Ironspark by C.M. McGuire

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Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: Ironspark

 

Author: C.M. McGuire

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Diversity: LGBT characters (f/f and love triangle, ace male), anxiety rep

 

Recommended For…: fae lovers, revenge story, ya fantasy

 

Publication Date: August 25, 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (death, anxiety, anxiety attacks, parent with mental illness, violence, slight gore, arson, kidnapping)

 

Publisher: Swoon Reads

 

Pages: 336

 

Synopsis: 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.

 

Review: For the most part this was a good book. The plot was intriguing and the world building was really well done. I also liked the pacing of the book. I really liked the anxiety rep and I’m genuinely intrigued by the mythology.

 

However, the characters were a bit off in my opinion. The fae were…. kinda lackluster and the other characters flat. I also had issues with the “father cursed with mental illness” thing. It felt kinda offensive to me because I have a mother who has anxiety and I had to grow up trying to figure out why my mom would sometimes go off on me unexpectedly and why sometimes she would lock herself in her bedroom for the rest of the day. I never felt like I was cursed or she was cursed by whatever her health though, it was just something I had to learn and adapt to. I got the vibe the author was going for but it kinda hurt. I don’t like books where the author uses mental illness as the punishment for a curse or uses it to explain away why people don’t believe they’re actually seeing the supernatural. It really rubs me the wrong way when mental illness is used as a villain. And while this book wasn’t doing that intentionally, it gave off that vibe.

 

Verdict: It was well done and I liked it overall.

Book Info:

Ironspark by C.M. McGuire

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: August 25, 2020

 

Synopsis:

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.

 

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43839826-ironspark

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TSVQLP8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ironspark-c-m-mcguire/1132278936?ean=9781250245267

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Ironspark-C-M-Mcguire/9781250245267?ref=grid-view&qid=1596734724249&sr=1-1

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/ironspark/9781250245267-item.html?ref=isbn-search

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About the Author:

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 Links:

Website: http://seeemmcguire.weebly.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/seeemmcguire

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seeemmcguire/?hl=en

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18849889.C_M_McGuire

 

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