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Evie doesn’t have a choice.

One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.

The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.

And then there’s Jamie. irresis
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Walker Books Australia
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Here we have a beautiful and badass cover as well as an amazing story beneath it. I dunno about you guys, but THIS IS TOTAL AWESOMENESS.

Spark is a work of science-fiction set in today’s world. Basically, there are these genetic mutations in some people’s DNA that make them have special abilities. Evie is one of those people. Her aunt had it and so did her grandmother, and now, Evie has it as well. She’s a Shield, bound to protect her Spark, which happens to b
C.G. Drews
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have two opinions about this book. TWO. I know. (It's a little bit extreme.)

Opinion #1: It used a lot of cliches and stereotypes and made me grind my teeth.
Opinion #2: It had a FREAKING BRILLIANT plot twist that exploded my mind and made me tackle hug the entire 450-pages and promise to read all sequels forever after amen.

So I could really end the review here...buuuut, you want reasons? I'm happy to oblige. (Because I was raised to be nice like that.)

It's basically a superhero story...and wh
Fleur Ferris
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the very first page. It's fast-paced, action-packed, the stakes are high, it has twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages. The characters are fantastic and the romance is some of the sweetest I've read. I highly recommend this book to adults, young and old. LOVED IT! ...more
Austral Scout
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is fanfrickintastic news for New Zealand; now Elizabeth Knox has some stellar company in the Recent Release Domestic Super Club.  And this is an author's debut?  Say WHA'?  I realise I'm gettin' all colloquial up in heaaaa but you know untapped SciFi gives me the happy sweats! 

What I loved about Spark:

* Reading Spark and getting to know Evie took me back to a euphoric few days where I power-watched two seasons of the cyberpunk sci fi series Dark Angel (starring Jessica Hotness Alba) o
June Ramsey
5 Sparking Stars

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Wow this book was awesome Fan- flipping -tastic

Spark was about these people who are called Shields they were created by the Affinity to protect the Sparks from the Stray who want to kill them.

Evie is a normal seventeen year old girl who just moved to live with her aunt because of her mothers death. Her body is changing though and she doesn't understand why. After some more changes her aunt realises that she is a Shield created to protect Kitty, her
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2015
4.5 stars

This book was fantastic!! I happened upon it in the library when I was searching for a different book, but had to get it because it sounded so interesting! It was not what I was expecting at all, but I loved what it turned out to be and am so grateful that I was able to read it. The characters were all great - Evangeline was definitely a strong kickass female lead that I had no problem relating to at all - and the whole concept of the storyline was really intriguing and unique. Even tho
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015, owned
7 hours and 20 minutes.
Could not put this down.
It is 6:20am and I regret nothing.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

*takes deep breath* okay... let me try and form coherent thoughts now.

Spark is the first novel in the Spark Trilogy by Rachael Craw.

Set in the near future, a government organised human DNA genetic modification experiment has gone wrong, creating what are known as Shields, Sparks and Strays. The effects of these genetically coded humans are being tested a
Ryan Buckby
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
evie doesn't have a choice

actual rating: 4.5

Oh wow my mind has been completely blown this book was so good and crazy that it was a fast paced action story that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time i was reading it and i cannot wait to continue this trilogy.

Evie was a strong and kick ass main character who changed along with the story and i found out things the same time she was learning them herself, i love her as a main character and cannot wait to see her grow in the next book.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spark was a mix of science fiction and contemporary, but felt more like a unique spin on the superhero and savior role. It was intense, and entertaining. Not often does a young adult storyline take me by surprise, but Spark certainly did. I adored Evie's character, not only has her world fallen apart with the loss of her mother, she lives each day with the knowledge that she never knew her father and the only family she has now is her Aunt Miriam, whom she
Phillip Simpson
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

Let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of Mrs Craw’s writing. This is particularly relevant for me given that I’ve just completed my Masters in Creative writing and have spent the last year dissecting writing, writers and the writing process.

Mrs Craw has a lyrical style. 1st person POV works well with Evie (the main character). The voice is authentic and real. The dialogue is sharp and consistent. I know she is a big fan of Joss Wheldon’s work and it shows in the dialogue at tim
Steph Cuthbert
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya, young-adult
This was a re-read.

What a ride. Spark packs such a punch, it always leaves me reeling. Spark is an incredible and heady mix of kick-ass, adrenaline-fuelled action, beautiful and overwhelming teen angst, lusty times, laugh out loud moments, and feeeeeeels.

I adore these characters so much. The friendship between Evie and Kitty is everything that female friendship should be- beautiful and vulnerable and supportive.

Jamie is oh-so worthy of being the love interest in this story. He is strong and loy
Nov 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: aussie-and-nz
Take #1:
Such a beautiful cover and aussie nonetheless. I have a spot soft for authors from there, I usually love their books and I hope that it will be the case with this one too.

Take #2:
Pff... Let's make this simple! LOL
Lovely cover, beautiful description, I definitely can't wait to read it!

I would need half a neuron more to rewrite the above, which I lack at this particular moment :)) But hopefully Santa will be kind enough to bring me an atlas next to all the books I asked for ^_^

Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Fantastic writing, great concept and amazing characters. Really enjoyed this one and I can't wait to read the next installment!!

Jananee (headinherbooks)
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
The Rating: 4/5

The Overall, Non-Spoiler Review:
YAY! Another win for Oz fiction! (even though technically Rachael is from NZ but it was still awesome). And another win for YA sci-fi which I am finding that I love just as much as YA fantasy and I hope that all the future books I read can be as fun as this one.

