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A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron Book Review

A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding, #2) The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron's blockbuster gothic steampunk romance,
THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust--if anyone--to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

I was meant to have read this book last fall and I simply never got around to it which is something I definitely need to get better with, especially with ARCs. In any case I had been very excited upon getting it as I had enjoyed the first book, The Dark Unwinding, and was looking forward to reading the sequel. The series has a very interesting style and I like it. It's steampunk and historical fiction mixed together with mystery and excitement.

I enjoyed the plot of this book a good deal. It took me maybe a hundred pages or so to get fully involved in the story and the characters. This is probably partly because it had been so long since I had read the first book. Once I was reacquainted with the characters well enough and a few things had been revealed then I really began to enjoy the story. There were some great plot surprises, although once I did foresee and another one, that occurred towards the end of the book, seemed a bit unbelievable.

I liked Katherine's character, I felt like she was a strong character but she wasn't so strong that you got annoyed with how superhuman she seemed to be. She had many problems and while she was daunted by them she didn't let them control her and did her best to fix things, even if she did make a muddle along the way. She also openly acknowledged her need for help and gladly accepted it. From her kindly solicitor, her feisty maid, or Lane who was really just very very sweet.

Also the setting in this book was very interesting. It was in Paris but we didn't see much of the actual Paris as most of her adventures were at night or in secret tunnels under the city ;) The feel of the setting was really neat and historical and added a lot to the style and characters, I thought. Possibly because of the setting I did get confused a few times. The main point that confused me was the family of servants Katherine's family had employed, some plot details with them. It may have been just me reading to quickly though.

Overall, I found this an enjoyable book and I liked the writing style, the main characters, and the bonds between them. Uncle Tully was a great character and I felt like he was very well crafted. However there were several times that I got a bit confused. And it did take me a few chapters to get fully interested. So I would give A Spark Unseen 3 out of 5 flowers.

Thank you to Montana for sending me an ARC she had from the publisher (I assume) Sorry it took so long for me to get around to it! (oops)
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


  1. I have been meaning to try the first book for a really long time now, glad you liked this even if it maybe wasn't a favorite.

    1. Oh really? I was excited for the first book when it was released, I think I enjoyed it :) And this one was nice as well, even if not a favorite, exactly.

  2. Glad you liked it overall. It sounds like a series book that needs to be read right after the first though.

    1. Agreed, I probably should have reread the first book. Oops.

  3. Really liked this one as well! The ending of it though made me think there would be a sequel. So far one hasn't been added to goodreads, and I would really like to know what happens next.

    1. I think that there definitely could be, I mean you know that they're overall safe but there are still several things that could threaten that safety.

  4. I haven't actually heard of this one but it sounds really interesting. I like the sound of this world and main characters. Well it seems it's a good thing you didn't give up. Great review :)


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