Friday, August 1, 2014

Spark: Kindled Book One by Ginger Lee Malacko

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Source: I received a review copy from the author to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:
Nathan Christopher Coville has always been certain of two things: that he is the most popular kid to have ever lived in the town of Temple Hills, and that he deserves to be. But that was before he was plunged head first into a gorge. Now that he’s freshly dead, Nathan isn’t certain of anything except that the afterlife isn’t so heavenly. Instead of waking amidst trumpets and sunlit clouds, Nathan finds himself deep underground, in the middle of an invisible world of guardian angels. With an impossible mission, a head angel with an unnerving secret, and a host of demons who want nothing more than to destroy him, fame and glory seem forever just out of Nathan’s reach. And to top it all, he is somehow thrown in with the most notorious misfits of the guardian training center. It’s a far cry from his easy mortal life, and Nathan finds himself homesick for his friends, his family, and his fan club. But the greatest challenge of all comes when Nathan accidentally discovers a dastardly demon plot to take over his hometown. And since the angel authorities refuse to believe that a demon army is secretly amassing under their noses, the fate of thousands of people is suddenly resting on Nathan’s inexperienced shoulders.

My Thoughts:
I like the main character Nathan from the very beginning.  I thought he was kind of stuck on himself.  However, I deal with kids like that all the time as a teacher. I could overlook that character trait.  I saw how much he really cared about his brother Sam.  I knew there was something special about Nathan when he described the stranger on the baseball field before he had ever reached it.  It was obvious he has some gift that allowed him to tell that things were not right. Shade was definitely a demon and  Nathan was aware that there was a major problem with Shade. Nathan loses his life after saving the life of his friends and his younger brother who refused to listen to Nathan. He had told them not to listen to Shade. So the story starts out in a depressive way, but it sure keeps the ball rolling all the way through.  Sam was a hero in life, and now it seems he must become a hero in death.  I would definitely recommend this book.  It only took me two sittings to read this book.  If I had not had other things I had to do I could have read it in one sitting.  Definitely need this for my students at school.  I think they will really enjoy this.
I received a copy from the author to help facilitate this review.  I received no compensation. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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