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Monday, February 6, 2012

Creative Spark by Caitlin West

Creative Spark by Caitlin West
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (123 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Karen Bowers has always dreamed of dead people. They begged for her help and at the tender age of twelve, her parents had her institutionalized. Now, a semi-successful artist, she has embraced what doctors could not stamp out, quietly helping spirits move on to the afterlife.

But even accepting her fate has not made her immune to the twisted designs of the universe. A spirit two hundred years in her grave shows up asking for help, centuries beyond anything she’s ever dealt with. Her clues involve a tragedy in 1805, a doomed love affair and a dangerous ambition that could unravel the very fabric of reality.

Can she unlock the mystery before it’s all too late? Will the help of an eccentric book store owner turn the tide? What will happen to the life she’s managed to build around her odd condition? The answer lies in a spark.

Handsome man rescues damsel in distress. Sound familiar? How about handsome wizard saves damsel from possession? Now, that's different.

Daniel vows to keep Karen safe after he rescues her from being possessed. He leaves her in his spell-protected shop while he investigates further. Karen has always been able to talk in her dreams to those who have passed over, while Daniel is a wizard who has tried to retire from saving the world from the supernatural nasties. He enlists the aid of Jocelyn, his ex partner in both business and personal sense.

The three work together to stop a rogue spirit from taking over the world, but when they dig deeper into the problem they find more than they expected.

Jocelyn and Daniel try to put the past behind them in order to help Karen, but the two experts are almost outwitted by the novice. This story has a twist which provides an unexpected turn and drew me into the book. One by one they solve the problems facing them, until they feel they can go no further. This is when Karen steps in with her own ideas.

Creative Spark has a little adventure, a little sweet romance, a touch of paranormal and fantasy combined. At first it appeared like an average "evil spirits on the other side" type of book. This very quickly changed to something completely different. I have always considered machines and ghostly spirits to be two different types of stories but the author cleverly blended them together to make an intriguing and interesting book. A little slow to begin with, but definitely worth the perseverance. I liked the fact it didn't matter that I hadn't read the first book in the series. I caught up pretty quickly without any long drawn out explanation.

Definitely a worthwhile read for those who like something a tad different.