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Secret (Elemental (Kensington)) [Paperback]

Brigid Kemmerer
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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Kteen (28 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758294379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758294371
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, and powerful! 9 Feb 2014
By Jo
Format:Paperback
I am a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series, but I was even more eager than normal to read Secret, especially after the revelation in Breathless. I am so happy to say it's just as awesome as the others in the series, but also extremely powerful!

Nick has difficulty dealing with his sexuality. He is so worried that his brothers would turn against him if they found out, it stresses him out so much. He spends most of the book dreading them finding out anything, when he takes a break from thinking about Adam. Nick's relationship with Adam is cute, but in some ways, both guys are tentative. Adam is confident and completely comfortable with his sexuality, but he's had bad experiences with relationships in the past, and so he's a little wary. With Nick, he's never been with a guy in any way before Adam, and despite how much he likes him, it throws him off balance. What is he supposed to do? I wanted to give him a hug so much; he has such a lot going on in his head, and he just seems a completely different Nick from who we see in all the other books. He's insecure, and fear and doubt cloud him.

I have to say, I didn't like Adam as much as I did when reading Breathless. I can't say exactly what it is, he's not a bad guy, I just didn't really warm to him. It's kind of like having a friend who gets a boyfriend, and he's nice and all, and you're happy your friend is happy, but the guy just isn't your kind of person. It felt like that. So, romance wise, despite the intense and personal conversations they had together, I preferred reading about Quinn's romance.

Quinn has it tough. She has an unloving family with an alcoholic mother and druggie brother, both of whom are unbelievably abusive, physically as well as verbally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG 3 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Brigid you never disappoint this was a fantastic instalment so glad i read it. only problem is i could not stop reading so i finished within 11 hours yesterday all in one go, i have back injury at the moment and this really helped me to sit still longer than anything else. Please say that the next one wont be such a long wait. Glad to see we get to a better view of tyler too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 31 Jan 2014
By Sarah
Format:Paperback
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley.)
This is book 4 in the ‘Elemental’ series.
Nick knows that he likes boys, and more specifically he likes Adam, but his emotions are not in check and he seems to be sending Quinn running into the arms of someone he really doesn’t like or trust.
Can Nick come clean to his brothers about who he is dating, and the fact that it’s a guy?

This was an okay story, but for me the ending was much better than the first 80% of the book.

I really liked ‘Breathless’, so I was looking forward to seeing what happened with Nick and Adam in this book. Nick seemed quite preoccupied in this book though, and it was hard to get a real feel for him most of the time. I understood how he felt, and how difficult things were for him, but I also understood how hard it was for him to admit to his brothers that he was gay.

The storyline in this mainly revolved around Nick and Adam, with some time also devoted to Quinn and Tyler. Unlike the last book where everything was about the guides, this time everything was about the romance, and for me neither of these were ideal as I felt there needed to be more balance.

The romance in this was okay, and I liked Adam’s flirty little texts, but it didn’t have quite the same ‘heart-racing, OMG, I love him, I can’t put this down, I’ll die if he doesn’t kiss her right now’ quality that Spark had. I thought the Male-Male romance was done well though, and I was happy for Nick and Adam, I just didn’t get as involved in the romance as I might have done, I don’t know why. I don’t think it was just because it was Male-Male though as I didn’t feel it with Quinn and Tyler either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up all night!! 28 Jan 2014
By BookGeek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wanted to read this book, because 1, I am a big fan of Brigid Kemmerer and her ELEMENTAL series and 2, it is not everyday that a popular YA series not only has an lgbt character, but also gives them their own novel. And since I have always liked Nick Merrick, I consider him to be a popular character and it makes his story a big deal for me. I wanted to support the author and publisher for throwing a wrench in where we thought this series was going and giving us a gay love story in a paranormal world.

Nick Merrick always does what’s expected. He excels in school, spends his free time working for the family company and does his best to make sure everyone is OK. But, Nick has a secret. He isn’t really a player like his twin brother Gabriel. In fact, Nick isn’t even into girls. No, Nick’s taste is a slightly older dance instructor named Adam who kissed him a few weeks earlier and turned his life upside down. Unfortunately, Nick is supposed to be straight and he is supposed to be dating Adam’s dance partner Quinn.

And so begins the story of SECRET. This is a very different book from earlier installments of the ELEMENTAL series. There’s less fighting for their lives, although that’s in there. And there’s less family squabbling, although that’s in there too. It’s just a lot more about internal enemies. The ones within us and pain. Boy is there pain. This book reminded me what it’s like to be a teenager. How uncertain and filled with turmoil being in your teens can be.

