Giveaway(Over) + Review – Spark Rising by Kate Corcino {[Blog Tour]}


SparkCoverSpark Rising

Author: Kate Corcino

Publication date: December 15th 2014

Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars


All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.

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My Review

       It took me a really long time to actually get into this book…almost 10 chapters. I almost gave up on reading it but I pushed through. I’m glad I did because it got pretty good. I’m literally writing this at 3AM because I couldn’t put it down! While I kind of have a love/dislike relationship with Spark Rising I can honestly say that I have never read a book quite like it.

       My biggest love of Spark Rising? The MC Lena. She is such an easy character to fall in love with. She is strong, independent and never backs down from a fight…but she still has flaws. She is, after all, only human, right? Her love interest – Alex – I’m not sure what to make of yet. He is one of those ‘do anything for the cause’ kinda guys and I feel like it gets pushed too far for my liking. He is all about ‘the big picture’ and I feel  like he misses out on more because he is so focused. But he definitely helps keep the story interesting.

       My biggest problem with this really didn’t have anything to do with the book itself, it’s just the fact that it took me so long to get into the story. There was plenty of action in the beginning  story and tons of ‘ooo what’s gonna happen next?’ but I found myself not really caring if I found out or not. And it wasn’t just the beginning of the book, there were times late in the story where I had to push to keep reading. I think I’m in a book hangover from the last story I read (don’t you hate/love those?) So don’t take my 3 1/2 star rating too seriously. I thing if I had more time between books I would have liked this one more. If you like plots to overthrow government, nano-bots almost constant action and a little firework love interest you will probably love Spark Rising, give it a shot!

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About Kate Corcino

Kate Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the “click-whooooosh” of a new story settling into her brain.

She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!

She is currently gearing up for publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising , the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.

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 Tour-wide Giveaway

  • A gift basket including a silver “Dust” opal pendant, a signed paperback of Spark Rising, signed tote, bookmarks, and a mousepad

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About MissPhyre

Hi! You can call me MissPhyre. I'm a Nanny by day and a reader by......well, always. I just recently got married and moved to a tiny apartment that barely holds all of my books. But that doesn't stop me from buying more! If I'm not working or reading (sometimes both) I can be found in my pillow fort binge watching Bones or Doctor Who. Popcorn is my one true junk food weakness...I would eat nothing but popcorn and mashed potatoes if I could get away with it!
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