“Your life is not your own, Vi,” she said. “Don’t you know that? It belongs to the people who love you. So you need to take better care of it.”
—Between the Spark and the Burn
Between the Spark and the Burn picks up where we left Violet. River is gone, her parents are back, and things seem to be gathering dust again. Violet is in an obvious funk since River left with Brodie, and Neely is trying to find his brother while keeping secrets of his own. Violet, Neely, and some of the old gang get together at first to find River; however, Violet and Neely are separated from Luke and Sunshine early on and will go together from town to town looking for River. Following odd tales, tabloids, and the radio Violet and Neely eventually find River’s location, but what they don’t expect to find is a Sea God, a boy with burning hair and a sweet disposition, twists and turns that lead to Brodie, and love. I know it’s not cool to have a love triangle (I hate them myself), but in this book it worked. Violet doesn’t seem to be comparing the two and she’s not using the two, if anything they are all using each other for the sake of River. I am really curious to find out what happens in the next book, because frankly s*&^ just got real. The end left me hopeful and hopeless. I love this series and this author because she keeps an air of cool interest, splashed around in beautiful prose. It is hard to have a writer both embody the sublime in their descriptions and in their diction. Another rare gem to add to the YA collection, with a crazy cast of characters, even crazier shenanigans, and all set in eerily beautiful rare towns.
4 out 5 stars. Thank You Edelweiss!