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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 theAll 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.CONTENT WARNING: This book contains occasional violence and profanity, and includes depictions of a determined double agent doing his job and an empowered young woman making coming-of-age decisions. These include sexual interactions. Spark Rising is not intended for readers under the age of 16....

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Spark Rising Reviews

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-12 03:24

    This book was so delicious, I inhaled it. I've found with many books of this genre (don't get me wrong, this book can be put into so many categories), its confusing at best to try and puzzle out the dystopian background, and as such tends to be a tedious beginning.There was nothing even remotely tedious about this book. The premise of this book was clear within the first chapter or two, and from there was fleshed out into full background. The main character is someone I would love to meet. It was incredibly well written, and had me spellbound like a book hasn't since Justin Cronin's The Passage. I'm anxious for the next book in the series!

  • Tatum Fulk
    2019-03-18 04:19

    Spark RisingThis book grabbed me. It grabbed me in such a way that I blew off dinner (the family had pizza that night) just so I could finish it. The characters were well developed, especially the main two, the pacing was perfect, and even though it’s dystopian, it didn’t feel heavy.I laughed and cried as I went on this journey with Lena and Reyes. Lena, a powerful female Spark that “doesn’t exist” faces off against Reyes, a Council Agent. Immediately you feel the tension between them and it continues to grow as the story unfolds.As I said, the pacing is perfect. There are no huge “information dumps”. The scope and landscape unfold naturally and while you ponder things in the beginning, the questions get answered when they need to and not a moment before.Dystopian is usually hard for me to get into. Mostly because the dystopian that I’ve read are mentally heavy for me and I enjoy lighter fare when reading. Spark Rising was a brilliant mix for me. The darkness and heaviness of dystopian with a lighter writing style that didn’t make me feel like I was being bogged down in sadness and despair. Those two things together made reading this book in a day and a half a breeze because I was that into it.I LOVED the ending. I’m not one for spoilers but I will say that this is not a cliffhanger. The ending leaves you wanting more which is what I want. More. I’m looking forward to the next in the series. Kudos to the author for providing something fresh and new for us to enjoy in a way that I’m pretty sure will become her signature.I definitely recommend this book!

  • Booknut
    2019-03-23 07:27

    This review was posted as a part of the Spark Rising Blog Tour: http://21stcenturyonceuponatime.blogs...

  • Paranormal Kiss
    2019-03-18 10:34

    Spark Rising is the first novel in the Progenitor Saga by Kate Corcino. Spark Rising is a skillfully written tale set in the future on a post-apocalyptic earth. New advance humans were created called, “Sparks”. These people have varying degrees of power and are able to control and manipulate, “Dust”, basically microscopic machine like beings that can create and affect energy in many different ways. The strongest Spark boys are trained and put to work powering the cities, which are controlled by Councils. Girls of great power, however, disappear. Lena was hidden away as a child because she had great power and her parents wanted to protect her. After her father is murdered she takes off and makes a home for herself in the desert, outside the city. It’s there she meets Alex Reyes, a double Agent working for the council, when he tries to bring Lena in. This sets off a chain of events that drastically changes Lena’s life. I won’t go into specifics because that would give too much away and this is a story best discovered upon reading. Suffice to say that it’s a thrilling and interesting journey. I really liked Spark Rising. The pacing is perfectly done. It’s steady, always moving and never boring. The story is unique and one that I really enjoyed learning about. There is quite a lot that happens over the course of the story and everything flows together seamlessly. The world-building is wonderfully done. I could imagine it and understand it. There are dark moments but they are balanced by moments of heart. It had emotion and depth and it felt believable. There is romance but it’s not the focus of the story. I liked the romance and enjoyed how it unfolded with the story. The characters are nicely done. I liked Lena in particular. She’s powerful, independent, sarcastic and strong, with a heart of gold hidden under her tough exterior. At the same time she’s not too perfect. She’s a little bit dark and has a need for vengeance. Spark Rising is a very compelling and engaging story, one that has a satisfactory ending but leaves you interested in more. I look forward to the next novel.I would recommend Spark Rising to fans of post-apocalyptic dystopian novels.*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Xpresso Book Tours, via NetGalley.

  • ♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
    2019-02-25 09:35

    You can read this review and more on my blog:I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for and honest review. This in no way effects my opinion.I’m not sure if I understand all the finer details of this book, but I will try to explain it.This was an original take on Dystopia.As far as I can tell, there are these nanobots called dust who can do all sorts of miraculous things, and special people called sparks have the ability to control the dust.Lena is a very powerful spark, in fact, she is the most powerful spark anyone has ever come across. Most sparks only use the dust to fix machines, but Lena has found a way to tell the dust to do much more. She can use it as a weapon, and she can also use it to heal people.Because strong women sparks are so rare, Lena has spent most of her twenty-four years of life hiding from those who would misuse her and her power. So instead of being used for breeding, she has been free to grow in strength and stubbornness. Lena was a very strong-willed character, and at times she came off as being abrasive and childish. However, her abrasiveness was necessary. Everyone wanted to use her and far too many people wanted to abuse her.In her reality, most men looked at woman like her and saw nothing but an opportunity to have some good sex that would lead to her giving him a powerful child. Women really weren't looked at as more than objects, and Lena needed to speak loudly and clearly so they would all back off.Every man she came in contact with didn’t subscribe to these misogynistic views. All of the men she worked with had total respect for her, but she did have to lay down the law with them a few times too.Alex was her main love interest, and while he never disrespected her, at times, he did need to be reminded just how strong and capable she was. Their relationship developed slowly over time, and liked it. They had a lot in common when it came to their shared desires and passions. They both want to create a better world where everyone is free from the tyranny of those in charge. they also share a very powerful and supercharged attraction for each other. Sparks are sort of like batteries, and because they are both very powerful sparks they ignite when they are together.Alex does have someone who could rival him for Lena’s affections, but I don’t think he has anything to worry about. I am no fan of love triangles, but I don’t feel like there was one in this book. Jackson is a nice kid who is also a very powerful spark and unbelievably good for Lena. They play off of each other very well because he calms her down. She is all fire and impulse and he reminds her to take a step back and think before she leaps. He is perfect for her, and I have no doubt that they will never end up together. I know that was a confusing sentence, but give me a minute to explain.Even though Jackson is perfect for her, Alex is her soul mate. She could never be happy with anyone besides Alex because they understand each other on a level that is too deep to be ignored. they both have tempers and are impulsive, but they also understand the pain that each other has gone through. Plus when you have an attraction to someone that is so strong it literally makes you glow like a light bulb, I think you need to be with that person.The idea of dust and sparks took some time to grow on me. When I started reading it seemed like just another dystopian novel, but it actually reads more like a Fantasy novel set in a dystopian society. Sparks are nothing more than powerful magicians, and dust is their magic.It took me a while to get into this books, but once the story got ahold of me, it never let go. I have been getting tired of Dystopian novels lately because they all seem like copies of each other, but this has renewed my interest in the genre. I think we need more Dystopian novels like this that are entertaining, have mature adult relationships that don’t revolve around sex, and have a strong message about female empowerment.I think this is a book that will please a large group of readers, and surprise them with the originality. There is romance with a bearable love triangle, great story telling, a kick butt leading lady, and a swoon worthy leading man. It had everything I could have asked for in a dystopian novel, and a lot of things that I ask for when I read a book in any genre.Because of strong language, violence, and sexual situations, I would recommend this book for ages 17 and up. There are a couple of sex scenes.This review was originally posted on Kookie Krysp Reads

  • Karen
    2019-02-25 11:16

    This was such a fun read. Spark Rising was full of adventure, love, family and female power. Although this is part of a series, this book was complete and did not leave me hanging. I loved Lena and her take-no-sh*t attitude. She is a woman who relies on herself and a bit of dust to get by.This book was set in a post-apocalyptic future where some people, known as sparks, are born with ability to generate electrical charges. The sparks use Dust to generate electricity to power their world. These sparks are what control the population and the most powerful sparks are coveted by the council. Most females are taken at age five and controlled before they reach their full potential. Strong female sparks don’t exist, according to the council. Male sparks rule this world. Female sparks carry the spark genes, so they are under government control. Lena is a female spark, thought to be the most powerful female the world has ever known. Her death was staged at the age of five by her parents so she wouldn’t be taken. This story starts off with her being discovered living outside of the city. Her talent for Dust control, her spark, makes her a very wanted woman. Once she is found the chase is on.The good: I found Lena to be a very likeable and relateable character. She is independent and in control, even of her sexuality. I felt bad for Lena in that she has to make some major changes to survive and looses a lot. In exchange, Lena also evolves and really comes into her own in this story. She finds something she can get behind, everyone else just better watch out when she sets her mind to something. I liked the world building in this book and all the travel that takes place. I loved that even the really good guys have flaws.I loved the sci-fi aspect of this book. The spark part of this world was really cool and very unique. Basically, sparks control dust to generate charges and create electricity. They can also manipulate dust within people to create havoc or heal. Not all sparks can, but Lena is really special. I enjoyed her trying to teach other sparks how to do what she does. It helped me to understand this concept. There is dust everywhere in abundant amounts here on this world and in the one the author created. The sparks in this book were well written. Even in adolescence, these characters were well written. The sparks were very cool.The bad: I didn’t like that the book just jumped into the action. I like a bit more characters building before everything falls apart. People die in this book and we don’t really have a chance to get to know them first. I find it hard to mourn people when no back-story is given, it was not really given later enough in my opinion. The relationship that Lena gets into with Reyes was bit like denial. They want each other but they don’t want to admit it. I don’t like love angst. Just get to, or don’t.In conclusion: I found this to be a really unique dystopian book. I know dystopian fans are gonna love this book. I am looking forward to the follow books. Despite my critiques, this was a good read that I enjoyed.

  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    2019-03-10 04:22

    DNF at 33%Unfortunately while the writing is technically competent and the world-building is phenomenal, I've been attempting to read this quite intense and heavy tome for over a month now and I have absolutely no desire to finish. I find myself dreading going back to this book.While the concept is quite intriguing, I have absolutely zero connection to any character which makes it a chore to continue as I absolutely do not care one way or another what happens next or what the final outcome will be. I think it's a case of "It's not you, it's me."

