ABOUT THE BOOK
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 received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I thought this book was a really intriguing idea. While young adult books can sometimes have characters who are ridiculously overpowered and are vapid and one-dimensional, I found Laurel to be a really interesting character. It was easy to read the book and recognise some of my own qualities in her.
I didn’t really like the switching between first and third person, as I find it quite hard to switch between those when I’m reading. It did, however, give me a chance to see more depth to Mei and Peyton, rather than them both just being seen as stereotypical mean girls through Laurel’s eyes.
I liked the fact that, even though there was some romance in this book, Laurel didn’t focus just on her feelings for Jasper; and even though Ivy wasn’t shown that much through the book, she was such a prominent character, her presence was quite vividly felt.
I did feel that there was a bit of information dumping when it came to the introductions of each character and a few of the minor characters, I felt were quite undeveloped, especially when it came to Skye – who didn’t really seem to have much of a life outside of her appearances in the plot.
Another aspect I felt came across quite well was the relationship between Laurel and her mother. Even if her mother didn’t believe or understand what was really going on, it was good to see the problems and the way they tried to work on things, even if it didn’t work out perfectly.
Another aspect I liked was the fact that the powers related to the personalities of the characters. It was good that there were opportunities to figure out some of the things going on, but I did kind of feel that some of the dots being connected either came together too easily…or the answers weren’t put together as well as they could have been.
All in all, I did like the book, but I would have preferred there to be less switching between different POVs. I would like to read the next book/s in the series at some point in the future.
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About The Author
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?
- Prize: 3 copies of SPARKED by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous (US Only)
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- Ends: January 1st
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