Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Macmillan for review
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Overview

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.


My Thoughts

When I first heard about this book I was super excited to red it. It just sounded so unique and creative. Being someone who has in fact been struck by lightning, (thought indirectly) it sounded extra appealing to me. (If you want to know more about that feel free to tweet me or email me about it.) It was definitely an interesting book. I liked Mia and some of the other characters. There was a lot of religion in it, and being someone who is not religious I can say it didn't bother me. It wasn't annoyingly preachy, it was just a main part of the story. It was done very well to be honest. 


Mia has a special gift though she feels like it's a curse. She doesn't really know the extent of the power she carries from the countless lightning strikes. She has different people telling her who she can and can't trust on opposing sides and she has no clue what to do. I feel like in the situation she is stuck in she really does pretty well. Yes, she makes some bad decisions, but who doesn't. She's confused and trying to take care of her mother who has basically shut down completely after the earthquake. 


Jeremy is kind of stalkerish, but it's okay. He's totally hot! Really though, he is a great character. He is a bit creepy, but there is a lot of creepy weird people in this book. When you have the end of the world looking you in the face there are going to be some crazies! He has secrets that he wants to tell, but can't. Well, more he is afraid to than he can't I guess. Anyways, I can't really say much about him except I like him, and I liked him with Mia. He was always there for her when she needed him, even when she didn't know whether to trust him or not. 


There is a little romance in this book, but it is really isn't a big in your face, take over the story romance. It was there, it does play a part in the book, but it's not annoying and over the top. I actually thought it was great. A little fast, but hey, the end of the world is coming. Things tend to move a little faster when you only have days left.

This book was fast paced, and kept my interest from beginning to end. There was nothing that stood out as shocking or any big twists, and no major cliffhanger ending, though there is a little bit of something implied. Overall I would have to say this was a well written book that I really enjoyed. It may not have blown me away, but it was a great book. I am undecided between 3 and 4 stars. I think if we knew a little more about these powers the lightning gives and how people came to know about it and start these groups. I would give it 4, but I still feel like there is a little lack of information on why things happen. I am a bit picky with stuff like that. I need a reason for things, even if it's not a very good one. 3.5 out of 5 stars

24 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot of people talk about wanting to get a little more information about how the lightning gave people powers, so you're not the only one! I've got this one in my to-read pile, and I'm hoping to get to it soon!

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    1. It was a good book, but I am just the type that needs to know why things are the way they are. It doesn't have to be in depth or anything, I just need more than "oh, you have cool powers because you were struck by lightning and a higher power says so." Lol!

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  2. Have you seen the book trailer?? It so cool ^_^ This book looks amazing. That sad to hear there little romance :( However it seems you enjoy it . Great review =D

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    1. I saw the trailer a while ago. I don't remember it now. The book was interesting for sure, and there is enough romance to keep the romance lovers happy. :)

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  3. After hearing about the cult and the stalker, hmmm.....
    But I bought a copy, so I'm reading it!

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    1. It's a good book. Just not quite as good as I thought. I have been super picky lately I think.

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  4. I'm note sure I would like this one. Maybe later. ;) Nice review!

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    1. It definitely could have been better. I liked it, but it felt like a lot was missing.

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  5. I see this one around alot and I'm so unsure about it. Your review makes it sound like something I would really enjoy! I'll have to pick this one up :-) Thanks for the great review Amy.

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    1. It's a pretty good book. I think with reading so many books it's just hard for a book to really stand out for me.

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  6. Oooh, sounds good. But I would definitely want more info. Charlaine Harris wrote a great series about a girl who was struck by lightning and could find dead ppl. I loved it. I do know what you mean about books not standing out. Happens a lot for me.
    Great review!

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    1. Ohh I will have to check out that series. That sounds really cool. Is it the Harper Connelly series? I think that the more books we read, the harder it gets to really get into them. I have been really trying to switch genres every book so it's not the same type of book over and over.

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  7. I've wondered about this book. Creepy peeps in this book, huh. Hmmmm... maybe I'll get to it.

    Dang girl - you were struck indirectly by lightening. I've been within a few 100 feet and that was still way too close.

    Great review.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie
    StuckInbooks.com

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    1. Yes, I got zapped through my computer mouse. I still get tingly arm sometimes. And it fried my computer and I had to get a new one. :( That will teach me to play on the computer when there is a raging storm outside.

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  8. YOU WERE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING??!! That's crazy!! Any secret powers you need to tell us about? :D

    This is another one of those that's been staring at me and I just can't decide whether or not I want to read it. I am religious (I'm sure you've figured that out), and I've heard that it's kind of religion-bashing. That stuff doesn't normally bother me that much, though, I'm pretty open-minded. Do you see me talking myself in and out of reading this? haha

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    1. Haha! There is a bit of religion bashing. Not too much though, and you can see why it happens. Yes, I was totally struck by lightning through my computer when I was like 20. I didn't really know what happened at first, I just felt a shock go up my arm and down the other one. Then the tingly feeling didn't go away for a while and my computer wasn't working anymore and I figured it out. No special powers though lol!! Just a tingly feeling sometimes. ;)

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  9. That's crazy about the lightning Amy!
    I'm glad to see that you enjoyed the book overall, even though it wasn't perfect. I've read mixed reviews, but I'm still very interested in reading it. I'm not a religious person either, so I'm glad those parts didn't bother you. Great review!

    On a side note: I really liked the series that Andrea mentioned too! :-)

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    1. It's worth reading. The religion isn't preachy, it's just what the story is based around. It doesn't really say anything about it in the synopsis, but one of the cults is actually a super religious group who believe that it's prophecy that the world will end and everyone should join to be "saved" and the other group doesn't believe that.

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  10. I've been seeing this one around everywhere but I'm torn over whether to read it or not. I have to say, your review has made me lean towards reading it!

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    1. I hope that you enjoy it if you do get around to reading it.

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  11. Wow I totally missed this review until I saw it on my reader just now. I've been putting this one off because no one really seems to love it (except those who love everything but we won't mention them). I'm not sure about these creepy people either, stalkerish guys in books really annoy me especially lately. But if you liked him regardless he may not be as bad (Like, I could NOT stand Galen in Of Poseidon). Not sure if I'll end up reading it but maybe this summer since I did get a print copy for review (I always feel bad not reviewing those)

    Fabulous review, Amypoo!

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  12. Yeah, this one wasn't super. It was good, but nothing special. Once we figure out why Jeremy was being stalkery it's not so bad anymore, but at first I was like, "Dude is a bit creepy always being where she is" Lol!!

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  13. I've seen this book around on many blogs, but haven't read it yet myself (I feel that I'm saying this one sentence a lot recently). I think I have it on my kindle, but didn't get a chance to crack it open yet. I am intrigued by the premise of it, though, as well as the interesting cover. It reminds me a bit of one of my favourite Dean Koont'z books - I believe it was called "The Lightning" (?). Anyhoo, glad to hear that you ended up enjoying it quite a lot. Great review!

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    1. OMG!! I am a huge Dean Koontz fan!! I have like 30 of his books!! I know I read Lighting I just don't remember it because it was a long time ago. I have it, I should totally re-read it. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors.

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