Spark: Holly Schindler Blog Tour +Giveaway!

Posted May 17, 2016 by Erica || 15 Comments

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Today is my stop on the Spark blog tour hosted by Irish Banana! I cannot wait to share my review with you guys. Also, stick with me till the end for the giveaway! You totally want to add this book to your shelf.

Spark: Holly Schindler Blog Tour +Giveaway!Spark by Holly Schindler
Published by HarperTeen on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: e-ARC
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The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I first saw the synopsis of this book I was super intrigued. It sounded like something I would absolutely enjoy and it didn’t disappoint. Now, it did surprise me. Going into this book I was expecting something extremely light and this book gave me something more. It wasn’t too light and I really enjoyed that aspect of this story.

While the story was a bit slow in the beginning it definitely started to pick up. Though, the story wasn’t lacking…it was mostly just the writing that I was having a little trouble with, but I pushed through that and I’m happy that I did.

What really drew me in was the main character, Quin. I don’t know what about her really stuck out to me, but she just resonated with me so much. She was determined and strong willed and she was going to get what she wanted. Quin can just feel how special of a place The Avery is and she wants to create the feeling it had in the past, again. With the determination Quin has she finds a way to bring the magic back into this theatre.

The most refreshing part of this book is the romance. Whenever we read a contemporary it is usually the main character in the relationship, but we see a relationship evolve that is secondary. We have the past and present relationships of two couples and I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. It is a main focus of the story, but it wasn’t thrown in your face. I loved this so much and I think Schindler was so smart in choosing to make this happen.

If you want a refreshing look on a contemporary romance you should pick up this book.

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Also, in honor of SPARK’s release, Holly is holding a sale on PLAY IT AGAIN, the sequel to her YA romance, PLAYING HURT. For a limited time, PLAY IT AGAIN is $.99.


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About Holly Schindler

Holly Schindler’s work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake, and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at

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15 responses to “Spark: Holly Schindler Blog Tour +Giveaway!

  1. I’ve never read a book by Holly Schindler, but I’m thinking I need to change that. I like the way you described the romance. I really like the sound of Quin too.
    Lovely review!

  2. danielle hammelef

    This book sounds unique and has a twist on the YA romance based on your review. I’m happy to read that the main character was well-developed and 3D for readers to care about.

  3. I like the name Quin. The fact that the romance was a background story would keep me interested.. I’d like this book, I think!

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