In celebration of the release of Shield, the final book in the Spark series, on September 1st, I am hosting a spotlight on the wonderful Rachael Craw and her amazing YA sci-fi series. Between now and the release date I will be reviewing all the wonderful books in the series, including the 3 novellas. I absolutely love this series and am so excited to be sharing my thoughts with you. Today I am reviewing Stray, book two in the series, which I loved even more than the first!
Release Date: September 1st 2015.
Publisher: Walker Books Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It’s hard to remember hating anything as much as I hate Affinity; a bone-deep loathing for the faceless unknown and the concrete walls of my own DNA.
Evie is a Shield: designed to kill in order to protect, and the Affinity Project have finally come for her. But Evie isn’t ready for the sinister organisation to take control of her life, her body, her mind. She isn’t ready to follow their rules about who may live and who must die – not when it condemns the innocent. She has one option: risk losing everything and everyone – including Jamie – and run.
5 out of 5 stars.
Wow Oh Wow!
I loved Spark and I thought it couldn’t get much better, but boy was I wrong. Stray was amazing and I loved loved it. So much action, so much drama, so many twists!
Evie spent all of book one trying to stay under The Affinity Project’s radar so she can save her best friend from the Stray trying to kill her. But she can hide no longer – they have found her. They have genetically modified humans without a care, to do their will, and they want to control Evie.
Unlike the Affinity Project, Evie deeply cares about the people she loves – and doing the right thing. Her brother has been locked away for being a Stray, but Evie is sure he has been healed, and will give up everything to prove it before the Affinity Project find out about him. And her awesome friend Kitty, who doesn’t have the same enhancements as Evie, will do what she has to help Evie, even at great risk to herself.
And then there is Jamie. I love Jamie as much as Evie does and cannot get enough of these two. But The Affinity Project will not allow them to be together. Oh the agony of forbidden romance! But the Affinity Project is not the only thing standing in their way. Evie’s determination to save her brother at all cost, including betraying Jamie, may just be the thing to tear them apart forever.
Oh the feels you are going to feel!
Stray goes in a direction you will never see coming. It’s brilliant and heart breaking and will leave you gobsmacked!
Rachael Craw is a fantastic writer and has created an amazing world that I so easily sink into with each new installment. I desperately wish this wasn’t a trilogy so I can keep reading more amazing stories with Evie and Jamie and Kitty. I cannot wait to read Shield and am sure it will blow me away as much as Stray did.
If you haven’t read Stray yet, go do it ASAP, you will not be disappointed. The Spark series is a must read from an incredibly talented writer.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.
RACHAEL CRAW studied Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury but became an English teacher after graduation. Working with teenagers has given her a natural bent towards Young Adult fiction and a desire to present a feisty female protagonist in her writing. Rachael was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Nelson with her family. Spark is her debut novel.