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Book Review: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

I’m lucking out with sequels this year, I tell you – Sharon Cameron’s A Spark Unseen does not disappoint!

Book Review: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

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Title & Author: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

Genre: YA Fantasy – Historical, Steampunk-ish

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Series: The Dark Unwinding #2

Publisher: Scholastic

How I Got the Book: ARC via Blog Tour


“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.”

Can’t You Tell I’m French by My Outrageous Accent?!

I love a good eccentric character. They have to be just crazy enough to be out of reality and rich, funny or smart enough to be intriguing. Uncle Tully’s just cuckoo enough to be endearing and definitely intelligent enough to be a danger to himself and…all of England and France.

And, so starts A Spark Unseen. Lane is in France chasing his demons and Katherine is at her Uncle Tully’s trying to defuse a sticky situation. The result of which forces her, Uncle Tully and Katherine’s super chatty, Cockney maid Mary to Paris (oh darn…).

While there was tons of action in the beginning of the book, I had trouble falling into the cadence of the story. I don’t believe it was the fault of Cameron, but my own mood. A Spark Unseen avoided a lot of the typical sophomore slump pitfalls, and for that I am so grateful.

All of the political drama, historical richness and fancy (and rude) French society added excitement and depth to the sequel of The Dark Unwinding.

So many things delighted me about this story, like:

  • The change of scene, Paris isn’t too shabby, even in the 1800’s
  • New characters like the gossipy Mrs. Hardcastle & the very handsome, very French Henri
  • Historical drama and political unrest with the appearance of Napoleon III
  • Katherine, all inclusive. She’s just the spunkiest thing.

A close second for favorite character is Mary. She’s the best sidekick ever, with her funny quirks and sweet demeanor. Ultimately though, Katherine is awesome. She faces her problems head-on while unwaveringly believing that Lane is ok (the rumor is, he’s dead….).

A Spark Unseen surprised me in so many ways, too. I can’t say why exactly because I hate spoilers, but you’ll see I promise.


Despite my slow immersion into the book, I warmed up to the compelling story and loveable characters shortly. A Spark Unseen added more to the The Dark Unwinding series – more romance, more power plays and more trouble for Katherine Tullman; it’s a must-read sequel!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.