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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires's kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.

For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her fami
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

CW: loss of a parent (past, not death), parent with a severe and persistent mental illness, PTSD, anxiety attacks, fire and burning something down, and general scenes of action and violence


Damn, I was hooked right from the start of this book. It was so much fun to read. The Welsh inspired fae fantasy that didn't glorify them, but showed them for the tricksters that they are. I read this at the same time as Ink & Sigil and,
Paula M
"I wished for so much more than this. But maybe a normal life was never an option for me."

The cover alone made me so excited to read this book, however, upon learning that this book has queer representation and that its Fantasy with Faes, I was beaming! This is C.M. McGuire's debut novel and I am really looking forward to more of her books whether its a continuation of Ironspark or not since one of the reasons why I really liked this book is how easy it was to read due to the authors
Lea (drumsofautumn)
the cover of ironspark on an ipad on top of a blanket with fairy lights

“Her soft lips against mine felt like hope. Somehow, some way, we were going to see morning, and I was going to have the chance to do that again.”

Ironspark is a book that I picked up because I was very excited by the prospect of it being a book about Fae featuring a lesbian love triangle but sadly I was let down in a lot of aspects.

This novel is about a girl called Bryn, who moved from Wales to the US with her family nine years ago, after her mother got abducted by the Fae and her fa
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
3.5/5, rounded up. Find a slightly longer version of this review on my BLOG!

The opening scene of this book–Bryn and her mentor, a priest, hunting a changeling that had replaced a human baby–gave me big-time Supernatural vibes. Tons of action, herbs and iron, creepy evil things pretending to be human, all that good stuff. That scene in and of itself was enough to thoroughly hook me, and the rest of the book held my attention as well. The plot wasn’t what I would call twisty, but it threw in some
Sofia S.
3.5 stars!!!

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3.5 stars!!

Aaaahhh okay so first of all I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I unfortunately had to read it a little here and there, but I wish I could have taken longer and read it in one or two sittings!! The beginning was a bit slow and didn't immediately suck me in – those who hate slow paced beginnings beware! – but the rest of the book was great and with a relatively fast pace.

The relationships in this book were what I liked best – apart
Sara Codair
I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review:

Ironspark was good, but it didn't immediately suck me in and keep me turning the pages. Still, it was nice to see a story with faeries where it was the main character, not just the side characters, who was queer. The mc was bi or pan. I liked that she wasn't sure which. The same was true for her love interest. About 3/4 of the way through the book, after the girls talked about their identities, another character came
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, these are the fae you're searching for with a lesbian love-triangle, but the writing is a bit hit-or-miss at times.

Spoiler-Free Review:

I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
This review is a part of the TBR & Beyond Book Tour where I did receive an ARC

I am actually incredibly pleasantly surprised by this book!

I really enjoyed the world. Books set in our world but with magic can be hit or miss for me. This really worked! While it is in our world, there's so much of the magic that I really forgot it was our world. It was made into the world CM McGuire needed for this story! It was clearly our world but the author added so much with the magical creatures, family backst
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication.

Updated 8/26/20

3.5 stars

I'm not sure that I've ever read a YA novel centering on this subject, so I was intrigued by the cool concept alone, and the first chapter got me hooked instantly. It seemed like I was maybe entering into some kind of tangentially Buffy-related space, and I was very into seeing how that character and story line developed.

As it tur
A.M. Rose
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredible! You need it in your lives! And it’s queer ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
The romance and the characters felt a little lackluster to me (or maybe I just wanted a lot of angst for the romance?? lol), but still, I gotta give kudos to this book and the author because it was action-packed and definitely entertaining! Full review will be posted soon as part of Ironspark Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. (Actual rating 3.5)

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Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read! The characters are multifaceted and the story refreshing. It's hard to find fey stories that don't cookie cut, but I feel like the author did a great job of spinning traditional legends into a new story. The ending left on a suspenseful note, I'll be keeping an eye out for the sequel. ...more
Sara | Bigborrowedbooks
Ironspark was the perfect book to read to start out my September. The first scene builds a perfectly spooky vibe that puts the reader right into the world of the Fae. This isn't a world of beautiful elegant Fae, but cruel, ruthless Fae from the legends. Bryn is a hard-edged teen, burdened with responsibilities many her age can't even imagine. Her fierce attitude and constant vigilance make her a boot stomping bad ass with a secretly soft heart. While the romance is refreshing and realistic for B ...more
Paige Green
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Ironspark

Author: C.M. McGuire

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: LGBT characters (f/f and love triangle, ace male), anxiety rep

Recommended For...: fae lovers, revenge story, ya fantasy

Publication Date: August 25, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (death, anxiety, anxiety attacks, parent with mental illness, violence, slight gore, arson, kidnapping)

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Pages: 336

Candyce Kirk
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

When I heard about Ironspark I knew it was a book I needed to read and I was right about that. Ironspark is a fast and fun read and it left me wanting more. That's always a good sign. I got a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes while reading this and that made my fan girl heart really happy!

