Blog Tour + Giveaway : Sparked by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous

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by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous

Publisher: Geek & Sundry
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal


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.


I want to thank Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me in this tour and providing me with this ecopy of Sparked.

My rating : ★★★★☆

I hope there’s a sequel for this book because I’ve been dying a slow death ever since finishing it.

I had some doubts when starting this book because whenever the ‘mean girl’ trope is used, I worry a lot about how much girl hate the book will contain. But it was very different this time and I’m so happy that instead of girl hate, we got friendships between girls and misunderstandings being sorted out.

 I think one of my favourites part of this book was the way powers worked out, I’ve never seen it in any other book and I felt like it made a lot of sense. Basically, your power was highly rooted in who you were, what you liked to do, things like that. I adored Laurel’s power and I think if I were in this world, I would have gotten something very similar – because hello, I’m a bookish person!

 The reason why this isn’t a five stars is the romance. I couldn’t get into it or feeling anything concerning this for most part of the book. It felt a little rushed to me, but at the end of the book, I was somewhat rooting for them to be together. I feel like Jasper had kept too many secrets from Laurel and Laurel had been all over him a bit too fast, but then I can understand it because she’s what? Fifteen. Yeah, excusable.

I loved the sister dynamics, wish there was more of this because Laurel and Ivy were very cute together, it was obvious that they were close. Also, I loved how whenever Laurel was getting the feels for Jasper, she was feeling guilty because the situation wasn’t suitable with her sister being missing and all that. You rarely see it being addressed. You just get the heroine all over the hero, forgetting all about whatever they had to do.

Then there were Peyton and Mei, I was a bit confused about the purposes of their POVs, but soon it became obvious and I think the way they came into the picture was very meaningful and beautiful. Like I mentioned above, the authors did a great spin of the mean girls trope. For a change, the mean girls and the heroine became friends and sorted out their issues and it was pretty glorious.

I think the plot was very interesting, I never suspected who the Big Bad was. But I did suspect the creepier thing, which was a bit chilly. Wow. I’m so sorry that I can’t tell you what it was about. You’ll have to read the book to find out if you want to find out. 

All in all, it was a very fast-paced read, quite light and had some very interesting concepts. So, definitely check it out if you want to read some lighter fantasy that will keep you on the edge!

about the author (NEW)


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Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?

tour schedule (NEW)

Check the Tour Schedule here.


  • Prize: 3 copies of SPARKED by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous (US Only)
  • Starts : December 16th
  • Ends : January 1st
  • Link here

11 thoughts on “Blog Tour + Giveaway : Sparked by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous

  1. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    Laurel and Ivy are the names of some of the characters in Spellbook of the Lost and Found (AKA ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVE BOOKS)…ok that’s not really relevant to anything it just kept popping in my mind 😂. This books sounds good and I’m so glad you’re taking part in blog tours and you’re getting arcs aghhhh. I FEEL LIKE A PROUD PARENT even though you’re older then me and also I’m not your parent BUT STILL I AM PROUD YOU GO GUUURL!!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Spellbook of the Lost and Found, omg, is this your fave??? I need to know does it have a f/f romance because I might read it for sapphicathon if it has. Blog tours are a great way to get eARCs (if you haven’t gotten it from Netgalley), I really recommend them! If you want, you can DM me and I’ll tell you more about it! ❤ Aww, Ioana, it's cool that you want to parent me, mom me, please!

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      • ioana @dragonwaffles says:

        IT HAS!!! IT’S GLORIOUSLY DIVERSE I LOVEEEE IT!! Read ittttt plssss.
        Ok I feel like I can trust you to guide me I HAVE SO MANY STUPID QUESTIONS YOU’LL ROLL YOUR EYES SO HARD. But I’ll be so busy and I feel like I can’t do blog tours because of that. Which is sad.
        I mom everyone it seems. You and fictional characters. My list is looong. Next Christmas I’ll start making sweaters like Molly Weasley.

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        YAAAS, I just might! I’ll see what I can do about it, I’m currently reading 3 books! *hidesss*
        I WILL NEVER ROLL MY EYES AT YOU, YOU’RE MY PRECIOUS BBBY. I said the same until I actually tried it and I managed to write my reviews on time, so I think you will be handling it just fine. But then… you know your schedule. They usually give you the book with a month ahead, though.
        I’ll be waiting for that sweater, I hope you don’t lie to my poor heart. 😦 You already eat those promised cookies, Ioanaaa.

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      • ioana @dragonwaffles says:

        A month ahead sounds ok maybe I’ll try one and see how it goes sometime. In the summer definitely!

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  2. Fanna says:

    You’ve intrigued me so much by mentioning how the revelation is chilly and unpredictable, and then not telling me what it is, Marta! This book definitely sounds like my cup of tea and seems like your amazing review is going to make me add this to my TBR. Plus, the character is fifteen? And this is a paranormal fantasy? Count me in! Loved this 😀

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  3. Pen & Parchment says:

    I haven’t heard of this book, but it seems so good!! I love books where they break certain YA tropes, like the “mean girls.” We definitely need more books with empowering relationships between women, not relationships where they tear each other down. Great review, and thanks for the follow!! ❤️

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