  • Aria Michaels
    2019-03-09 04:16

    Spark Rising had been beckoning to me from my TBR for nearly the entire summer when I finally cracked the electronic spine on my kindle copy and started reading. I was immediately drawn into a world so complex, so well developed, that I lost track of the one I existed in. I found myself in the desert along side a stubborn and dangerous Spark; a girl hell-bent on survival. The arroyos surrounded me as I hid in the shadows and watched the enemy close in on her. I cheered for her as she defied that enemy time and time again. I hated the counsel along with her and I felt her pain as she lost not only the world she had built for herself, but those closest to her. But Lena Gracey will not go quietly. She will not back down. She will not give up her Dust or her power. Although Lena isn't supposed to be alive, this girl refuses to die. More importantly, in the midst of unspeakable loss and pain, she finds a way to love, a way to live...and something to live for. Freedom. If you liked the Divergent Series, you will appreciate the revolutionary feel. The world building and innovative imagery is on the level of The Giver and The Maze Runner series. I highly recommend Spark Rising to any dystopian, Sci-Fi, or Apoc-fic fans.

  • S.J. Abbo
    2019-02-28 11:42

    *I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*Excellent storytelling, engaging action, and well developed characters.Alex and Lena have awesome chemistry from the beginning. Lena is a strong female character bat double agent Alex Reyes is my favorite. ;) ;) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to following one. The ending leaves you for wanting more (not really a cliffhanger ).I would recommend Spark Rising to fans of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, romance novels.

  • Elena
    2019-03-09 03:15

    This book is dystopia with a very urban fantasy feel: badass woman main character kicking ass and taking names, more action than style or substance, and a hefty dose of romance. I liked it, and I actually think I'll enjoy book two more than this one, based on the direction the plot seemed to be heading. It reminded me a little of The Darkest Minds, but for an older audience. This was fun, fast, furious fluff and I'm looking forward to more.Thanks to NetGalley and Kate Corcino for providing a review copy.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-28 04:35

    Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Honestly, this book made me so happy. It's a New Adult dystopian/sci-fi, which you don't get much of anyway, but then it goes and decimates some of those awful NA tropes that make me so hesitant about reading them. Lena is a strong female character. And I kind of hate that phrase, because it's so overused and misused, but it's true. She is well-written, flawed yet likeable, and has a great character arc. She starts off unwilling to get involved in the conflict going on; she just wants to be left alone, by herself. Then, she gets involved with the rebel side because she wants revenge against the government. And by the end of the novel, she has embraced her role within the rebellion, and it's not just about taking revenge anymore; she's found people that need her help, and she will do anything to save them and make their lives better. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but the society in which she lives is still very patriarchal, and there's a moment in the book where she and a few other, younger girls, are in a very male dominated environment. These men want to claim the girls as theirs, and she stands up for them all, reminds them how powerful she is, and makes it clear that the girls are off limits and the men must respect them. I don't think I'm describing this very well at all, but it was a very powerful moment, and I have so much respect for the author for addressing these issues, and putting them in the book. Lena just has so much control over herself. She's completely secure in her sexuality; she isn't ashamed by wanting sex, and she doesn't shame others for wanting it (I could write a whole long list of other NA books that do this, but I will hold myself back). At the end of the novel, the male character thinks that he will have to send her away to protect her (and my internal groaning got very loud, because this is such a YA cliche that it makes me very sad), but she was just like 'I'm leaving because my skill set in this rebellion is better served elsewhere. We're still partners and in love and you shouldn't feel insecure but I need to do this and I know you need to be here so goodbye' (not a direct quote, but still). I just loved this so much, because it took a complete cliche and made it something that just made me so happy. I love seeing female characters taking charge of their own destinies and doing what they think is right. On to the other aspects of the book - it's very well-written, and the world is very well built. We gradually learn more and more about this disaster that caused the world to lose electricities and created the Dust, and gave certain people the power to control it. It was very well explained, without too much info-dumping, which was great. I thought the concept was original, and interesting, and the plot gripped me all of the way through. The book is told in 3rd person, but is a close narrative switching between Lena, and Alex, who is the male main character. He was a less interesting character to Lena, but I still enjoyed reading about him and delving into his past. I very much recommend this novel, and I'm excited to see how the story continues in the next books!

  • Laura Greenwood
    2019-03-04 07:37

    Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Title: Spark RisingSeries: The Progenitor Saga (#1)Author: Kate CorcinoFrom: Netgalley/Blog TourGenre: Sci-fi, DystopianChallenges: Winter COYER, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge Links: Goodreads - AmazonLena is an anomoly, a high powered female Spark, living away from the city that would have made her vanish at age 5. But now she's been found, by Agent Alex Reyes, except Alex isn't all that he appears, and doesn't have the Council's best interests at heart. His plan involves Lena's potential and her unique set of skills...I want more! I expected to enjoy Spark Rising but from the very first page I was hooked (a one sitting book for sure). The characters, the setting and the way that the world worked were all well done and I really felt that I was living the life alongside the scary as that was.In an interesting depature from most dystopias, Spark Rising definitely isn't Young Adult. I don't mean that there's loads of sex scenes or anything like that, because there aren't, but there are a couple and there are some other issues that come up in the book, including a very heartbreaking scene where young girls reveal things (not in detail or anything) that make it a more mature book. Add to that that the characaters are all a bit older, which I liked for sure, and its a more adult audience book.I loved the tension between Alex and Lena. It was there from the moment that they met, but then grew slowly to become something more than physical. I liked the fact that the relationship between them wasn't actually rushed, and that Lena's affections lay elsewhere at some points, but I'll admit I was definitely on the Lena and Alex together side of the fence! (I can't help it, I always end up choosing sides!) Add to that the electricity between them...both the metaphorical type and physical type, and I think that it just worked.I loved the intricacies and details about the electricity harnessing and sparks that was included in the story. It was something that more was revealed about as the book went on, both as Lena began to trust the people around her, and as she learnt new things. I liked the way that it was all tied up with the end of the world as well, and it makes sense hat this leans towards a more sci-fiy genre than a paranormal one.I also really enjoyed the fact that this was about more than a romance. A lot of dystopian genre books these days seem to focus on the romance more than anything else, whereas Spark Rising seemed to be about so much more than that. There was both the plan itself and side characters developed well and it made this a very enjoyable read.I'd definitely recommend Spark Rising, I was addicted to it from the very first page!

