Sparks Fly is an amazing debut novel in Young/Adult Fantasy. What’s different about this book? There are two strong female main characters.
The first is a young girl named Calina who runs into a forest, hoping to avoid being attacked by bullies.
The second is Anorvia. She’s been bred her whole life to fulfill a prophecy. Destined to return to her homeworld as a saviour, she too enters the forest.
Only one person can travel between the two worlds – the wrong one does.
I love the idea of alternating between the two girls and seeing both of their struggles to end up on the side of the portal they were meant to be. Later on, we are given a third perspective, which in some books would be confusing, but here, I believe it works well.
The ending is where I felt this first-in-a-series lacked. Cliffhanger endings can be a good thing. They build up suspense for what happens next. This, however, wasn’t a tension-building ending – rather, I found it a bit confusing. I came away with a feeling of What just happened? I even went back to reread the final pages to see if I missed something. Alas, I did not. I will simply have to wait for the next book to understand why.
Four out of five stars!