Audiobook review of The Spark

June 20, 2017 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 3

Audiobook review of The Spark

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Sparks by Kyle Prue
Length: 9 hours and 14 minutes
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Cartwright Publishing Pages: 300
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author

Narrator: John Eric Preston
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Winner of Best YA Fiction 2015! Now with a gorgeous new cover and a revised edition with less points of view and great new content.
HONOR DOES NOT BEND. A WILL OF IRON DOES NOT BREAKVICTORY LIES WITHIN THE ASHES.
The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting, have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all as the families have been weakened by massive casualties.
16-year-old, Neil Vapros, desperately wants to become an assassin in order to please his overbearing father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and the lives of everyone in Altryon – regardless of their family name or allegiance.

 

Here is what I thought

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this one when the author asked me to review it but it did sound interesting and I ended up enjoying it. 🙂

In this fantasy world there are three factions The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius. Each one has a special type of power and care called Lightborns and they are suppose to take care of the people but over the years they seemed to care less about everyone and care more about fighting each other. They were always at war with each other then one day the emperor of Altryon, whom is not a nice person, decides it’s time to get rid of the three factions and goes after each family. They lose a lot of members and it’s the younger family members that realize to fight the emperor and his army they are going to have to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time, work together.

I thought it has an interesting concept and the story flowed really well. The author wasn’t afraid to kill off people so at times it was kind of sad but made it more realistic. You get several POV’s since it has three different factions and the main ones are Neil, Lisa and Darius (if I remember right). I like Neil and Lisa, but Darius has to redeem himself as I really just didn’t like him much though I did feel a bit sorry for him towards the end.

Lots of world building and all that jazz which I am not a huge fan of but that is why I like to listen to my fantasy books as it’s easy to get through all that detail.

I thought this was an unexpected treat as I really enjoyed it and I am curious about what is going to happen to them next. I am really impressed with the fact that this author was 16 when he wrote this one!

Recommend if you like

YA fantasy

Author Bio

Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences.

Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams. An actor and comedian, Kyle trains at Second City Comedy Club in Chicago, where a number of SNL actors have gotten their start. Kyle currently lives with his family in Petoskey, Michigan.

The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best Book and Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015. The Sparks was runner up for Best Young Adult Fiction at the Florida Book Festival and won Honorable Mentions at the New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, the International London Book Festival and won a prestigious Indie Fab award. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award for Best Young Author.

Learn more at www.kyleprue.com and www.sparkingliteracy.org. Follow Kyle:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kyle Prue
Twitter: www.twitter.com/@KylePrue
Instagram: www.instagram.com/KylePrueOfficial
Join fans of the Feud Series at: www.Facebook.com/FeudTrilogy

The Narrator

This was my first book with Jon Eric Preston and he does an amazing job. I was really sold on him after his voice for one character that was just so fun! He was great with voices.

Audio rating: 4.5

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3 Responses to “Audiobook review of The Spark”

  1. Sophia Rose

    Oh neat! I haven’t read or listened to a good YA fantasy for a while, but I do like them. A conflict to bring people together on a type of quest theme definitely is a good one. I’m the opposite- bring on the worldbuilding. LOL

    Oh cool! Writer from my neck of the woods and I do love to support the locals especially since he has a literacy program for the kids.

    Great review, Stormi!

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