  • Kristen
    2019-03-16 11:20

    GENRE: New AdultTHEME: Dystopian, Romance, FantasyRECEIVED: TourBLOG: Dystopian’s are usually tough for me to get into or at least see the big picture settling that the author is trying to create. But Kate Corcino writes a dystopian that isn’t so doom and gloom dark, but more fantasy intriguing and makes your think more than anything. I loved the idea of the Dust being an advanced technology in this futuristic earth. It goes to show how much can change over time, and the effects it could have on humans. Spark Rising follows Lena who was thought to be dead, but is kept hidden because of how powerful of a Spark she is. As a Spark she can control dust in the air, which makes the Council (similar to a government) afraid she could be too power, especially since she is a girl. She is eventually tracked down, her calmer life disrupted by an agent for the council who wants her too join his cause.Lena is a fantastic lead; she is extremely powerful but of course not perfect. Lena is someone who never backs down from a fight and has been protecting herself for a long time. After her father is murdered, which also puts her family in danger she is ready for battle. I felt so much for her because she such a likeable character but has to go through so much betrayal and heartache by people she thought she could trust. Her dynamic with Alex is what kept me hooked, their first encounter was brilliant, showing how Alex wasn’t prepared for Lena strength and determination. It triggered a “spark” in them; they had so much chemistry right off the start. Alex is a character who I had a love hate relationship with all throughout. I think it was because he was a bit of a mystery; he had a very different upbringing than Lena. Alex is a stubborn guy and most of the time had me shaking my head because he wanted to keep his distance from Lena, but seriously he can’t resist her charm. He is drawn from the beginning and I wasn’t sure if he was going to be a bad guy until I read from his point of view how much he wants to keep her safe. Overall I really enjoyed this world building that Corcino created. The characters are very well developed; and even though I have some unanswered question about the world created I know I ‘ll get more answers in the next book. The romance of course was my favorite tidbit, as I always have to have some “spark” in my books. Alex and Lena have some awesome tension building chemistry from the beginning, and when they become close its total fireworks and I loved it. The ending left me excited to continue, I’m not stressing about waiting on the next book because it ended on a good note.

  • Laura
    2019-03-21 06:22

    This review and others can be found on http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.comSpark Rising by Kate Corcino is brilliant because it is so unique and fresh, I have honestly never read anything like it before! It has a post-apocalyptic / dystopian feel as it features an imperfect society that recently rebuild itself after a disaster that wiped out large numbers of the population. The “Sparks” then mix together both paranormal and sci-fi elements. Finally to top it off, there are very strong romance elements and the character ages and content make it a New Adult novel. I loved that this NA novel brought something a little different to the table. It still features a lot of romance and the sexiness that many NA readers enjoy but rather than being too similar to other already available NA novels it has ditched a traditional contemporary storyline and instead gone in the dystopian direction.One of my favourite elements to dystopian novels is that they generally have “strong” female characters and I’m not talking strong in a physical sense (though they often are) but more in their morality, sense of self and the fact that they can take care of themselves. Lena is no exception to this trend but she also seems more real than many of those in other books.This book does have romance, though the romantic development felt to me more like a secondary plotline with the dystopic action taking the forefront. However, if you are a romance lover through and through this book still lots of it as well as a few steamy scenes. Alex is also quite good book boyfriend material, especially if you like the thought of a double agent rebelling against a corrupt government (I know I did!).Whilst this doesn’t have a cliff-hanger ending, Spark Rising seemed to set the scene for what will be a longer series. I am looking forwards to the next book as I think there is much more about the world of Dust and the Sparks that is still to be explored and I cannot wait to see what else this author can bring to the table.If you love both YA dystopian novels like the Hunger Games and Divergent and also NA contemporary romances then this will be perfect for you.*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or ratings in any way*

