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Saturday, August 16, 2014

On My Nightstand - July (review + giveaway)

'Spark' - Rachel Craw

So a few months ago, my reading challenge ground to a standstill.  I'd just finished some really great books, and couldn't quickly enough find myself a new one.  So, I just... stopped.  Luckily for me, a book on my To Read list was released not long ago.  This one came pre-recommended by Miriam of Create Hope Inspire, and received a glowing review from Angela of Striking Keys, two bloggers that I wholeheartedly trust.

Okay, preamble over.  Needless to say, I immediately got my hands on a copy (two, actually, as it turns out), and finally broke the book drought.  Double-yay!  And the book was great!  Triple-yay!


'Spark' sets out with an unusual and super interesting premise, wherein 17 year old Evie (protag) discovers that she must act as a human shield for her bestie, thanks to some government-experiment-gone-wrong-and-now-I-am-a-human-weapon revelation.  There's also this wannabe-and-trying-really-hard-to-be assassin for her to deal with STAT, offering immense amounts of intrigue and tension.  Because, dude's a psycho, and unfortunately he has the same freaky-deaky powers that Evie does.

Oh man, I had a thousand theories about who the assassin was, which is the bestest funtimes when you are reading/watching a story unfold.  I'm a closet CSI fan (um, not so closet any more), so yep, this book was fun.  And nope, I predicted none of the happenings in the final leg of the novel.

As for the romancey side of things, this was well drawn out, and had all the barely-contained tension that you'd expect from a YA novel.  Oh those young adults *shakes head*.  But really, I thought he was a well-worthy romantic lead (and sometimes they're not, amiright?), and I'm definitely curious to see where this goes next.

Which brings me to, the next up...  Two more books to look forward to, yuss!!  Oh the trilogy, happiest of story formats.  Craw has left plenty of room to explore and world-build, and I for one will be lining up for the next instalment... And did I mention that this is a debut novel?  By a New Zealand author?  Props!  'Spark' will definitely hold its own on the international stage, yay kiwis!

Okay, so in my rush to read this book I purchased myself a copy - completely forgetting that I'd requested a review copy from Walker Books.  Hmph.  So now I have a brand, spanking new copy of 'Spark' to give away to a keen reader!  Or parent of a keen reader (because much as I refute it, I'm not actually still a young adult).  Just leave a comment here, and I'll draw a winner sometime soon (deliberately vague - I know myself well enough not to give an exact date).  Open to anyone living EnZed-side xx

Thank you to Walker Books for sending out a review copy of 'Spark' by Rachel Craw. 

13 comments:

  1. Ha ha! I love that I am trustworthy :o) Made my day. Glad you liked it too - I am amping for 2 and 3 to come out. Obv don't enter me in the giveaway - I have my own copy of course xxx

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  2. I love YA novels despite definitely not being in the target demographic. I've been reading a lot my Michelle Magorian of late, borrowed them from the library and liked them so much I bought them all!

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  3. I'd love this being a school librarian. Need to read more - lately it has just been uni stuff, which can not be the most thrilling of reads...

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  4. This is also on my to read shelf so would love the chance to win.
    My reading goal for the year is also way behind schedule. OOPS.

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  5. I am not a young adult, nor do I have any - yet. But, I would really love to read this, and even if I don't win your giveaway, I will be seeking this out as you are the third Kiwi blogger I follow who has recommended this book so no matter which way it goes, whether it is gifted, bought or borrowed, I WILL be reading this.

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  6. I am ashamed by how little I have read recently. Maybe this book would kick me out of my reading lul. Sounds like my kind of book :-)

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  7. This story sounds really intriguing and I'm on the lookout for some holiday reads - thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  8. this book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to enteR!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  9. Like Juliet - maybe this book will kickstart the reading I'm so sadly missing? Another great review of what sounds like a stunner of a novel! Thanks for the chance ;)

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  10. I am not a young adult, but they have some awesome books at the the moment! I am reading The queen of Tearling, a mix of game of thrones and the hunger games, very addictive. Spark sounds awesome too, so I would love to read this too. Thank you for the chance!

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  11. Have you drawn the winner yet? Am i too late? I hope not. I'd LOVE to read this. And bonus, if i read it I will ALSO review it, ya know. And link back to you etc etc. (Not sure what criteria you're picking winners on so i figure a bit of GREASING could help...) You are so cool. And I love your blog. And your book reviews are so awesome.
    Shall I go on?

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  12. Oh I would love a copy- I always have my nose in a book but am running out of good ones to read!

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  13. Hadn't realised this was the first of a trilogy-to-be. My YA reader really loved the Divergent series - sounds like she'd enjoy this too. Only after I've read it first of course - just to "make sure it's suitable" ;-)

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