A Spark Unseen

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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 ...

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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.

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A 2013 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

"Haunting thrills unfurl. . . ." --ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." --USA TODAY

"Cameron's eerie and suspenseful first novel offers gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Cameron, through wry, observant Katharine, spins a deliciously gothic tale. . . . By turns funny and poignant, this period mystery is a thoroughgoing delight." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Cameron has produced a ripping good read with all the drama, intrigue, and romance of a Victorian pot-boiler with mystery, suspense, and hints of the supernatural thrown in for good measure." --VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
In this sequel to A Dark Unwinding, the young Katharine Tulman finds herself once again in a confused melee of politics, Victorian social rules,and questions about friendship, love, and responsibility. Her quirky and inventive Uncle Tully, often considered a lunatic despite his deep intuitive understanding of science and the emerging technology of the Victorian age, demands her constant consideration of his welfare. He also attracts the attention of spies in both his own country and in Napoleon's France as the British and the French battle for supremacy at sea. Can Katharine protect him? Can she keep him contented in his structured world of time and numbers? Will she find her sometime-love Lane Moreau in Napoleon's Paris? Will she be attacked again by Ben Aldredge (a.k.a. Charles Arceneaux)? While this sequel refers to past events and relationships, it can definitely be read on its own and delightfully captures the atmosphere of invention and innovation in Paris in the 19th century. The historical invention and production of the torpedo for marine warfare catalyzes the spy theme. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
Kirkus Reviews
In this gripping sequel to The Dark Unwinding (2012), Katharine Tulman seeks a discreet shelter for her uncle in Paris but instead finds intrigue and danger in the court of Napoleon III. After a midnight attempt to kidnap Uncle Tully leaves two men dead, Katharine realizes that Stranwyne Keep can no longer protect him from the avaricious interest of the British and French governments, which both covet the military applications of his ingenious clockwork creations. She fakes her uncle's death and flees with him to Paris, where she also hopes to learn the fate of her beloved, Lane Moreau. Thanks to the machinations of adversaries old and new, her careful plans almost immediately begin to unravel. Katharine's astute first-person narration beguiles readers; in Cameron's polished prose, scenes of social fencing are just as dramatic as passages of intense action. New secondary characters deepen mysteries and provide welcome touches of humor. Though the sequel provides enough detail to stand alone, the story will resonate most fully with readers who are familiar with Katharine's romance with Lane and her bond with Uncle Tully. This absorbing, intelligent adventure will reward Cameron's faithful readers--and may also win her some new ones. (Historical suspense. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545328135
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 271,783
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Cameron was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work for THE DARK UNWINDING, which was her debut novel. Sharon lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at www.sharoncameronbooks.com.
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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    These books are definitely more about the Adventure and Mystery

    These books are definitely more about the Adventure and Mystery then they are romance. Which is not to say there isn’t swoonworthy romance because there is it just doesn't take precedence.

    I loved Katharine, she is this unbelievable kick butt character but in a way her hands are tied to the extent that she can be kick butt. Just do the society standards. I also love her loyalty to Uncle Tully and how she has inherited some of his intricacies as well. She counts everywhere she goes, doing constant numbers in her I head. I kind of wonder if she were to help Uncle Tully with his inventions if she would not find that she has a knack for it herself. Katharine has inherited a great responsibility of having to take care of her uncle on her own, with Lane gone to Paris. She does her best but with evil doers trying to take advantage of his talents, she soon finds the best course of action is to flee for now.

    The book picks up close to where we left off. Lane has been gone for months and presumed dead, even though Katharine does not believe that to be true. She is taking care of the vast estate on her own with assistance from Mr. Babcock. As with the first book the action and mystery picks up right from the start and we are sent on whirlwind adventure. I love so many aspects of these books. The historical infused with steampunk. The way things play out and how Katharine as much as she doesn’t want to, still has to try to play her role in society.

    There are new characters introduce and even though there is not a strong threat of Aunt Alice, the gossip mill does not stop. Especially when Mrs. Hardcastle is only a door or wall away in her new home. There is also the introduction of Henri Marchand. There is no question of a love triangle, it’s obvious that Katharine only has her heart set to Lane, alive or dead but Henri brings a certain amount of intrigue. He seems to be very watchful and protective of Katharine but as a skeptic learned from extensive reading of mysteries, I wonder if he has sinister motives.

