Virtual Review Tour for Sparked by Sheena Snow

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YA Light Sci-Fi
Date Published: December 16, 2015
 
They weren’t supposed to have feelings.

Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distance future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for the help of humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

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Mama’s Thoughts:
This was an interesting take on the usual ya instalove with a bit of suspense, and though the story was certainly original, there were a few things that dimmed the experience for me.  Mostly it was lack of consistency, in both the author’s voice and the character’s reactions.  I couldn’t quite connect with anyone for any length of time, though I was engrossed in what was happening and why.  This leads to my other complaint, there really is no “why” which makes me hope we get some more answers in the next book.  Being the first book in a new series, I want to give it some credit for sparking my interest, but I was left with only a few lit embers by the end.  I’d recommend this on a borrow it from the library or a friend basis, but would add that if you are really into robots and ya stories, you should snatch your own copy from Amazon.  I absolutely loved Alec and thought his was the strongest character, maybe we can get some of his pov in the next book?  And this is truly the first I’ve seen of a romance but not romance with not quite humans.  Think Ghost in the Shell but less complex.  And funnier.

 

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Sheena Snow, contrary to her name, lives in South Florida and has only seen snow once. But she would love for it to land on her eyelashes and sparkle in her hair. She loves painting, candle making, orchid shows, tattoo conventions, hockey games and library book sales! After college she landed a full time job but kept serving pizza on the weekends and writing stories about characters she wished really existed, characters who never gave up no matter the obstacles life threw at them. At the age of twenty-six, she sold her first book and bought her very first puppy, a wonderful Yorkie named Aladdin.

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