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Book Review: Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe

Title: Sparkers
Author: Eleanor Glewwe
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Pub Deets: 2014, Viking
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Fantasy 

A mysterious illness is turning people's eyes black. Marah, a lower class musician, and Azariah, a wealthy magician, partner up to try and pursue a cure that leads to many revelations regarding their society and way of life they did not expect. 

I should note that I know Eleanor. Like, personally. Which is SUPER COOL and I am crazy proud of her and this book and so of course that clouded my judgment. However, I'm still able to know what is good and what isn't, and SPARKERS is very good. 

SPARKERS has a social heiarchy of which our main character Marah is at the bottom. She's intelligent, gifted, and kind - but she lacks magic. Azariah is part of a magician family that's a bit more open and bucks the caste system a bit. They balance each other out. 

You can see the author's intelligence shine through this Middle Grade fantasy. Marah's heart is in the studying of languages and music. She's brainy, but not introverted. She's clever, but not snarky. Marah is truly a beautifully balanced character and I fell in love with her immediately.

I recommend this to those looking for a Middle Grade fantasy that's slower with it's world building and heavier with the social commentary and academic elements. It was a total win for me! 

Marah is a violinist, so classical music really set the mood! 

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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