Secret by Brigid Kemmerer: Book Review


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?

Secret is the fourth book in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer and fortunately, not the last! We have one more after this one, called Sacrifice, which focuses on Michael, the oldest Merrick brother.

But Secret is about Nick. The air elemental of the family. He’s also the reliable one, the smart one, the nice one, the one with a lot on his shoulders. If you read Breathless, and you really should before reading this one since it doesn’t explain what happens in that one too well, then you know what this book will be about. Along with Nick, the POV is split up with Quinn, his “girlfriend” and Becca’s best friend. She has a not-so-great family life and some nights is unsure where she’s even going to sleep.

As usual, this book does not let you put it down. I couldn’t stop reading! She does teen drama so well, making it relatable and realistic. The characters are flawed–you see where they mess up, and you want them to get it right, and when they do, you cheer them on. Sometimes they are a bit too flawed–Quinn, for example. I like her because she is very realistic, but there are some things about her that bother me. She was a bit melodramatic. But in the end, we see her get it together.

More than the others, this book is about the characters’ journey. It’s about the emotional conflict for Nick in keeping his true self form his brothers, and for Quinn, it’s about the family and self-esteem issues she deals with. We also find out a lot of backstory of the Merricks and Tyler.

The shocking prologue shows you an even darker side of the guides. It left me wanting to see more bad guys! Especially because the action–the kickass fight scenes and the drama with the Guides–is lacking compared to the other books. It really is more about Nick and Quinn and how they overcome their individual issues. The ending is when it really kicks up a notch, and I couldn’t stop reading during the last third. I love the climaxes of her books, how the characters get one punch after another, and you just can’t get enough breath in your lungs. The endings are generally the best and yet also the worst because you know you have to wait 6-12 more months for the next book. Sacrifice comes out in September!


What’s with this cover? New designer? The different model (unless it’s supposed to be Tyler?), way different tone, that bright yellow font? But that’s just the designer in me talking.

There is homosexuality in this book. If that irks you, go find another book.

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