Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer. Published September 30, 2014 by Kensington Teen. CDN $7.17 Kindle edition
Earth. Fire. Air. Water. One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time. Michael Merrick understands pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way. His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She’s got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment. But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s ‘bad luck’. Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war. They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown. Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart? (Goodreads excerpt)
Wow, the final instalment of the Elemental series. I have to say that I am sad that it is over but this final book was worth the wait. I really enjoyed reading Michael’s story. It is interesting the way the author teased us with Michael when she started the series with the novella Elemental. It is fitting that she wrapped it up with his whole story.
I think my only criticism was that the romantic element with Hanna was a bit of a letdown. I get that the story was way more involved to sensationalize the romance, but I liked the connection that Michael and Hanna shared and I kind of hoped that she would be the one to help him be stronger. Her character seemed a bit self absorbed and not worthy of Michael for me. The book focused more on the relationships between the brothers, which was equally as compelling for me given that I come from a large family. The family dynamic is very fun to watch play out in this book and the whole series for that matter.
And holy cow the drama/action/suspense and everything that makes this series fantastic was certainly evident in this final installment. It is nonstop from cover to cover and never a dull moment.
5 stars for me!