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. I absolutely love this series and am so excited to be sharing my thoughts with you. Today I am reviewing Shield! The final book in the series. Tomorrow I will wrap the spotlight up with a review of the 3 novellas connected to the series.
Release Date: September 1st 2016.
Publisher: Walker Books Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“This is the Affinity Project – where freewill is turned to ash.”
Evie is out of options. She must comply with the Affinity Project – obey their rules, play their deadly games, give up Jamie. And her losses keep growing…
When she decides to help a small group of Shields trying to affect change, Evie finds herself in the firing line. Counsellor Knox is intent on revealing her secrets and shackling her to the Affinity Project for life. To protect her family, Evie must betray those closest to her.
The odds of success – let alone survival – are slim.
The final thrilling conclusion to the Spark series.
An awesome end to an awesome series.
Though saying that, I wish it wasn’t over.
Can anyone say spin off series? Please, Rachael Craw, if we beg can you make it so? I NEED MORE KITTY (she totally deserves a series of her own). And I want more Evie and Jamie of course.
Change is coming and not everyone likes it. Knox and his evil minions will do whatever they can to stop it, and Evie will do anything to stop him. She will push herself to the limit, discover just how powerful she really is and do things she never imagined she’d do.
Shield was hold your breath, edge of your seat intense. Everything in Spark and Stray has been building to the events that unfold in Shield. Oh the angst between Evie and Jamie trying to deny their love for the greater good. Oh the agony of having to be around the girl who is going to end up with the guy you love. Oh the pain of waiting for your mother to wake up, of being hated, of carrying secrets. Of wanting to help and getting shut down.
What totally surprised me in this book? Davis! If Rachael is going to do a spin off of Kitty, do one of him too. I loved him in this book and suddenly my heart was torn. Rachael Craw really knows how to write secondary characters that dig under you skin and stay there.
Oh the things I wish I could say but won’t in order to not spoil.
If you love this series you will not be disappointed. So much happens. And that ending. It’s not really left on a cliff hanger, but seriously, did you have to leave it there, Rachael? One more chapter would have been suffice. Do I need to do something I’ve never done before and write some Shield fanfic?
This was such an emotional roller coaster I am still trying to recover from. It was incredible! You will be unable to put it down. This is a must-read, stand out series. I cannot recommend it enough.
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.