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Brigid Kemmerer is an American New York Times bestselling author of young adult novels.

A native of in Omaha, Nebraska, Brigid worked in the finance industry before making the switch to full-time writing.

Some of her award-winning books include: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (2019), More Than We Can Tell (2018), and Letters to the Lost (2017).

She currently resides in the Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, sons, and her pet dog and cat.

Whenever she isn’t writing or being a mom, Brigid can be found with a barbell wrapped around her hands.

More about Brigid Kemmerer

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Romance, Young Adult

United States


Non Series

  • Thicker Than Water (2015)
  • Call It What You Want (2019)

Defy the Night

  1. Defy the Night (2021)
  2. Defend the Dawn (2022)

Forging Silver into Stars

  1. Forging Silver into Stars (2022)

Letters to the Lost

  1. Letters to the Lost (2017)
  2. More Than We Can Tell (2018)

The Cursebreakers Series

  1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely (2019)
  2. A Heart So Fierce and Broken (2020)
  3. A Vow So Bold and Deadly (2021)

The Elemental Series

  1. Elemental (2012)
  2. Storm (2012)
  3. Fearless (2012)
  4. Spark (2012)
  5. Breathless (2013)
  6. Spirit (2013)
  7. Secret (2014)
  8. Sacrifice (2014)
Forging Silver into Stars

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Thicker Than Water

When Thomas Bellweather’s mother, who recently tied the knot, is viciously murdered, the colleagues of his new stepdad, who so happen to be cops, accuse him of being the main suspect.

Although there's no evidence against him, how come that the first murder to have struck Garretts Mill in two decades coincided with Thomas’s visit?

The only person convinced of his innocence is the curvaceous Charlotte Rooker, who is the younger sister to three officers.

Considering that her closest friend was the other murder victim, Charlotte is desperate for answers.

Her search for answers could however make them the next victims, as well as uncover a devastating truth about Thomas.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0758294418
Publisher: Kensington
Call It What You Want

Celebrated lacrosse player Rob soon becomes an outcast after his father is caught stealing funds from half the town.

Matters go from bad to worse for him after his father’s botched attempt on his life forces Rob and his mom to take care of him.

Maegan is considered by many as an overachiever. She however hides a terrible secret.

And when her pregnant sister returns from college, hiding it from her parents becomes increasingly difficult.

Paired for a class project, Rob and Maegan develop a frail friendship which will be tested further.

In this captivating novel, Brigid Kemmerer explores whether someone should do evil if some good comes out of it.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1681198125
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Defy the Night

Defy the Night

In a kingdom where sickness stalks the streets and only the richest can afford a cure, King Harristan and his brother Prince Corrick are forced to rule with an iron fist.

Tessa Cade is a masked outlaw marked for death, but she likes it that way. Together with the mysterious, handsome Weston, she robs from the rich to help the poor, distributing food and medicine to those who need it most.

As it becomes clear that the only way to save her people is to assassinate the King, Tessa must face a deadly mission that will take her to the dark heart of the kingdom…and force her to work with the very people she intended to destroy.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1526632807
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Defend the Dawn

The kingdom of Kandala narrowly avoided catastrophe, but the embers of revolution still simmer. While King Harristan seeks a new way to lead, Tessa and Prince Corrick attempt to foster unity between rebels and royals.

But the consuls who control the Moonflower will not back down, and Corrick realizes he must find a new source for the lifesaving Elixir. When an emissary from the neighboring kingdom of Ostriary arrives with an intriguing offer, Tessa and Corrick set out on an uncertain journey as they attempt to mend their own fractured relationship.

This could be their only chance to keep the peace and bring relief to the people of Kandala, but danger strikes during the journey to Ostriary, and no one is who they claimed to be...

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1526644626
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Forging Silver into Stars

Forging Silver into Stars

When ancient magic tests a newfound love, a dark fate beckons...

Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they've learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn's parents, leaving her alone to raise her younger sister. Magic never helped Jax, whose leg was crushed in an accident that his father has been punishing him for ever since. Magic won't save either of them when the tax collector comes calling, threatening to take their homes if they can't pay what they owe.

