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The Sparks

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Publisher's Summary

One teen assassin-in-training must unite three warring supernatural dynasties before death comes to them all…

Find out why USA Today calls The Sparks “a crackling read” that “builds a vivid world (both) otherworldly and relatable."

Neil Vapros just wants to make his father proud. The sixteen-year-old aspires to serve his family as an assassin, but he nearly dies in the process. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Neil’s family, as well as two rival dynasties, have abandoned an ancient promise to protect their city. An unknown evil has begun hunting all three houses from the shadows…

As Neil’s relatives fall one-by-one, he attempts to unite the three supernatural families against a common enemy. But earning trust after years of assassination attempts could prove impossible. Neil’s fight may involve more than a bloodthirsty empire, as betrayal rears its ugly head…

The Sparks is the first book in the award-winning Epic Feud trilogy of young adult fantasy novels. If you like captivating characters, inventive world building, and supernatural battles, then you’ll love Kyle Prue’s action-packed coming-of-age tale. Buy The Sparks today to ignite your thirst for adventure!

“A crackling read. The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once otherworldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a deft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue’s young age. He’s a voice to be heard.” (Scott Bowles, USA Today)

Winner of numerous national awards including: Best Book in Florida and Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015 from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. The Sparks was runner up for Best Young Adult Fiction at the Florida Book Festival and won Honorable Mentions at the New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Prue also won an International Moonbeam Award and Indie Fab award for Best Young Author.

©2015 Kyle Prue (P)2017 Kyle Prue

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"A crackling read. The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once otherworldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a deft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue's young age. He's a voice to be heard." (Scott Bowles, USA Today)

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    Arwen in NM 07-12-17
    Arwen in NM 07-12-17 Member Since 2017

    AKA Arwen

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    "Worldbuilding for the win"

    I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    First, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did not have any problems determining which character POV I was in. This is a 3rd person narrative with superb narration.

    There are approximately five groups in the stories. The Emperor and his military, the normal humans and then the four families. I say five instead of six because one of the families aka the Lightborn, is presumed dead.

    The narrators are the three children of the three families (primarily...here and there one of the other children is the POV.) Typically I find that very confusing, but Prue made this crystal-clear in his writing.

    The story takes you into a feud that's been ongoing for centuries. But, as with many family feuds, the introduction of a more powerful outsider forces them to band together. This isn't an instant thing. The long-standing hatred is not glossed over. They don't trust easily.

    Without completely spoiling the story, I'll just say there are twists and turns aplenty. The ending is what I would consider a cliffhanger, but I honestly didn't mind because it was enough of a wrap-up to satisfy me. And enough of an ending hook to make me immediately see if the next book was out.

    The thing that really grabbed me was the consistency of the world building. Prue really has a talent for this. This did not remind me of anything else I've ever read. It does have quite a bit of violence in it so the more sensitive might want to look away. I never found the \ violence to be gratuitous.

    So I will end with, please sir, may I have some more?

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    Abbie 04-13-17
    Abbie 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Story!"
    If you could sum up The Sparks in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent Introductory Adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reese


    What does Jon Eric Preston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration brings the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me interested from the first page. This book was so well laid out that even with the complex storyline the action kept moving. Fabulous vocabulary. Can't wait for Flames.

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    Tiffany Fox Grand Prairie, TX 07-16-17
    Tiffany Fox Grand Prairie, TX 07-16-17

    I'm a bookseller by day and a reviewer by night. I like a good book but I love a great audio book!

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    "OMG! Best Book of the Year!"

    Oh my god! Let me say that again, OH MY GOD! I love trilogies and young adult novels. I love fantasy. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES! This is by far the best beginning to a set of novels I have listened too, since Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I haven't wanted to run to the bookstore to pick up the next book in a series this much in years! Kyle Prue paints such a vivid world, full of rich detail without making you drown in the words. I know this series is a rather new addition to the publishing world, but if any series is deserving of a movie or tv deal, then this one should be at the top. Filled with fantasy, magic, strength, family, personal growth and loss, The Sparks makes you care about the journey that each character is facing. You can almost relate on some small scale with each trouble they face.

    Jon Eric Preston was an outstanding fit for this audio book. I only hope that he continues to narrate the other two books as well. He does an amazing job at making each character unique and full of emotion that you want to feel the same ways. I'm not going to lie, there were moments in this audio book that Preston did such an amazing job at expressing grief that I couldn't help but to cry. When at work and having to explain that your audio book is making you go from angry to crying like a child, you know the narrator has done their job successfully.

    Everything about The Sparks makes me want to listen to it over again already. It's the perfect mix of several series over the last few years. From The Kingkiller Chronicles to Game of Thrones. From The Mortal Instruments to Divergent. From The Hunger Games to Harry Potter. There is something from each in this first novel. If you need something new to listen too, please consider Kyle Prue's The Sparks! You can easily listen to this in one day, but the story won't leave you for many after!

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    Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy Missouri, USA 06-18-17
    Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy Missouri, USA 06-18-17

    Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)

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    "I enjoyed it."
    What made the experience of listening to The Sparks the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, he did a great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all for different reasons.


