I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
Series: The Dark Unwinding #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on July 21st, 2015 (First published September 4th, 2013)
Genres: Historical, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron's blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, The Dark Unwinding, will captivate listeners anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.
When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead. But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust—if anyone—to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.
Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to The Dark Unwinding whisks listeners off on another thrilling adventure.
I fell in love with the first book, A Dark Unwinding, and I was excited when I saw A Spark Unseen available on audio. Even though I was happy with where the first book left us — I wanted to check with these characters!
A Spark Unseen is similar yet so much different from its predecessor. While the characters I know and love (and in some cases, loathed) are the same; there was an added layer of mystery, a thicker political plot and it’s even more twisty then the first book!
Katherine is still one of my favorite aspects of the story. She has taken on a lot since the first book, and the things she does to protect Uncle Tully never seize to amaze me. She is so head strong and after everything, deserves only the best. And of course I have to mention Uncle Tully! He is brilliant. Next to Katherine, he is my favorite character and I often found myself laughing out loud or crying because of the things he says and does.
The romance has always been a back seat driver, yet; I found it more in A Spark Unseen. It’s really hard to explain, ha! It felt… more real. Their connection stronger; even though we don’t get many scenes of them together.
Plot wise — it reigns high on the political side and it’s one of those where you have to really pay attention because of the layers of treachery. There are many twists; one in particular I saw coming but still shocked me when it was reveled.
Fiona is a fantastic narrator! I love how she brings all the characters to life! This duology are the first books that I have listen to with her narrating, but they will not be my last.
Overall — If you love young adult historical books with amazing characters, I highly recommend this one. It’s one of my favorite series to date!
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- Have you read A Dark Unwinding or A Spark Unseen? If so, what did you think?
- If not, is it something you think you’d enjoy?
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