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!
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?
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