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Good read but some issues
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
I have been enjoying Brigid Kemmerer's work and Spark was a good read. I wish so so badly though that Kemmerer would stop using sexual assault as a way for her female characters to be "saved" by young men who have love interests in them. Both in this and the previous book we see the female characters endure this just to be saved by the Merrick brothers who up to that point haven't been awesome to those same characters in many ways and then they are just supposed to trust them fully. The level of assault and the way it's used to connect the characters takes away from so much especially when these girls don't even get a chance to talk about how these assaults effect them, which there is no excuse for as half the book is told from their perspective. I'm just sad that it isn't used as a way to discuss this issue further, which in my opinion means that the assault plot lines are fairly useless. And in a world where women endure this reality... I don't want to dive into a book where sexual assault is used to further a plot line and really for that reason only. I'm also just tired of bad communication being the entire plot. I know they are teens. But like... when Gabriel finally opens up I'd have loved to see that conversation instead of "and then he told he told them everything" as a convenient way to deal with not having to discuss real communication. I know it is YA but I'm just bored with bad communication plots.
All that being said, I enjoyed the first two books. The Merrick brothers are an interesting crew.