Trudance Darling is a Sparkler. She didn’t choose to be almost electrocuted, inherit otherworldly powers, and fall for the hottest millionaire bachelor in St. Louis--but that’s exactly what happened. Her new abilities to see true love spark in the eyes of strangers, to watch it flicker with excitement, fuse with its perfect match or witness it burn out from despair, is a wTrudance Darling is a Sparkler. She didn’t choose to be almost electrocuted, inherit otherworldly powers, and fall for the hottest millionaire bachelor in St. Louis--but that’s exactly what happened. Her new abilities to see true love spark in the eyes of strangers, to watch it flicker with excitement, fuse with its perfect match or witness it burn out from despair, is a wonderful curse that drains her emotionally and physically. Tru struggles with her new abilities, but she can’t afford to be weak while she’s hunting down soul mates, saving others faith in love and contemplating if her new mysterious boyfriend is her guardian angel or angel of death. Tru must choose between a “normal” life without love or her birthright that comes with great passion, danger and responsibility. Who knew being a 21st century cupid could be so deadly?...
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the kindling Reviews
Brandi Schmidt’s debut novel is an exciting urban fantasy that follows the story of Tru Darling, who, after a near-death experience, wakes up to find she’s inherited otherworldly powers. Now capable of seeing the spark of true love, Tru is suddenly thrown into a world of danger, intrigue, and overwhelming responsibilities. Offering to guide her is the mysterious Weylin, but in this new world of good vs evil, with its ancient struggle for souls, is Weylin all that he appears? As she grapples to control her new powers and learn just what she’s capable of, Tru must decide who she can trust, and she must decide whether the dangers and responsibilities of her birthright is worth sacrificing a normal life for...The Kindling is an excellent start to a promising new series. Tru Darling is a relatable protagonist, and the excitement and intrigue of the plot also weaves in elements of growing up, independence, and the journey of coming into your own power. While romance definitely adds a splash of excitement to the mix, Schmidt doesn’t neglect friendship either, with Tru’s truest and wisest guide being her best friend Karlie. Add in an overprotective family and a touch of humour, and this book has it all. Can’t wait to find out where the series goes.
Tru Darling is an unlikely, reluctant super-hero stuck between figuring out what happened to her after an electrical storm and coming to grips with the super powers she gains as a result. We spend our days with her as she’s certain she’s dying from a brain tumor or suffering from psychological disorders. Her new powers have her on edge too as she finds herself stalking a stranger, committing a felony to learn more about him, and doing this all so her boss, her friend and her family don’t find out. In the meantime, she’s playing a supernatural matchmaker while trying to find the perfect mate for herself. Add to that an overprotective brother, a nagging mother, a thrill-seeking friend, and a mysterious boyfriend and you’ll be breezing through this new series by Brandi Schmidt. I’m glad there’s more from this author on the way. I’ve got to see what happens next.
I did like this novel but the start of it, drove me absolutely nuts. I couldn't stand the fact that it seemed so slow to get into it and divulge any information for me to gain more insight into the novel. It seemed as if the author added parts to make it long winded, when the story alone, without all those added parts would of been pretty damn awesome.
Brandi is in my critique group, so I have read the submitted version of THE KINDLING! It is a wonderful book with a fantastic plot and a lively and humorous main character. This is a series you DO NOT WANT to miss.
Cannot wait until March. The sneak peek was fantastic!!
Sparks, Anyone? The Kindling by Brandi Schmidt vivifies the expression "Sparks flew." After Trudance Darling, walks into a downed power line, and survives electrocution; she wakes with the sudden ability to see the souls of people who are ready to find true love, and discovers that it is her heavenly responsibility to match any sparks she sees to that of its likeness. Though I loved the concept, I have to say that the book was slow going. First and foremost, I found the sibling fighting irksome. Tru’s elder brother Brandon's protectiveness was often over the top, and quite frankly I didn't like him at all. He just seemed so shallow and so obnoxious, and I really wanted to smack him a time or too. A page filler I could do without, in my opinion. Then, I hated how long it took for Trudance to figure her powers out. I can understand why there would be some confusion when one suddenly experiences enhanced vision and other abnormalities, but I wanted the action to come a lot sooner. I found myself growing weary of the drawn out doctor examinations and the obsessive spark chasing scenes. I felt a little disconnected during her spark hankering. Sparks do have awe inspiring colors, I get that, but I was desperate for the world building to occur, for secrets to be revealed and what not. I did love God playing a part in her gifts. God is seldom brought up in urban fantasy. I so hope that Tru gets to speak to the big G. Now that I got that nitpicking out of the way, I am glad to say that there was much enjoyment to be found in The Kindling. I particularly adored Tru’s quirky parents. I found myself laughing hysterically at Tru’s mom's antics, and I thought the parental love was such a sweet touch to the story, both the love that was expressed towards Tru and the love that the parents unabashedly demonstrated to one another. For the record, I don't know how I would feel about being a cupcake at twenty-three. Thankfully that's Tru’s burden. Carly was also a character favorite of mine. Her enthusiastic nature and love for True made me believe that I would not be disappointed if I just held tight and read. Carly was amazing. I loved her as a best friend. I think everyone needs a Carly in his or her life. We all need that person who we can blurt out our crazy ideas to without fear of judgment; we all need that person who doesn't mind going that extra mile for our well-being. I'm holding out hope for a Carly spark. Maybe he'll try and put on a super-hero outfit too? While romance dominates the story, I have to say that the love interest chosen for True was not my favorite person. From the get-go something about him just rubbed me the wrong way, and their attraction just seemed forced. There didn’t seem to be a basis for it other than his sudden appearance and all the mystery, glitz and glamour surrounding him. Kudos to the author because I still managed to immerse myself in the story even though I wasn't rooting for the romance as I often do with most hero/heroine unions. As for the plot itself...Once the spark matching began I was hooked. Brandy did such an amazing job describing the fusing of sparks when soul mates meet, I would have loved to see more of that. One can almost picture the overwhelming emotions True experiences when she watches the magic of the culmination of soul mates. I loved the idea that sparks would be first witnessed in the eyes, for the eyes are the windows to the soul. One can almost weep alongside True as the happiness she experiences is depicted for the reader to see. One can even imagine the beauty of it all. It's truly heavenly. Writing at it's finest. Good to know that my theorized correlation between character writing capabilities and potentially fantastic content weren't as illogical as I feared or wishful thinking. Slow start not withstanding, the Kindling is darling if you just hang in there. The author gives us characters who readers can relate to, and maneuvers herself some wiggle room for potentially epic story arcs. For people who are beyond exasperated by the kick-ass tough as nails heroine, the Kindling is sure to be a breath of fresh air. The spark's universe with it's not so competent protagonist, overly concerned family members and overly protective bffs has officially kindled my interest, and I look forward to watching True grow into her sparkler duties: mishaps and all. Now, Sparks anyone?
I am also a member of Brandi's critique group and have had the amazing privilege to read her submitted manuscript. The ending of her book was fantastic and thrilling and will leave readers wanting more. Tru as a character and narrator is quirky, lovable, and totally awesome. The plot is a great mixture of romance and action, and the concept is thoroughly unique. I can honestly say that "The Kindling" is a superb book that will make readers fall in love with the story, and be counting down the days until the sequel is released. This is a book is very much worth your time.
Brandi takes you on a journey as Tru's normal world is turned upside down. Filled with humor, friendship, and love, you'll find yourself turning pages as Tru searches for her own "spark". I can't wait for book two!