by Janet B. Taylor
Series: Into the Dim #2
Published on August 1, 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.
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Why, oh why, did I think it was a good idea to read the sequel?
I didn’t have a great experience with the first in the series, Into the Dim, but I had this hope that MAYBE the sequel would be better. It happens. Sometimes. This, however, wasn’t one of those times unfortunately.
It’s been a while since I left a book unfinished. After the previous one, I didn’t have a high tolerance for any of the characters in Sparks of Light or a lack of story. Grace wasn’t a favorite of mine to begin with and my opinion only dropped lower this time around. She hasn’t changed, like at all. I don’t care if she’s a teenager, the way she acts towards other girls is pretty awful. She also comes off younger than her age and not in the good way (is there a good way with that?). Perhaps someone closer to her age would like Grace more than someone in their early twenties like me. Can’t say.
The story moved far too slow to hook me which, with a protagonist on my blacklist, wasn’t a good sign. Taylor moves back and forth in time, alternating between past and present. Also, I recommend reading this right after Into the Dim because you’ll likely be lost otherwise.
Sparks of Light had potential. The series has potential. But neither books reached it. I left this book unfinished about two-thirds of the way through and have no intentions of giving it another shot. Not a good one for me.