Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have her mother return from her business trip, and to stop creating fire with her bare hands.
Yeah, that’s so not happening. Unfortunately.
When Brenna learns her mother is missing in an alternate reality called Linneah, she travels through a portal to find her. Against...more
“Spark” provides young adult readers just the kind of quest they should seek: one that takes them to another fascinating world filled with adventures and challenges, an exotic land of great beauty, inspiration and instruction. (Maybe I shouldn’t limit this to young adults; we can all use that!) Brenna, the protagonist, is a relatable teenager who discovers it is her obligation to shoulder the weight of an ancient prophecy and carry it through to its fulfillment. T ...more
"Spark", by J.M. Hackman, is a YA fantasy novel that follows the story Brenna (aka Raven) and her struggle of accepting her role in a prophecy to save the land of Linneah. Brenna is a 16 year old girl from Earth who discovers she has powers (she is a "Firebrand", a wielder of flames and healing) on top of being part of a magical lineage from an a ...more
Brenna-the narrator of the book; her fiery spirit and reckless ...more
Brenna is your average 21st Century teen–her favorite shoes are Chucks, she’s always on the search for waffles, and she tosses around adolescent-attitude like it’s confetti–until she’s drawn into a hidden world she never knew ...more
Brenna is in high school (being in high school was never ...more
The Christian themes in the story are pretty straightforward without being preachy. Brenna faces choices surrounding a prophecy which seems to indicate that she’ll play a major ...more
The book's message was so masterfully woven into the tale. Everyone has a God-given gift. I know that sometimes (like in Brenna's case) it takes time for it to show! And if you already know what that is, are you using your gi ...more
I would still recommend this to fantasy fan ...more
In 2017, her YA fantasy Spark (The Firebrand Chronicles, Book One) was published. She has also had her short stories publishe ...more