It's really clear that our main character Bryn had a lot on her plate, but was also really determined to make sure her family felt safe. As much as that's possible. I really loved her, because she
Abbey "Burner of Boys in Bear Suits" Flentje
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Shelf Blame
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-books, arcs
Thank you so much to Swoon Reads and TBR and Beyond Tours for the ARC of this book!

Ironspark is the story of Bryn, a girl who spends her time fighting fae and protecting her town from their magic. Ever since her mother was taken by them nine years ago, she's made it her mission to protect whoever she can. When the court fae show up, she realizes he's not going to be able to handle them on her own. She has the help of her friends, but it might not be enough when she learns the truth of what happe
Dai Guerra
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: around-the-year
There was so much to love in this book from the world-building to the characters and more. Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours, Netgalley, and SwoonReads for the advanced copy of the book so that I could participate in this book tour.

Thoughts and Themes: My favorite part of this book was the world building and the fantasy elements. I loved all the magic that was included throughout the book and how this world got more complex as you read on. I liked learning about all the different fae that Byrd a
Paddy Pikala
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ironspark by C.M. McGuire⁠
A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.⁠
I had trouble getting into this book (I actually decided to re-read the beginning again, because I wasn't sure what was happening). But in the end, it was a fun read.⁠
⁠It's an action-packed book with loads of supernatural
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***ARC review***

Sweet, fun, and intriguing, Ironspark is a fantastic story full of mischief and magic.
This book has an interesting, relatable, and diverse cast of characters and amazingly well done queer representation. The side characters are well developed and I really love their personalities and the main character has a very interesting arc. The plot started off as fairly unoriginal and uninteresting but then got better and better throughout the book, concluding with huge plot twists and a
Belle Ellrich

When I started reading this book, I was deep in the trenches of one of the worst book slumps I've ever experienced. Ironspark recognized that, tutted at my slump, and forced my brain to overcome it.

This book was as magical as its contents promised. We have a bisexual main character who just wants to protect her family from the evil fae that stole her mother away just after her brothers were born. This st
Becca Mee
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ironspark is a story about a girl trying to protect her family, friends, and her entire town from a devious Fae queen who will stop at nothing to ensure a blood promise generations old is kept. Bryn has always been an outcast in her little Pennsylvania town because she has her own secrets to keep: since the Fae took her mother nine years ago, Bryn has worked tirelessly to keep everyone around her safe. But when the Court Fae turn their attention toward her family, Bryn must learn to trust those ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is a book about all kind of goblins and ghoulies terrorizing the houses just outside the woods. The real bad guys in this case are fairies. In our world, fairies are cute little humanlike creatures with wings. In this story, they are evil and look evil. They also like to steal human babies for changelings. Our heroine is Bryn. She has twin twelve-year old brothers. She is in high school. Bryn’s father moved the family to this small town after her Mother’s disappearance. She ha
Brianna Belbin
“Anyway, if everything goes to hell, at least I can say I didn’t die a virgin.”

I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I was going to. I’m honestly not too big on fae because I’ve never been able to get into it, but it’s queer and I loved the cover. As soon as I read the first paragraph I was hooked and knew that this wasn’t going to be your normal fae book!

“The problem with that is that most fairy tales are sixty percent bullshit, thirty percent wishful thinking, and ten percent horrifyi
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went in expecting urban fantasy with lots of different faeries and that's what I got! So I definitely enjoyed all that. Bryn was a firecracker, I liked her sense of duty throughout the novel, and I did like that she was this tough girl with a soft center. I also loved her friends too. They were what made the novel shine for me.

What I really disliked was the plot only happened because Bryn was a dumbass. (view spoiler)
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the "fairies are not your friend" aspect of this. The magic, the friends, the fighting against a curse, etc were all great. But the main character grated and got worse and worse as it went along. Learning nothing from her mistakes, continuously rushing headlong in to danger and only ever winning by chance. And we spent the whole book being told how important her family is to her, but we almost never see them together, until very late in the book and the actual care between is never demon ...more
Alice Moon
Thank you TBR and Beyond and C. M. McGuire for the opportunity to read this lovely fantasy book about faeries because I am a big fan of them. Well.. I am a fan of everything that is fantasy and not real world. So of course I had to read this book!

Ironspark was an interesting read but a bit confusing in some parts. I loved to find different kind of fairies and that they aren’t like in fairytales beautiful and sparkling. These fairies are the real deal. At the end of the book you can find a glossa
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Special thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ironspark is a fun adventure story with action at every turn. It's a refreshing addition to the fae-centric fantasy sub-genre of YA, with it being heavily inspired by the more traditional fairy lore.

For romance lovers, this book promises a queer love triangle, and while it delivers the romance often takes the backseat to the action. Which is a bit refreshing in itself as romance tends to ove
I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. It had a promising storyline, and queer romance is always a draw for me, but things just fell flat.

Bryn is a badass character, but her relationships with other characters, romantic or other, are not fleshed out well. Especially the super sudden relationship she gets into with one of the characters. That really seemed to come out of nowhere. Bryn's abilities and courage shown through her actions, but her flaws and struggles were never re
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