A spark neglected makes a mighty fire. - Robert Herrick
if i loved Embers, the first book in the Anya Kalinczyk series, i loved this second one even more. author Laura Bickle has written a worthy sequel.
the writing style is consistent with Embers and the worldbuilding is just as imaginative and creative. aside from introducing new characters, the author has also whet my appetite by providing lots of revelations and surprises about Anya, Sparky and some members of the Detroit Area Ghost Researchers (DARG) team.
i like Anya better now. her character has grown to a certain degree. what she went through in Embers has allowed her to slowly pull down the wall that she has built around herself. Sparky is as adorable as ever especially with the addition of the salamander familiar's newly hatched newts. the ruckus that Sparky caused at a baby superstore was the lightest and funniest moment in the book. Anya learns something about her boyfriend Brian as well that may or may not threaten their relationship.
i wish i could say that this book can stand alone but i cannot. Embers and Sparks need to be read and enjoyed together. i also wish i could assure you that there is a happy ending and all goes well. perhaps, to some extent there is and it does yet ...
i found so many good things in this book that i want to talk about but it has never been my style to spoil someone's reading pleasure.
all i can disclose further is that i certainly look forward to reading more about Anya, Sparky and the newts, DARG and the supernatural occurrences in the city of Detroit.
*Sparks (Anya Kalinczyk #2) is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. for more information about Laura Bickle and her work, please visit http://www.salamanderstales.com/, her blogs at http://www.salamanderstales.blogspot.com/ and http://delphisdaughters.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Facebook.
my personal rating is:
Sparks contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 and under.
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