Thursday, 16 August 2012

Review: Sparks - Laura Bickle


Sparks
Anya Kalinczyk is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern, who holds down a day job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department—while working 24/7 to exterminate malicious spirits haunting a city plagued by unemployment and despair. Along with her inseparable salamander familiar, Sparky, Anya has seen, and even survived, all manner of fiery hell—but her newest case sparks suspicions of a bizarre phenomenon that no one but her eccentric team of ghost hunters might believe: spontaneous human combustion.
After fire consumes the home of elderly Jasper Bernard, Anya is stunned to discover his remains—or, more precisely, a lack of them; even the fiercest fires leave some trace of their victims—and she is sure this was no naturally occurring blaze. Soon she’s unearthed a connection to a celebrity psychic who preys on Detroit’s poor, promising miracles for money. But Hope Solomon wants more—she’s collecting spirits, and in a frantic race against time, Anya will face down an evil adversary who threatens her fragile relationship with her lover, her beloved Sparky’s freshly hatched newts, and the wandering souls of the entire city.

My thoughts:
First of all, I should have written this one when I finished it, but I was shocked that there are no more books! I want more :/

Anya is back, being her cool self, investigating fires, keeping track of her guardian/pet Sparky and being in a new relationship. She is always so cool, not kick-ass, just cool. She does not bring a katana to the table, but she can suck in ghosts. And that gives her heartburn.

There is just so much to talk about, so much more it could be. But there are no more books at the present. And I do find that sad, because this world has so much promise. Like what is her connection to Ishtar really? And..something else that I found out and really want to know more about. But for now it ended well, they could all be happily ever after. So no cliffie or so. But yes, more things are hidden, more things could be told. And I hope they are one day.

Conclusion:
For now, just read these two books and enjoy a different UF with a ghostsucking heroine and the coolest of side kicks, Sparky, the electricity eating salamander. 

Series: Anya Kalinczyk #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Published: 2010 by Pocket
Source. Own

45 comments:

  1. electricity eating salamander....I love it!

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  2. Isn't she the one who writes another series under different name? Yep, I've got her first book in another series - Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams. Great review, I sure like proper kick-ass girl, and I love her surname! ;)

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    1. Yup the oracle series :) I really should check that one out too as I like her style

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  3. I've been wanting to read this series for a while now. No more??? I hope that isn't true, but it will at least allow me to catch up...

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    1. No more :( just these two. But they do end so you can live on..but at least one more, pleeeeease

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  4. Maybe there will be a 3rd one???

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  5. ooh no...i loved Embers and have this one on my wishlist. I wonder why? UGH!

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    1. At least when you have read this one you have finished a series and that is always a good feeling..and a sad one

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  6. How sad that there is no more books. Is this because another book is not planned or because you have to wait till the next one comes out?

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    1. I guess the publisher did not want to publish any more books, it happens :/

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  7. This sounds good! I really do need to start in Embers any day soon! :)

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    1. I hope that you will enjoy it :)

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  8. This does sound like a good book but I'm hesitant to read it if the author isn't continuing the series. This requires some investigation!

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    1. I do think it's more that the publisher decided not to. it has happened to other series I have read

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  9. This is one of my favourite series and I was so sad to know that there won't be any more books. I adored Laura's writing and world building. As you say it's noce to have a cool heroine who isn't weilding a sword (although I love them too!). Plus Sparky is sooo cute! I want a baby one! :-)

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    1. I want a baby Sparky too! :D And yes I do love that she is not clad in leather wielding a sword..not that I do not love those heroines too

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  10. This series sounds like it was written just for you!

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  11. You mean there's a series out there that doesn't go into perpetuity? That sounds unheard of and how ironic that it would be one that sounds like it should have more books to it.

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  12. A ghost sucking heroine and an electricity eating salamander? Now that is different!

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    1. I do like different cos even if the same old same old formula works it's still nice with new

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  13. Oh I have both these books here! And SOOOOo need to get to them. :) Glad to hear they are good.

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    1. I hope that you will enjoy them both>!

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  14. I've never even heard of this novel, but it looks so good. And I mean, electricity eating salamanders. It's a must read, OBVIOUSLY! :)

    Also, how cool is that cover?

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    1. The cover is very cool and so fitting the book.

      And the story, she did do well there

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  15. Almost Friday... *whimpering*

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    1. Only 8 hours and something and I am home from work, yay

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  16. I didn't hear of this book before but it sounds good.

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  17. I didn't like book one, so I haven't read this one, but I'm glad you liked it. :)

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  18. I have both books on my shelves, and they will be read :)

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  19. I love salamanders so yes, maybe...;)

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    1. Lol, well something at least made you think maybe

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  20. I always get super depressed when I fall in love with a book or books and then realize there are no plans to turn it into a 30 book series. Okay, I might get bored after 30 books, but I would be sad to see a good thing over at just 2!

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  21. I almost want to read this just because of my last name: Sparks :)

    Yes I am an easy sale that way!

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    1. Haha, well at least it's something :D

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  22. Oh you know I haven't tried this one yet? Yeah I know I need to. It sounds like a series I might like as well. thanks!

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    1. Give it a go and see what you think :)

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  23. I emailed the author about further books in this series too and was informed that the publisher wouldn't contract more books... I think it was the sales or statistics or something that helped make that decision... are they mad!! This series is megalicious!! If it wasn't megalicious, I wouldn't have Sparky on my header! Yes, it is sad that there are no more books in this series...

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    1. I know! And it's not the first series I have read that have gotten the axe. I just do not get it as so much crap is out there and then this one gets no more

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