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  1. says:

    45 starsCheck it out Persian legend an ancient prophecy predicts the unveiling of evil when the lunar eclipse occurs on All Hollow's Eve Jasper has been on a crusade in search of the four powers that can stop the legend's destiny Can they all be found in time before the lunar eclipse on Thursday the day when the barrier between the dead and the living is opened wide?Wow What a concept with great execution If you love YA fantasy paranormal with a touch of sci fi chocked full of telekinesis shape shifters and a hint of mind bend then Sparked is your next novelAnd Laurel will capture your heartIvy has a habit of sneaking out at night from the trailer But this night was different The door was wide open and swinging in the rain He favorite jacket left on the hanger in the closet A piece of paper was left behind A note from Ivy detailing her whereabouts and her return on Halloween for her sister's birthday But the tiny uniue signifier is not by her name A star Laurel has a strong feeling that there is than meets the eye about her sister disappearance and of those around her including her new crush Jasper She begins to have horrific recurring dreams about Ivy so real that Laurel sees her and her captor And she sees Ivy cultivating a new power Laurel joins forces with Jasper a high school mate who aides her search for her sister while helping her to discover her uniue spark and its role in a dark prophecyThe tale starts on a Friday and ends on the following Friday after Halloween Although told from 3 points of view the story is narrated mostly by Laurel The plot unfolds uickly engaging the readers until the last page The premise behind the plot is based on an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy and four powers who must freely link to stop the rise of evil in Cascade The powers are supernatural and slowly the main characters are experiencing strange things that are both wonderful and frightening As Thursday uickly approaches we rally nervously behind the unlikely teenage allies in the hopes to prevent evil's ugly head from being revealed The characters in the story have detailed backstories and emotional interactions which make them engaging The intriguing story of the Goodwins gives us a glimpse into a family that has always struggled to make it day by day Ivy and Laurel are teenage sisters close in age After a brief stint in foster care as a result of neglect the girls are determined to do and live anywhere to keep the family together Mei's story is also heart wrenching a desire to know her family from China She was left at a train station as an infant with only a note attached Jasper's backstory is revealed late in the novel and is fascinating and ties the whole story together Echlin takes you on an emotional journey through eyes of a teenager and the tumultuous era of peer pressure and sexual navigation Laurel thinks she is not as attractive or as intelligent as her sister But she feels the pangs of a crush for Jasper a handsome boy whom everyone wants And he only sees Laurel I enjoyed Laural as a sister unwilling to let anyone stop her from finding her sister Her fear and tenacity are palpable Her relentlessness may be her real superpower Mei and Peyton are mean girls but they too are wearing a mask that hides the insecurity and vulnerability of teenage life Minor criticisms of this novel are that the prose lacked fluidity and imagery The narrative told by Laurel was chopped up intermittently by Mei and Peyton's point of view The story also felt slightly plot driven with less attention to the stage Although the characters were three dimensional I found that the author did not take the time describing the scenery for the supernatural story Echlin does deliver suspense combined with fantasy in her new novel Sparked This uick paced entertaining read was one of my first YA paranormal thrillers and I am hoping there is a seuelThank you NetGalley Inkshares and Helena Echlin for this ARC in exchange for my honest review


  2. says:

    45After reading Sunshine is Forever I was excited to try another book published by Inkshares Therefore when Sparked appeared on my radar a YA paranormal endorsed by the likes of Lemony Snicket and Lauren Kate I knew I had to read it The result? Suspenseful eerie and slightly romantic Sparked is the ULTIMATE October read I don't know about you all but I love stories based on prophecies There's been a lot of them lately in YA The Third Kiss The Year of Four etc and they've been impressing me left and right So when I discovered that Sparked was based on a prophecy I was intrigued Luckily it turned out well The resulting terror intrigue and mystery was no less wonderful than what I've seen so far this year as Helena Malena did such a great job of fleshing out the proposed prophecy I especially loved the mystery that it brought with it Throughout the story Laurel and Jasper searched high and low for the three proposed people who are meant to save her sister and the one person who is planning to end them all It was fun to sleuth right along side of them I also enjoyed when they did find the right people as it brought together this oddly mixed group of people a group that brought funny banter and even a little bit of drama to the table Also let me tell you some parts of this book are SO CREEPY I made the mistake of reading this one at night with no one else home and while part of me wanted to save the rest for the daylight the other part of me couldn't put Sparked downLaurel was another reason I adored Sparked Laurel faces the other sibling problem often seen in YA books as she's always fallen in her sister Ivy's shadow Ivy's always been the eccentric fun and charismatic one while Laurel's also been uiet one preferring the company of her books to that of people However with her sister's disappearance suddenly Laurel has to be the reckless one because no one else is stepping up to the plate She has to be the one to search for clues even going so far as to break into a suspect's home I outright loved the evolution of Laurel in this I loved bad a fearless Laurel especially when her actions showed how much she loved her sister I also enjoyed the side of romance Helena and Malena offered in the way of Laurel and Jasper's blossoming relationship It was slow burning; however when that eventual kiss happened it became in all senses well worth the wait I enjoyed the build up especially when it gave a developed sense to them rather than the insta love feel I've come to hate The only aspect I didn't like about this one? I wish some of the side POVs would've been better fleshed out; however with the hopes of a second book I'm sure we'll see of Peyton and Mei in the future In all Sparked is yet another standout read from Inkshares However learn from my mistakes don't read this one at nightunless you want to loose sleep; Grade A


