Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer


Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

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Source: Netgalley (Thanks Kensington!)

My Thoughts:

I loved Storm ,the first book in this series and I was dying to read this novel! I believe I squealed when I got accepted for this book.Needless to say my expectations for this book were sky high.

This is Gabriel and Layne's book. The entire book is told from their point of view.Chris and Becca do make an appearance but they're not the main characters in this novel.

I was a little disappointed with this book.The main reason I think I didn't like this book as much as Storm is because I wasn't a big fan of Gabriel (Gabriel fans do not hurt me!).I just couldn't connect with Gabriel's urge to always be close to his element and the whole firefighting thing.I didn't hate Gabriel,I just couldn't understand him.I could see why he was so frustrated with his life.I couldn't form as much of a connection with Gabriel that I did with Chris and that's the only reason why I didn't enjoy this as much as Storm.Hunter annoyed me  in this novel too.

I really liked Layne.I love the fact that Brigid creates such strong female characters! I hope Brigid keeps creating such strong characters because I love reading about them.Layne was a character I could relate to easily.She's the smart kid who's got some issues at home.I just loved the way the author revealed bits and pieces about Layne and had me guessing about what had happened with her .Recently in all the books I've read the female characters haven't been that great but Layne was a breath of fresh air.I loved reading about her.

The story was amazing and there was a twist at the end too.I couldn't put this book down! I got approved for this one when I was on vacation abroad and I was up late and couldn't put it down till I was finished! The best part is the fact that this book doesn't end with a cliffhanger but the sneak peak of Spirit ends with a KILLER cliffhanger.

My reaction at the end of the sneak peak

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[Word of advice: Start this book in the morning and DO NOT READ the sneak peak till you have the third book in your hand.]

Secondary Characters

I loved almost all the secondary characters in this novel.Especially loved Michael and Simon.

Dear Brigid Kemmerer whatever you write I will buy.With this novel you have proved that you are not just a one time wonder and you can truly write great novels.

Overall,a fine addition to the series .I am eagerly waiting the release of Spirit (Book #3)

My Rating:

Note: If you're looking for something like Pushing The Limits .I think you will like this one a lot.I actually found some similarities to Pushing The Limits (This might have something to do with the fact that I read this book right after Pushing The Limits).There's a bad boy and damaged girl and lots of emotional trauma.


  1. I absolutely adored this book and Gabriel in particular, but I can fully admit that he often made it very difficult to like him:) He was a really challenging character, but I just fell in love with him. I'm glad I didn't read the sneak peek of the next book since we have a fairly long wait, but now you have me all curious! Thanks for your thoughts on this one!

  2. I've heard such great things about this series, and your review makes me want to read it more.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I loved this book so much! I felt like screaming for a day after finishing it! I liked it even better than Storm! I skipped the sneak peak to Spirit, I thought it would make the waiting so much worse ;) Thanks for the amazing review!


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