October 12, 2017

#BookReview: Sparked by @Helenaechlin @MalenaWatrous ‏@GeekandSundry

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, a native of the UK, is the author of the novel Gone (Random House UK, 2002) and for five years wrote "Table Manners," an etiquette advice column for CHOW, the online food and drink magazine. She has also written on topics from belly-button reshaping to cardio strip tease for publications such as the GuardianThe Times, and The Sunday Telegraph in the UK, and Yoga Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle in the US. She lives in Berkeley, California and teaches fiction-writing online for Stanford.

Malena Watrous is the author of the novel If You Follow Me (Harper Perennial, 2010). She spent her adolescence in Oregon, which inspired the book?s setting. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and helped to found the Online Writers? Certificate, Stanford?s two-year online novel-writing program. She teaches fiction-writing for Stanford as well as working on her own fiction, and has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times. She lives in San Francisco.

This book was awesome!  I wasnt to sure about as I had never heard of Geek & Sundry. But I have to say that this is a publisher as well as a group of authors I will be checking out again.  This one grabbed me from the first pages and it worked out great!  It has pretty much anything and everything you could ask for in a young adult title.  Shape-shifters, telekinesis, bending, as well as a ton of other things! I couldn't put it down. 

The romance in this one was pretty insta-lovey so that kinda sucked but it worked for this story.  I do wish that it would have gone from good friendship into love instead of it being only about a week before it was declared but ill live.  

The only real issues I had with this one was that a few things that I won't get into because spoilers weren't explained very well.  Such as the Zoroastrian Prophecy and who had to fulfill it as well as the shaming that went on for part of the book.  

Even with the issues though I will be picking up book two and hope to get a print copy of this one soon. If you're looking for a new author and story check this one out! 

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