Review of Stone and Spark by Sibella Giorello

Raleigh Harmon is a fifteen-year-old high schooler who doesn’t have friends – except for her best friend, Drew Levinson. The two girls bonded a few years back because they share the same brainy intelligence and similar family issues. When Drew goes missing, Raleigh has a difficult time getting anyone to consider that Drew has been abducted – including Drew’s dysfunctional parents. Will Raleigh be able to solve Drew’s disappearance before it’s too late?

I enjoyed this book on many levels. I love books that place girls in strong, intelligent roles and this one definitely does this. Although there were slight romantic undertones, they never took over the bulk of the book. The characters are genuine and realistic. The author’s writing is witty, intelligent and engaging. All of these things combined make a compelling and highly appealing YA book.

The one thing I would say is that the book seemed to drag a little bit here and there – particularly early on in the story. However, when things did get going, they moved along nicely. There’s plenty of mystery and suspense to keep readers interested until the end.

Overall, I’d say Stone and Spark is a wonderful book for teens and adults. It’s a great way to get a feel for the author’s writing and the rest of the books in this series. Recommended!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton