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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 ...more
Published October 3rd 2017 by Geek & Sundry
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Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

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A Persian legend, an ancient prophecy, predicts the unveiling of evil when the lunar eclipse occurs on All Hollow's Eve. Jasper has been on a crusade in search of the four powers that can stop the legend's destiny. Can they all be found in time before the lunar eclipse on Thursday, the day when the barrier between the dead and the living is opened wide?

Wow! What a concept with great execution. If you love YA fantasy, paranormal, with
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017

After reading Sunshine is Forever, I was excited to try another book published by Inkshares. Therefore, when Sparked appeared on my radar, a YA paranormal endorsed by the likes of Lemony Snicket and Lauren Kate, I knew I had to read it.

The result? Suspenseful, eerie, and slightly romantic, Sparked is the ULTIMATE October read!

I don't know about you all but I love stories based on prophecies. There's been a lot of them lately in YA (The Third Kiss, The Year of Four, etc.) and they've been
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, paranormal
What fun! The authors have seamlessly blended genres through masterful young adult characterization, suspense, mythology, supernatural powers, romance, unexpected alliances, and valuable life lessons. Beautifully written, amusing, thoughtful, and entertaining.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Halloween special* Sparked is a spooky mystery novel set in October. It's full of suspense and keeps you guessing right to the end.

Laurel wakes up to find her sister gone from their home. Now Laurel has to unravel the mystery to what has happened? Would her sister really leave without talking to her first? She eventually finds a note but Laurel isn't convinced. She doesn't seem to have told anyone where she is going and Laurel has her doubts. Strange happenings and an even scarier dream are pl
Darque  Dreamer
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sparked is an edge of your seat thrill ride, with plenty of hairpin turns! This one is heart pounding, suspenseful, and will keep you guessing until the end! Prepare yourself for the supernatural, highly developed characters, and a unique plot!

The Plot: Fifteen year old Laurel Goodwin has always been close to her older sister, Ivy. When she wakes in the middle of the night to find Ivy missing, she begins to find out just how close they really were. Laurel begins to have nightmares, convincing he
Abena ~gurlwiththebook~
After Laurel's sister, Ivy, vanishes in the middle of the night, Laurel starts having strange, vivid dreams of her sister, dreams her mother and best friend dismiss. Laurel, not being an idiot, knows her sister wouldn't just run away as "proven" by a note left behind and starts digging around town, desperate to find the truth behind Ivy's disappearance.

When she meets the mysterious (but not clichéd!) Jasper Blake she learns her town has more secrets and a dark truth that will soon surface. *cou
***ARC provided by publishers via netgalley in exchange of honest review***
3.5 stars
If you're serious about becoming a writer, then I suggest you to spend more time thinking about what makes people tick. Characters become alive when we know what they want.

I don't know why, but before reading this book I thought I'd hate it. I was so ready to write a one star review because I have never written a one star review of YA book. But to my great dissapointment suprise, I ended up liking thi
Completely Melanie
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This was so freaking good! I had to force myself to stop reading it each night so that I could actually get some sleep, but I didn't want to put it down! So Laurel wakes up one morning and discovers that her sister Ivy has vanished. Her mom and everyone else seems to believe that Ivy took off after having a fight with her mom especially after they find a note written in Ivy's handwriting saying exactly that, but Laurel knows that something isn't right. She knows that her sister wouldn't just lea ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
15 year old Laurel Goodwin wakes up and finds her sister, Ivy missing from their trailer in the redwoods of Oregon. Laurel starts having reoccurring nightmares that convince her that Ivy was kidnapped, but no one will take Laurel seriously. Laurel finds help in Jasper, a new kid to town, who becomes her ally and friend in trying to figure out what happened to her sister. They start uncovering secrets and a dark prophecy in their small town, while trying to navigate around the mean girls in town. ...more
Marta :}
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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I want to thank Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me in this tour and providing me with this ecopy of Sparked.

I hope there’s a sequel for this book because I’ve been dying a slow death ever since finishing it.

I had some doubts when starting this book because whenever the ‘mean girl’ trope is used, I worry a lot about how much girl hate the book will contain. But it was very different this time and I’m so happy that instead of girl hate, we got f
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God! This was amazing! I was completely captivated from the beginning to the end and through all those crazy twists and turns in between! Can I just pretend I haven't read it yet so I can have a first read through all over again???? This book has something for everyone, a bit of mystery, paranormal, romance, thrills, feels, and everything else!

Laurel awakes one morning to find her sister Ivy poof vanished without a trace! After enduring endless nights of terrible dreams where Ivy is kidna
M. Desiree
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5/5
I received this E-ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The description of this book had me thinking one of two things - it's either going to be really good or it was going to utterly flop. The book did not disappoint. Although it took a little while to really amp up and get going, I didn't find myself bored in the beginning stages of the story. There were tidbits about Laurel that I didn't even realize were going to come into play in the story until it
Francais Parker
If you follow my reviews, you know the drill! First, comes the grades, then any thoughts, gushing or notes I have, and then a ruling for clean-readers.

World-building: A
Mythology: A+
Plot-Twists: A++ (seriously, they just kept coming!!)
Suspense: A
Girl Power: A-
Guy Hero: B+
Villains: A
Love Interests: A-
Feels: A++

This book had me hooked. I finished it in one sitting. Not kidding. I could not put it down! Laurel's journey to find her sister is rife with twists, turns, and bumps in the road. Reading th
Deborah Johnson
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book that was not only deliciously scary but with excellent characterizations and a plot that kept its momentum. I'm not generally a fan of YA but this book kept my attention throughout. Great shivers. Hope it is the beginning of a series. ...more
Morgan Smith
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was extremely well plotted. Cascades, Laurel's hometown in Oregon, is full of secrets. Among its population are people called "flares", teens who develop a special power. They all have the same birthmark- a star. Laurel's sister Ivy develops the power of telekinesis, and this puts her smack dab in the middle of a prophecy. The plotting is full of twists and turns as we follow Laurel and the mysterious new boy Jasper on their search to find new flares. As the team gets closer and closer ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
2.5-3 stars.

