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Sparks of Light

(Into the Dim #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  731 ratings  ·  121 reviews
For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in ...more
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sparks of Light is the second book in the Into the Dim series by Janet B. Taylor. In the first book of the series we met Hope Walton as she was attending her mother's memorial held about eight months after it was believed that her mother had been a victim in an earthquake while traveling overseas. After the service for her mother Hope received an invitation from her mother's sister to come for a visit while her father travels. Not wanting to be left with her grandmother that had never accepted H ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3.5 stars

I rated the first book, Into the Dim, the same, but I rated up in that case. This book was fine, but I didn’t think it was quite as enjoyable as the first one.

As was the case with Into the Dim, the action in Sparks of Light definitely picks up in the second half along with the actual time travel. Taylor has a nice brisk way of telling the story once she finds her feet and gets going. What I really missed though, was more development of the relationship between Bran and Hope. This is a t
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5ish. I was hoping for a bigger advancement in the overarching story, although this was a quick and easy read.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: charlotte
I have read Into the Dim twice (so far) and loved it both times. In this second book of the series, Taylor brings her readers back to the amazing world she created which includes time travel, historical settings and a diverse cast of characters.

Sparks of Light picks up two months after Into the Dim and I liked that things weren't all rosy for Hope and her friends after returning to present-day Scotland. They had lived through hell and the repercussions were believable and, for some, long lastin
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 that I’m rounding up to 3 because I am planning to read the 3rd book.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Books about time travelling seem to be in right now, and this series is as good as all the others, if not better. Into the Dim was a fantastic debut, and it's sequel just built on that, and grew into perfection.

In Sparks of Light, Hope is getting used to being back in the present time, in Scotland, complete with her previously lost mother, and new baby sister. She has a new family and friends,
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Sparks of Light is the second installment in author Janet B. Taylor's Into the Dim series. Protagonist Hope Walton, who now calls Scotland home, has done the unexpected. She traveled back to the 12th century and returned home with her mother (Sara Carlyle) and baby sister (Ellie) in tow. She also discovered that she is part of a long line of time travelers known as Viators. To make things more interesting, she's in a
Jan 18, 2016 marked it as to-read


Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great follow up! Didn't love it as much as the first book but it was really good! And I can't wait for book 3!!!!!!
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, outside-us, arcs, ya
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This review is tough to write, because I CANNOT SEE THROUGH MY TEARS!

I would like to commend Taylor here, because in my opinion, she avoided the second book slump. When I first started reading this book, I was afraid I would not remember anything, since I had read Into the Dim back in 2015, but bits and pieces of the previous book were thoughtfully woven into the early chapters, which got me right back into the world and ready to go on a new adventure. I was just re-reading
Lisa Mandina
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to one of my favorite books of 2016, Into the Dim, definitely did not disappoint. This time the characters have a different time period that they will have to visit in order to solve their current issues. Hope's mother is back, but she is suffering basically PTSD from dealing with being left with the cruel man she'd been stuck with back in time. Not only is she back, but Hope has a new little sister. Her father is asking for a divorce, happy with his new wife. This makes one more emo ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.75/5 stars.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A sequel that went above and beyond my expectations!

Celia is at it again, intent on taking over time and space as we know it. She still searches for the Nonius Stone which would make time travel a much easier and less restrictive feat. The Viators, Hope and the gang, know they need to destroy the stone so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Nikola Tesla, a scientist, has been working on an enhancement which can make time traveling a less laborious venture. The Viators go back in time to destr
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5 stars

ARC provided by NetGalley via publisher in exchange for an honest review

I have to thank NetGalley for once again letting me access another arc. I was really excited for this one because I read Into the Dim and enjoyed it. But this sequel left a lot to be desired.

First off the ending was way too abrupt. They just got back to their time, buried Mac, and that was it. I was expecting for a plan to go more into motion to find Phee and Collum's dad. Also what about the paper's Brandon
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor is book two in the Into the Dim series and Ms. Taylor brings us back into the lives of Hope Walters and the other Viators as they try to stop those who are trying to hurt them and the world as they know it.

The story picks up two months after Hope saved her mother from twelfth-century England where Sarah was left behind, betrayed by her jealous best-friend, Celia Alvarez. Celia and the Timeslippers, are set on still finding the Nonius Stone, an infamous jewel t
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
This review was originally published on Spinatale Reviews.

After not enjoying Into the Dim as much as I thought I would, I was a bit nervous before starting this one. While Sparks of Light still had some faults, I ended up being glad I continued with the series. This sequel artfully dodges the second book trap, taking the characters on an entirely new fast-paced adventure that was interesting and well-researched.

