Summary: Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.
Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.
More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.
Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking. (Summary by Goodreads.com)
I really loved Storm, but I wasn't really sure what to expect with Spark. Gabriel sure was a lovely surprise though!
The whole book kind of centers around Gabriel wanting to learn how to control his element more. Like his element (fire) Gabriel is unpredictable and at time uncontrollable. It isn't until he meets Layne that he really starts to see a different side of life. One where he holds himself more accountable for his actions.
From the beginning, there are a series of fires that are set in which people are actually getting hurt. Gabriel and Hunter take it upon themselves to try to gain more control of Gabriel's element by going into those fires and attempting to rescue those that the firefighters can not get to. All goes well until Gabriel become the prime suspect in the string of arsons. You really have to feel sorry for Gabriel when it seems like everyone in his life thinks he is responsible for the fires...except Layne that is.
Layne's relationship with her father is very complicated. I can not imagine how she dealt with her parents and still cam e out to be such a wonderful person. It seems she is the only one that can get through to Gabriel and Gabriel is the only one that can get close enough to learn Layne's secrets.
I loved the way that Gabriel and Layne's relationship developed. It took time and was not an instant connection type deal.
I had a feeling that I might know who was setting the fires, and I was right. It really set up the feeling of the next book of the series. Looks likes the trouble with the Guardians is not even close to being over!
Rating: 4 Stars!