Reviews

Sparkwood

Author: Daria Defore33301070

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Publication Date: 15. February 2017

Rating: 2/5. Stars

Diversity: LGBT Characters

TW: murder

Summary: Finn has never trusted faeries, so it’s no surprise to him when his twin brother turns up dead, probably by magical means. What he doesn’t expect is an invitation to the funeral—in the faery realm—and a chance to find out who killed him.

Investigating Luke’s death is probably the stupidest thing Finn has ever done, and soon he’s up to his neck in faery trouble. In the midst of it all is Robin, the faery who’s supposed to be watching out for him—but who just might have had something to do with Luke’s death.

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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This book is a mix of murder mystery and fantasy story. Luke has been murdered by faeries, and Finn, his twin brother, wants to investigate his death, which means he has to enter the faery realm, which might be the worst decision he ever made.

I was intrigued by this book as I like stories about faeries and the cover is lovely (there isn’t actually a lot of foresty stuff going on which is sad bc I love descriptions of forests, most of the story is set in Sparkwood, both the human one and the fairy one). I really adored the fact that Finn and Luke were both bisexual (the bi twins as they jokingly called themselves) and how they had different struggles in coming out. I also enjoyed how the fairies were described.

I really wish I could rate this book higher, especially since it is one of the few books I know that has a bisexual character that actually calls himself bisexual, and that not only once, but a few times, which was really nice.

However, the word building was lacking, which makes it really hard to understand the fairy world or picture any of the places. I also think the fairy mythology could have been explored better, like this I didn’t really get a feeling for the fairies, which was one of the main reasons I picked this book up. There’s also no real exploration of Luke’s past beyond a sentence here and there, which did nothing but make me more and more curious without it ever getting resolved. Same with the history of the town or any other characters. The characters were also quite flat which makes it very hard to really relate to any of them. Then there were some annoying plot holes (what happened to Luke’s diaries?) and the fake dating thing was not really explored which was a disappointment, as it could have been used much better. This made it hard for me to really buy the romance, which also felt a bit rushed. Generally, the story could have been built out more, which would have made the story way more intriguing than it was.

All in all the story had a nice premise, I liked the twist at the end and I love that there are bi characters, but its potential wasn’t really fully explored.

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