Meanwhile, Jax and Callyn are astonished to learn magic has already returned to Syhl Shallow--in the form of a magesmith who's now married to their queen. Now, the people of Syhl Shallow are expected to allow dangerous magic in their midst, and no one is happy about it.

When a stranger rides into town offering Jax and Callyn silver in exchange for holding secret messages for an anti-magic faction, the choice is obvious--even if it means they may be aiding in a plot to destroy their new king. It's a risk they're both willing to take. That is, until another visitor arrives: handsome Lord Tycho, the King's Courier, the man who's been tasked with discovering who's conspiring against the throne.

Suddenly, Jax and Callyn find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances, dangerous flirtations, and ancient magic . . . where even the deepest loyalties will be tested.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09T4CYMP4
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost

Global photojournalist Juliet Young is used to writing letters to her mother.

When her mother passes on, she begins leaving letters on her grave as a way of dealing with the grief.

Declan Murphy is the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of.

While attempting to run away from his dark past during one of his court-sanctioned community service at the local graveyard, Declan finds a letter next to a grave.

Deciding to write back, he gradually begins pouring his heart out to the mystery figure.

Unbeknownst to both of them is that Declan and Juliet aren’t really strangers.

Will uncovering the truth destroy their newfound friendship?

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1681195919
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
More Than We Can Tell

Raised by affectionate adoptive parents, Rev Fletcher manages to keep his dark past in check, until a troubling letter from his abusive father opens the doorway for the demons of his past.

Desperate to get away from her incessantly brawling parents, Emma Blue seeks solace in the video game that she built all on her own, only to reach breaking point after being harassed by an online troll.

When Rev and Emma cross paths, these two broken souls establish instant chemistry.

Although they vow to always be there for each other at all times, they will need more than just their promises when their secrets threaten to destroy them.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1681199917
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

The Cursebreakers Series

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Prince Rhen, successor to Emberfall, continually repeats the autumn of his eighteenth year after being damned by a mighty witch.

Although he would be rescued if a girl fell for him, he had no idea that he would transform into a ruthless, destructive beast at the end of each autumn.

Life has been everything but smooth for Harper Lacy. With her father gone, her mother ailing and her brother struggling to hold their family together while continually underrating her cause of her cerebral palsy, Harper is a seasoned survivor.

Can she however survive Rhen’s damned world?

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1681195100
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
A Heart So Fierce and Broken

The spell may have been broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall isn’t out of the woods yet.

Word has it that he isn’t the real successor, and that forbidden magic has been let loose in Emberfall.

Despite having the support of Harper, Rhen is left puzzled by the mysterious disappearance of his guardsman, Grey.

Now a fugitive after destroying Lilith, Grey—who is the real successor—is determined to protect his secret. Furthermore, he has no intentions of challenging Rhen.

But when Karis Luran yet again threatens to conquer Emberfall, will Lia Mara convince Grey to confront Rhen for the sake of Emberfall?

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1547605675
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
A Vow So Bold and Deadly

Emberfall is at a crossroads. One group pledges allegiance to Rhen, while other believes that Grey, the rightful successor, should herald a new dawn for them.

As Grey waits for two months to elapse before unleashing an attack, Rhen seeks the help of a spy despite Harper’s skepticism.

Meanwhile, Lia Mara learns that exercising power over Syhl Shallow without an iron fist like her mother is increasingly challenging.

Furthermore, a few of her subjects are dissatisfied with how she has a bewitched prince and mystical scraver beside her.

As two kingdoms edge closer to war, an old foe powerful enough to destroy them all resurfaces.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08DJ8DKTG
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

The Elemental Series


Emily Morgan doesn’t wield a lot of power, being that she is an air Elemental. That however doesn’t bother the 17-year-old, as she is fully aware of what happens to kids who do.

Take Michael Merrick for instance. Being the earth Elemental that he is, he wields power great enough to bring down cities.

This makes him sexy, deadly and utterly out of bounds—at least as per Emily’s family.

