Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spark by J.B. North Review

Title: Spark
Author: J.B. North
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Legends of the Shifters, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A magical adventure highly recommended to those who love strong heroines, I really enjoyed Spark, despite the vague world-building.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ivy Oliver has spent more than a decade in the orphanage after her parents perished. Her only hope is for a trial, where her second birth has will be revealed, awakened for the first time since her birth. She transforms into a rate, beautiful creature that rips her away from the only home and friends she has ever known. Moving on to a school full of both friends and foes, she discovers the key to her past and her future, if she can only free her spirit..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the high fantasy theme that permeated this novel--it really hit the spot
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I couldn't put it down
-I really liked reading about the world that Ivy and the other characters inhabit, but it was a bit vague--I would've enjoyed more explanation into the whole world's past
-Ivy, the timid, quiet young woman who is forced to undergo a quest and accept her destiny, who changes into a true hero--I look forward to the next book in the series, I really liked her character development
-The twists and turns throughout the novel, especially concerning Ivy
-Roland, whose sunny disposition seems to be hiding something dark
-Kurt, the young scarred man forced to work at the school
-Natalia
-Roselle
-Sophia
-Burton
-Matilda
-The mysterious headmaster of the school Ivy goes to, who is clearly hiding something
-Niko
-I liked the ending as well--I can't wait for the sequel!

What could've been better:
-The world-building was vague--I could detect a fantasy vibe, but there was no explanation for how the world formed, or the government of any kind in the book
-Roland's constant antics kind of gave me whiplash
-At times it felt very Harry Potter-esque in flavor sometimes, but very vaguely

Overall, Spark was an enjoyable read--it was a good start to a great series! Next on deck: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch!

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