Sparked by Helen Echlin & Malena Watrous is a YA Contemporary novel twisted into a paranormal fantasy.
“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 absolutely loved this book!
I climbed into bed thinking I would spend half an hour, maybe a little more, reading this. Nope. I was up until 2 in the morning before I forced myself to get some sleep.
From the very first chapter, I was sunken into the thriller following one sister’s determination to find the other, and that what everyone is believing as one reason is really the complete opposite. One thing that I can say without a doubt is the writing style is the selling point for me.
I literally believed and could feel the strength of Laurel’s struggle in having people believe her. The emotion between the words is defiantly compelling and taunt.
What I wasn’t expecting was the switch from what I thought was a contemporary thriller into a magical realism, paranormal storyline. Before I knew what was happening, the tone of the book drastically changed from one mood to the next. And it wasn’t a bad thing at all. I genuinely enjoyed the twist!
If you’re wondering, the story isn’t a romance-y read. The story is founded on a sister’s bond and grows from there. I love reading books with a different drive to the story, but this book also ties in a very concrete thriller component that wraps up into a good-vs-evil battle.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend this if you are a fan of The Diviners series by Libba Bray. It is also the perfect story to pick up on a gloomy, windy fall afternoon!
Published: 3 October 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal / Fantasy
How I Read It: eArc from Chapter-by-Chapter Blog Tours
Cover Design: 5/5 (Eye-Catcher) – The cover is stunning and fits in with the fall-theme!
**Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.**
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