After the events of Into the Dim, Hope Walton has settled into her new home at her fa
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
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Sparks of Light—the darker and more serious sequel to Into the Dim—was simultaneously adventurous, calamitous, and tragic. This time around, the Viators are traveling to New York City during The Gilded Age, (which was somehow less fun than England in the Middle Ages. Imagine that? xD) and significantly more ominous. As with the first installment, I adored how Taylor intertwined real history into the plot. Her interpretation of real historical characters—as w
Nikki Locking
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hooked from the beginning, I could barely put the book down. Though I enjoy Into the Dim's plot of Medieval history, I found this 19th Century plotline really grabbed my attention. The twists and turns Taylor cleverly placed throughout had me continuously squealing What?! much to my family's amusement. I enjoyed the budding romances, settings and characters and look forward seeing a final adventure with Hope and her crew.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER BOOK! that cliffhanger was too much...

overall, I liked into the dim so much more than sparks of light. I was sucked into the storyline of into the dim from the very start but with sparks of light, i wasn't invested in the story until halfway through. then my heart got ripped out of my chest only to have a cliffhanger ending. I need to know what happens next!!!
Madeline McGrath
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
i actually had no idea this was coming out until i saw it one day when i was working :)))))
While I really loved the first one in this series, Into the Dim, I had a bit of trouble getting into this one. All of the characters are still around with their Scottish humour, family banter and tender moments (gaelic phrases of love are always good!) and there is another new adventure for them to undertake, this time heading to New York in the late 1800's. There was adventure and thrills, and fancy dresses and institutions, some swoon and even some grief after losing one of the group.
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Cassie James
Thanks to the author for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it.
Sparks of Light is a thrilling sequel to Into The Dime. Just as intense, active, romantic, suspenseful and magical as it's predecessor. From the synopsis, I knew I am in for a wild marvelous ride. A lot of interesting developments took place, some I saw coming and some I couldn't but still loved. The writing was superb and easy to flow with. Sparks of Light is defini
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-own

I'm so disappointed in this book. I felt like Into the Dim was so amazing for me and this one fell a little short. I think the atmosphere of the book changed a lot, and instead of exploring the history and time period we were left dealing with a plot point that, I feel, didn't need to be developed. However, if any more books come out in the series I will read them, since Into the Dim was awesome.
S.M. Parker
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so, so happy to be back in the Scottish Highlands with Hope and her friends. Into the Dim taught me that I love time travel books so I was eagerly awaiting this sequel! This story begins only weeks after Into the Dim ended but so much has changed for the time traveling crew (no spoilers). Sparks of Light is a novel rich in lavish historical detail (some gruesome and some awe inspiring). The author clearly did her research and I felt like I was with the young time travelers--The Viators—as ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
As this book has been summarized quite well, I will not say much about the plot. What I will say though, is that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Yes, it had a similar bit of issues as book 1, but it was all pretty much for the sake of understanding and plot construction. My favourite thing about this book was definitely the characters. They are all so different and unique and loveable in their own ways, and that makes it more of a fun to read. They are all so supportive and loved by each other and I'm so ...more
Shea Olsen
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is just what fans of INTO THE DIM have been waiting for!!!!!
A fun, fast-paced read just like book one to satisfy our need for more of this incredible adventure!

I can't recommend this book enough!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I wish there were 10 more books in this series... I don't want it ever to end.

Kavanand (Reading for Two)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Sparks of Light is the sequel to Into the Dim, a book about a secret society of time travelers. I really enjoyed Into the Dim, and Sparks of Light is a worthy sequel.

Our heroine, Hope Walton, is recovering from her terrible experiences in 12th century London. She's found a home with her mother's family in the Scottish Highlands, and she's taken her place in the Viators, the group of time travelers. Her mother and baby sister are safely back in the 21st century, although her mother is suffering f
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The sequel to Into the Dim picks up shortly after the end of the first book. Hope and her mom are staying in Scotland. Hope has a new baby sister and plans on being an active member of the time traveling group called the Viators. Hope is finally feeling like she belongs somewhere. She has her family and her friends who are by her side. When the rival time travelers threaten to steal a dangerous device from the past that threatens everything, Hope and crew must travel back to 1895 New York City.

Zoë Foort
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The title of the book is Sparks of Light into the Dim by Janet B. When I wanted to read this book I saw that it was part two of Sparks of Light. So I first had to read part one. In the first book we met Hope Walton as she was attending her mother's memorial held about eight months. After it was believed that her mother had been a victim in an earthquake while traveling overseas. After the service for her mother, Hope received an invitation from her mother's sister to come for a visit while her f ...more
Captain Awesome
In all honesty, I liked the first book a little better than this book; however, that doesn't mean I didn't like this one. I did. There were just a couple things that I found... annoying.
1) The random flashbacks into Hope's past. They were honestly pretty boring and they didn't really give anything to the story. Maybe there is some information in there that comes in handy for the next book, but I highly doubt that. I just felt that more than half of those parts could have been cut and the s
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Janet Taylor lives in such a small town in Arkansas that if you happen to sneeze when you pass by, you'll totally miss it. (Cause, you know, you can't sneeze with your eyes open. For real--try it--it's impossible)

Her first novel, INTO THE DIM, (which debuted 3/1/2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is about a 16 year old girl who travels through time. Totally on purpose and stuff.

Her second book,

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