Written by Brigid Kemmerer
Published May, 2013 by Allen & Unwin
Genres: Elemental, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He has 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.
With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down – which means he’ll have to find someone he can trust.
Spirit was another thrilling installment in Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental series. I’m always glad to be back in the world of the Merrick brothers, and now with a wait for the next book in the series, I’m not sure how I’m going to cope!
Spirit is Hunter’s story. While I thought we got a pretty good look at Hunter in the first book, Storm, already, I can definitely see now why Brigid Kemmerer wanted us to get a better understanding of his character in his own book. Though Hunter isn’t one of my favourites (he is so infuriating sometimes with his back and forth-ness!!) I do have a better grasp on him now that we’ve seen things through his eyes.
New girl Kate rubbed me the wrong way initially, but she brought a lot of great new stuff to the table. Her history with the guides and her unusual upbringing definitely created a new sort of character in the Elemental world. Her relationship with Hunter was interesting to say the least and I found myself quite enjoying it later on in the book.
The drama that surrounds Spirit has everything to do with Calla Dean (from the previous book, Spark) and pretty much picks up right where the last book left off. Certain events, such as the school carnival, left me shocked and meant that Calla was a villain not to be underestimated. I’m interested in seeing how much further her story will go in the next two books.
The other villain, Guide Silver, was also a formidable opponent for the Merrick brothers and Hunter.
I’m not sure I like where this book ended, but it’s probably because I’m still in utter shock. Towards the end, there were a few plot twists that left me speechless. Brigid Kemmerer absolutely stunned me with what she was willing to do with her characters. To be honest, I didn’t think it was in her until now.
All in all, Spirit was on par with the rest of the series, making it a great read and solid adventure!
Recommended to: Readers who enjoyed the first and second books will love being back in the world of the Merrick brothers. Spirit offers some new characters and plenty of drama – as well as some twists you won’t see coming! Highly recommended.