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Elemental (Elemental, #0.5) - Brigid Kemmerer Like, I can't even...I don't even...what just happened?That can't be how it ends. I've just spent 49 of the last 50 pages going "Aww, you guys" in a squeaky voice I didn't even know I could effect, because Emily and Michael are the coolest boy-girl duo/couple I've come across in a very very long time. I luvs me some Michael Merrick, and I finally find a heroine in a book that I don't want to push down a flight of stairs - I really like Emz (yeah, we have nicknames for each other and everything lol). She's an Air Elemental - I'm an Air sign - we just clicked lol. I became emotionally invested in the lives of these two people that aren't even real; I've never felt this ooey-gooey, sticky, sweet happiness for a fictional couple before...and this is how it all unfolds?Does their story continue? Are they even in the next book? I need answers =(I definitely need the answer to these questions:How do the Elementals know that Michael is a pure Earth Elemental? Is there a test or mark or sign? Did he level his elementary school or something? Whadidhedo?He was a pure Elemental. Power spoke to him straight from the earth. The others in town had power, sure, but nothing like his. He could theoretically level half the town if he lost his temper.I do love Kemmerer's writing style - the way the third person narrative has a subtle shift in tone and gender identity when switching between POVs is nice - and the dialogue is awesome. Most supernatural YA books (at least the ones I've read) are about the MCs discovering/learning that they have special powers, so it's cool (and refreshing) that everyone involved is already aware they can do...stuff.But seriously, what do I do? I'm not really sure how I feel right now. Brigid Kemmerer, what are you doing to me?!Oh, well. I will try to read [b:Storm|10728940|Storm|Brigid Kemmerer|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1329864970s/10728940.jpg|15305022] and see what happens.LESSONS LEARNED: I will know my soulmate when I find him because our connection will be kinetic and our banter will be funny and charming, and we will challenge each other without being hostile, and he will be totally cool with the fact that I sort of, maybe, will try to kill him with a golf club.