Book Tuesday: ARC – Sparks of Light

Title: Sparks of Light (Into the Dim #2)
Author: Janet B. Taylor
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Pages: 448

For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

This was solid sequel to Into the Dim.  I really enjoyed it.

After learning about her true family history, Hope is settling in to her new life after the events of traveling back in time.  Although the road to recovery is far from easy.  When Hope and the other Viators learn of a plot to steal Tesla’s newest invention, they travel back to the Gilded Age of New York City to stop him.  Once they arrive however, they’re faced with true horror and betrayal they never thought possible.  Loyalties and morals are put to the test in this thrilling sequel.

So I know a lot of people didn’t enjoy Into the Dim (which I disagree with), but I urge you to give it a shot because I’m really digging this series.  Albeit, I think the first installment was a bit better than the second, but this one really pulls out the stops in the emotional roller coaster department.  Whew.

So this picks up not long after the events of Into the Dim.  We’re met with all our familiar friends–Collum, Phoebe, Bran, Mac, Moira.  The plot moved rather quickly, but it definitely through you for a loop at one point.  I won’t give any spoilers but there was a point in the plot where I was reading and just thinking, “This is truly horrific.  Only because it actually happened.”  I really like how Janet B. Taylor can translate historical events and make them relatable to the reader through her characters.  She definitely had me biting my nails.

We see more of Hope’s true past through some flashbacks.  I really enjoyed those because it shed so much more light about Bran and their relationship.  I wouldn’t have minded some more! Although, I have a feeling we’ll probably be getting that in the next installment.

I did have some issues with the ending.  I know there’s more to come, but it just felt a little unresolved.  It was almost as if you turn the page and thought, “That’s it?!”

I don’t want to lead you astray.  There’s no cliff-hanger per se, but it just seemed a rather transitional ending.  Like, “That’s the end then? Oh, ok.” We are left with an idea of the direction they’re heading for the third book, which has been building since the first and I AM ALL THE EXCITED ABOUT IT.

If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I highly suggest you do. Now.  It’s like Outlander…for teens.  Nothing wrong with that.  The plot moves rather quickly and the characters are entertaining to read.  Go ahead and immerse yourself in the past.  Lemme know how you find it.

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