Teenager Review: Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

The following is another review (his first review is here)  by my 14-year-old son, Reese.  We’ve been reading the Elemental Series together, but because of my TBR pile, he’s now ahead of me.  Although I wouldn’t recommend this series to younger readers because of some language and sexual situations, it’s a YA urban fantasy series that also deals with some real life issues.  Reese is almost finished with the Rot & Ruin series, so maybe I can convince him to write another review soon.


Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get 17149088in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.


I believe that Secret was a very entertaining book.  Although the other books in the series each focus primarily on one of the brothers and the ongoing conflict between the guides and the Merrick brothers and Hunter, this book mainly focused on Nick and his “girlfriend” and “boyfriend”.  Only in the last part of it did the Merricks interact with the guides.  The book gave me better insight on why certain people acted the way they did in the other books in the series.

My favorite character in this book was Chris, Nick’s youngest brother, because he questioned why Nick would want to keep his secret from him.  I would have expected Gabriel, Nick’s twin brother, to be more supportive.

If I had to name something I would change, I would add more action between Nick and the guides.  I don’t think some of the relationships between the teenagers and the parents are very realistic sometimes.

What I think is the last book of the series, Sacrifice, is scheduled to come out September 30, 2014.


10 thoughts on “Teenager Review: Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

  1. A.T. MacDonnacha

    Great post, Teri!

    I read over Reese’s review of my book again as well. Funnily enough, the main impediment to getting my second book finished is an issue of cats and dogs.

    I am working on a second business that involves developing medical devices for cats and dogs. We are trying to make life better for sick cats and dogs, so that should make Reese happy.

    Anyway, I’ll be taking some time soon to finish the second book, which will keep my soul in order. 🙂

    I hope all is well in your writing and blogging life. Your blogs are keeping me in touch with the world of books at the moment!

    Best regards,




    1. Good to hear from you, Ardle! Cats can definitely be an impediment to finishing books – whether they’re laying on them or for the reason you described. Reese is looking forward to your next book, so keep us posted!


      1. No, I’m not going to be there, Teri. I’d planned on going again this year, but it’s the same weekend as a retreat that’s part of a year-long workshop I’m doing. Sorry to miss seeing you! Have fun! It looks smaller this year – only the one day?


    1. Hmmm…maybe they hadn’t posted the full schedule when I was exploring, or maybe it was my user error (probably more likely). I’m sorry to miss it–and the chance of catching some Kentucky spring.


  2. A.T. MacDonnacha

    It’s getting there slowly, but surely, Teri. The story is leading me as much as I am directing the story, so it is a lot of fun. Best of luck with your own work! In the meantime, I will be reading your blogs as always. 🙂


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