This book had many wins - it was fast paced, had a wonderful flow to the story, great family dynamics (which is INCREDIBLY rare in YA fiction) and a great romance that didn't overpower t
Libby Wyatt
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This was definitely one of the better reads of this month for me personally. This was unique and oddly addictive. I felt it had a Vampire Academy feel through a protector friendship between Kitty and Evie. Though there were moments of confusion and predictability I did enjoy this thoroughly and was a quick read. The romance I felt was a little forced and predictable but was cute in a sense. The plot twist was almost predictable but it was good nonetheless. Overall I really enjoyed this book and ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok, this was excellent! I didn't think I'd enjoy it this much but I really did!! And I just love the fact Rachael is a kiwi author because her writing is so good and she's such a lovely person but also because I read hardly any good YA books written by NZ authors and so I'm just really happy ok?!!!

I need STRAY like, NOW!
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
So amazing. I loved it, and can't wait to read the others! I really hope that they will make this series into a movie, because it would be so popular! ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review is crossposted at my blog, Read at Midnight.

I spent my formative years in New Zealand, I’m a self-identified Kiwi through and through. When I heard that Spark was written by a Kiwi, and that it’s a science fiction riddled with genetic hijinks, it was an insta-buy. Though I felt some parts of the book could use polishing, I love the creativity and uniqueness of the world building. I unreservedly recommend it to everyone after a fresh take on scifi!

Firstly, an infographic, as I think i
Maddie (The Girly Geek)
Initial reaction: This book was exactly what I needed to pull me from the depths of my shameful reading slump. I was looking for something exhilarating and intense, that was exactly what I got from Spark. I was in a constant state of anxiety whilst reading this book and every page supplied me with intense action (as well as emotional exhaustion.) I am filled with love for this book! Thank you to the author herself, Rachael, for recommending it to me! I'm definitely out of my slump. Now I just ha ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review originally appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

Spark features an interesting concept about genetic mutations in a select number of humans, that determine their role to play people based on their DNA - the Shield (protector), the Spark (igniter) and the Stray (the aggressor).

Evie is the Shield who has just been sparked by her best friend Kitty, and she finds herself developing great reflexes, enhanced senses, a healing ability, the ability to see people's memori
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I love this book. Love. The concept is interesting, the tension in the action scenes is killer, the friendship between Kitty and Evie is fantastic (I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing more of that in future books where it's not tainted by the Spark effects). I LOVE that the parental figures have a role in the book, even if Evie's mother has just died, her aunt Miriam and Kitty and Jamie's parents are very much a feature.

The only reason that Spark doesn't rate the full five s
Laureen (Ms. Bibliophile)
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Evie is an interesting character, and I really loved the idea of Shields and how they came online as it were. The intense emotions from Evie and Jamie were well done, and I loved how Evie was so committed to keeping her best friend alive. The idea that Evie will have to relive those emotions over and over again with different people she is meant to protect is intense and I can't wait to read more. ...more
Lynette Noni
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I seriously enjoyed this book! The concept is really cool—not to mention, unique—and the characters were all very realistic and likeable. I devoured it in one sitting - so that alone says enough!
Inês Matos
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why this isn't famous... I found Spark by mistake when I was googling for other book and it is perfect! I thought it would be about magic (Spark reminds me of magic sorry) but it is very "sciency" and it's so incredible because I can truly believe that it could happen in "real" life.
Congratulations Rachael Craw! It's in my top list 👌
Stef Gemmill
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
Breathtaking fast paced YA with intense romance sub-plot. Love the AI speculative bend on the narrative. Devouring Stray#2 as I type...
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Second read: I can only describe my current state as me being the heart eyed emoji. I love this story so much. I had a stupid smile on my face for most of the reread but still felt panicked in the right places, even though I know all the twists and turns. This book will be one of my all time favourites forever.

First read: I cannot handle my love for this book. I want it made into a movie and I want Liana Liberato and Lily Collins to star and I want the second and third books to come out now. Ti
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Look out world, here comes Evie. She’s just discovered that her genes are the result of a cack-handed scientific programme designed to produce genetically engineered protectors and killers, called Shields and Strays. Evie is a Shield, and therefore has no choice other than to protect her ‘Spark’ – a person under threat from a Stray (are you keeping up?).

Add into this the fact that Evie’s Spark is her best friend, Kitty, and Kitty’s brother, Jamie, is the hottest guy in town. Jamie also happened
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about 'Spark' by Rachael Craw, well nothing bad that's for sure, I absolutely loved this book! Without a doubt I am very excited for the next in the series! I recommend any fans of 'Divergent' or 'The Hunger Games' to read this novel as you cannot help but love it!

'Spark' is about genetically advanced people that have inherited the genes from previous generations that have been a 'carrier'. It's got a lot of big words and at sometimes it was hard to follow when things were being e
Kish Kidd
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. I happened upon it in Dymocks in Hobart while my kids were choosing books, and was drawn to it. It is the best read I've had since Twilight, and this is saying something. The writing is intelligent, witty, insightful, and very easy to read; the story is captivating and exciting, and not so far from the realms of possibility. The characters are distinctive, deep, and all completely loveable. The love story...for those of us who are married with now teenage' ...more
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Rachael is a reader, dreamer, joker, singer, believer, writer and lover of words.

Author of award winning #Spark, #Stray & #Shield available in AU & NZ, published by Walker Books Australia. #TheRift is out now AU/NZ with WBA and in USA/Canada with Candlewick Press.

She lives in NZ and teaches part time while writing her next novel.


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