  3. says:

    What fun The authors have seamlessly blended genres through masterful young adult characterization suspense mythology supernatural powers romance unexpected alliances and valuable life lessons Beautifully written amusing thoughtful and entertaining


  4. says:

    Halloween special Sparked is a spooky mystery novel set in October It's full of suspense and keeps you guessing right to the end Laurel wakes up to find her sister gone from their home Now Laurel has to unravel the mystery to what has happened? Would her sister really leave without talking to her first? She eventually finds a note but Laurel isn't convinced She doesn't seem to have told anyone where she is going and Laurel has her doubts Strange happenings and an even scarier dream are playing on her mind Laurel needs to get to the bottom of the mystery Her sister Ivy is also her best friend and Laurel isn't used to asking for help She hasn't had the sort of upbringing where trust is given easily She finds an ally in Jasper the mysterious new guy but everything isn't what it seems 4 stars out of 5 A seuel to this book is likely however this one gives enough to make it enjoyable I received an ARC in exchange for a fair review


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    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 uniue plotThe 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 secretsSparked 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 developedI 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 uniue 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 assessmentJasper's character was very mysterious and added a necessary layer of depth to the plot He was uiet 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 tooPeyton 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 storyThis 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 uniue 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 in our mindsThank you to NetGalley and Inkshares for providing me with this free e ARC in exchange for my honest review


