Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Format/Length: Paperback/267 pages
Publisher/Date Published: September 24th 2014/Allen & Unwin
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy-Paranormal
Description: Michael Merrick understands pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.
His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She’s got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.
But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s ‘bad luck’. Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.
They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.
3/5 stars —
Despite the fact that I felt like this was the weakest of the Elements series, if you haven’t read these book, you should. They’re awfully underrated — witty dialogue, memorable characters, and a thrilling plot. I’m starting this review by saying that although this was disappointing, I still enjoyed it.
This was underwhelming; that is why I only rated this book three stars.
After the rest of the books I obviously had high expectations — and I was nervous to start reading it, for several reasons. A) I didn’t want this series to come to an end, and B) even the goddamn title is called Sacrifice. If that’s not making you nervous about reading the last in a series, then it should! This book revolves around Michael, the eldest of the Merrick brothers, who, after their parents’ deaths, took on a fatherly role to his younger brothers. He was extraordinary mature for his age, which was why I liked him the most out of the Merricks. Then you have his girlfriend, Hannah. Hate to say it, but I didn’t care for her much.
As usual, the plot is thrilling and will leave you wanting more. There’s only one problem with that.
A last in a series shouldn’t leave you feeling like you want more. Bittersweet, maybe, but not unsatisfied. Bluntly put, this felt rushed. Much shorter than the rest of the series, Sacrifice whizzed along at an alarming pace without pausing to linger on the details, and because of that, I was disconnected to both Hannah and Michael. But as usual, Kemmerer creates a wonderful thrilling atmosphere — in Sacrifice, the stakes are higher than ever, which does not bode well for some.
Nope. You SHOULD be worried, my friends.
Here’s something you should know about these books: Each novel revolves around a different Merrick brother. (Or Hunter. He has a book too.)
This is not a bad thing to do. In fact, I quite liked it. Each book is fresh, different, and each character sees things in a completely different viewpoint to the others. My only issue with this is that by the end of Sacrifice I didn’t feel as though the story was quite finished. I wanted to revisit some of the other characters — to see how they would cope with things, instead of being trapped in Michael and Hannah’s point of view.
These are fantastic books overall. I do recommend them. This one just let me down.