Why the low rating? This was a very unique storyline but the characters got in the way. I strongly disliked the Mean Girls angle and the way they defeated the demon. I seriously LOL'd. That scene caused the rating to drop in my mind. Everything was just ... okay.

Martha Conway
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this wonderful novel practically in one sitting. The main character, Laurel, is looking for her missing sister, and stumbles upon evidence of weird happenings in her high school in Oregon. Without giving too much away, some of the local teenagers are developing super powers. The story that unfolds is part mystery, part fantasy, and one hundred percent engaging. The small town in Oregon is a great setting for weird happenings—why is it that the Pacific Northwest seems so much more magical ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The mystery of the missing sister drew me into the story and got me hooked. The story unfolded mostly from the point of view of teenage Laurel, who seemed very teenage yet also provided very amusing and thoughtful perspective of the other characters and her relationships with them. Some of the characters COULD have been very cliché (the mean girls, for example), but because of Laurel’s perspective and insights, the characters have depth and are fun to read about.

I never thought I would be inter
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4.2/5

“But that’s how life goes: one day we all have to take care of the people who once took care of us. If only there was some way to be ready for that moment.”

This book, I have to admit, quickly became one of my favorites. Although it was slightly slow and confusing in the middle, I have to say I really enjoyed
Samantha Myers
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this via Netgalley and Geek & Sundry in exchange for an honest review.

This wasn't what I expected at all. I figured it might have something to do with an element in YA fiction because I was reminded of The Craft while I was reading (which isn't a bad comparison but rather interesting), but the vibe of the overall book was something that I really loved. Short to avoid spoilers but I definitely loved the mystery aspect of the main character looking for her sister and
Zachary Flye
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

Protagonist: Laurel wakes up to find her sister Ivy is missing, trying to rationalize it to herself she keeps a pretty level head for most of the day, but with her sister not back by that night, a suspicious note left that explains her sister's absence with a vague explanation and a dream where Ivy is being held in a dark and grim cellar or basement, Laurel suspects her sister has been kidnapped but no one seems to believe her. The only people that might have a chance to help her are the
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laurel, Ivy and their hippie-dippie mother live in an Airstream trailer on “the edge of civilization.” When Ivy goes missing, fifteen-year-old Laurel has recurrent nightmares about her sister being tortured. Her mother and local police believe Ivy has run off to the big city of Portland, so Laurel must assume the burden of finding her sister. Jasper, a new kid in town, believes Laurel and helps her search for Ivy. The two uncover secrets, super powers, and a mysterious ancient prophecy somehow t ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit the cover drew me in. I don't read a lot of fantasy/paranormal but after reading the synopsis and seeing the cover I knew I had to read it! I was not disappointed!

Right off the bat I was hooked. I had to know what was happening.

The characters are so well written. I love when I read a book and I hate the character(s) but still like them because the way they were written. Prime example would be the Skittles. Peyton and Mei. Their attitudes and the way they act you know you just w
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
An ancient Zoroastrian prophecy with teens being "sparked" with supernatural power. Can they get past their differences to fight the evil Druj and save the world?

This has all the things you expect from a YA, supernatural thriller. You have the mean girls (or the Skittles as depicted here), the loner (Laurel, the main character), mysterious new guy (Jasper) who all the girls find hot, dysfunctional family situations, good versus evil fight to the death to save the world and POWERS. Supernatural p
Caitlyn Huehn
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley*

Laurel Goodwin wakes up and finds her sister Ivy missing a week before her birthday. Something about her sister's disappearance doesn't seem quite right to Laurel and she sets out to learn the truth. The only one who seems to believe her is the new kid in town, Jasper, and he seems to have all the answers as they join together to find Ivy as well as others that may be able to help them. But Jasper h
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Teenagers who have super powers, a missing sister, and a Twilight-esque setting perfect for that mystery/fantasy combo. The good thing about what they did with this book is that instead of an eye-rolling romp through yet another of the same old clichés the writing actually created something inventive and discussion worthy. It’s start off with a slow build and I had some severe reservations about why seemingly caring people would not care a loved one went missing but it all gets explained in a de ...more
Janice Baird
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sparked is a pacy, beautifully written paranormal young adult story. It has magic, action, adventure, romance and friendship in it. I loved it so much that I don’t know where to start! The main character is vulnerable, spunky, smart and determined. Her sister goes missing and she sets off on a quest to find her, which turns into a quest to save the world. There’s this cute guy that she likes and he se
Joshualyn Prater
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you netgalley and publishers.
This story is about Laurel Goodwin who wakes up and finds her sister Ivy is missing from their trailer. Laurel starts having nightmares that make her think her sister was kidnapped, but no one believes her. Laurel finally finds someone who believes her and is willing to help her find her sister. They start uncovering secrets. Laurel and her sister Ivy had a very tough childhood, this
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is there a sequel? Tell me there Is! - review to follow on my blog.
Nov 24, 2017 added it
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And I finally finished a book - thank gosh for one small miracle.
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Hello! I’m the co-author of the novel, ,Sparked, along with Malena Watrous. We’ve both published solo novels, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a glass of wine, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl's sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls ...more

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