Book Review: UpSpark by Nicole Wells

Reviewed: July 4th, 2021
Released: July 20th, 2020
Genre: Science Fantasy Romance

Can they find themselves and each other before time runs out?

Enya’s dreams of making a difference in the world are devastated the summer after high school when she finds out she has a fatal disease.

A cross country road trip to Native American reservations helps her find meaning. But Jacob, her best friend and traveling companion, has longed for them to become something more.

Their expedition is just the start of an amazing love and spiritual journey, but a one-in-a-million phenomenon changes everything.

“I get the feeling like I’m reading Fault In Our Stars Part 2.”

Helen’s thoughts:

What a lovely romantic story. Nicole writes beautifully and sympathetically about how Enya faces and deals with her devasting news of a terminal illness.

A tear-jerking start flows into Enya’s journey of self discovery with her best friend Jacob as they travel across the Native American reservations. A journey of self awareness and new love as she discovers Jacob has hidden depths. Enya’s journey is beautiful, Jacob is her perfect companion, but during the journey an unnatural phenomenom begins to show, and Enya isn’t sure if it is an early onset of her disease.

As she tries to understand what is happening to her, Enya knows her bittersweet love can’t last. How she deals with that truth is part of her journey.

Beautiful book, with plenty of life affirming gems embedded in the story. A strong theme is how we as human relates to the natural world and the power of the basic elements. Nicole weaves the power of nature into the story, a gentle sub theme that reinforces the love story. An emotional ride, very well written and a lovely read.

Want to know more about Nicole and her books? You can find my author Interview with her here.


About the Author:

In the ethos where herds of story ideas run wild and free, I am known as the Devourer of Books. A voracious predator, I–

Okay. I’m a mom of three young children. And I spend way too much time in the fantasy world in my head. But, hey, in this world I’m still supernatural. I channel the powers of my insomnia for good. I’m impervious to kid whining and insults (well, mostly). I have a second sense for cereal disasters and broken toy catastrophes. They call me Mom, which is code for You’re-Awesome-We-Love-You or Stop-Writing-On-Your-Computer-and-Play-With-Me. I’m not sure which. My kryptonite is my pet peeves: water running down my elbows, food stains on papers, and losing the little plastic tethers when you remove the tags off new clothes.

So, yeah, that’s me. Your average superhero mom. Oh, and I’ve got three eyes (one in the back of my head).

UpSpark, book one of the science fantasy romance series The Five Elements, was my debut novel. I’ve also written humorous paranormal romance in The Worst Story Ever Written.

You can find Nicole on:

Author Website



You can purchase UpSpark

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