Sparks WITHOUT A TRACEAnya Kalinczyk is the rarest type of psychic medium a Lantern who holds down a day job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department while working to exterminate mali

  • Title: Sparks
  • Author: Laura Bickle
  • ISBN: 9781439167687
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • WITHOUT A TRACEAnya Kalinczyk is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern, who holds down a day job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department while working 24 7 to exterminate malicious spirits haunting a city plagued by unemployment and despair Along with her inseparable salamander familiar, Sparky, Anya has seen, and even survived, all manner of fierWITHOUT A TRACEAnya Kalinczyk is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern, who holds down a day job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department while working 24 7 to exterminate malicious spirits haunting a city plagued by unemployment and despair Along with her inseparable salamander familiar, Sparky, Anya has seen, and even survived, all manner of fiery hell but her newest case sparks suspicions of a bizarre phenomenon that no one but her eccentric team of ghost hunters might believe spontaneous human combustion.After fire consumes the home of elderly Jasper Bernard, Anya is stunned to discover his remains or, precisely, a lack of them even the fiercest fires leave some trace of their victims and she is sure this was no naturally occurring blaze Soon she s unearthed a connection to a celebrity psychic who preys on Detroit s poor, promising miracles for money But Hope Solomon wants she s collecting spirits, and in a frantic race against time, Anya will face down an evil adversary who threatens her fragile relationship with her lover, her beloved Sparky s freshly hatched newts, and the wandering souls of the entire city

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    1. Laura Bickle

      Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll After graduating with an MA in Sociology Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs, also writing contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams Her work has been included in the ALA s Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015 2016.


    1. 4.45 stars.This was the second book I read today (well, finished the other and read this one) that had a theme of Spontaneous Human Combustion. I really hope this subject doesn't come in threes and manifest itself by me bursting into flame. That would just be my luck. Nah, that's too interesting a death. I'm fine.I liked this much better than the first book in the series, so much so that I'm tempted to lower my rating on that one. This had what I felt was lacking in the first one: a greater conn [...]

    2. In Sparks, Laura Bickle’s follow-up to Embers, Anya Kalinczyk faces another baffling case of magic and mysterious fires. The Detroit Fire Department is confounded by what seem to be instances of spontaneous human combustion. Meanwhile, huckster guru Hope Solomon is amassing wealth and power on the backs of Detroit’s desperate. Anya and her friends are in grave danger when Anya discovers a link between Hope and the fires.Hope Solomon is incredibly creepy. She espouses a blend of the popular [...]

    3. While I liked this book better than it's predecessor, Embers, I still did not connect with the protagonist Anya. Although, there were a couple of moments, where I seemed to get close to feeling a connection, she was still all "facts and nothing but the facts" and little personality. For the most part, her persona felt impersonal. I appreciated the research and detail that went into developing Anya's arson investigator profession. I believe it. I also think the author does an amazing job with the [...]

    4. Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasySPARKS is many things: a funny tale of a girl and her salamander, an ode to the city of Detroit, a startlingly unique romance, and a gritty, noir mystery. These first qualities worked much better for me than the last. I found the villain tepid and uninteresting when juxtaposed with Anya’s dark past, an impending newt hatching, or the romantic antics of the Detroit Museum of Arts ghost population. This flaw ultimately made me unmotivated to finish the [...]

    5. Detroit Fire Department arson investigator, Anya Kalinczyk is called to the scene of a gruesome fire at the home of Jasper Bernard. It seems that Jasper was a victim of spontaneous human combustion, although Anya knows something more sinister is at play. She can smell evil magic around the crime scene. Anya has this ability, because she is also a Lantern, a psychic medium who can see and talk to ghosts, as well as help them cross over to the other side.Jasper has a connection to Hope Solomon, a [...]

    6. *4 & 1/2 Stars out of 5!As much as I absolutely love Urban Fantasy, it is not often that a book or series brings something new to the table. When that happens, I can’t help but feel my love for the genre being reignited. I was pleasantly surprised by Embers a few months ago and was really excited about reading its sequel, Sparks. I have to say that Laura Bickle has done a superb job with this book and she has delivered an even better one than her debut.Sparks starts off 3 months after the [...]

