Saturday, December 14, 2013

Book Review: A Spark Unseen

TITLE: A Spark Unseen
Book 2 in the Dark Unwinding series
AUTHOR: Sharon Cameron
PUBLISHED: September 2013
GENRE: Steampunk, Historical Fantasy
PREMISE: Katherine's life gets complicated as people come after her Uncle's machine...
MY REVIEW: Dark Unwinding was one of those underrated books of 2012. It wasn't marketed heavily. It wasn't the usual steampunk, with something happening every page. It was quieter. So, it got overlooked. Which is a shame because I enjoyed it quite a bit.
A Spark Unseen continues that not going the expected route. This one does suffer a bit from sequel syndrome but the ending leaves me to believe we're getting to the good stuff in the next book. I also wouldn't read it purely for romance, because, romance isn't a huge factor here. It's there (and enjoyable) but a large part of this series is focused on Katherine's journey. Which I confess, is part of why I like the series. It's rare to get a YA series that is mostly focused on the main characters personal journey. Usually, that takes the backseat to romantic shenanigans or adventure.
But going against usual story tropes means this series won't be everyone's cup of tea (hence all the mixed reviews on Goodreads). But if you're willing to give this series a shot, I totally encourage you to do so.
WHO SHOULD READ: Dark Unwinding fans, steampunk fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five clockwork devices

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