Published: 28th August 2012
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed Gabriel's character in Storm so I was really looking forward to reading Spark and getting a look at things from his prospective.
He's having a hard time lately. He's failing math and unless he can pick up his grade, he'll be kicked off the basketball team. Nick, his twin, starts dating a girl he doesn't like, and when Gabriel picks a fight with her for no reason, things get heavy between him and Nick and they don't speak afterwards. He saves the lives of some people caught in fires, but then gets accused of being the arsonist who's starting them. Anything that can go wrong for him is, but the light at the end of the tunnel is Layne.
I found Gabriel to be quite witty and fun loving in Storm so I expected something different from this book, that's not to say I didn't enjoy it though, I really did. But Gabriel is having such a hard time and I really felt sorry for him. He is isolated from his family, and the only person he seems to have to fall back on is Layne.
I enjoyed the relationship build up between himself and Layne, it's exactly the kind of romance I enjoy. Both of them indifferent to start with and it gradually grows into something special.
The interactions between Gabriel and Nick really warmed my heart. They hadn't really made up but yet you could see how much Nick really cared for Gabriel. I have no experience with twins at all and I just loved the intimacy that the two of them shared.
Michael softens a little bit in this too, and I felt we were starting to see a little bit of the old Michael from Elemental. Things finally seem to be looking up for him and I'm hoping that everything is going to work out.
Hunter appealed to me a lot more in this book, I really started liking him too. I think it's probably because he wasn't part of the love triangle anymore lol.
But I really found myself missing Chris and Becca, especially Becca. I don't think I realised how much I actually enjoyed her character in Storm, until I was only catching glimpses of her in Spark.
Layne was a lovely character and such a sweetie. Her life seemed to be a struggle but she was strong and caring. She took care of her brother Simon who was deaf and who got bullied at school. Gabriel also builds up a friendship with Simon and it was really nice to see him also looking out for Simon. I felt both Gabriel and Layne had a lot of character growth in this and by the end, they are both more comfortable with themselves.
Spark has a lot going on, it's fast paced and exciting and I definitely recommend it. I'm really excited for the next in the series, Spirit, which is from Hunters prospective.