    7. Sparks is the second book in the Anya/Sparky series. I loved the first book Embers, especially because of Anya's familiar Sparky who outshone everyone and everything in my opinion. That being said: I absolutely love Sparks! And this time it's quite a bit harder to name one specific thing that outshone the rest I can tell you. Sparky does shine ofcourse (both while guarding his bathtub full of newts and while wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting Baby Super Store) but Anya shines as well in a way she [...]

    8. **Rating 3.75**This is book #2 in a series, but the first book I've read. I must say, I am intrigued by the world Ms. Bickle has created. I love the characters she'd populated her world with. They're multidimensional in that not all is what they seem. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for Anya and Sparky, as well as seeing how everything is going to work out with Brian (I wanna know what he's really up to), Charon (seems like there's more there am I the only one that sensed a connect [...]

    9. 3.5I think I liked book 1 better. All though there were a few moments in this one that were awesome (view spoiler)[like Sparky and the baby newts :) (hide spoiler)] I did not like where things went with Brian. I think if the mystery aspect had been more mystery-ish I'd of enjoyed it more. Katie is fast becoming my favorite side kick too. She's a pretty awesome character. The biggest thing that drives me nuts with these books is the total change of direction in the writing. One minute Anna will b [...]

    10. I have to start by again exclaiming about Sparky. Sparky having babies? Awesome! Anya's reaction to this, moving from incredulous and horrified to maternal and super protective was great. It felt very real.I again loved the mythology in the story. It was a fresh look at old tales. Charon's character was unique and interesting. The continual use of ghosts as victims and allies was as enjoyable in this books as the first.Overall, a great second book in the series. It was complete on its own, and y [...]

    11. I’m back in this series and the gang is all here.It’s always exciting to start the next book in a series you love. The hard part is doing a review.How to tell you about it without spoiling it for you.This case also has ties to her night job.Someone or something is burning people, reducing most of their bodies to ash. It’s like they just burst into flames and burn up.Residual traces let Anya know there is something otherworldly at work which leads her right to Hope Solomon. a psychic medium [...]

    12. Fiery ass kicking at its bestWith a protagonist like Anya and her salamander, Sparky, this book could not be more delightfully engrossing. Looking forward to more of Anya and the DAGR.

    13. 4 1/2 StarsPlease note that I have previously reviewed Book #1 "Embers."Info from my review of "Embers" that is also appropriate for my review of "Sparks" includes:1). I really enjoyed Laura Bickle's gritty urban fantasy novel based in Detroit, Michigan. I'm slightly biased since I'm from Michigan and have been to Detroit many timesankfully I didn't have to deal with a psychotic psychic ghost snatcher.2). Anya is a Lantern, a special form of medium that has the ability to devour spirits. They ar [...]

    14. Sparks by Laura Bickle Paranormal Romance- August 31st, 20104 ½ stars Six months after her skirmish with a fire dragon, Anya has resumed her normal life. She juggles her daytime job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, her activities with a paranormal investigation team, and her new relationship with Brian, the ghost researchers’ tech guy. Life is so far is good until Anya is called to investigate a rash of human combustion cases that link to a suspicious non-profit grou [...]

    15. Laura Bickle has definitely upped the ante with her sequel to Embers. Anya and Sparky are back in Sparks, with more ghosts, more creepies, and more bang for your buck. There is also a new fabulous baddie is in their midst…yster Hope Soloman who runs Miracles for the Masses in Detroit who is intent on wreaking havoc, despair and destruction. You name it, she either wants to break it or rule it and she’s giving Anya a run for the money. Anya might have defeated Sirrush and Mimiveh in Embers, b [...]

    16. I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.Sparks, the second book in the Anya Kalinczyk series, begins a short time after the end of the events in the previous book. Once again Ms. Bickle drew me into Anya's strange and unique world and I didn't want the story to end. Introducing some new characters, both human and paranormal, Ms. Bickle continued the world building which makes this series so uniq [...]

    17. A spark neglected makes a mighty fire. - Robert HerrickAnya Kalinczyk, arson investigator for the Detroit Fire Department, and her salamander familiar Sparky are back to handle another bizarre case. this time, bodies appear to have spontaneously combusted and spirits are being collected by a charismatic celebrity psychic for her own nefarious gain. if i loved Embers, the first book in the Anya Kalinczyk series, i loved this second one even more. author Laura Bickle has written a worthy sequel. t [...]

