Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sacrifice: Review


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?


This is Michael Merrick's story, and damn if it isn't awesome. After the warning in Secret, the Merricks are living in constant fear and alert. The one who is trying to hold everything together is Michael. Except everything is falling apart. This is the final battle and I enjoy every second of it.

Unlike the last four books, Michael already has a girlfriend - Hannah. Speaking of Hannah, she's very likable. She's not as unsure of herself as other female protagonists in the previous four books. She knows what she wants and she makes clear decisions. Very straight-forward, and I like it. The relationship between Michael and Hannah might not be as intense as Chris'/Gabriel's/Hunter's/Nick's, but it's much more relatable in real life. Let's face it, who will get the action-packed romance like the other four guys in normal circumstances? None. This relationship is much more sensible and realistic. It actually makes the book even better when even a powerful Earth Elemental has to face such normal problems.

There will be death - very unexpected death. Of course you are going to find out yourself. The thing is that this death scene happens so quickly that I have difficulty accepting it. Maybe it's intentional. But to me it happens way too fast. I'm glad that they actually make up for that later and it is still a glorious death for that character. Honestly, it's hard to imagine this character dying. I've grown to like this character and can't really let it go.

It's a good ending of a somewhat realistic paranormal story. I actually think this series is underrated because it's intense yet funny and normal at the same time.

Rating: 8/10

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