Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have her mother return from her business trip, and to stop creating fire with her bare hands.
Yeah, that’s so not happening. Unfortunately.
When Brenna learns her mother is missing in an alternate reality called Linneah, she travels through a portal to find her. Against her will. Who knew portals even existed? But Brenna’s arrival in Linneah begins the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, including a royal murder and the theft of Linneah’s most powerful relic: the Sacred Veil.
Hold up. Can everything just slow down for a sec?
Unwilling yet left with no other choice, Brenna and her new friend Baldwin (Um, hello, Hottie!) pursue the thief into the dangerous woods of Silvastamen and beyond. Exactly what Brenna wanted to do for her sixteenth birthday. Exactly. When they spy an army marching toward Linneah, Brenna is horrified. Can she find the veil, save her mother, and warn Linneah in time?
And more importantly, why on earth doesn’t this alternity have Belgian waffles?
|Publisher:||Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This YA fantasy novel is filled with fun (Can you tell by Brenna’s sarcastic wit in the synopsis?), adventure (Romping around an alternate reality will do that to you!), and suspense (Will she be able to save her mother and return the Veil, or will there be a price to pay?) Brenna is your average 21st Century teen–her favorite shoes are Chucks, she’s always on the search for waffles, and she tosses around adolescent-attitude like it’s confetti–until she’s drawn into a hidden world she never knew existed! Once in Linneah, we are introduced to a cast of characters that will keep you on your toes! From faithful griffins to questionable royal figures, Brenna must learn to navigate a new culture and find her purpose in this unfamiliar alternity. Baldwin (the hottie!) is always a source of attraction (and tension) and she can’t decide if his presence on the quest for the Veil hinders or helps. Hackman’s twists and turns within the story–and a villain with a secret you won’t see coming!–will keep you glued to the book. And wait until you meet Anna! She’s sure to become a favorite character for all! Hackman is particularly gifted with setting and description. I found myself wanting to go back and re-read passages just to allow the scenery to really sink in. This made it easy to get lost in the world of Linneah and truly become a part of the alternity right along with Brenna! The comic relief that comes with the crash of her two realities is in perfect balance with the action and adventure she faces while on her seemingly impossible quest to save Linneah. The parallels between the Christian faith and that of Elyon in Linneah shine through and are a basic reminder of the important things in our own relationship with God–we are each unique and have a part to play in our world; and no matter what bad decisions we make, God is always forgiving and longs to be united with us as His children. Strong attributes such as forgiveness and grace are evident throughout. Spark is Book One in The Firebrand Chronicles and is a clean, YA fantasy. This novel would make a great addition for any Christian library to go alongside classics like “The Hobbit” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
Even though I do not fall into the targeted age group, not by a long shot, I still found Spark to be a most entertaining tale and very difficult to put down. The author has created, not only memorable characters, but also a wondrous world in this alternate reality called Linneah. From bonding with Griffins to being entangled in the webs of the Bloodspinners to her love of Belgian waffles, Brenna James brings the reader to her side with such realism that I found myself envious (I adore Griffins!), fretful/fearful (I also adore arachnids, but believe I will pass on the Bloodspinner variety!) and amused (Belgian waffles are right up there with carnival funnel cake in my opinion!). I anxiously await Flare and cannot wait to see where this journey leads!