Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Review: Spark by Rachael Craw

Spark (Spark #1)
Behind 464 Pages
Released: 1 July 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
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At the Other End:
Death by design.

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. Irresistible. Off-limits.

Rachael Craw studied Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury, but became an English teacher after graduation. Working with teenagers has given her a natural bent towards Young Adult fiction and a desire to present a feisty female protagonist in her writing. Her debut novel, Spark, is the first in a series released with Walker Books Australia from 2014. Rachael was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Nelson with her husband and three daughters.

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Spark has left me reeling. A fantastic and completely unique story with a bad arse female protagonist that is sure to give you that spark.

I LOVED this book!! I honestly don’t know why I’ve left this book unread for so long, it was better than I expected and I was completely hooked from the very first page. The concept is so unique, that, even though I had a little of a tough time understanding everything at first, it all was brought together in a way that was truly something mind-blowing-ly brilliant.

Evie was such an amazing character. I loved being in her “shoes” while she was going through all of these changes. Even though there was a bit of an info-dump with everything that was happening to her, I knew that all that detail was needed, even though I didn’t really understand it all at the time. I probably would have been a little annoyed if some of my questions at the start weren’t answered when they were. So, for me, it was good having it dumped, and then re-learning it all along the way when we needed to. 

I loved Evie and Kitty’s friendship in this book. Even though Evie is her Shield and is supposed to be near her all the time, their friendship was strong and it made the book a lot more enjoyable. They had a genuine bond and it was good for Evie to have someone like Kitty there while everything was happening. They were there for each other throughout it all, even during the bleakest times.

So, it wasn’t insta-love, and it wasn’t a love-triangle. Even though these two could have definitely been possibilities in this book, they were toned down to barely anything and I was over the moon. It wasn’t insta-love because Evie and Jamie had been together when they were younger and have both always liked one another, then it wasn’t a love-triangle because even though Jamie had Helena in Affinity, it was because of what he was trying to achieve whereas he clearly loves Evie and there is really no choice about it for Jamie on an emotional level. I really liked Jamie, he turned out to be a great guy for Evie, no matter everything that he was hiding. Well, let’s face it, everyone in this book was hiding something. 

OK, so I’m going to admit that I kind of guessed the massive shocker at the end of the book. But, I thought it was with the other suspect Richard, and thought that he was the Stray, so it was still a big surprise for me! I was shocked at all the new things that there was to learn about their DNA and all. It was new, it was fresh and it was absolutely mind blowing. It is jammed packed full of action in every corner, and you don’t even feel the pages flying. What is a 400 something book, felt like a 250 something book. 

This is a definite read, and I cannot wait for the sequel.

Stray (Spark #2)
Released: 1 September 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Walker Books Australia

This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. Yay! I'm glad you liked this one, Gina :D

    I definitely agree with you about it being unique because it REALLY was. I loved the concept of the Strays and Shields and whatnot, and I can't wait to learn more about it in the sequel.

    I really love strong friendships, and I must say that I admired Evie's protection and love for Kitty. And Jamie was definitely a great part of this book, and the lack of instalove was refreshing. :D

    1. It was sooo so unique. I cannot wait for Stray to come out, the wait has been agony already. Yes, it was great even without it being programmed in her system from being a Shield. They are true friends, and I loved every minute of those two together. Yes, I'm so happy that they actually had some sort of history. Even though it wasn't much, that small scene really got it all out of instalove.

  2. This book was a 5 star read for me as well, I just loved it. I can't wait to get my hands on the second one. Great review.

    1. The second one cannot come out fast enough!

  3. great review!I might have to check this one out!

    1. Yes, definitely check this one out. It is really unique and is everything that you would like in a book!


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