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.
Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous
Publisher: Geek & Sundry
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
I’ve read a few books that have multiple authors and I either end up loving them or hating them. To get two (or more) people who can write a piece together and make it flow naturally is kind of special. I love when I find these books because it makes me want to write with my bestie… but that aside, Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous pulled it off (again) and created something special. Sparked was every bit interesting as it had a unique and it’s own kind of natural rhythm. No lies, it was such a good read that I ate it up in nearly one sitting!
Sparked wastes no time in getting started. The pace of the book moves quickly and evenly, enveloping you into a mystery with supernatural powers, prophesies and who-dunnits. As I followed along in Laurel’s journey of trying to learn what happened to her vanished sister and the strange
visions dreams that haunted her after, I found myself writing and re-writing all the possible endings in my head.
Sparked explores the world of fantasy and supernatural without losing the reader or the characters. Laurel, Jasper, and the rest of the characters are so well developed that they can make you angry one moment and love them the next. Mean girls, besties, moms and all – each character has their place in Sparked. And for the record, my taste for fantasy type books is extremely limited, yet I still found Sparked to be an enjoyable read.
I will say that parts of the story between Laurel and Jasper were somewhat familiar but they are not cliche. Of course, he’s handsome. Yes, he has a secret and some special powers. Sure, he is there for Laurel when no one else takes her seriously. But wait… there is so much more to Jasper’s story. This was my favorite part of the whole book – Jasper. His story and his past is what ties everything together so perfectly. I would love to see his character explored even more in any future books.
Twisty, dark, thrilling romantic and exciting – you will be glad for more…
I gave Sparked 4/5 stars
We’ve both published solo novels 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?
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