Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Sarah Oakes

SparSpar by Randi Perrin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about rising to a challenge. Chloe Darue is a feisty Tae Kwan Do student who follows her heart instead of conventions. Whilst in a tournament, she meets a new judge who takes her breath away. She meets him again at a ball and magic blossoms between them to attraction. She doesn’t normally like people so fast, but something about him is different. Can she rise to his new challenge and win victorious?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Chloe fierce and strong minded but also vulnerable underneath or Locke as bold and brave but also with his worries and feelings underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the unbearable mother figure of Priscilla or the fun friend Ryan.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the masquerade ball with its faerie lights decorations glimmering for a magical feel that takes your breath away. Or the dress with its blues and butterflies elegant and sophisticated but still beautiful. Or the tattoos with the dragons and the tree as pieces of pure artwork in stunning detail and wonderfully written.
The switch of perspectives worked well to display both sides of the story and was easy to follow with names in chapter titles. I also liked the use of the language and culture of Tae Kwon Do throughout the novel for the sense of community was a brilliant addition. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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