Monday, 31 March 2014

Best Series Blog Hop(Giveaway)

Thanks to Cuddlebuggery for hosting this hop!

The Best Series Blog Hop is for us bloggers to get you excited for our favourite YA series. So of course I had to get involved in this. Not only are the lovely Cuddlebuggery ladies hosting it but I'm about to get my wonderful readers excited about a YA series I absolutely adore.
There was no lists or thinking involved. As soon as I decided to participate, there was only one series I wanted to talk about.

The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer
*clicking on pictures will lead to Goodreads book page*


Guys, this series! This series! I love it so much because it has all the things. 
Kemmerer hasn't written just another YA book about some hot boys with paranormal powers. This is wholly original. 
The books primarily focus of the four orphaned Merrick brothers. They can each control a different element; earth, air, fire and water. After the tragic death of their parents they were outcast from the elemental community. Now all they have is each other and are just trying to keep out of trouble.
Kemmerer makes it very difficult to remember that three of these brothers are teenagers and that I should not be having these thoughts. So I find it helpful to imagine them as the Hemsworth brothers. Makes it less dirty.

You're welcome


The books don't only focus on the brothers. You get dual POVs with some very kick-ass ladies. In fact the first chapter of Storm has Becca saving Chris' s ass from being handed to him by a few guys. 
And in Spirit we shift even more so from the Merricks with Hunter taking the helm. He has the cutest dog ever, Casper, who totally steals the show. 
Now even with all these shifting POVs you never lose sight of the other characters. They're still fully involved in the story.

Among all this epic elemental action Kemmerer still delves into some harder topics such as rape, sexuality and bullying. She really, really knows how to hit you right in the feels. Hell I even wanted to give a few characters hugs that I was totally hating on. She's not afraid to go there(Secret was a freakin' killer). And she does it all like she writes in her sleep. Not an ounce of insensitivity. 

The biggest "thing" Kemmerer does give us...

"No, not your biceps, Theo."

...is the characters and writing. Michael the oldest brother is raising his younger brothers which could get totally cliche. But it doesn't. Gabriel, Chris and Nick might tease him or get mad at him sometimes for being their "father" and sure it's a role he had to take on. But all of them still act like brothers. I love the relationships between them all. And actually that can be said for all the main relationships in this series. Romantic, friendship or family. They're all complex and developed. No insta-love. 
And the dialogue guys, it is so so witty and age appropriate. Nothing fake. They swear, fight, tease. Just talk and act like teenagers do. 
I could literally flip to any page and find something to highlight. Mostly because it's hilarious. I'm LOL'ing just thinking about my favourite bits.
“If you want me to fix your homework, you need to leave me alone.” Then he spotted her. “You’re back.”
“Yeah.” She glanced between him and Gabriel. “You do his homework?”
“Just the math. It’s a miracle he can count to ten.”
“I can count to one.” Gabriel gave him the finger.” 

It's pretty clear that I could write a billion more reasons why I love The Elemental series(obviously half of those reasons would have to do with the Merrick brothers in one way or another). But what would really prove me right(and lets face it, I'm always right) is picking up these books and experiencing their epicness first hand. And when you've finished the four out now and well impatiently waiting on Sacrifice you can feel free to tweet me saying how you've made me your God. For totally legit reasons, obviously.
The most important thing I want you to take away from my fangirling and it's very important, is I saw Gabriel first. 

Rules and Regulations

  • Starts March 31st, 2014 at 12:01AM(EST). Ends on April 6th, 2014 at 11:59PM(EST).
  • To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
  • This contest is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. Meaning TBD is responsible for shipping and This is the Story of My(Reading) Life is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • You must be at least 18 years old or 13+ with parental permission to enter. I will be asking for your mailing address for shipping purposes.
  • Entrants found using more than one Twitter account to enter will be disqualified. 
  • When the winner is chosen they will be announced in the Rafflecopter widget below, via Twitter(if applicable) and emailed. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is randomly chosen.
  • Please note that This is the Story of My(Reading) Life reserves the right to disqualify any entries found to be gaming the system. Entries will be check and verified. 


80 comments:

  1. One of my favorite YA series' is the Sweet trilogy by Wendy Higgins!

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  2. One of my faves is the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa!

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    1. Mine too! I love it so much. I really need to do a re-read. :)

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  3. My favorite series is Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness!

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    1. Great choice! I still need to read the last book.

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  4. Harry Potter series & Daughter of Smoke and bone

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    1. Both awesome! And just a few more days to go till Dreams of Gods and Monsters!

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  5. The Morganville series by Rachel Caine.

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  6. The Golden Compass series by Phillip Pullman.

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    1. Oh man, I still need to read that one too! I did really like the movie though. :)

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    2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead!

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    3. Love that series, too! :D

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  7. I love the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep and C.C. Hunter's Shadow Falls series. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. Oh, never heard of the Mythos Academy series. Will look it up. :)

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  8. I don't have a favorite, but one I really enjoyed was the Shatter Me trilogy.

