ending that way. That is the reason why I held so strongly to the book.

I really love this series and I think all should read it. It’s has a great plot and characters to interest any reader. Spirit is a fabulous addition. ( )
  Bookswithbite | Mar 3, 2014 |
NOTE: I received this eARC thru Netgalley. Thanks so much!

Goodness, I cried on this one. Real tears and all. It was sooooooooooo good!!! I can't believe what happened, honestly! And this is by far the most emotional of the books in this series. I give it to the fact that Hunter, the lead male here, controls the element of the spirit. With him everything is ever about emotion.

There's so much anger, pain, devotion, hurt, passion and love in this novel, you have to read it for yourself to experience it all. I'm getting goosebumps right now, as I'm thinking about all the action and romance and just... everything really!

I did laugh in some places where the irony and sarcasm were too heavy to ignore. And I cried too but I'm not telling why, when or where. I'm just going to say that you will cry too. I mean, it's impossible not to, given all the drama.

Let me tell you, Hunter is not my favorite character in this series. Bad boy Gabriel is. But Hunter is right behind him up on the scale. It's probably because Hunter is so innocent at heart. He's being lied to by the people he considers friends and is told the truth by those he considers his enemies. I'm glad he figured out who is who in the end, because by one point I was ready to march up to him and slap him in the face. I mean, yeah it's complicated sometimes, but honestly - it isn't all that difficult to see the truth once you decide to look hard for it.

So with the Merricks on one side (who seem to be friendly, but are still his enemies) and the Guides & his father's secrets on the other, it's no wonder Hunter ends up making wrong decisions over and over again.

Even though Chris and Gabriel suffered a lot in books one and two, Hunter tops them both in this one. I'm not sure he'd be quite right in the heart and mind in the next book though and that scares me a little, because he sort of grew on me.

Of course I should say a little something about Kate as well. She was so livid and unpredictable all the time, I could hardly keep up on the same page as her! I didn't know what was truth and what was lie with her anymore than Hunter did. And I'm very sure she was the right girl for him. It wouldn't have worked with Becca. Kate was (or appeared to be) dangerous and definitely not someone to trust. In the beginning I wanted Hunter to avoid her. But the more he fell for her, the more she fell for him and that made her true colors be revealed. In the end, she wasn't all that bad after all.

I don't know which one would be the major character in the next installment of this series but I do wish it would come out sooner rather than later! I simply cannot wait! ( )
  VanyaDrum | Jan 26, 2014 |
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"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"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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