SECRET focuses on just that, secrets. Nick has one and it’s a doozy, but Quinn has one too and it’s equally as important. Her family is a mess. As in, Quinn hides in the woods dancing, waiting for her mom to pass out and her druggy brother to go away. It’s tough and scary and difficult, it’s also a burden she carries alone. Quinn has a couple of run ins with a Merrick enemy from past installments who has a pretty explosive secret of his own.

This is an intense book. It’s about the struggles that many teens have. With their identities, with their families, etc. What do you do when who you truly are goes against the person your family expects you to be? What do you do when the people who are supposed to protect you are the very people you need protection from? Heavy stuff and really real despite the powers and the constant conflict between the pure elementals and those weaker than them.

I really enjoyed this book. As in stayed up until 4 am reading, because I couldn’t look away until it was done. It’s packed with emotion, romance, self discovery, action and family dynamics that are usually missing in YA books. At its heart this series is about brotherhood and when Nick feels he cannot tell his brothers who he really is and what he wants your heart breaks.

Literally, I am sure I heard a cracking in my chest as I read this book!

There’s a moment, a moment where Nick opens his mouth and reveals his secret and I cried. Right there, in my bed, hot tears. And I realized that I cried, because I was carrying his secret with him. I’d been holding it all in, his emotions, his fear, his anger and his heartbreak, all there in my chest, for Nick. So, when he finally let it out, shared his secret, I cried. I was relieved, I was happy, and I was proud.

Of a character in a book. That is how you know that a writer has managed to get you invested.

I highly recommend Secret for fans of the elemental series, anyone looking for a good lgbt book and fans of paranormal YA.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't disappoint 2 Mar 2014
By Aimee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It's been awhile since I have fallen so in love with a series. I picked up Spark at the urging of a friend, and I absolutely became addicted to Gabriel, and all the rest of the Merrick boys. Knowing that this book would feature his twin Nick, and that there would be lgbt themes, immediately had me so excited. I'm so glad it didn't disappoint. I was smiling and grinning like an idiot over him and Adam. Their development was awkward, realistic, adorable, so sweet. But what I was most completely surprised and blindsided with was how much I came to care about Tyler and Quinn. I saw Tyler as just a loser scumbag in Spark. But wow, he really surprised both me and Quinn. He's a more complex character than even Gabriel. Their storyline actually overpowered Nick and Adam for me. Quinn also competely showed a different side to her. I sympathized with her and her troubles over her home life intensely.

With that said, while I enjoyed Spark more, I was still absolutely enthralled in this. I think Brigid Kemmerer has a fresh voice and is doing an amazing job staying away from YA cliches. Addicted, and impatient for the next
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Must for LGBT Youth & Youth Growing Up in Abusive Situations 1 July 2014
By Nathan Bohman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The other books in this series are amazing and wonderful but this is the first that the author has written from a gay teen's perspective as well as from the perspective of another teen who is being abused. Really gives good insight into both social structures and opens your eyes to the way that people are forced to live due to who they are.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret Secret Secret 31 Mar 2014
By YA Madness - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What I Thought: I have loved the Elemental series from the time I read the novella Elemental. Through all the previous novels and novella's, my love has stayed strong, and after reading Secret, it is no different. I still love it with as much passion as I did the first time. And yet... Secret felt different. All the other books have had the element of romance, even giving half the story-line to it, and yet with Secret, I felt like the real Elemental/Guide action didn't start until over three-quarters of the way through.

Now please please don't get me wrong. I loved Secret. I love Nick and I love Adam and I love Quinn and I can't help but even love Tyler a bit, but this book felt so much more focused on Nick and Adam's relationship, than the impending doom that was falling silently around them. Plus Quinn has a LOT of break-downs. We get to see into her life, what she's been hiding from for so long, and it has an integral part to do with her and a certainly person making nice, but again, it felt too much for me.

In Secret, Nick spends half the book trying to figure out himself around Adam, all the while trying to hide his real self from his brothers. He has to take a good hard look at himself, and the decisions he's making. Slowly, Nick lets his secret out, which causes him to become much closer with his family.

Of course, once a Guide rocks up, that's when the real action happens. We get to see new lengths to Nick's powers and of course, we learn some other deep information too. AND THEN KEMMERER HAS TO LEAVE US HANGING. Like my feelings aren't fragile at all. God help me until Sacrifice comes out....

So hurry up and grab this one and read it and devour it and let it break you so I'm not the only one in the world like this...

The Good: Kemmerer sure knows how to leave you hanging! No, but seriously, it's cruel on my feels!

The Bad: Give me more Elemental/Guide action dammit!

Rating: 4 stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tackles some great issues for teens 22 Mar 2014
By Beawhiz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually read Young Adult novels, but this series has me thinking that choice. This novel talked nearly all of the difficult issues that teens face, and did it in a sensitive, touching, meaningful way. I felt like I could relate to it even as an adult. I love the supernatural elements, and I can't wait for the next novel!
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