    What about Jon Eric Preston’s performance did you like?

    He did some great voices!


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't sure what to expect with this one when the author asked me to review it but it did sound interesting and I ended up enjoying it. :)<br/><br/>In this fantasy world there are three factions The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius. Each one has a special type of power and care called Lightborns and they are suppose to take care of the people but over the years they seemed to care less about everyone and care more about fighting each other. They were always at war with each other then one day the emperor of Altryon, whom is not a nice person, decides it's time to get rid of the three factions and goes after each family. They lose a lot of members and it's the younger family members that realize to fight the emperor and his army they are going to have to do something that hasn't been done in a long time, work together.<br/><br/>I thought it has an interesting concept and the story flowed really well. The author wasn't afraid to kill off people so at times it was kind of sad but made it more realistic. <br/><br/>

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    M. Addison Georgia 06-05-17
    M. Addison Georgia 06-05-17
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    "A Fun and well-paced YA Fantasy."
    What did you love best about The Sparks?

    While written in a manner that is pretty simple, Prue easily sucked me into this world where four families have different fantastical powers to help protect their city, the city of Altryon.<br/>


    What other book might you compare The Sparks to and why?

    I've been stuck in a fantasy world for a while - I have been reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas as well as another assassin related book by a friend that doesn't release until later this month. I was already in the right mindset for The Sparks as soon as I downloaded it onto Audible and started to listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Power isn't everything.


    Any additional comments?

    If I hadn't already known how young the author was, I would have figured it out just listening to some of the content in the book. The world building is great, very creative, and has some strong descriptors. The pacing was pretty good, and I felt like the plot moved in a way that was entertaining, but still super exciting at times as I couldn't always predict what might happen next. That's my favorite part of a fantasy read - not knowing what might come up next, because the world building and plottage are so good. Prue did a wonderful job of laying out a story that was pretty well rounded and easy to follow for the most part.<br/><br/>Also, I feel like I missing a lot when it came to dialogue. Sure, there was plenty there and it got the point across, but it was basic and really not that exciting. With a story full of this many characters, dialogue becomes the most important part to me, due to character development. I personally felt a little overwhelmed by all the characters we had to get to know in this book, but the narrator did a fab job of sorting that out for me. <br/><br/>Side note... Jon Eric Preston... His voice is like butter and the editing is perfect! It's all due to his voicing abilities that I was able to keep straight that voices in this book. I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and Preston kept me on top of it. His voice literally gave life to many of these characters, and I would literally listen to him read my grocery list! The quality of audio was top notch as well, and completely solid.

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 05-31-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 05-31-17 Member Since 2011
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    "My new fave YA fantasy!"

    The Houses have been warring for generations. Each House has it’s warriors and assassins along with their special abilities. Now something has taken aim at the major Houses and old feuds may have to be set aside in order for the remnants of these Houses to survive. Building trust enough to mount a strategic attack may be impossible.

    Set in the fictional city of Altryon, Neil Vapros is an assassin in training. He desperately wants his father’s approval but gaining that may be impossible. The Vapros are currently targeting the senior members of House Taurlum but taking one out is harder than Neil expected. In fact, if it wasn’t for Neil’s street-wise commoner friend Bianca, his role in this tale may have ended quite early on.

    Even as Neil tries to come up with new ways to prove himself worthy of the Vapros House, something starts targeting the three ruling Houses. Despite their special powers, they die or disappear one after the other. The steel skin and incredible strength of the Taurlum House doesn’t keep them safe. For each incredible power, there is a weakness and the Taurlum weakness is not a secret. Members of the Vapros House can teleport and also turn human bodies into ash. House Celerius (the ability to heal quickly coupled with super speed) comes into it a bit later but also plays a significant role. Myth holds that these Houses were given special abilities in order to protect the people of Altryon. Outside there city-wide walls lies only rumors and guesses.

    This rich, deadly world that Prue created is the thing that I loved most about this book. These long-feuding Houses and the kids growing up in this culture where they are expected to kill members of the other Houses whenever they get the chance is a great setting. When major changes start happening to this status quo, it gets really interesting. Now the main characters no longer have this family script on how to behave and they have to start thinking and acting for themselves and the ones they truly care about. For instance. Neil’s sisters (Jennifer and Victoria) aren’t particularly loving towards him. Once his family comes under attack, things shift.

    Michael of House Tarlum experiences a character shift as well once he loses most of his family. I was particularly intrigued by this character because he seems so rough and bull-like at the beginning. He’s a big ball of anger and perhaps lust (lust for power, life, the ladies). Losing the comforts and prestige he grew up with changes him.

    I also enjoyed the glimpses we get into the Emperor’s life and those closest to him. He’s a force to be reckoned with and he isn’t playing fair. Then there’s also the hints that there’s a bigger world outside of Altryon. I hope the author explores this possibility in later books.