When her summer job however brings her in close contact with the sexy earth Elemental, the two find themselves powerless to stop the intense attraction between them.

This proves to be a dangerous affair, as Emily’s family wants to see him dead!

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B006MLKZAG
Publisher: Kensington Teen

Becca Chandler has been attracting all the wrong guys ever since her ex-boyfriend spread rumors about her.

Her luck however changes when she rescues Chris Merrick from being beaten in the school parking lot.

But Chris is no ordinary guy. He has power over water, just like his brothers wield power over fire, wind, and earth.

This makes them powerful, deadly and marked for death. Becca isn’t safe either, having uncovered the truth.

When an enigmatic new kid on the block called Hunter comes into the picture, Becca finds herself trusting him.

But when he locks horns with Chris, Becca is left unsure about who’s hiding the darkest secret.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0758272812
Publisher: Kensington Teen

“Just because you’re a force of nature doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re safe from danger.”

Hunter Garrity is always ready to defend himself.

The kids at school aren’t wrong to think that he isn’t like everyone else.

He may wield great might, but it has nothing to do with how well he can swing a blow.

Timid, silent yet passionate, Clare Kasten develops a keen interest in Hunter.

What exactly does she want from him?

Is Hunter ready to face the danger of getting close to Clare? You can count on it!

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B0085TK5A8
Publisher: Kensington Teen

Fire is nothing new to Gabriel Merrick.

Sometimes he can control it. The rest of the time, he can’t.

The good thing however is that he can always count on his brothers, more so his twin, Nick.

When random fires start ravaging the town, Gabriel comes under great suspicion.

But if he isn’t doing it, then who is?

No one seems to believe him, except Layne—the smart and reserved sophomore who has a thing for turtlenecks and jeans.

Secrets aren’t new to her. She has her fair share.

Although Gabriel can’t let her uncover the truth about himself and his brothers, some risks are worth taking.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0758272829
Publisher: Kensington Teen

Surrounded by fiery and impulsive brothers, Nick Merrick is the practical and sensible one.

It’s a fitting survival tactic, given that the world is against them.

But Nick now faces challenges of his own; ones which his brothers can’t help him with.

Quinn, his supposed girlfriend, is fast going from fearless to downright crazy.

As if that were not enough, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is forcing him to come to terms with a truth that he would rather do without.

Danger is getting closer and closer.

And as he will soon learn, peace can sometimes be elusive, despite one’s efforts.

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00B1UVSAY
Publisher: Kensington Teen

 “Power attracts enemies—a lot of enemies.”

Hunter Garrity would rather be alone, having painfully learned just how much danger his powers can cause.

In the thick of battle, he can’t seem to afford any allies.

His grandfather is eager for a fight, the Merrick brothers think that he betrayed them, while Calla the cunning psycho wants to use him in the worst way in order to fulfill her plans.

Kate Sullivan, the new girl, seems to be the only non-hostile. She however has a secret too.

Danger is fast approaching.

Will Hunter be able to find someone he can trust amidst all the intrigue?

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0758272836
Publisher: Kensington Teen

Nick Merrick is under immense pressure.

Maintain very high grades or he’ll never make it out of his hometown.

Keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will have nothing of their own.

Ensure that his brother never finds out about where he head to in the evenings or he won’t have anyone to call his family.

He also needs to forget about the sexy dancer who happens to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Did I mention that the Elemental Guide wants to do away with the Merrick brothers?

Can Nick Merrick handle the pressure?

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0758294371
Publisher: Kensington Teen

Pressure is nothing new to Michael Merrick.

He has for years played the role of parent to his brothers.

He needs to maintain caution at all times, as his power over Earth poses constant danger.

He is also the only one protecting his family from the Elemental Guide, out to destroy them.

No one understands this better than his girlfriend Hannah. As a mother and a firefighter, she recognizes that her kid could end up orphaned at any moment.

When his foes become foes of the Merricks, war becomes imminent.

And with neither of them willing to surrender, blood will be shed!

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0758294395
Publisher: Kensington Teen