  • Eva Millien
    2019-03-27 11:20

    Raised in hiding, Lena Gracey is a Spark and she is determined to stay out of the Council’s hands but Alex Reyes has destroyed everything she’s built but despite this he wants her to trust him in sparking a revolution in this electrifying post-apocalyptic romance.Alex and his friends are determined to bring down the council and their cruelty but they need Lena’s help to do so and the reader can’t help but get caught up in all the thrills and intrigue of this story as Lena and Alex both struggle to work together. There is lots of sexual chemistry flowing from the pages as Lena finds herself attracted to two different men but there is also lots of emotional turmoil that adds confusion. The characters are strong compelling and grab the reader’s attention right along with the steady paced plot that keeps expectations high with suspense and romance.The council is determined to capture Lena and it will take Alex quite a bit of maneuvering to keep her safe of course that’s difficult to do so there is quite a bit of violence and excitement during rescues, escapes and betrayals while additional excitement builds throughout the story as everyone plots to overthrow the council and executed battle plans that never seem to go quite as planned. There is lots of surprising twists in the story that keeps everyone guessing but I think the biggest surprise of all is Lena herself as she keeps everyone including the other characters on their toes. The well written scenes and details capture the imagination which makes it easy to picture each scene as it takes place and the well-orchestrated events draw the reader in and refuse to let go.While I thought there were a few places where the story was kind of slow, the world building, intriguing characters and the fascinating future full of interesting and different elements kept me hooked and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

  • Clever Girl
    2019-03-20 04:43

    A unique dystopian world, a very powerful woman forced to confront her past and forge a new future, a revolution in the making, grief, passion, secrets and lies. Lena has been on her own, hiding, surviving, haunted by her past. It isn't until the day her secrets are uncovered that she's forced to decide what to do with all the power she has. I liked Lena as a heroine, she's strong, imperfect, and confronted by grief, anger and betrayal she finds a way to use all of those things to her benefit. She can also be impulsive and emotional but she'll protect those she loves with everything in her.I liked the strong friendships, Ace and Lena's - although we don't get to see too much of it - as well as Thomas and Alex. I liked how Thomas and Alex balance each other, sharing unwavering commitment to the cause of Spark freedom, but can still tease, needle each other and force admissions they'd rather not share.Alex Reyes is smart, devious, committed. He's a hard man. He's got his eyes on the prize and is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. He just never imagined Lena. A Lena that infuriates him, challenges him, makes him want.Alex and Lena together in one word? Complicated. They strike sparks off of each other. There is attraction, chemistry and annoyance in spades. I appreciated the evolution in their relationship. There may have been attraction at first sight but definitely not instalove. Trust and affection is hard earned and tested at every step but I do love where they ended up.While we're not left with a cliffhanger, hallelujah, the battle for freedom is far from over. There are lots of things left unresolved and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens with Lena, Alex, Thomas and the gang in the next book in the Progenitor series.Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review

  • Deb
    2019-02-27 11:34

    Wow… is the next book finished yet? And when will the movies be coming out? It’s not often that I comment on a book but Spark Rising deserves it. I read a book a week (usually more if I’m reading novellas). I have read many dystopian/post-apocalyptic books and quite frankly many of them have themes, characters, etc. that all seem very similar. That is NOT the case with this book. It was longer than what I was expecting (which was GREAT – full length novel) – characters are well developed; story is unique and continues to develop the further into the book you get. I found myself getting pulled in and empathizing with the main character, Lena. I even started feeling protective and had to put the book down at one point because I had the strongest urge to punch a few fictional-characters!Spark Rising has a satisfying end that doesn’t leave you PO’d (I dislike stories that end with a cliffhanger and force you to wait an entire year to find out what happens next). The novel closes nicely while leaving you with enough of an indication of what’s to come that I am already eagerly awaiting the next book.If the rest of the series continues on like this one then I would not be surprised if they are picked up by a production company and put on the big screen – yes, I think it’s that good and there is that much potential. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.P.S. There are also a collection of short stories, “Ignition Point” by Kate Corino, that are set in the same post-apocalyptic world and give backgrounds on a few of the characters from Spark Rising. Highly recommend this collection – and you can’t beat the price of .99 (for Amazon Kindle)!

  • Sofia Galvez
    2019-03-02 04:15

    4 Platypires for Spark Rising by Kate Corcino. I received a copy of the ebook for an honest review. I need to start off by saying that the cover is amazing. I was immediately intrigued by it and wanted to know more. The story is about Lena, a Spark raised in hiding from the general public because she is female. The story is set in the future where fossil fuels have ran out and the remaining society is powered by people who "Spark." I found the story to very unique which was quite refreshing to read. People who can emit electricity is not something I see often in books. I really liked Lena and thought she was pretty hardcore. Also I really liked the love interest Reyes and thought he was a complex character. I want to know more and discover all his secrets. The story had its up and down moments. At first I was really confused. I thought the world building should have been revealed sooner but as the story developed questions were answered. I also thought there was a little bit of lag towards the middle. The lag had me set the book aside because I wasn't that invested anymore, but the ending totally made up for it. WOW! That was awesome and I want more of the story. The story does not end in a cliffhanger, but it does sets up for the sequel which I can't wait to read. I would recommend this book for those looking to read a unique adventurous story with a strong female lead.

