Storm By Brigid Kemmerer are Books BRIGID KEMMERER is author of LETTERS TO THE LOST Bloomsbury April a dark contemporary Young Adult romance THICKER THAN WAT
Storm By Brigid Kemmerer are Books BRIGID KEMMERER is author of LETTERS TO THE LOST Bloomsbury April 4, 2017 , a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance THICKER THAN WATER Kensington, December 29, 2015 , a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance and the YALSA nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls refreshingly human paranormal romance and School Library Journal describes as a new take on the supernatural genre She lives in the Balti area with her husband and four sons.. Earth, Fire, Air, Water they have power than you dream.Ever since her ex boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn t want Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot Chris is different Way different he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, andEarth, Fire, Air, Water they have power than you dream.Ever since her ex boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn t want Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot Chris is different Way different he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth They re powerful Dangerous Marked for death.And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.Secrets are hard to keep when your life s at stake When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him But then Hunter goes head to head with Chris, and Becca wonders who s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.The storm is coming .. Good Ebook Storm 2.5Me and this book went on a strange journey together and the end result was very conflicted feelings.It all started when I decided I wanted to become more involved in one of my goodreads groups and actually pay attention to the monthly book reads. In the past, I used the group for challenges and recommendations but didn't participate in the group read-along, so I decided that I would read every book voted for except the ones that a) I had already read or b) I couldn't obtain for whatever reason. I then made my way to the page to see what my first book club read would be and found it was a book I was sent months ago and never read due to the atrocious cover and my belief that it would be little more than an annoying teen romance series that set out to find each hot guy a girlfriend with every volume. This book was Storm. But, even with my reservations, I can't resist challenging myself to something I wouldn't normally pick so I settled down to give this novel a try.And at first I was very pleasantly surprised. I found myself devouring chapter after chapter and enjoying all aspects of the story. I liked Becca, I liked Hunter, I liked the Merrick brothers, I liked the urban fantasy aspect of it that wasn't neglected even with the book's romantic focus. Being someone who isn't usually a fan of young adult romance, I couldn't believe how quickly I became interested in these characters and their relationships with one another. The banter is superb, I love a touch of witty sarcasm to make me laugh. Plus, ridiculous good looks aside, the Merrick brothers seemed to be realistic portraits of teen boys.Secondly, the main character/heroine can make or break a book like this and Becca immediately got into my good books by saving Chris Merrick in the very first chapter - no damsels in distress here. But she also has weaknesses and flaws so she isn't allowed to fall perfectly into a predesignated mold called "kickass heroine". Becca starts off so well that I think this was why it became all the more disappointing later on when she began to change into someone who criticises other women for what they are wearing and behaves stupidly on numerous occasions.The nasty girls in this novel can be spotted by their revealing clothing ("boobs were going to explode from the neckline of her shirt in a minute") and their tendency to hang drooling all over the Merrick brothers. There seems to be a suggested relationship between sexual promiscuity (implied or otherwise) and evilness in Storm. Characterization ends with descriptions of their slutty clothing and behaviour. Oh, and they're all cheerleaders. I'm being serious when I say this: can someone please explain to me this obsession with cheerleaders? I live in England and don't know any schools that actually have cheerleaders but they're so popular in American movies and books. They appear to be a kind of tribe of beautiful, evil women that are out to destroy all other women with their perfect hair and bodies. I don't understand it at all.The saddest thing is that this story could easily have been an excellent tale about the "slut issue" and the damaging effects of the war on female sexuality because it starts where Becca has a reputation of being the school slut. Girls won't be associated with her (apart from her one friend) and guys pass lewd notes to her in class, she is rumoured to have slept with most guys in her school but the truth is quite a different story and these rumours are actually lies spread by her ex. This is all fine and dandy but I would ask - what if she had slept around? What does it matter? This isn't tackling the slut issue, it's actually making it worse: everyone thinks she's evil because she's a slut but they're wrong because she's not a slut? No, they're wrong because these matters do not define a person... and that should have been the message.Not surprisingly, this is not an issue that both genders experience and the author does nothing to challenge the double standard. The Merrick brothers are supposed to appear even more sexy because of the comment about it being a common occurrence to find a random girl in the house for one of them. Yet, despite the little pat on the back the brothers like to give themselves for sexual conquests, Gabriel specifically warns Chris away from Becca because she has "played around the block". Real nice. The sexism makes it impossible to let the good outweigh the bad and it also made it impossible for me to continue to like or care about the Merrick brothers when they behaved like such dicks.Some spoilers in this paragraph (sorry)Another thing that stood out to me was some of Becca's unrealistic behaviour (in my opinion, anyway). I just don't believe that someone who went through a trauma like that would behave in the way she did and constantly put herself in harm's way again and again after the event. Even her actions in the very first chapter are questionable when you know what she's been through, never mind going to the house of the guy who raped her and getting drunk whilst there or going around the side of a building at night with him. That's not brave, it's just plain stupid, even if I do have to applaud the author for looking into reasons why victims of sexual assault don't always report the incident.Sadly, after a beginning that made me think I'd been wrong to judge a book by its cover and genre, Storm came full circle and managed to disappoint me anyway. Better luck next month, I hope.
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