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    After Laurel's sister Ivy vanishes in the middle of the night Laurel starts having strange vivid dreams of her sister dreams her mother and best friend dismiss Laurel not being an idiot knows her sister wouldn't just run away as proven by a note left behind and starts digging around town desperate to find the truth behind Ivy's disappearance When she meets the mysterious but not clichéd Jasper Blake she learns her town has secrets and a dark truth that will soon surface cough superpowers coughNowadays it is incredibly hard to find a YA book with a exciting intriguing premise that isn't a horrible cliché The writing had me immediately submerged in the story and caring about what would happen to Laurel and Ivy The romance and mystery behind the other half of our inevitable romantic duo Jasper added a little spice to the story but there was just a bit insta loveEither way this book managaed to be fantasy thriller paranormal and romance wrapped up in one and I completely love it I cannot wait to see what happens with this series45 stars I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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    ARC provided by publishers via netgalley in exchange of honest review35 stars If you're serious about becoming a writer then I suggest you to spend time thinking about what makes people tick Characters become alive when we know what they want I don't know why but before reading this book I thought I'd hate it I was so ready to write a one star review because I have never written a one star review of YA book But to my great dissapointment suprise I ended up liking this book alot Sparked is YA urban fantasy with a touch of sci fic There were shape shifting telekenisis fire bending and some mind bending which would hopefully be explored in next installement The idea of the book was nothing new Sure we have all heard about these super powers before but the authors added new twist and turns to these powers I can't say much without spoiling the book but let's just say that these powers were not all good and not always provided advantage to the owners especially On friday morning Laurel our main protaganist woke up to find that her sister Ivy has dissapeared There was a letter saying that Ivy was visiting her friend in Portland but Laurel knew her sister would never leave like that So begin Laurel's uest of finding her sister and saving her city of horrible fate The plot was overall fast paced and engaging There were some twists that I didn't expected at all and then there were some twists that I saw coming from miles away The first ten or so chapters seemed to be that of any YA fantasy crap A whinning heroine mysterious hot guy with beautiful eyes beautiful mean girls whose goal in life is to make our heroine's life miserable blah blah blah But as story unfolded Laurel developed into a likable narrator Peyton and Mei those mean girls become Laurel friends and helped her to find her sister Jasper that mysterious guy played another important role There is so much I want to say about the plot but want to keep my review spoiler free so I can't Let's just say plot was greatly executedI liked Laurel most of the time Sometimes she would complain alot like how she is not desirable or beautiful as her sister I know these emotions very well I can relate to them but it just become kind pf annoying when you have to read about them Also dude your sister is missing Keep your head staight and stop thinking about that guy please But mostly she was clever and intelligent most of the time Laurel always wanted to be a writer and throughout the story she learned how to be a good author She learned how to convince and engage people I especially loved how relationship between Laurel Ivy and their mother developed They had lots of issues but in the end they bonded strongly togetherThe romance was bit of insta love ish Laurel knew Jasper for only a week but declared that Jasper is love of her life But I liked their friendship I liked how they shared their thoughts about books and how Jasper respected Laurel I mean you know all those mysterious hot guys are some sexist sadists who would disrespect and insult the protaganist even though theyclaim that they love her But thankfully that was not the case hereBut there were few problems with this book too that made me give it only 35 starsFirst off I don't understand why do these people have to fulfill n ancient zoroastrian prophecy Maybe I'm an idiot and didn't understand the point of prophecy but I didn't these western people to fulfill it I mean why isn't there a zoroastrian person who fulfill this prophecy It might be idiotic thing to say but I just couldn't wrap my brain around this conceptAlso there was slut shaming Laurel become friends with Peyton and Mei but there was a sense of superiority in her That she was better then Peyton and Mei because she doesn't wear that much of makeup or because she reads and they don't Slut shaming and women hating is something that always destroys my fun for the book😞 Overall it was a good read and I am interested in seuel because I want to read about Ivy and Laurel Hope that seuel is better then first installement


  8. says:

    This was so freaking good I had to force myself to stop reading it each night so that I could actually get some sleep but I didn't want to put it down So Laurel wakes up one morning and discovers that her sister Ivy has vanished Her mom and everyone else seems to believe that Ivy took off after having a fight with her mom especially after they find a note written in Ivy's handwriting saying exactly that but Laurel knows that something isn't right She knows that her sister wouldn't just leave without saying anything to her and especially right before Laurel's birthday Laurel begins having nightmare's that she is Ivy and trapped in a dungeon Laurel the cute new boy Jasper and Laurel's worst enemies mean girls Peyton and Mei have to team up to find Ivy because if they don't it could mean the end of the world as we know it This book gave me Buffy meets Heroes and I couldn't get enough I seriously hope that there is a seuel to this book because I need of this


  9. says:

    15 year old Laurel Goodwin wakes up and finds her sister Ivy missing from their trailer in the redwoods of Oregon Laurel starts having reoccurring nightmares that convince her that Ivy was kidnapped but no one will take Laurel seriously Laurel finds help in Jasper a new kid to town who becomes her ally and friend in trying to figure out what happened to her sister They start uncovering secrets and a dark prophecy in their small town while trying to navigate around the mean girls in town This book is definitely a mix of several different genres including paranormal fantasy young adult and even a bit of science fiction I don't want to give away any spoilers but there are definitely a variety of paranormal activity and people if you will going on in this book I really enjoyed Laurel as a character and found her to be uite engaging which is usually what makes me really interested in a story Laurel and her sister Ivy also haven't had the easiest childhood and we do learn a lot about their backgrounds as well as Jasper's but that comes a little later in the book The plot moves along at a pretty uick pace and never gets boring I don't want to give too many spoilers away but if you like YA fantasy and paranormal I definitely think you will enjoy this book Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book


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    You can also find my review on my blog hereI want to thank Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me in this tour and providing me with this ecopy of SparkedI hope there’s a seuel for this book because I’ve been dying a slow death ever since finishing itI 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 excusableI loved the sister dynamics wish there was 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 doThen 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 gloriousI 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 uite 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


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Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Helena Echlin

