Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Breathless
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Novella (2.5) in the Elemental Series 
Published By: Kennsington Teen (April 30, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Too many secrets. Not enough time. Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic. But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive. His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark. He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace

My Thoughts and Review:

I always knew that there was more to Nick Merrick than we so far had seen, but, holy crap I had no idea just how much there was.

I really felt for Nick in this one. I love the Merrick brother, heck, I love this series. And all of the brothers seem lost in their own way. Each dealing with what they are, the deaths of their parents and the people out there that want to hurt them but Nick. Nick, I think just might have it the worst.

He is confused and lonely and doesn’t quite know what he wants yet. Well, that isn't exactly true. He knows what he wants but he is too afraid that by getting it, he will lose everything else he loves in life. That just about broke my heart.

Honestly this novella completely took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting it to be anything like it was and I think part of me is still processing that. It just goes to show that once I think I have things figured out, Kemmerer can come and knock me off my feet again and I have to re access everything.

I really liked that this time this novella wasn't just about Nick but about Quinn too. I really liked Quinn for the last book and I am glad that we got more of her because she had a pretty big role in this one being Nick's girlfriend. I am glad that we got her thoughts and views on everything that went down in it. Out of all the girls so far introduced into this series as a friend of the Merrick's, I worry about her the most as well. She too is so lost and lonely and confused.

This makes me very excited (and slightly nervous) to read Spirit. I can't wait. I am really loving this series.  


  1. I worry about Quinn, too, though I'm really looking forward to finding out more about her soon. Nick has always been my favorite Merrick, but this book made me fall in love with him all over again. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading Spirit soon. :)

  2. Ahhhh! I can't wait to read this! I so adore this series as well, and Nick has always been a favorite. I'm excited that she took the romance in this one in a different direction, and I'm sure Nick's fear about this new attraction is going to break my heart. So excited though!

  3. I think this is very novellas really shine sometimes when they explain things that books don't for one reason or another. Glad this one shed a whole new light for you on this character. I have not read her books yet, but people have been raving about them, so I am going to have to keep them in mind :)

  4. It will Jenny! It took me by surprise!

    And I agree Lily! I had no idea some of the things Nick was going through until this one. I don't know if I was too blind to see it or this was just that insightful, either way it is a must read for the series.

  5. I really enjoyed this story too, and my heart broke for both Nick and Quinn. They are both in a difficult situation, but I don't doubt Kemmerer for a second. She'll find a way for our Nicky.

  6. I really hope so Maja and of course for Quinn too!

  7. I've heard a lot of good things about this series. I'm not a fan of the covers, but the stories sound great!

  8. You should try them Candace! This one has a prequel that gives you a really good feel not only for the story but for the oldest Merrick brother as well.

  9. Interesting that you are reviewing a novella today after the whole novella discussion. I am starting this series very very soon and I cannot wait. Sounds like I better be reading the novellas as well.

  10. @Heidi, kind of ironic isn't it? :P
    I promise I didn't plan it!!

  11. Glad to hear you're loving this series! I really need to get caught up asap by the sounds of it. Lovely review!

  12. I have got to read this. I have it from NetGalley and haven't gotten to it yet. After reading your review, I am getting to it this weekend for sure.

  13. Gah. Yeah, another series I need to read. I'm going to be stuck on here as a ghost when I die because I have unfinished business. And it's going to be not reading all the books on my TBR.

  14. *facepalm* this is one series I still need to read and ooh you make it sound wonderful!

  15. @kimba, get on it girl!

    @Christy, we can haunt the sites together because I am right there with you!!

  16. I had to come back and comment again. I read this last night and OMG - this shocked the crap out of me. It was so good, but I would have never seen it coming. I hope we get more details in Spirit. I haven't started that yet.