Sparks Tour [Review]

~Sparks Blog Tour~
"Everyone in the world has a Spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive.”

Myxini School for Children specializes in training young men and women who have powerful Sparks. Strikers are taught to manipulate fire. Trackers learn to find animals in the most formidable terrains. Handlers are instructed in communication with large predators. But forty years have passed since the last time they had a Reader – a student with the ability to read minds.

When Lark Davies enrolls at Myxini, he knows there aren’t many like him, but he doesn’t realize just how rare his abilities really are. He thinks nothing of being asked to keep his Spark a secret; after all, he can barely control it. Thoughts and emotions flood unbidden into his mind until he can scarcely walk or hold a conversation. But just when he needs it most, his ability fails him.

Lark meets Khea, a small frightened girl who mysteriously ignites his protective nature. He has no explanation for the curious strength of their relationship, and it doesn’t help that she is one of the few people in the world whose thoughts can’t be read. As he struggles to get to the root of their unique bond, Lark begins to unravel more power than even his mentor expected, but in the process makes himself a target to political leaders eager to take control.

  R.S. McCoy sets the bar very high with her debut novel, Sparks. While reading this book, I was often left to wonder if this was truly McCoy's debut novel. It went far beyond what I expected, and I was in awe of McCoy's storytelling. There was no shortage of descriptions to paint a vivid world that I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.

  This book twines together a lot of different aspects and somehow manages to deliver a seamless fantasy that kept climbing to a thrilling climax. At times, I could definitely feel the influence of the Harry Potter series. The characters were a definite treat. I felt like each of them had very distinct personalities and all developed in some sort of way throughout the story. It was very easy to connect with each character and I felt a strong bond to this story because of that.

  Overall, this story flowed well. There were parts that seemed too rushed and others that seemed to drag. But the pace was well enough to keep my attention throughout. The way that McCoy writes easily pulls you into the story. Fans of young adult fantasies will relish in the imaginative world of Sparks.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

~Spirits Released July 28~
"Loving her was easier when I thought we were going to die."

Lark Davies sleeps in a gilded palace and eats the finest foods, but he would trade it all to change that one night. Unable to use his talent for mind-reading to prevent a series of murders, Lark's dreams are ravaged by gruesome memories. Robbed of sleep and slowly losing his sanity, the devoted lover and expectant father can only watch as his life continues to spiral out of control.

Whispers of invasion threaten what little peace their new life might have offered. Khea, the new queen of Nakbe and his only light in the night declares human sacrifice to be a necessary component of the island culture, forcing Lark to assert his disapproval. For the first time, the unifying bond he shares with her isn't enough to keep them together.

With his mentor at his side, Lark's only hope to stand against the queen and avert a future of death lies in his unexplored ability to manipulate physical elements of the world. The two men search out the spirits that control water, fire, and wind in hopes of ending two thousand years of violent traditions before rival nations invade. 

RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel has been released on Amazon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of two, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.


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