Title: Spark (Spark #1)
Author: Rachael Craw
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Genre: Science-Fiction, Young-Adult
Format Read: Paperback, 464 pages
Publication Date: 1st July 2014 by Walker Books Australia
Synopsis: “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.” (Taken from Goodreads)
I finished this book in early September and I’m finaaaalllyyyy getting around to reviewing it. Eeps! Bad, lazy Joy. *hangs head in shame*
Spark was definitely a very fun and unique read – unique in the sense that Rachael Craw has taken the superhero genre and added her own spice to it. And you know what, it worked pretty well! Evie is a normal girl with normal problems until one day she develops a sudden erratic desire to protect her best-friend, Kitty, even if it meant giving up her own life for it. She soon discovers she’s a Shield, a result of DNA manipulation from a few generations ago. Her aunt reveals that she’s also part of this organisation, but breaks the rules so Evie would not be shipped off for training, leaving Kitty behind to die.
As with all superhero ‘beginning’ tales, a majority of the start is dedicated to setting up the backstory – which I really appreciated! However, reading whole chunks of text pertaining to only backstory and the explanation of DNA manipulation soon turned tedious and I admit I did a bit of skimming after a while. Not to say it wasn’t interesting, but I think it could have been shortened or been interspersed more thoroughly through the book.
But, the backstory WAS interesting, as were the characters. Every character had their own personality traits and quirks, and they were all well-rounded and believable. Evie as the main protagonist was easily likeable, and her protectiveness of Kitty highlighted how crazy one could get when they become a Shield. Evie however did get on my nerves more than once, and I hate to say she seemed a little too perfect with her advanced learning. There was a point where she pushes her aunt away and continues to be rude and nasty to her due to the effects of being a Shield for Kitty. I felt like that was pretty forced plot point in counteracting how perfect Evie was becoming with her newfound powers, but it did highlight the crazy effects of being a Shield very well.
And then there’s the romance. I loved it! Evie and Jamie has a past and it was so interesting being able to explore it with them. There was definitely a lot of back and forth, and I can understand the hesitation they have with each other … but the chemistry! Dayumm! Suffice to say they have my utter approval.
While the beginning was quite slow, the story does pick up its pace halfway through. It was literally a series of action packed chapters once the story gets moving and I was holding my breath by the end. And that plot twist! Oh. My. God. I was NOT expecting it at all. It’s pretty hard to surprise me in books, so well done to Rachael for being so sneaky!
Overall, I thought the book was a very enjoyable read! There are definitely parts which could be cut out but the story and characters more than make up for it! I will definitely be picking up the next book for sure!
Thank you to Walker Books Australia for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Do you want to know who the author would cast as her characters if Spark was turned into a movie? Check out my guest post with her HERE!