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As some of you may recall…this book is a thing:

SparkEvie doesn’t have a choice.

One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.

The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.

And then there’s Jamie. irresistible. off-limits.

I absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! You can read my review here. (Warning: many gifs).

You can find it on Goodreads here.

And Now…for the thing we’ve been waiting for…


It’s hard to remember hating anything as much as I hate Affinity; a bone-deep loathing for the faceless unknown and the concrete walls of my own DNA.

Evie is a Shield: designed to kill in order to protect, and the Affinity Project have finally come for her. But Evie isn’t ready for the sinister organisation to take control of her life, her body, her mind. She isn’t ready to follow their rules about who may live and who must die – not when it condemns the innocent.

She has one option: risk losing everything and everyone – including Jamie – and run.


You can find it on goodreads here.

Stray will be released 1 September, 2015 in all good bookstores in Australia and New Zealand, as well as online retailers.

Also, keep an eye on the Walker Australia twitter account, where I have been informed that a special countdown will begin to July 31 where an exclusive short story teaser from Rachael (not featured in Spark or Stray) will be released on iTunes.


About the Author

Rachael Craw studied Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury, but became an English teacher after graduation. Working with teenagers has given her a natural bent towards Young Adult fiction and a desire to present a feisty female protagonist in her writing.

Her debut novel, Spark, is the first in a series released with Walker Books Australia from 2014. Rachael was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Nelson with her husband and three daughters. Visit her online at www.rachaelcraw.com

(pssst…She’s also really nice, so talk to her on twitter @RachaelCraw)