Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Spark Unseen Blog Hop, Day 7: Review

Hello lovelies! I am super excited to be taking part in the A Spark Unseen Blog Hop. Today is Day 7 and I have my review of A Spark Unseen for you. If you would like to see my review of the first book, The Dark Unwinding, you can see it here. I also have the book trailer and a quote. At the end of the post there are links to the post before me, and after me as well. For all the info on how this hop works and what prizes there are, click on the banner above to be taken to the Sharon Cameron's website.

  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron's blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust--if anyone--to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed the first book and was excited to jump right back into the story of Katherine and her Uncle Tully! The way the first one ended could have very well made it a stand alone book, but I am glad that the author decided to continue the story. This time we are off to Paris, and the setting is fabulous. I already loved the characters, so all I needed was more adventure, more beautiful descriptive writing, and a good resolution to the issue at hand. I got all of that from this book as well as a touch of romance that I am always happy to read!!

Katharine has now been at Stranwyne Keep for  2 years. Things are slowly being rebuilt, but then someone comes to try and take her Uncle Tully and she knows they must hide. She puts together a plan and escapes to Paris with her uncle, her maid Mary, and her Solicitor Mr. Babcock. Only things are much harder than she anticipates. She is also determined to find Lane while still trying to keep her uncle safe and hidden away. I do believe that she is a little too easy to trust others, but I can understand her urgent need. The thing that I loved about her in the first one was the same thing I loved in this one though. She is very outspoken and she is brave and determined. She is a fantastic example of strong women back in her time! She doesn't let others tell her what to do, what to think, or how she should feel. She is very much her own person. And when things go bad, she could easily have just fallen apart, but it just made her determination stronger.

Of course there is much more at stake here than her uncle's safety. Both sides of a war want him for his brilliant mind and will do whatever it takes to get him. They will kidnap, torture, or kill people who get in their way.  They both want the power of a weapon that can destroy a ship. Uncle Tully is only safe as long as they don't know how to do it and need him though. I still absolutely loved him in this, and I loved how you could see that Katharine helped him be better.

Once again, the setting is beautiful, creepy, and atmospheric. I enjoy being able to imagine what I am reading and this author does such a fantastic job at letting you visualize it. She is also amazing at getting the characters emotions to you. Especially the fear and the urgency of things. There are some great twists, which admittedly I pretty much had figured out, but still made for a great story. I loved how the romance plays a big part, but never overshadows the important things in the story. Mostly, the character development is incredible. I loved the whole cast of characters, even the unexpected ones that I thought I would dislike. Sharon Cameron has done a fabulous job. I am now solidly a fan of her writing!

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Check out the book trailer

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Author Links

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Also, don't forget to stop by the authors website on the tour hop page to see how the blog hop works and what prizes there will be.



  1. Katherine and her uncle seem to have a really strong relationship which makes me more and more curiouser about this series.

    Great review, hon! <33

  2. I adore historical fiction with strong women and this seems exactly that. I've been hearing so much about this series lately because of the blog hop and I'm very curious about it. I really need to get to it because it seems that the author does a great job at describing her setting and making her characters emotions seem palpable.
    Thanks for sharing, Amy! I'll be adding this to my TBR!
    Lovely review! :)

  3. I like historical fiction, but I haven't read many lately. I know you and Jenni seem to both enjoy this series, so that gives me hope for this.
    Great review, sweetie!

  4. Oh I can't wait to read this one! I really loved the first! And they go to Paris?! Total win!

  5. I still haven't read the first book yet--shame on me! It's good to hear that the second book still has you in love with the characters, and I definitely love books that are creepy and atmospheric. Thanks for the review, Amy!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  6. The setting and characters are definitely the highlight of this series I loved Paris and I felt like it really came to life! I was a bt more restless in this one because of the political plot but it was still a pretty good sequel that did not feel like a fluff second book.

  7. I have seen this book around quite a bit. I'm really liking what everyone has to say about it. Plus, I enjoy historical so I think I too will like it. Nice review.

  8. I saw the first book around and was interested -- I'm starting to try more steampunk. Great review!


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