Series: Elemental, #4
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Nowhere is safe. Not even home…
Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.
Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—or he’ll lose his family.
Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.
Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.
Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?
Don’t let my rating sway you. Secret, the fourth instalment to the Elemental series was another brilliant read; however there are a few quibbles here and there that I have discovered in hindsight. Perhaps I’m being too picky? But I can’t seem to lower my expectations on a Kemmerer book no matter how hard I try—most likely because I know how fantastically well she can write—especially after Spirit—and as for Secret in my opinion, this book could’ve been so much better.
We’ve read about three of our Elemental boys so far: Chris, Gabriel and Hunter. We’ve all fallen in love with them and I know you all secretly (or not so secretly) want a Merrick guy or a Hunter Garrity. And now in Kemmerer’s latest, we fall in love with Nick even more. (Because we all totally loved him way earlier on in this series–even after finding out he’s gay and no female can truly have him. He is still an endearing character nevertheless.) Unlike other books in the series, where the books follow one Elemental however still have the others as sub-main characters, Secret focuses solely on just Nick and his development as a character. We don’t have much heart-racing action or badass-ery-ness. Sure, there still is some, but to a much muted point compared to Kemmerer’s previous instalments. I guess this is where my first complaint kicked in. I went into Secret expecting what I expect from this series; a whole heap of action. (And romance—though I did get that.) But I didn’t exactly get that. Maybe this is an “it’s me not you” situation.
Regardless of the lack of action and plot movement, Secret was still a captivating read. Nick’s character was no disappointment. I loved how Brigid Kemmerer handled Nick’s struggle of opening up to himself and his feelings. That it was okay to be gay. His confusion and constant fear that he’d be mocked was realistic and I was rooting for him the whole time. He wants to tell his brothers—Gabriel in particular about him but he’s afraid of what they’ll think. Nick’s always been the one that’s there to help his brothers whenever they ask. Nick’s the one that cares about school and his work. But with everything going on, he may not be able to keep it all together for much longer.
Other than Nick’s POV, we also have Quinn’s POV—Becca’s best friend. I honestly wanted to like this chick. Her family has practically torn apart, her brother hates her and her mother is literally a crazy nut-case. She even threw a knife at Quinn once. The poor girl. All the people who were meant to love her didn’t. And you know what? I. Don’t. Care. This girl has got to be the most annoying character in the Elemental cast. She gets mad at Becca because she didn’t tell her anything about who the Merricks and Hunter truly were even though it wasn’t Becca’s secret to tell. And when Quinn finds out that Becca nearly died and got raped? Quinn only got madder. NO. JUST. NO. Stuff you. Oh and she ends up finding her own love interest—Tyler. WHAAAAT. Even though Nick warned her and told her the things that he did, Quinn still goes to him. Like who in their right mind? Stupid and selfish.
Although Secret let me down in the plot and action (and one of the characters), Nick’s storyline still made an intriguing read. Oh and did I mention the romance Nick has? It. Is. AWESOME.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~
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