    This book has a fantastic ending. I love how the plot plays out and especially how the characters play out. All is revealed and things you thought might not always be true. We see who are enemies are and those who turn out to be simple frenemies. Let me tell you there is a part with Katharine at the end that I wish I could share as in excerpt. I can see me rereading it in my future. 

    So if you enjoy your historical fiction with some steampunk this book is perfect for you. It’s definitely one of my favorites

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    Posted June 5, 2014


    Im in the middle of reading it right now and so far so good LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    A Spark Unseen is the second book in The Dark Unwinding Duology

    A Spark Unseen is the second book in The Dark Unwinding Duology by Sharon Cameron.
    Set nearly two years after the first book, things have changed at Stranwyne Keep, after the catastrophe that occurred in the previous book there is a lot of rebuilding being done to make the place an even better version of what it was, tragically Katharine has been informed of Lane's death after he abruptly left at the end of The Dark Unwinding, although everyone has mourned his death she is in denial and adamant that he is still alive, after an attempted kidnapping of her Uncle Tully goes wrong and Mr Wickersham of the Navy informs her that her Uncle and her are to be transported to another place to have Uncle Tully create a weapon that will help the British win the Crimean war against their will, she knows she needs to get away and fast, so after faking his death she departs to Paris with her Uncle Tully, Mary and Mr Babcock to a house that was prepared for such an event by her deceased Grandmother.
    There is also another reason for Katharine picking Paris, it's the last place that Lane was seen alive, and she begins her search to find him, but with both the British and the French wanting her Uncle's help and not really believing that he's dead and not knowing who to trust, but trusting the wrong person will set her on a path that will have her coming face to face with a enemy long thought dead and the Emperor of France whom she despises, her journey will also result in the death of a good friend, murdered by her enemies, it is up to Katharine to keep her Uncle safe and to stay two steps ahead of everybody else if she's going to survive.
    I really liked this second and final instalment, it tied up the loose ends very well and I was very happy with the way the series ended.
    A great story full of mystery and intrigue that will keep you on the edge of the seat as you navigate you way through this addictive read.
    I look forward to reading whatever else that Sharon writes next, highly recommended!

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  • Posted September 26, 2013

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    Katharine Tulman's uncle is a genius, a mechanical mastermind an

    Katharine Tulman's uncle is a genius, a mechanical mastermind and considered quite the lunatic (of course in modern day we'd call him autistic). When government factions attempt to take her uncle away for their own self serving uses, Katharine fakes Uncle Tully's death and secrets him away to Paris. She hopes to find Lane, the man she loves, but the odds are against her since he's been listed as deceased.

    Katharine's trip to Paris and search for Lane quickly leads her from the proverbial frying pan and into the fire of political mechanizations. Not knowing who to trust and with danger all around, Katharine must rely on her own cunning and wits to get them all out alive. 

    Katharine was a brilliant every day girl who shows what it means to be a true heroin. She faces all the challenges placed before her without a complaint or wavering in her character. Although her character is stuck with social restrictions, she does not let it hold her back from her true path. The relationship between Uncle Tully and Katharine is sweet and endearing. Even though Katharine is faced with Uncle Tully's special needs every day she accommodates him as if it was second nature and without objection. To put it plainly, Katharine is a character I'd like to share with my teen daughters.

    A Spark Unseen was a non-stop, heart pounding, steampunk adventure. This story contains numerous plot twist and turns that kept me glued to the pages. A new book to add to my favorite shelf, A Spark Unseen is an absolutely magnificent story...a must read for any steampunk, young adult fan.

    I received this ARC copy of A Spark Unseen from Scholastic Press in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 24, 2013.

    Written by: Sharon Cameron
    Series: The Dark Unwinding
    Sequence in Series: 2
    Hardcover: 352 pages
    Publisher: Scholastic Press 
    Publication Date: September 24, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0545328136
    ISBN-13: 978-0545328135
    Rating: 5 Star FAVORITE
    Age Range: 12 and up 
    Grade Level: 7 and up
    Genre: Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Scifi, Fantasy

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