Sparked Author Helena Echlin

Dersen 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 15 year old Laurel Goodwin wakes up and finds her sister Ivy missing from their trailer in the redwoods of Oregon Laurel starts having reoccurring nightmares that convince her that Ivy was kidnapped but no one will take Laurel seriously Laurel finds help in Jasper a new kid to town who becomes her ally and friend in trying to figure out what happened to her sister They start uncovering secrets and a dark prophecy in their small town while trying to navigate around the mean girls in town This book is definitely a mix of several different genres including paranormal fantasy young adult and even a bit of science fiction I don't want to give away any spoilers but there are definitely a variety of paranormal activity and people if you will going on in this book I really enjoyed Laurel as a character and found her to be uite engaging which is usually what makes me really interested in a story Laurel and her sister Ivy also haven't had the easiest childhood and we do learn a lot about their backgrounds as well as Jasper's but that comes a little later in the book The plot moves along at a pretty uick pace and never gets boring I don't want to give too many spoilers away but if you like YA fantasy and paranormal I definitely think you will enjoy this book Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book

Characters Sparked Author Helena Echlin

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 lear 45After reading Sunshine is Forever I was excited to try another book published by Inkshares Therefore when Sparked appeared on my radar a YA paranormal endorsed by the likes of Lemony Snicket and Lauren Kate I knew I had to read it The result? Suspenseful eerie and slightly romantic Sparked is the ULTIMATE October read I don't know about you all but I love stories based on prophecies There's been a lot of them lately in YA The Third Kiss The Year of Four etc and they've been impressing me left and right So when I discovered that Sparked was based on a prophecy I was intrigued Luckily it turned out well The resulting terror intrigue and mystery was no less wonderful than what I've seen so far this year as Helena Malena did such a great job of fleshing out the proposed prophecy I especially loved the mystery that it brought with it Throughout the story Laurel and Jasper searched high and low for the three proposed people who are meant to save her sister and the one person who is planning to end them all It was fun to sleuth right along side of them I also enjoyed when they did find the right people as it brought together this oddly mixed group of people a group that brought funny banter and even a little bit of drama to the table Also let me tell you some parts of this book are SO CREEPY I made the mistake of reading this one at night with no one else home and while part of me wanted to save the rest for the daylight the other part of me couldn't put Sparked downLaurel was another reason I adored Sparked Laurel faces the other sibling problem often seen in YA books as she's always fallen in her sister Ivy's shadow Ivy's always been the eccentric fun and charismatic one while Laurel's also been uiet one preferring the company of her books to that of people However with her sister's disappearance suddenly Laurel has to be the reckless one because no one else is stepping up to the plate She has to be the one to search for clues even going so far as to break into a suspect's home I outright loved the evolution of Laurel in this I loved bad a fearless Laurel especially when her actions showed how much she loved her sister I also enjoyed the side of romance Helena and Malena offered in the way of Laurel and Jasper's blossoming relationship It was slow burning; however when that eventual kiss happened it became in all senses well worth the wait I enjoyed the build up especially when it gave a developed sense to them rather than the insta love feel I've come to hate The only aspect I didn't like about this one? I wish some of the side POVs would've been better fleshed out; however with the hopes of a second book I'm sure we'll see of Peyton and Mei in the future In all Sparked is yet another standout read from Inkshares However learn from my mistakes don't read this one at nightunless you want to loose sleep; Grade A

Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Helena Echlin

N to ask for help and Jasper Blake a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books uickly becomes her ally Together they find their uiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecyLaurel soon learns that her worst enemies mean girls Peyton An Halloween special Sparked is a spooky mystery novel set in October It's full of suspense and keeps you guessing right to the end Laurel wakes up to find her sister gone from their home Now Laurel has to unravel the mystery to what has happened? Would her sister really leave without talking to her first? She eventually finds a note but Laurel isn't convinced She doesn't seem to have told anyone where she is going and Laurel has her doubts Strange happenings and an even scarier dream are playing on her mind Laurel needs to get to the bottom of the mystery Her sister Ivy is also her best friend and Laurel isn't used to asking for help She hasn't had the sort of upbringing where trust is given easily She finds an ally in Jasper the mysterious new guy but everything isn't what it seems 4 stars out of 5 A seuel to this book is likely however this one gives enough to make it enjoyable I received an ARC in exchange for a fair review

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About the Author: Helena Echlin

Malena Watrous We’ve both published solo novels 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 glass of wine 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 Like Malena I teach fiction writing for Stanford’s Continuing Studies department a glorious job because it’s just so much easier helping other people with their writing than figuring out how to fix your own I live in Berkeley California with my tae kwon do instructor husband and our two kids.