  • Laurie Green
    2019-02-28 09:30

    Five big stars! Spark Rising is one of the most exciting and imaginative Science Fiction Romance novels I've read it quite some time! I loved getting immersed in this stark, post-apocalyptic world where the heroine, Lena, is a rare and dangerous renegade because of her power to control "Dust." Just what Dust is and what she can do with it is key to discovering this complex future society. But it's not all about Lena. The hero, Alex, is fascinating as a complex and a powerful presence, the perfect match for the heroine, even though both are initially resistant to their attraction after their relationship begins on a very adversarial note. Alex is an agent--emotionally reserved, all business and very compartmentalized--yet admirably duty-bound, which often thrusts him into some heart-rending dilemmas as tries to protect Lena from the powers-that-be who want to use and destroy her, while masquerading as one of those who would exploit her.A big plus for me is being familiar with the present-day landscapes that inspire many of the future locations and how well the author's visual imagery took me into this darker future.I can't wait to get my hands on book two of the Progenitor Saga, but meanwhile I'm very much looking forward to reading the related anthology to gain more of a sense of the characters' backstories.

  • Lulai
    2019-02-27 04:15

    When I made my request on netgalley for this book I have to say I don't really know why, in the end the book is quite nice and I liked my reading.The first thing I noticed is the universe, which is rich, it is clearly a futuristic world, I do not want to give too much information, but some humans have the ability to act with the Dust and to create a kind of energy, a current. Lena is one of those people, and when an agent named Alex manage to find her, her quiet life will become more complicated.I do not read a lot of novels for an adult public, but from time to time I have to say it feels good. The plot is well done, no fuss, the heroine makes decisions and sticks to it. She has not always had an easy life, but it helped her to become strong, and to help others.The beginning of the novel was pretty great, the author was starting pretty hard and you could feel the powerful side of the book. However, I found that it was losing this in the middle of the book to only return at the end. This is the only point that really bothered me, the action slows down a lot before finally resored.Ultimately, this book is great and fast to read, I liked the originality of the universe and Lena is frankly cool.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-03-04 07:43

    REVIEW SPARK RISINGAn empowered, independent, talented female and a sexy, intelligent double agent make sparks fly--of all kinds. Two centuries into the future, far from the fossil fuel cataclysm that destroyed electricity and nearly mankind, only highly-trained males with native talent, can manipulate "the Dust" (origin and composition unknown) to make electronic devices perform. Only males possess the innate talent, according to the governing Council of Nine. But renegade "deserter" Lena, whose home in the desert is an abandoned gas station, can Spark anything electrical; and now that the whim for rebellion is strengthening, she and double agent Alex may just light that powder keg too.

  • Cassie
    2019-03-21 09:33

    I loved this book! I have never written a review before, but felt the need as this is a brand new author and the book was truly amazing. It sucked me in right away and I had a hard time putting it down! I am beyond anxious for the next book in the series, and honestly plan on re-reading Spark Rising again sooner rather than later! The pace was spot on and the characters were so well written, the main character Lena is awesome. A perfect mix of independence, kick butt, emotional, sexy, and caring. I am anxious to see what happens next for her! This is a must read.. you will not be disappointed.

  • Sydnie Beaupré
    2019-03-18 04:25

    This is a fantastic book. I received an ARC for an honest review, and while I never give too much away in my reviews, I need to tell you this; this book isn't like anything I have read in a while, and you absolutely need to check it out. It took me a while to get this review up but I finished it in December, and I've actually re-read it a couple of times since then. Kate, you did a great job.

  • Pippa Jay
    2019-03-19 08:37

    An epic post-apocalyptic romance adventure that leaves all others in the dust, and doesn't let up on the tension from start to finish. Fantastic world building, a complex, multi-layered plot, and characters your hearts will bleed for. Can't wait for the next book!Disclaimer - I was given an ARC by the author for my honest and unbiased review.

  • Alexandra G.
    2019-03-24 08:15

    Couldn't connect with the main character.And we are presented with a new world, new magic, new everything but we barely get any explanations. We get some answers after 43% but by then it's too little, too late for me.

  • Blood Rose Books
    2019-02-26 10:29

    In her debut novel Corcino takes the reader to the future, where all that is required to start a revolution is a single Spark: There are no more fossil fuels left on Earth, but the human race is nothing but adaptable and with the creation of the humans known as Sparks, they are still able to charge items. Sparks are a slave to the energy that runs through them, known as Dust. It allows them to do amazing things, but they always have a need to release this energy. There are nine cities that offer safety to the people but this comes at a price, control over the children who show they have the power of a Spark. The boys are taken away to be trained into agent, while girls that show promise just disappear. When Lena was a young girl, her father knew that she was powerful so they faked her death in order to let her live. When she was old enough she moved outside of the city to protect those she loves. She is self taught on how to use her Dust power and she sells her abilities on the black market. Lena thought she was safe but when come to her home looking for a renegade Spark, they get way more than they bargain for with Lena. She is the Spark that will change everything. Corcino had me hooked from the first pages of the book, with the right off the bat action scene, introduction to this world and Lena's powers. While I did find the book did dragged on at points (really Lena thinking things too much) and there were big gaps in time every once in awhile, I never once considered putting this book down. Corcino also plays on all of your emotional strings throughout the book as you did not know what kind of trouble Lena was going to get in to and how it would affect those that she cares about. This has one of the most original ideas for the powers of an individual (or new species really in this case) that I have ever read. Based on the cover you think that electricity would be Lena's power and while that is true, she can basically control anything, from her own body, those around her and it seemed some aspects of nature as well. She is also able to charge any battery out there from the electrical charge that seems to run through her. I am very interested to see where Corcino takes Lena's powers, as the possibilities and her power seem endless and really overall, just such a cool idea.The normal humans in this world have found a way to turn the Sparks in to relative slaves as they are needed to charge all the cities, they are even pitted against each other and even though Sparks are more powerful than humans, they are seen as a lower class. Lena is a great female protagonist, she starts out as a loaner in forced but necessary exile because of how powerful she is, but she still has the need to protect those that she loves. She has developed all of her skills in secret and has many tricks that even the strongest of the other Sparks are not aware of. At times I found Lena a little bit childish but I think that this is due to "dieing" when she was young and not getting the proper social skills or interactions with other people. I was secretly kind of hoping that there would be no romance in this book....but alas I was wrong, it almost seems impossible these days to find a sci-fi or UF book that has a strong female lead character without having the romance aspects. This is not to says that I am adverse to romance in novels, I just find that the romance just seems to happen and they jump into it. I thought that Lena was a stronger character than that and did not see the need for her to think of Reyes in a romantic way all the time, really from the first time she meets him. This is a great debut novel, with a great original world and powers and while I could have done with out the immediate romance, I guess I have just come to expect in books these days. Corcino will have you hooked from the beginning and if you love a strong female protagonist, this book is for you. Well done Corcino, I know I'll be looking for the next in the series. Enjoy!!!

