An alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.Nathan Christopher Coville has always been certain of two things: that he is the most popular kid to have ever lived in the town of Temple Hills, and that he deserves to be. But that was before he was plunged head first into a gorge. Now that he’s freshly dead, Nathan isn’t certain of anything except that the afterlife isnAn alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.Nathan Christopher Coville has always been certain of two things: that he is the most popular kid to have ever lived in the town of Temple Hills, and that he deserves to be. But that was before he was plunged head first into a gorge. Now that he’s freshly dead, Nathan isn’t certain of anything except that the afterlife isn’t so heavenly. Instead of waking amidst trumpets and sunlit clouds, Nathan finds himself deep underground, in the middle of an invisible world of guardian angels. With an impossible mission, a head angel with an unnerving secret, and a host of demons who want nothing more than to destroy him, fame and glory seem forever just out of Nathan’s reach. And to top it all, he is somehow thrown in with the most notorious misfits of the guardian training center. It’s a far cry from his easy mortal life, and Nathan finds himself homesick for his friends, his family, and his fan club. But the greatest challenge of all comes when Nathan accidentally discovers a dastardly demon plot to take over his hometown. And since the angel authorities refuse to believe that a demon army is secretly amassing under their noses, the fate of thousands of people is suddenly resting on Nathan’s inexperienced shoulders....
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While the book begins in a rather grim way, with Nathan's death, he does die a "hero's" death and thus becomes an angel. And these angels don't sit around on clouds playing harps. Nathan discovers the guardian angel world in Mount Ember, where angels are trained and then assigned various guardian angel tasks, based on their different gifts, or "blessings", and abilities. As a mortal, Nathan had been the best athlete of all his friends, and the one they all looked to for leadership. As Nathan begins to adjust to his new life as an angel, he expects that things will be easy for him and he fully expects to be both the best and popular. He soon finds that things in his new life don't work out the way he expects and Nathan begins a challenging path to discover his potential. I first learned of this author from a blog post that had been circulating on Facebook. (http://thestyleofbeing.blogspot.com/) I was so impressed with Malacko's thoughts and how well she had written them that I read more of her blog. And discovered she had written a book. This book. So I bought the book, thinking to myself that even if I didn't like the book, it was worth the gamble. I will admit to being afraid that it was yet another...yawn....book about angels. (Angel books are almost as prevalent as books about vampires and wizards!)At first it was a little hard for me to get into the story. Please remember, this book is targeted at middle school readers. Not...ahem....middle-aged readers. So this was not necessarily a flaw in the book. After I was about 1/3 of the way into the book I finally became hooked. I love the way Malacko blended the religious ideas of angels and heaven with fiction. She managed to get across a wonderful message - we don't truly find ourselves until we are willing to love and sacrifice for others - in a very nice and non-preachy way. One would hope that in a book about angels, good would ultimately triumph over evil, and that is the case in Spark. But clearly all is not resolved and I will be looking forward to reading the next Kindled book.
I received a copy to help facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.My Thoughts:I like the main character Nathan from the very beginning. I thought he was kind of stuck on himself. However, I deal with kids like that all the time as a teacher. I could overlook that character trait. I saw how much he really cared about his brother Sam. I knew there was something special about Nathan when he described the stranger on the baseball field before he had ever reached it. It was obvious he has some gift that allowed him to tell that things were not right. Shade was definitely a demon and Nathan was aware that there was a major problem with Shade. Nathan loses his life after saving the life of his friends and his younger brother who refused to listen to Nathan. He had told them not to listen to Shade. So the story starts out in a depressive way, but it sure keeps the ball rolling all the way through. Sam was a hero in life, and now it seems he must become a hero in death. I would definitely recommend this book. It only took me two sittings to read this book. If I had not had other things I had to do I could have read it in one sitting. Definitely need this for my students at school. I think they will really enjoy this.
Honestly, one of the better books I've read in a while. I found myself stealing time to read it and I haven't enjoyed that kind of pull in quite a while. True, it's written for younger audiences but that didn't diminish it's appeal to me. Hey, I like my gritty, realistic adventures and grown up complicated stories but this was entertaining and worth the read. I was drawn in by the mysteries, the slowly teased out details, the character's flaws and struggles to overcome them, and the fresh ideas. I want more.If I had a wish, I would have liked to spend more time with the demons--seeing the world from their perspective. Even though this is a first book by an indie author, it was better written than The Hunger Games. Bravo Ginger!Richard PS Go Book 2!!!
A great young adult read that had me glued from the first page. Nathan is a thirteen year old boy who is worshipped by his peers and younger brother Sam. After an encounter with a demon, Nathan is killed and wakes up on a mountain, to be told that he is now a guardian angel in training. Life was easy for him. Death, not so much. Nathan soon learns that having talent isn't enough, he needs to learn to be a better person, if he is going to be a better angel. With the help of a few outcast angels, he begins his training and soon discovers that the demon who killed him has friends. And they are holed up in his home town. Can he save everyone before it's too late?Highly recommended.
This book would get more stars if I was a young teenager. That's who should read this book. A great story of good versus evil. A young boy who gets training as an angel and works to overcome some of his shortcomings. The book cover is misleading though. The book isn't creepy at all even though it's about angels versus demons. I kept thinking the cover should be a hand with "Firelight" on it instead. A squeaky clean book which is often hard to find even in young adult books. Well written. As I was reading it, I kept thinking that this book would make a great movie. I hope many young teenagers will find this book. They will love it.