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Monday, 16 February 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Spark Rising by Kate Corcino

Book & Author details:

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


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.



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**

BLOG GIVEAWAY – closes 15th March

Open Internationally - If you would like the chance to win one (1) ebook copy of Spark Rising then this is all you need to do:
1) Share the BLOG post on Social Media and leave a comment on the blog saying where you have shared it and provide a link.
2) Agree to leave a review on with your usual online 'bookstore' when you've finished.

Closing date for the Giveaway is 15th March and the winner will be announced same day.

The prize will be sent out after 17th March.

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY - closes 26th February (Int)

  • A gift basket including a silver “Dust” opal pendant, a signed paperback of Spark Rising, signed tote, bookmarks, and a mousepad



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.


  1. Great review Debbie! There can be really great books in YA! And this is my favorite genre, too! I love post apocalyptic, and the sci-fi aspect sounds really interesting, too!

  2. I really enjoyed. I do tend to dismiss YA out of hand but think after reading books like this, I shouldn't! its a really good example of why I shouldn't!

  3. I liked the synopsis, sounds like a good read.

  4. this sounds very interesting, I've read very few books like this but they've turned out to be great surprise reads