Review/ Sparked

Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry

Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

Before I begin my review I just quickly want to thank Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour for allowing me to be on the tour for this is.

Lately you will notice that I am reading books outside my normal reading genre which I think is a good thing because I am getting to read books that I normally would by pass and getting a feel for the other genres out there that I would have also pass by. I admit that I have really enjoyed the books I have read.

The only preview of the book I have read was the email about the tour and it peeked my interest and I haven’t read it since then because I love going into books blind and not knowing anything about the book. I love going into a book not knowing anything and this was a book I never heard of before until I got the email.

One thing I have to say is that I am going to sound like Julie Chen from Big Brother and say expect the unexpected because that is exactly what I got from this and I love books like that. Just when you think you might have figured it out you are wrong. This book was filled with twist and turns that just make you want to read on to find out what is happening next or going to happen.

The main character is Laurel, she is 15 years old and pretty much is a loner. No one really takes her seriously. I really liked Laurel because she came off like a real teenager one you could relate to. This was refreshing to read because they authors made it a point to make her seen genuine.

One of the things I loved in the book was that both Laurel and Jasper shared a love of books and I love when authors add that into their storyline. Jasper was that dark mysterious guy who was quiet and you just wanted to know more about him and his part in the story. I loved watching this relationship develop and it didn’t feel like it was rushed and it wasn’t expected.

Are Laurel’s nightmares the truth of what really happened? Will they be able to find Lily before its too late?

This was a pretty quick read and I read it over a few days but I do have to say that it started a little slow but once you get into it the story just grips you and you go. I enjoyed the story and I would definitely read more by the author and if this book was to continue into something more I would definitely read it because the book did leave some things up in the air that could lead to more to come.

 

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