Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer
Elemental (Elemental 0.5)
By: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Rating: 2 stars
|Summary: Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead.
Review: I read books 1 and 2 before I read this prequel, so to me, this novella nowhere compares to the books. I understand that it is just a short story leading up to the series, but I found myself rolling my eyes too many times. Yes, Emily did think that Michael beat up her brother, but is she seriously just going to the jump to the conclusion that he’s in the sports shop to kill her? Talk about overreaction.
I did think it gave us a quick insight on Michael, which I’m glad for because I do like him. And Emily does appear in book 2, so it give us a little background on her, too. But to be quite honest, if I had read this book first, I don’t think I would like either characters very much.
On a side note, this novella can stand on its own because there was no bridge between this novella and the first book. This book takes place probably five years earlier (the twins were 12 in the novella, and they’re upperclassmen in high school now).
But the way the novella had ended, you would think that Michael and Emily were still together and that the Merricks’ parents were still alive. While this story is nice, it’s not really a “beginning” story when the Merricks first move into town or a “right before” story that leads into book 1. It’s just a random pocket of time in between that.
For me, it was an okay short read, but I think I could have done without it. Or I think it would have been better if it was released just before the book about Michael.