I’m so excited to be part of the tour for Ironspark, hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours. Be sure to check out the Tour schedule at the bottom for other creator’s reviews and content.
Meet C M McGuire
When C.M. McGuire, author of Ironspark, was a child, she drove her family crazy with her nonstop stories. Lucky for them, she eventually learned to write and gave their ears a rest. This love of stories led her to college where she pursued history (semi-nonfictional storytelling), anthropology (where stories come from) and theater (attention-seeking storytelling). When she isn’t writing, she’s painting, crocheting, gardening, baking, and teaching the next generation to love stories as much as she does.
Author: C M McGuire
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publishing Date: August 25, 2020
Page Length: 336
Age Range: YA
Synopisis: A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.
For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her family into hiding, Bryn has devoted herself to learning everything she can about killing the Fae. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use.
Then the Court Fae finally show up, and Bryn realizes she can’t handle this on her own. Thankfully, three friends offer to help: Gwen, a kindhearted water witch; Dom, a new foster kid pulled into her world; and Jasika, a schoolmate with her own grudge against the Fae.
But trust is hard-won, and what little Bryn has gained is put to the test when she uncovers a book of Fae magic that belonged to her mother. With the Fae threat mounting every day, Bryn must choose between faith in her friends and power from a magic that could threaten her very humanity.
Trigger Warnings: loss of a parent (talked about – not death), panic & anxiety attacks, parent with schizophrenia/hallucinations, hospitals, bullying, house fires/loss of property
Thank you to C M McGuire and Swoon Reads for an advanced copy of Ironspark in exchange for an honest review.
When I first found out that this book was about a friend group that hunted Fae, I knew I had to read it.
McGuire wrote Fae in a way that I considered to be a more traditional style of fae. There is a Fae court and a hierarchy within it – in addition to good and bad. The Fae she decided to include in this contemporary world were well picked. Most felt familiar, but with some differences in appearance.
When we met all the characters, I couldn’t help but think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but obviously with Fae instead of vampires). They reminded me of a less experienced version, one that was still figuring out the rules and their role. Bryn felt stubborn and determined, but still relatively unaware of everything overall. I felt that her two friends were more willing to accept magical beings than what I would believe to be realistic and rather quickly for one of them. I found it odd with just how quickly they wanted to join up with Bryn’s cause and endanger themselves for her. There were also times that lines were crossed, but people were easily forgiven. I was also disappointed with how little involved the one character was in the overall fight.
I did find the twists rather interesting; however, one twist I found happened so late that I now suspect that this isn’t a standalone like I had originally thought (although I can find nothing to confirm this new thought). It felt like the beginning of the book was evenly paced, but then next thing I knew there were less than 50 pages left and it didn’t feel like we were heading towards a clean wrap-up.
Despite wanting a little more, I did enjoy McGuire’s writing style and I hope to read more from her. Overall, I enjoyed Ironspark and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading about friend groups fighting against magical creatures. If you enjoyed Buffy and want something with a similar feel, then I suggest you give this a try. I do hope that there is another book so I’m given more of a conclusion that I was hoping for.
Book Tour Schedule
Stocked Up on Starbooks – Review & Moodboard
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile – Review & Favourite Quotes
Bri’s Book Nook – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Heart of a Book Blogger – Interview
TBR and Beyond (blogger’s choice)
The Reading Book Fairy (blogger’s choice)
Jena Brown Writes (blogger’s choice)
Books and Dice (Review & Favourite Quotes)
Metaphors and Miscellanea (blogger’s choice)
lacyduckie (blogger’s choice)
dannisbooks (blogger’s choice)
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile (blogger’s choice)
The Heart of a Book Blogger (blogger’s choice)
Moonlight Rendezvous (Review & Favourite Quotes)
The Book Dutchesses (blogger’s choice)
Storme Reads A Lot (blogger’s choice)
Sassenach the Book Wizard (Review)
Bookishfairytail (blogger’s choice)
Belle’s Archive (blogger’s choice)
Big Borrowed Books (Review)
Pop The Butterfly Reads (blogger’s choice)
Young at Heart Reader (blogger’s choice)
Spilled Ink (blogger’s choice)
Fangirl.Bookgram (blogger’s choice)
Shelf Blame (Review)
One More Chapter (blogger’s choice)
The Writer’s Alley (blogger’s choice)
Thousands of Pages (blogger’s choice)
The Reading Faery (blogger’s choice)
Fangirl Pixie Blog (blogger’s choice)
Have you read Ironspark? What did you think? What fae do you want character art for? I’d love one for the Shadelings! Let me know in the comment section below.