OMGoodness! I couldn't put these books down! They both were a surprise hit for me for several reasons...1) The series centers round the Merrick brothers and while I don't mind reading male POV's, I AM surrounded by living, breathing male POV's 24/7 and sometimes, reading about them can be testosterone overload, yanno? 2) The characters all have certain powers that they get from the elements, earth, wind, fire, water and honestly, the first image that popped into my head was "The Last Avatar". (I don't pretend to understand the bizarre workings of my brain, I just go with the flow.) I was a afraid the story would be cheesey but I didn't need to be because it's actually made of awesome!
This story is full of action, adventure, suspense, and let's not forget about the guys. Yeah, they're hot but they're good too and hilariously funny at times. There's also a swoon-worthy romance to balance out all of that "maleness". I enjoyed the alternating POV's which were easy to keep track of and flowed nicely from one chapter to the next and on a personal note, the author nailed the setting. How do I know? Because it's where I grew up! Old Mill High School was a rival of ours, and I've driven on Ritchie Highway a bazillion times and Annapolis Mall was thee place to shop. (It still is.)
The characters were relateable and in fact, Becca and Quinn are strong females who also are a great example of true friendship. And when I think about those Merrick brothers, I feel like this: I loved Gabriel, LOVED.HIM. I totally wanna hang out with him, exchange snarky jabs and blow stuff up. He is the one I would be BFF's with, I would've crushed on Nick, dated Chris and punched Michael in the face (or at least fantasized about it). Basically, I want them to adopt me.
Then there's New Kid aka Hunter. *sighs* He's completely swoon worthy with just the right amount of danger mixed in.
My only complaint is that I wish this series was competed (and available) already because the books end in a cliffhanger and I want to know what happens RIGHT NOW! (is very impatient). I'm really looking forward to Spark, book 2, because it's Gabriel's story...need I say more? ;)