YA Book Review

#ARCAugust: Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

The Book:

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Book Title: Sparked

Book Author: Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

Page Count: 310

Publishing Date: October 3rd, 2017

Publisher: Inkshares

Date Read: August 26th, 2017


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The Review:

Sparked is an edge of your seat thrill ride, with plenty of hairpin turns! This one is heart pounding, suspenseful, and will keep you guessing until the end! Prepare yourself for the supernatural, highly developed characters, and a unique plot!

The Plot: Fifteen year old Laurel Goodwin has always been close to her older sister, Ivy. When she wakes in the middle of the night to find Ivy missing, she begins to find out just how close they really were. Laurel begins to have nightmares, convincing her that Ivy has been kidnapped, but no one believes her, besides the mysterious, new kid at school, Jasper. With the help of Jasper, and the nightmares, Laurel uncovers a slew of secrets about herself, her sister, and the town they live in. She finds that power can come in many forms, and that someone you thought you knew could have deep secrets.

Sparked was surprisingly fantastic! I loved every minute of it! I knew I would like it, after reading the synopsis, but I cannot find a single thing I did not enjoy! It was fast paced, highly original, thrilling, and entertaining! The plot was enjoyably complex, with surprising twists, and the characters were highly developed!

I really loved the main character, Laurel. She felt like a real teenager to me. The authors did an incredible job with fleshing her out, giving her a unique personality, and making sure she wasn’t a typical, “whiny”, teenage YA girl. She was brave, but self conscious, intelligent and curious, she had a deep love for her sister, and she ended up going through a little bit of a self discovery and self assessment.

Jasper’s character was very mysterious and added a necessary layer of depth to the plot. He was quiet and cool, dark and brooding. He had a well written backstory, played a major part in the book plot, but didn’t overshadow the story with a YA romance. It was honestly refreshing to have a male character that didn’t feel like they were forced to be the love interest and center of attention for the book too.

Peyton and Mei have to be talked about together. Though they both had many differences in their actions, appearances, and personalities, they were the “mean girls” in the story. They were written so well. I felt like I was watching “the plastics” in the Mean Girls movie, haha! Only, Laurel and Ivy called them “The Skittles.” It was a very fitting title for the most part. Both of these characters have well written histories and are well developed within the story.

This book had everything I want in a 5 star read! It had action, adventure, thrills, suspense, and a hint of romance. The plot and characters were unique, well developed, and shifted and changed to fit with the story line. I loved the supernatural elements in the book and loved the fact that I was kept guessing until the true antagonist was revealed. The ending was nicely done and left enough to the imagination that we could either be waiting for another book, or be left to imagine more in our minds.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Inkshares for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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24 thoughts on “#ARCAugust: Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

  1. What a fantastic blurb! And your review is really tempting me to buy it but I’ll have to wait another month as I’ve just exploded my book budget as of today 😉

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  2. Wow, glad you liked it! I haven’t heard of this until now but now I definitely want to read it! I’ve been pretty dissatisfied with YA novels for a while now but it sounds like this one is redeeming! 🙂

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