    There was one small weakness that stood out to me. There’s a point where these remnants of the great Houses plan to meet to discuss where to go from here. They set a time and location and share that around. It was painfully obvious that somehow their foe would get hold of this info and they would be attacked. It was a predictable plot point that was delivered without subtlety.

    Despite that one little criticism, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was trying to describe this book to my husband and I went with ‘imagine Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards without all the creative cussing mashed up with Red Rising without Mars and you got something like The Sparks‘. Now he wants to give it a read as well and he’s not particularly into YA books. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.

    I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.

    The Narration: Jon Eric Preston was a really good pick for this book. While is female character voices could use a bit more femininity, he kept all the characters distinct. He had a variety of voices for all the male characters. What he excelled at were the numerous emotions. He was great at getting the characters’s anger, grief, frustration, joy, triumph, surprise, and more across to the listener.

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    Lomeraniel Spain 05-31-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 05-31-17
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    "Great YA fantasy"

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kyle Prue. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    Four families were touched by the light in order to protect the city of Altryon: the Vapors, able to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius, with super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum, with skin like steel and godlike strength, and a fourth family whose members have perished due to the constant rivalry among the four families. The inhabitants of Altryon live inside an impenetrable wall, and are governed by an emperor. The different members of the family are busy trying to kill each other when they find out that there is somebody who is going after all. Will it be possible to reunite the families and fight against this new danger or is their rivalry too strong for this?
    Despite the short age of Kyle Prue when writing this book I have to say that this is a quite decent fantasy book. The world building is well done, with original ideas, and a consistent story line. I missed more depth in the characters but I think it is completely normal due to Prue's age and inexperience.

    I enjoyed the different abilities the families had and the relationships among the family members. I would have appreciated a bit more character development but there were many characters and would have made for a longer book. There is a lot of action, and a couple of unexpected twists that I did not see coming.

    I found curious that only children and teens could survive the attacks. It is very convenient for a YA book but somehow I do not find it very realistic.

    I was intrigued by what was outside the wall, and I expected to have some more information about it, apart from rumors. Usually in this situation writers have someone from the outside suddenly arriving and spreading some information. This would have been interesting here, but I understand that not even Prue knew what was beyond the big wall. We will have to wait for the next book to find out.

    Jon Eric Preston delivered a great narration and character interpretations. He used clearly differentiated voices for the characters and his speech was very clear.

    This was an entertaining YA story, and I think it was very well written taking into account how young Kyle Prue was back then.

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    The Book Junkie Reads . . . United States 05-21-17
    The Book Junkie Reads . . . United States 05-21-17

    The Book Junkie Reads. . .

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    "A different kinda YA . . . for me. . ."

    This was a bit different for me. I got to read a book for he YA Fantasy written by an YA. This was a new take on the way that they see things. The level of imagination that was put into the world of Altryon. I found it to be intriguing. The separate, yet powerful families promise to protect the future and the people. Eventually this was to come to some type of impasse and in-fighting. If not for one reason it was for another. This for me was just wat a book one would state. It was the laying of the ground work to set the stage for more to come for Neil and the others. This was a complex read that would require more than one brief look. The depth needs to build and surround your senses.

    The Narration of . . . THE SPARKS . . . Jon Eric Preston put a little something extra into the way he narrated this read. I found some comfort in listening to his voice. I found the audio to be clean and of good quality. The narration was solid for the work that was provided.

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    alias11 04-23-17
    alias11 04-23-17
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    "Intriguing YA Fantasy Story"

    I really enjoyed the intriguing concept behind this riveting story. There is a lot angst and hard times along the way, but the young people who are the main characters in this story prevail against all odds. The characters are interesting, and the author draws out the details of their lives and personalities as the story progresses. We learn about them little by little until we begin to root for even those that might have seemed unlikable, selfish, or cold at first. The characters grow and evolve as well, hardened by the events of their lives. I see the second book in the trilogy is just now coming out, and I can't wait to continue the story.

    The narration was very good and well-paced overall, although it almost sounded like a different narrator took over about 1 1/2 hours from the end, as the voice seemed to change. At that point, the delivery sounded a little more stilted to my ears, and not as smooth. Still, very good overall, and I would listen to this one again.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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    Zachary Flye Portland, OR 04-15-17
    Zachary Flye Portland, OR 04-15-17

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    "It Takes Time to Develop but Won't Disappoint!"
    Where does The Sparks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Overall, it's a pretty good audiobook. I have read better ones that put more effort into their production, but those ones are going above and beyond, while this one stands out even with no added bells and whistles.


    What other book might you compare The Sparks to and why?

    This book definitely reminds me of the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes in terms of how each protagonist isn't necessarily a pure an innocent soul, but at the end of the day, they're basically good. Also, in terms of the feuding families thing, there definitely seems to be some inspiration taken from Romeo and Juliet, although there really isn't a romance in this story.


    What does Jon Eric Preston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Preston goes above and beyond in his narration. He brings out all of the complex emotions in these characters and seems to really be doing his best to bring this world to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Magical Families Must Put Aside a Centuries-Long Feud to Combat an Emerging New Foe.


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