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A Spark Unseen
     

A Spark Unseen

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by Sharon Cameron
 

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Sharon Cameron, award-winning author of ROOK and THE DARK UNWINDING, weaves a thrillingly dark mystery brimming with intrigue and romance, in which things are not always what they seem to be. 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

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Sharon Cameron, award-winning author of ROOK and THE DARK UNWINDING, weaves a thrillingly dark mystery brimming with intrigue and romance, in which things are not always what they seem to be. 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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Praise for The Dark Unwinding:

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

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

"Haunting thrills unfurl..." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly

"[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book

"A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied

Praise for A Spark Unseen:

"Gripping... [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

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
2013-09-01
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545578011
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
155,923
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Sharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, an Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List selection. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at sharoncameronbooks.com.

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A Spark Unseen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in the middle of reading it right now and so far so good LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark Unwinding is first book in the series. This is the second. Just wanted to warn readers. This book is just as fantastic as the first! Cameron is officially one of my new fav authors! I highly reccomend these books to anyone wanting a trip to the past to take on an interesting corse of events that "could have formed history" as we know it. Love that Cameron took actual events that happened and made a story on how it came to be! Creative and beautifully done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down! Loved the idea of the switched poles and the future without machines. The interesting characters made the romance so much fun.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
When Katharine Tullman took charge of her uncle's estate two years ago, she knew there would be difficulties. She knew there were people who might want Uncle Tully and his brilliant mind; people who might do anything to secure his genius for their own purposes. She just didn't know she would be dealing with these circumstances on her own. Nearly two years have past since Lane Moreau left Katharine behind at Stranwyne, promising he would return to her when he could. Katharine has been able, if not happy, to wait until Lane disappears. When she wakes in the night to witness a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, Katharine knows it is time to leave her beloved home. She travels to Paris hoping to find answers and security for herself and those she holds dear. If she is very lucky, she hopes she will also find Lane. Unfortunately nothing in Paris is as Katharine expects. Soon enough she caught up in a web of deceit and the political machinations of two governments. Everyone wants something from Katharine or her uncle. But only Katharine can decide whom she can trust in A Spark Unseen (2013) by Sharon Cameron. A Spark Unseen is the followup to Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding. This story picks up two years after the events of The Dark Unwinding in 1854. After the opening chapters the majority of the novel is set in Paris, France. Unfortunately, this book suffers for the location change. Stranwyne is so vivid and evocative that it became a character in The Dark Unwinding. By comparison, the Parisian atmosphere in this novel feels dry and unexciting and much of the beauty was lost with the French backdrop. While Katharine is still a delightful heroine even her charms seem diminished as the focus shifts in this book to a convoluted arms race centered around Uncle Tully and his inventions. Cameron maintains a sense of urgency and page-turning tension throughout the story that will keep readers engrossed. However there is so much plot and so much action that it left very little room for the characters that readers came to love in the first book (or new characters for that matter). So many details had to be packed into such a small space that the entire novel felt rushed and much more plot driven. A Spark Unseen ties up the story of Katharine and Lane (and Stranwyne) decently enough--fans of The Dark Unwinding will likely want to pick up this sequel to see what happens next. Either way A Spark Unseen remains a very different reading experience from its predecessor, not to mention losing much of the whimsy found in The Dark Unwinding. Possible Pairings: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel, Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2013*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging plot, well defined characters and lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing .
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SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
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!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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