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also I LOHOHOHOHOVE GABRIEL he is my fave so this book will probably remain my fave.

There are definitely problematic bits though so be careful about body image and slut-shaming, everyone. Give it the side-eye. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |

also I LOHOHOHOHOVE GABRIEL he is my fave so this book will probably remain my fave.

There are definitely problematic bits though so be careful about body image and slut-shaming, everyone. Give it the side-eye. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
Ill read this..but only because book 1 was amazing. The change in characters? Ugh. But should have expected it. However - chris and becca dont even get together in the first book - so im very disappointed we dont see their relationship grow.

So ill read this - but its not high on my to be read list. :/
  trigstarom | Sep 19, 2015 |
Deze recensie is als eerste verschenen op Carpe Libra
Het voelde geweldig om met Spark wederom in de fascinerende wereld te zijn die Brigid Kemmerer heeft gecreëerd. Hoewel ik een heeeeel klein beetje teleurgesteld was dat de focus deze keer op een ander koppel lag (dol op Becca :D ), vond ik het nog steeds een super boek. Zeker nadat ik over mijn aanvankelijke teleurstelling heen was en een band kreeg met Gabriel.
Gabriel is een echte bad guy met overduidelijke problemen. Een jongen die geplaagd wordt door gebeurtenissen uit zijn verleden. Die bang is voor iedereen die door zijn schilden kan breken. Die door iedereen verkeerd wordt geïnterpreteerd, totdat... Oh, dit is echt mijn soort verhaal! Het was prachtig om hem te zien groeien. Om langzaam zijn schilden te zien zakken en hem weer mensen te zien toelaten. Alleen jammer dat ik niet diegene was die hiervoor zorgde ;)
Ook Layne heeft niet de gemakkelijkste jeugd gehad, hoewel daar niet de nadruk op ligt. Nee, die ligt op Gabriels verhaal. Niet dat ik daar problemen mee heb, ben dol op de Merrick broers! Ik was alleen graag wat meer over haar te weten te komen. Layne kwam hierdoor wat onderontwikkeld over. Precies zoals Chris in het eerste deel. Daar lag de focus op Becca en niet op hem, waardoor ik Becca dus ook beter leerde kennen. Wel jammer, want ik had graag meer inzicht gehad in wie Layne en Chris zijn...
Ondanks dat ik wederom heb genoten, had ik deze keer geen hart-dat-in-mijn-keel-klopt moment of bladzijdes die ik ademloos las. Nope, behalve het action packed einde ging dit verhaal meer over psychologische aspecten. Met het accepteren van het verleden en vooruitkijken naar de toekomst. Zelfs het gebruik van de elementen stond op een laag pitje. Super jammer, met wat meer actie en elementair krachtgebruik was dit echt een nieuwe absolute aanrader geworden.
Spark was een heel leuk boek om te lezen. Met een gekwelde hoofdpersoon die in een mum van tijd een weg in je hart heeft gevonden. In tegenstelling tot Storm lag de nadruk in dit boek wel meer op innerlijke groei en daardoor werd het af en toe minder interessant. Dit laatste is wel een beetje muggenzifterij van mijn kant, want ik kan dit boek van harte aanraden aan iedereen die van het bovennatuurlijk en vier knappe broers houdt! ( )
  CarpeLibra | Aug 16, 2015 |
I'm giving Spark a 3.5 star rating, like I did with Storm, for pretty much the same reasons. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it, but I'm still enjoying the world that's been developed here. Maybe because it's a secret, I'm not sure.

I was surprised, picking up this second book from the Elementals series, that this wouldn't follow Becca and Chris. After Storm, I just expected it to. But then I settled into Gabriel's shoes and read his story. His voice is completely different from Chris' - as it should be. I've said before that I thought the Merrick brothers were very well developed characters. I stand by that. Gabriel is angry and rash, and Layne I thought was similar. They're both closed off their real selves from the outside world, are very quick to jump on the defensive and make rapid judgments before they know what's going on. I understand why Gabriel is so worked up all the time, but his attitude and quite frankly, his rudeness, hasn't done him any favours. He needs a chill pill, for lack of a better expression.

I thought the storyline of the arson, the fires, was well done - I didn't pick the culprit! This series is surprising me in little ways like that. The romance wasn't my favourite and I'm worried these books are going to follow a formula. In this case it's the Elemental boys meeting normal girls (except Becca wasn't), but it feels like the formula is already decided - they get the girl in the end. Maybe I've been too quick to judge, after just two books. I hope I'm wrong. I'm intrigued enough to read on.

Still having a little trouble with the way girls are presented in these books. The girl who is the main focus is perfect, maybe with some little flaw or insecurity but nothing that can't be fixed with a few kisses from WonderBoy - and all others are horrible. Please. The real world is not like that. Why did Layne's best friend turn out to be a bitch? Why couldn't she have been supportive, rather than use it as her elbow into the popular circles? The boys in this book, other than the Merrick boys and Hunter, have also been displayed in a similar light. Every other boy in the school, it seems, thinks its fine to force himself on a girl, video/photograph it and share it, while laughing at all her imperfections. While I did not go to school in America, I find it hard to believe that everyone's like this. But I guess the ones that aren't, aren't worth mentioning for the purposes of this story. I'm finding it a little annoying but I guess Kemmerer doesn't want to draw focus away from the main romance to introduce characters with a little compassion and no other motives.

My issues aside (as I always have issues), I'm on to the next one! Curious to see where it goes. Look out for my next review :) ( )
  crashmyparty | Dec 9, 2014 |
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Gabriel Merrick stared at the dead leaf in his palm and willed it to burn.
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"Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he's not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own"--backcover.… (more)

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