Sparks

Sparks

by Laura Bickle
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Detroit, city fire department arson investigator Anya Kalinczyk works more than just the blazes as she is also a Lantern. Her latter skill is to send spirits into nothingness. Used to 24/7 shifts, six months ago, with her salamander familiar Sparky having her back, she faced the vaunting challenge of Sirrush (see Embers) and has been slow to rebound mentally. Recently, Anya feels she is returning to her lifestyle pre Sirrush. However, her two skills merge when she is assigned an investigation into what has been purported to be spontaneous human combustion at the home of elderly wealthy Jasper Bernard who was caught in the inferno but left not an iota of a trace of his remains. Her inquiry leads to Hope Solomon who insists she grants miracles to her donors. While Sparky hatches the next generation, Anya senses something not quite right about her or her charity backers as if evil has taken hold feeding on the souls of the desperate. The terrific second Kalinczyk urban fantasy is a great saga that works mostly because of the portrait of Detroit as a city with many ruins, but trying to recreate a new image. The heroine is fabulous as she keeps her wits and sense of humor in the midst of infernos (some created by unnatural arsons) while battling psychopathic and avarice arsonists and supernatural malevolent essences; in this preying on impoverish forlorn seeking miracles. Harriet Klausner
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TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Sparks invites us back into the world of Anya Kalinczyk. This new plot picks up shortly where Embers left off. Anya gets another arson case that just does not add up, especially when she does not find any human remains. After examining all the evidence she can only conclude spontaneous human combustion. She also finds a connection to Hope Solomon, a TV Evangelist. who she discovery’s is just plain evil. She is collecting spirits.Together with her ghost hunting team she starts looking for more clues to solve this mystery and bring Hope down. Laura Bickle astounds readers once again with her arson and crime scene knowledge. The descriptions envelope the reader and you can easily imagine yourself surrounded by the smoking remains of Jasper Bernard’s home. The supporting characters from the last book are still helping out Anya, along with a few new ones. This urban fantasy again show the dark and ugly underbelly of Detroit with Anya and her team fighting on the front lines. This is a fast paced, no nonsense story that throws you into the flames and keeps running! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Anya Kalinczyk series by Laura Bickle. Sometimes the best thing about discovering an ongoing series is getting to read the books back to back.  I loved being able to go directly from Ember into Sparks.  This second book could probably be read as a stand alone, but why would you want to?  This story opens with Anya at a new arson case she has been asked to investigate.  At a first glance, it looks like Spontaneous Human Combustion. But no one wants that to be the official cause and Anya is ordered to find out what happened.  With the stink of magic and several rooms full of magic artifacts all around, Anya figures it has something to do with magic.  However, without knowing exactly what the items can do, they aren't much of a clue. When an apparent break in at the Detrioit Museum of Arts leads to the death of two guards, one suffocated from halon gas and the other from weird burns, Anya struggles to find out just what is happening. She knows the cases must be connected, but with Sparky laying eggs, her energy and attention is divided.  This was a wonderful follow up book.  In many ways it was better than the first.  We get a return of DAGR, plus some new characters.  Once again, Detriot plays the part of a secondary character and we are shown both the pride and problems of the city.  And Sparky was so adorable as a Daddy. The world building continued and though we got some answers, for me it just leads to more questions.  Which is what keeps you coming back for more.  Hopefully the Ms. Bickle has plans to release another book soon.  I can't wait to see what going to happen next for Anya.  This is another 4 star book on Goodreads.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Follow Up In Anya Kalinczyk Series. I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Sparks, the second book in the Anya Kalinczyk series, begins a short time after the end of the events in the previous book. Once again Ms. Bickle drew me into Anya's strange and unique world and I didn't want the story to end. Introducing some new characters, both human and paranormal, Ms. Bickle continued the world building which makes this series so unique. Trying to solve a series of strange fires, which have the appearance of spontaneous human combustion, which are spreading across town, Anya is still trying to balance her human and her secret paranormal job. When Anya identifies left over magic at the latest victims house, it turns out the man had a loose connection to Ciro, the head of the DAGR (Detroit Area Ghost Researchers). Uncomfortable with the way her investigation is leading, Anya also has to deal with Sparky's (her salamander familiar) changing behavior. She never planned on having to make a trip down the River Styx or on Sparky becoming a parent. As Anya begins to suspect a local con-woman turned television preacher of being involved in dark magic and causing all of the fires, she finds herself dealing with her attraction to a fellow ghost fighter and with Sparky's need to nest over his eggs. Spending money on baby supplies has just become another weird thing in Anya's life. When the fight becomes personal, her house is burned down in a dark magic attack, Anya finds herself rescuing Sparky and his newly hatched newts and having to temporarily move in with a friend who's a witch. Discovering she'll have to take the battle against the dark magic user to the astral plane and make a visit to Hell is dangerous but apparently Anya's only choice. I really liked how Ms. Bickle continued developing the paranormal world Anya has to deal with and began to address Anya's left over issues from her childhood. Adding a touch of romance also gave Anya a touch of humanity she needed very much. It made it even easier to relate to her since she's got so much bottled up.  Will Anya, Sparky and the newborn newts be strong enough to fight their new enemy? And just who is the Ferryman she has to pay to get to her destination? You'll have to read Sparks to find out. I really enjoyed it and I think you will to. My question for Ms. Bickle is if we'll get more adventures with Anya and Sparky - I'd really like to see more books set in this world.
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Here_Be_Bookwyrms More than 1 year ago
"...Sparks has every bit as much page-turning intrigue as its predecessor; it's gritty and gripping. There's still a romantic element between Anya and Brian, but things get a little complicated on that front (without being melodramatic or plot-dominating). And just as with the end of Embers, there is another sweet boss fight at the end of this one. If you're looking for something other than the usual vampire/werewolf fare in the genre, you need to check this out. Bickle has something special and original in Anya Kalinczyk." For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger: herebebookwyrms dot blogspot dot com
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