    18. Alternate Title: "The One Where A Psychic Arson Investigator, a Witch, and an Unruly Salamander Familiar Accidentally Destroy a Baby Supplies Store"I really love this series. It's refreshingly low-key; not that it's boring (not at all!), but there's no contrived conflict or enforced "high drama" moments. All the conflict and drama evolve organically. Plus, Anya's romantic and/or sexual liaisons are not overwrought, nor are they the focus of her life (or of the plot). Three cheers for that, for w [...]

    19. I received Sparks as part of the blog tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours in return for an honest review. Anya's days are divided between working as a arson investigator and dealing with out of control spirits. She's not alone in her adventure she's joined by her elemental familiar Sparky who happens to be a salamander plus her ghost hunting group. Anya isn't your typical Detroit girl she's a lantern which means that she can communicate with ghosts as well as she has the gift to eat them ending [...]

    20. Plot: 4 StarsI really liked the idea of workers and curses, and whether or not the powers are used for good or evil. It was a very unique take the typical "magic" or "curses" often seen in young adult and urban fantasy novels. The different types of workers and how they operated could've been elaborated on a little more, so I'm hoping we'll find out more in the sequel. I only had a small issue with the plot, that being that I was a bit confused at times. Cassel, the main character, was also conf [...]

    21. In my review of Embers I remarked that part of why Anya liked Brian was because of his 'ordinariness'. Brain and tech-geek he may be, but he was rather simple at heart. So of course it couldn't stay that way. Like Anya I'm unsure how I feel about the revelation about Brian's character. I mean considering what they do, it seemed odd that he'd mess with things like that. Hope Solomon, motivational speaker philanthropist extraordinaire, gave me the creeps. Even before Anya found the dirt on her she [...]

    22. Light fun adventurous Sunday reading. Doesn't reveal everything quickly, but clearly has a complex world it is building. Balances humor and seriousness well. Good addition to the genre.

    23. I have to admit, I broke -- about halfway through, I had to read the ending of the book to find out what happened to Sparky's babies. (I'm a total wuss about that kind of suspense.) I won't spoil it for you, but I will say that while there was some sadness, it was in keeping with the rest of the series in that it left me hopeful enough to finish reading. That could be said of the rest of the story as well: Anya lives in a dying town acting as a shepherd of sorts for the dead-but-not-departed. Sa [...]

    24. 3.75 stars, but I rounded up to show the improvement from the first book in the series. It's still not fantastic, there are a few odd elements that continue to snag my attention, but it is above average. I love Sparky and the newts! Sparky continues to be adorable, the perfect side-kick, and caring for him and the newts brought out a welcomed nurturing and emotional side to Anya. She tends to be all closed up emotionally, which is part of the story, but makes it hard for the reader to connect wi [...]

    25. I read and loved the first Anya Kalinczyk story, Embers, earlier in the year (review here) and have been waiting to start reading this sequel ever since. Finally, having decided that July is my joyful reading month – I’m only reading books I want to read and not review copies or other books so this was one of the first books I picked up. And I’m so happy it was!I love Anya and her fire elemental, Sparky! They are great characters – strong willed, independent and caring. The past still ha [...]

    26. This is the second book in the Anya Kalinczyk series by Laura Bickle. Sometimes the best thing about discovering an ongoing series is getting to read the books back to back. I loved being able to go directly from Ember into Sparks. This second book could probably be read as a stand alone, but why would you want to? This story opens with Anya at a new arson case she has been asked to investigate. At a first glance, it looks like Spontaneous Human Combustion. But no one wants that to be the offici [...]

    27. 4.5 starsThis story happens about six months after the event in book 1. This time, Anya deals with possible cases of spontaneous human combustion, ghosts stealing artifacts, and her salamander Sparky having babies!I enjoy the second story as much as the first one. Anya as heroine still charms me. Her fire salamander spirit, Sparky, as well. In this book, Sparky is having babies (Sparky is a boy, but there is an explanation on how he can have babies :D), and Anya shopping for baby stuffs and the [...]

    28. I had forgotten how amazing Laura Bickle is in between Embers and Sparks, but her ability to write such an amazing novel has astounded me yet again. I have finished this book in a day - and not a day where I lazed around - no, I finished this book on a school day. Such an enchanting book which had me reading every spare second I had. I couldn't tell you if I preferred this book to Embers, for they are honestly equally as wonderful. But maybe, just maybe, this book had just a little more magic to [...]

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