  • Tina Lynne
    2019-02-27 03:28

    I was in a rut with books and couldn’t seem to really get into my current reading list and I needed something fresh from all the contemporary books I have found myself immersed in. I loved them all but I needed something different. When it was time for me to read Spark Rising for the blog tour, the damn broke and it was refreshing and enthralling. I could not get enough. This book captivated me and I love it! Spark Rising is a story set in the future, where chaos and technology has destroyed the majority of the world and i.’st population. As a result of the catastrophic event, a new breed of humans was created. They are called the Sparks, men and women with a control over the Dust that allows their society to run smoothly. Yet many Sparks are abused, especially the women. This story focuses on the journey of one hidden Spark, Lena Gracey, and her attempt to bring down the corruption with an undercover organization and bring hope to Sparks around the world.Spark Rising fits perfectly into the New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, and Science Fiction genres. It creates a world that is not too far off from our own. That is one of my favorite types of futuristic stories- the ones that are not too far-fetched and could easily, in reality, be on the verge of happening. The sci-fi aspect adds new elements to the story, and when its origins are explained, they seem completely plausible. I appreciated how the story is explained but not bogged down with clarifications and world development. You learn as the story builds and that is what makes this a great book. You are curious as you read but never lost and confused.The characters in Spark Rising are well rounded and perfect for the story. Lena is the ideal combination of a feisty woman who is so jaded by the world yet still retains an innocence as to what is going on around her. These conflicting ideas create a deep and interesting heroine to the story. She doesn’t know who to trust or where to go but once she has a direction for change in mind, she is not swayed from her path. Alex is the perfect counterpart. He is strong, determined, and disciplined. The connection between Alex and Lena cannot be denied yet the relationship grows, giving their interactions depth, as opposed to an insta-lust/love relationship. Jackson, Ace, Thomas, and all the other secondary characters are vital to this story. They give important depth to what is happening but allow the focus to be on Lena and the revolution they are trying to bring about.The theme of right versus wrong is foundational to this story line. Our main characters had to learn to toe the line of what is happening and work within the grey area, all the while heading in the direction of good. There is action, espionage, and an epic battle that is being introduced to the reader. I love how the story develops something that is going to be portrayed throughout the series. Some major points and relationships are established but the excitement as to what is next and where they go from here is so well written with anticipation and not a dreaded cliff hanger. I am excited to see where Kate Corcino takes Lena, Alex, and the rest of the characters throughout this saga!

  • Debbie
    2019-03-16 11:31

    Independent Reviewer fro Archaeolibrarian-I Dig Good Books.Lena is a Spark. A powerful FEMALE Spark who has been on the run since she was 15. Alex is also Spark, and an Agent of The Council. The Council that wants to get their hands on Lena, for she is far more inportant than she realises. But Alex is not just Agent. He is part of a hidden organization that plan to overthrow the Council. Lena just needs to be shown all that they do, to fully understand her power, how she and all the other Sparks came to be to see. To see the truth. To see that females have far more control than males, to see that females are such powerful Sparks.This book is a perfect example of why I should NOT dismiss Young Adult books out of hand. I'll hold my hands up, and say, I'm sorry to all those YA books I've passed over. They may well have been as good as this. It is an OLDER YA, indeed the blurb carries a 16plus age warning, I would agree with that.Sci-fi, meets-fantasy-meets-post -apocalyptic. This book has it all and I loved it!! The reason WHY there are Sparks, how they came about, isn't entirely beyond the reach of this world now, and I did make me think. What military leaders will do, what scientists will create to control the world around them. HERE, its nanobots. The Dust.The way the story is told, had me hanging onto every page. It warps, and twists, and drops bits here and there. I couldn't fully get the whole picture till about 25%, but it never had me wanting to put it down. It had me wanting to carry on because I NEEDED to know, I needed to get it, I needed to be able to understand WHY Lena hates The Wards so much, and WHY Alex is leading this rebellion. I needed to know what Lucas was up to, what they had been doing. And, as much as it pained me, I needed to know about the experiments on the girls.Its extremely well written, from both Alex and Lena's POV. You get Lena's chatting to The Dust, you get Alex's arguing with himself about why he should keep away from Lena and failing miserably. You get Lena's heartbreak at her betrayal by those she trusted. And you get ALex's pain when he thinks he has lost Lena.It does get a little...messy...when Alex's men are fighting those of the Council, and there is some sex, but its beautifully written, the coming together of Lena and Alex's Dust, their true Spark. THIS is the reason for the older 16plus age tag. Its too much for a younger reader to cope with.I would HIGHLY recommend this book, whatever your reading genre is. It really is an excellent read.It does not finish, this story, this rebellion is not yet over. There are other things undealt with: the missing girl, Lena's betrayer and others, but this is good. This is NOT a cliff hanger ending, just a hang-on-for-a-bit ending. Alex and Lena have a sort of happy ending, even if it means they will be apart for a while. I do hope I get the opportunity to read them, I really need to see how this plays out.5 full stars.**same review appears on Goodreads, and**

  • Crystin Goodwin
    2019-03-27 04:44

    Title: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino Genre: Dystopian RomanceSometimes, a single spark is enough to ignite a revolution.Lena Gracey is a young woman with a secret. She avoids the relo-cities that are all that is left of society after the cataclysm that destroyed fossil fuels two hundred years ago. Fiercely independent, all Lena wants is peace and a space to call her own.Unfortunately, her very existence makes it impossible.First of all, let me say that I have been sitting and mulling over this review for over a month now. In fact, I suspect it's been closer to two months. Why so long? I don't really know, except I really want to make this review count. I don't really know why, but this work spoke to me. I am not an analytical reader at all - I read for pure enjoyment - but something about how this was written, knowing that it was the author's debut work ... I found myself awed at how the story, the world, the characters - all just came together. That isn't to say one can't just read and enjoy. The writing was smooth and easy to get lost in, and the author unfolded the world perfectly - feeding the reader just enough information to keep them begging for more. While I listed the story as dystopian (because it certainly fits that genre), I also feel that it has a very strong science fiction flavor. With magic. Science based magic, which in my opinion, is the best kind. Oh, and romance. Sort of. Actually, it was more passion than romance, but hey, tomato, tomahto, right?So what exactly is the story about, you ask? It's the story of a young woman who has a powerful gift the government wants to exploit. It's the story of the man who was sent to bring her in - and who risks everything to hide and protect her instead. It's the story of how the two of them slowly uncover the secrets and horrors the government has hidden, and the beginning of a revolution.Now for the typical disclaimers. This book is fairly dark. There is violence, murder, and death. There are references to rape and child abuse. There are a few sex scenes - all consensual. Pretty steamy, too. Also, because I gushed praise, I should probably mention that there were a few sections that didn't quite make sense to me; although, I'm pretty sure those will be answered in future installments of the series. There were also a few developments that seemed to just pop in out of nowhere, but none of them really bothered me enough to write them down. Basically, this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed, and I plan on purchasing the following books in the series. I've already picked up and read Ignition Point - which is a collection of short stories featuring important characters from the novel. (I highly recommend that one, too.) Honestly, I think this book has something to appeal to most people, but I'd highly recommend it to fans of dystopian society, romance, and/or science fiction.

  • Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
    2019-03-27 10:15

    What I ThoughtI am, and will always remain a huge fan of dystopian reads. I like the way they portray the future, so desolate, yet something in our world has the ability to stand up and fight. In this excellent, YA, read we find ourselves in a barren future, where the world has run out of fossil fuels. The people depend on a new breed, called Sparks, who use their powers to control the energy-giving dust. However, just as we could expect, the people who have these powers aren't treated well, they are used by those in power. However, all it takes is one person to start a wave of change. Lena, for all intensive purposes, is dead. Her parents saw the way the Sparks were treated and wanted something else for their child. So, they faked her death, mourned her and then, when the time came, she left to live a freer life, where she sold her powers on the black market. She would never have to deal with the suffering her fellow Sparks did...until she met him. Just like every great dystopian read, we always love to see a hero rise out of the ashes to bring about a world of change and happiness. Lena may become that Spark, that heroine, with the help of Alex. The two know the world, what it has become and at least one of them will do whatever it takes to see it change. I loved reading along as Lena came into her own. She had a goal and life in mind, but as she meets Alex we watch her change and grow into so much more than she believed possible. She is a strong, fiesty, fun character and one that I enjoyed learning about throughout the book. Alex and Lena, though different in many ways, make an excellent team, bringing out the best and worst in each other, in so many ways. Reading along as they embark on their adventure was very exciting and a great new look on dystopian reads. I loved the depth of character that we were given by Corcino. She led us into each new character very lightly, giving us a feel for them, but not giving away too much. We then got to know bits and pieces about them and their personality, as we carried on. I really liked this, as, by the end of the book, I felt as though I knew them like my own mates. The pace of the book was very good. It was fast-paced enough to have the excitement and joy of a great YA read, as well as the detail and depth needed for a believable dystopian read - Corcino has created a great blend of the two. Overall, I really liked this read. It was fun, adventurous and had a new outlook to it. I also loved the strong female lead and the adventurous Alex, with the sheer determination to make a difference. I cannot wait to read more by Corcino.