Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s 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. 13494365

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. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust.  – Goodreads.com

My son and I have been fans of The Elemental Series from the beginning, so when I requested an advance copy of Spirit on Net Galley, I was thrilled to be able to read it before the release date!

Spirit is by far the most emo-angsty book of the series, but when most of your characters are hormone-ridden teenage boys, what can you expect?  Hunter has suffered some devastating losses and isn’t receiving much support on the home front.  He’s been taught not to trust anyone, but the time has come for him to learn trust; the problem is, who?  Hunter’s circumstances are unusual but, as with most teenagers, his problems seem larger than life and rational thought goes out the window at times, so some of the decisions he makes are the wrong ones.  But he’s 16  – you live, you learn.  All the confusion, self-doubt, anger, and frustration Hunter feels and the strained relationship with his mother come across as very genuine and offer a deeper layering of his character.  He’s truly on a journey of self-discovery.

Having two teenage boys of my own and listening to them with their friends for the past decade plus, the author really nails it with the friend/brother relationship dynamics.  I laughed out loud more than once at the conversations between some of the characters.  She really seems to “get” the guy relationships.

If you’re trying to get your male teenagers to read (girls too, just boys are less likely), this is a great series.  I enjoy reading and discussing them with my son and we’re looking forward to the next book.

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