EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.
Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He's trying to keep his grades
sky-high or he won't get in 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
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
SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.
NOTE: I received the ARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
be honest, I was a little weary to start reading Secret. I'm not into
books where the romantic relationship is between people of the same
gender. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against such books, they're just
really not my thing.
Still, I love this series and Brigid is such a talented author, I was in for it from the very first book.
It was close to perfection. Neat, completely immersing and intoxicating.
story in Secret revolved completely around Nick's and Quinn's secret
lives. How they clung to each other, and how they drifted apart. Their
separate romances and so on.
I was a little boggled by this because
the story, as relating to the entire series, didn't really move on much.
There were really just a couple of scenes when the Guides made an
appearance, but other than that, nothing. It was a bit disappointing to
be honest. Not that I got bored by Nick and Quinn's internal turmoils,
-fulfilling everyone's expectations except your own
-fear of seeing disappointment in the eyes of your loved ones
-having no one to lean on is scary, but leaning on someone could be even scarier
-not seeing something (or someone) doesn't mean they're not there, watching your every step.
Brody is a brutal Guide. More ruthless than Silver, who we met in
Spirit. I expected to see more of him than just the two-three scenes,
but no such luck.
Nick, the chivalrous, gentle twin. The one who
always tries to be who he's needed to be. The guy who has no idea who he
really is. When he finally figured it out, he was scared witless that
his family will kick him out.
To be honest, I never imagined (from
the previous novels) that Nick could feel uncomfortable in his own skin,
but there you go. He's a super cute, smart guy, with selfless attitude
and no self-assurance.
I liked Chris for his brotherly love and
support. He was among the first to figure out Nick's secret and show his
acceptance. He told Nick "I'm sorry you felt that you have to keep it a
secret." It totally warmed up my heart.
Now Gabriel is another
story. I totally loved the dude and his macho attitude in Spark. He's by
far my favorite Merrick brother, but he can be such a douche-bag
sometimes. And to his twin brother too!
Michael surprised me with
how understanding he was. He said he had been expecting it, which
besides everything else means that he was sort of paying attention even
with everything else that was going on in their house.
isn't really all that bad. I did like her character, even though at
times she was just acting out. There's definitely a drama queen in
there. I don't really understand why she pushes everyone who cares about
her away, but draws near people who don't give 2 cents for her. It's
outside of every reason, logic and understanding. And nature too.
family situation was horrible and she still endured it all. It was
seriously messed up and I kept on trying to figure out whether she was
stupid or loyal. Or afraid.
Adam... does not ring with male vibes
at all. For some reason I always picture a girl whenever his name is
mentioned. He's sweet and caring and has been through a lot. But
underneath it, there is a tough interior.
Now it's turn for bad
boy Tyler. Why's he a labeled bad boy is beyond me. Sure, he's been
friends with murderous idiots, but other than that he seems cool. And of
course, he's got a huge secret of his own.
To be honest, I had no
idea he would be playing such a major role in this installment. Or that
I'd actually end up liking and defending him. I guess just like any
other person, he's complicated and multifaceted, which also makes him
realistic. And that's a good thing.
What I really liked about him was
that he really cared about Quinn. He called on her crap and told her
off, and it was refreshing.
not taking this series much further than Spirit, this installment was a
page-turner. It focused on the every day life. The romance, the secrets,
the internal struggle to figure out who you are really. It's a coming
of age novel that I really enjoyed reading.
My rating is