Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor
Publisher: HMH Kids
Published: August 1, 2017
Sparks of Light is the sequel to Into the Dim, which is a time travel series about a girl named Hope who after the events in the first book, is living her life with her family, friends, and her maybe boyfriend. She is now a Viator, a time traveling crew, and when the rival time travelers work up a plan to steal Nikola Tesla’s device they race to beat them to it. They have to navigate the Gilded Age of New York City, and they find out high society can be as deadly as it can be beautiful.
I loved the first book, I thought it was such a great story and I was actually quite nervous that the sequel wasn’t going to be as good, because sometimes the sequel is really hit or miss for me. I honestly think that this book was even better than the first! The action and mystery in this book were just so amazing! There were moments where I just flew through, and some parts had me on the edge of my seat. Mainly the part in the hospital, and when you read you’ll know why! Just wow! That whole scene was intense!
I also enjoyed that the author adds so many historical aspects to this book. Nikola Tesla is in this novel, and also a famous doctor who plays a special part in his scenes! She makes the history aspects just so fun to learn about. Whenever I read her books I tend to just want to watch the history channel, or take another history class! I’m always itching to learn!
I really appreciated Hope’s character in this series! She is a powerhouse! She might not be the strongest person physically, but she uses her mind to her advantage! Her mind is basically her weapon, and she never backs down from a challenge to help other people! Her little romance was really cute too, but again it wasn’t the focus of the story. And after the reveal about her and Bran, I liked getting to see her memories and know more about her backstory, as it is really interesting!
Bran again is adorable and a cutie! His backstory is one of my favorite parts of the novel, mainly because of his connection to our main character.
The little snippets were sweet, and I hope we get more in the future, though this novel really gave us a good picture of them.
I also think that Janet’s writing is just amazing, and it flows so well! I never feel disjointed, and it really just sucks you in and pulls you along for the story! I really hope there is more of this story planned for the future because I just love it and I just can’t wait to see what else Janet brings forward in the upcoming future in her writing career!
Overall I highly recommend this story if you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced adventure! The history is fascinating, the plot is so fun and thrilling, and the characters are so interesting! There are so many twists and turns that I just loved and felt that they added so much to the story flow and plot line. You’ll fall in love let me tell you!
Thank you HMH for the ARC of this novel! I really appreciate you sending it to me!
Let me know in the comments your thoughts and hopes for this novel as I would love to know!