Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point. Keep his grades sky-high, or he'll never escape his hometown. Keep his brother's business going, or the Merricks will be out on the street. Keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his own twin, or he'll lose his family. Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who's supposed to be his "girlfriend's" partner.
Of course, there's also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around and the Elemental Guide who's counting the hours until he can try once more to kill the Merrick brothers. There's a storm coming. From all sides. And then some. Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?
"As with previous titles, the heart of the story is the human condition, and the paranormal aspect is the side note - a pleasing balance." (Kirkus)
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Great Book, Stupid Decisions
I really enjoyed this bool. It was better than the last one. I wasn't too fond of Spirit.
I would compare this book to the others of the series. They all follow the same formula: The author introduces you to a character, things are going okay, the character has a dilemma that they are afraid to share with others (even though it would solve a lot of problems if they just did), the conflict comes to a climactic point, and then everything is resolved and the main character learns a valuable lesson. This lesson is generally that if they would have just used common sense and been honest with the people he/she trusts, life would have been a whole lot easier than fighting the problems their ignorance and stubbornness caused.
I hated the narration of the first book of this series which was done by another female narrator, but Charlie Thurston was SUPERB. He truly performed the book instead of just reading it. He sucked me into the story as I would have been if I'd read it myself but the voices added something that I would have been lacking. He has the ability to subtly change his voice so you know exactly when the character speaking changes.
Yes, these stories suck you in. There is so much going on and so many problems that you see the answers to so clearly and you just want to keep listening as you are frustrated waiting for the character to finally see what is so clear to you. These characters definitely frustrate me with their stupidity sometimes, but I guess that's what keeps me reading.
I wish the author gave the characters more common sense. They don't have to be so dense every time. That being said, I do get that these books are probably written for a much younger audience.