Thursday, 19 February 2015

Spark Rising by Kate Corcino ~ Blog Tour + Review

As a part of the Spark Rising by Kate Corcino Blog Tour run by Xpresso Book Tours I reviewed Spark Rising, a NA sci-fi novel.

To check out the rest of this blog tour go here for the official schedule.

I was provided with a review copy of the book via Xpresso Book Tours - however, all opinions expressed in this review are purely my own. To find out more, please visit my disclaimer page.

Book Details 

Title: Spark Rising 
Author: Kate Corcino  
Publication date: December 15th 2014 
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction 

Book Synopsis: 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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And now for my review of...

My rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Fave quote'She wasn't special because she could force it to do what she wanted; she was special because she knew how to ask. She knew how to listen.'

Side note: Due to mature content this book is recommend for 18+

My thoughts on the book:  

Spark Rising is a total treat to read.

An exhilarating mix of creative sci-fi concepts & NA goodness, Spark Rising is so easy to fall into. From the get-go, I was hooked - the main female protagonist winning me over with her sassy badass attitude & way with words.

She's not afraid to stand up to anyone, which is one of the many reasons I love her!

'"I like it here just fine." 
"Are you sure about that?" His tone dropped as he leaned in and smiled, voice turning low and persuasive. His proximity, coupled with her awareness of their chesmitry, set off alarm bells in her head. "I'm a man in a position to be good to the right woman." 
Heat flooded her face, but it wasn't embarrassment. It was anger. 
(...)"I'm not the right woman...And I'm not interested."'
(...) He toppled to the floor, body rigid. (...) "I'm sorry if it hurts, but you should have left me alone...I won't hold back next time."'

It also has enough spine-tingling romance to make any fangirl's day!

This particular scene I want to share with you guys reminded me of something out of a Jennifer L. Armentrout book...super smexy!
'He sighed. The sound fell somewhere between frustrated and longing. When he spoke , his voice was husky. "Lena. This isn't a good idea." 
"You say that every time," she whispered. She slid one hand up his arm and pulled him closer. 
He took a step, angled his body toward her, and leaned in. His free arm slipped around her back, sliding her down the desk until her body pressed into him. He leaned his head down, touching his forehead to hers. His breath warmed her lips. His whiskey gold eyes, inches away, stared into hers. "That's because every time it's a bad idea."'

Kate Corcino has created a detailed world you're going to love discovering.

Spark Rising was an amazing read & I can't wait to see how the rest of this series unfolds!

Author Bio: Kate Corcino

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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My blog's giveaway
  • (x1) ebook copy of Spark Rising
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)      
  • A gift basket including: a silver “Dust” opal pendant, a signed paperback of Spark Rising, signed tote, bookmarks, and a mousepad


  1. Great review! This sounds like a really fun read and I love how unique and well built the world building sounds, especially! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. I really dig sci-fi books! Awesome to see something new like this.

  3. I actually don't read too much NA but I do like the idea of it being mixed with some sci-fi as well. Maybe it would be a good starter to breaking me into the genre.


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