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    1. Shatter Me is a great series to love!

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  9. Kind a hard to pick just one, but I liked the Divergent series. And Revolution 19. (And of course, the Elemental series.)

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    1. Divergent is one of my faves too!

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  10. Probably Throne of Glass, although I LOVE this series too! (And you can have Gabriel, Michael is miiiine)

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    1. I LOVE ToG soooo much! Heir of Fire is definitely my most anticipated release for 2014.
      Michael is yummy to. But it's good we come to an understanding. :)

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  11. I can't pick a favorite! There's too many. I really love Vampire Academy and Divergent, as well as a ton of others :)

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    1. There are a million out there. But both of those are some of my faves too.

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  12. Vampire Academy and Unearthly series!!

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    1. I love the Unearthly series too. Tucker <3

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  13. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been my favorite series. The only trouble is I devour the books faster than the author can write them.

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    1. Still have yet to start that one. :/
      But it is a very popular and well loved one.
      Isn't that the story of our lives. Hurry up authors! ;)

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  14. Vampire Academy is the only YA series I've finished. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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    1. Good one to have started with though! :)

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  15. Maybe my favorite series is the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand. I don't know! I haven't read many complete series! I love the Pushing the Limits series, though! :) Great giveaway! :)

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    1. Both are wonderful! Tucker <3 Isaiah <3

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  16. Right now my favourite YA series is probably The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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    1. That's a good one! Just 6 months to go until the third book.

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  17. I love this series too! I've read them before so I won't enter your giveaway, I hope the winner enjoys it as well. :)

    I'm participating in the blog hop too, and I chose His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas as the best series' that influenced me when I was reading in high school. :)

    Joy @ Thoughts By J

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    1. They must love it! It's fantastic! :)

      ToG is one of my favourite series out there, too. I still have yet to read His Dark Materials. But I entered your contest, so hopefully I will finally get a chance. :D

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  18. I love The Hunger Games and The Partials Sequence. ;)

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    1. I'm reading Fragments right now. Great series!

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  19. Really can't pick just one.. At the moment, Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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    1. Ah! Ruin and Rising is so close! I'm so excited!
      The Darkest Minds is great too! :)

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  20. Carla *jen7waters*2 April 2014 at 08:14

    Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan!

    Thank you :)

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    1. Yes! I'm so beyond excited for October. Also very impatient.

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  21. My fave is The Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Harry Potter also.

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    1. I really want to start the Hourglass trilogy. It sounds fantastic!

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  22. The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Oh man, I hope the last book doesn't get pushed back again!

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  23. I love the Legend series by Marie Lu!

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  24. My favorite YA series is the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter <3

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    1. Good choice. I enjoyed the first book.

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  25. My favorite YA Series is Bloodlines and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  26. I like The Hunger Games.

    (Nikki Marie on rafflecopter)

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    1. HG is never a bad choice. So much love!

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  27. Harry Potter....of course. :P

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  28. HAHAHAHA. Just one? This may kill me. Favourite YA series.....
    I'm just gonna list like 5 :)
    1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (WARNER <3)
    2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Chaol <3)
    3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Thorne, Wolf & Kai <333)
    4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (Will is mine <3)
    5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeta <3333)

    I could probably continue this list all day, but I have restrained myself. I'm actually sitting here going "BUT YOU FORGOT ABOUT THAT SERIES! WHAT ABOUT THIS ONE?" This was hard. Such a cruel question! :)

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    1. Ahahaha! Hardest decision, EVA!
      1. Obviously Warner <3
      2. CHAOL YOU ARE MY LOVE FOR LIFE! <3
      3. Mmmm...Thorne <3
      4. That's okay, Jem is mine! <3
      5. Josh Hutcherson made me love Peeta even more. <3

      Hahaha! I wouldn't have minded if you listed them all. I don't want you feel restricted or anything. ;)

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  29. Oh my gosh, just one fav YA series? Nearly impossible...I suppose if I had to pick, one of my favorites is the Firelight Trilogy by Sophie Jordan. Awesome dragons & adventure, with great lead characters :)

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    1. I love that trilogy too, Rosie!
      Have you read her new book, Uninvited? Apparently it is ridiculously good.

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  30. Hmmm Hunger Games and Harry Potter maybe?

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    1. Two of my favourites as well. Two of my top favourites actually. :)

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  31. My favorite YA series is the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray. =)

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  32. Twilight or Harry Potter for sure.

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  33. I already have the complete series, so I'm not entering. I just had to share how much I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this series! These characters, the writing, the crazy-awesome plots. I just can't wait for Michael's story! And Gabriel's my favorite. <3

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  34. I love Vampire Academy. It's one of the very first series I ever read and it's been a favorite ever since. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  35. Lux series, Harry Potter and Vampire academy. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  36. The Vampire Academy series definitely is my ultimate favorite <3

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  37. Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent!

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