I am very excited to be one of the stops on the A Spark Unseen blog hop. I absolutely loved The Dark Unwinding (you can find my review HERE) and was very exited to take part in promoting the sequel. So, I will start with some information about A Spark Unseen.
A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding #2)
by Sharon Cameron
YA Historical (or Gothic Steampunk)
Expected Publication: September 24th 2013
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 supposed 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.
I received an advance copy for an honest review as part of this blog tour.
I am sorry to say that I didn't enjoy A Spark Unseen as much as I had The Dark Unwinding. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoyed it, just not as much. Majority of the book takes place in Paris, so we lose the mysteriousness of Stranwyne Keep. However, Paris has plenty of mysteries too - just not in house form.
A Spark Unseen really delves into the history and political tension between the British and the French during this time period. Yes, I know it seems steampunk, but it is actually historical. There were actually gas lanterns in the later 1800's.
I really feel for Katharine in this book. She has such hard decisions thrown at her left and right, and she can't be sure which way is correct. I am so glad that Mary has a big part in this book, and I enjoyed the introduction of Henri.
Great book. Fabulous continuation of the series and I can't wait for the next one. Highly recommended series.
Behind-the-Scenes with Lane:
I was so excited that I was able to host the behind-the-scenes information for Lane. He was a great character in The Dark Unwinding and became even more complex (if that is possible) in A Spark Unseen. I do have to admit that when I read the 4th fact... I cried.
So, directly from Sharon Cameron, here are the five things that The Dark Unwinding and A Spark Unseen will NOT tell you about Lane Moreau:
*Lane received his name because of the woolen blanket he was wrapped in the first time he was placed in Jean Moreau's arms. Laine is French for "wool." You can hear it pronounced HERE by clicking on the little speaker button.
*Lane's parents held him to an invisible standard that he could not understand, even when he was small. It always made him feel not quite good enough. It was one of the reasons he loved being with Mr. Tully.
*Lane got the silver for his animal statues by melting down candlesticks he found in Stranwyne. He never told Katharine, and she never thought to ask.
*Lane and Davy had a secret gamed called "Finding Franklin," named after the explorer who disappeared while traversing the Arctic. The game consisted of Lane hiding "treasures" all over the house, then giving Davy "accidental" clues to find them. Once Davy's treasure was a box containing grass, cabbage leaves, and a tiny, baby bunny.
*Lane knew he loved Katharine the first time she kissed Uncle Tully on the forehead. He had to admit he'd never stop loving her when she hit him with a brick.
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Since I am the blog on the list for today, I have the pleasure of having the rafflecopter giveaway on my blog!