Format: Paperback | 304 pages
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult | Dark Fantasy
The start of a spooky yet romantic dark paranormal horror series from Glimmerglass author Jenna Black
The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.
Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents' divorce. Her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations of her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. That all changes the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.
Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds. As dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning. The moment the sun sets, most citizens shut themselves in their houses and stay there no matter what they hear.
The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off her responsibilities and join them.
NIGHTSTRUCK is the first installment in a brand new young adult series by author Jenna Black. Black also wrote series such as Fairiewalker, Nikki Glass, Gifted, and Morgan Kingsley. NIGHTSTRUCK is a story that will give you the creeps, goosebumps, and leave you stunned while demanding more! The Night Makers have tried SIX previous times to open the gates between the worlds and have always failed. Now, they've returned for a SEVENTH try and this time, they will unleash evil upon on the citizens of Philadelphia by using the most innocent of beings...a baby, and an unsuspecting teenager.
It all starts for 17-year old Becket Walker while walking her dog on a cold Philadelphia night. Becket comes across a crying baby left on the steps of a Church. Not one of those people who can walk away and say not my problem, Becket inadvertently opens the gates to another realm. Soon, corruption, disturbances, murder, mayhem, and the not so subtle transformation of Philadelphia begins in earnest. Soon, Becket's entire world, including her best friend Piper, and her father, who is the Police Commissioner, will be fundamentally changed. By day, the city is normal and safe, but at night, beings called NIGHTSTRUCK come alive transforming sewer drains into monsters, and trash into walking nightmares.
Nightstruck can be described as those who succumb to the dark magic that has been released on Philly, and can only come out at night. Vampires? Nope. Then there is the mysterious Aleric who seems to gravitate towards Becket and uses her insecurities against her in an attempt to lure her to the darkness forever. Who is Aleric really, and why does he focus so much attention on Becket? Oh, dear readers, you must read this story in order to find the answer to this question. This is a story ripe with good vs evil. It is the age-old dilemma that has been handed down from generation to generation since the fall of Lucifer from Heaven. It is a story of blood calling to blood, and like calling to like. It is a story where friendships are tested, and choices looked at through the looking glass.
Becket is a normalish teenager who is dealing with the aftermath of her parents divorce. She attends a high school for girls while looking forward to college. Her father, the police commissioner of Philadelphia, has kept her fairly isolated and sheltered from normal teenager activities like parties. Her only real friend is Piper Grant, who is able to sway any crowd into her circle. But, Becket has had her attention focused on only one person. That person is long time neighbor Luke Gilliam who just happens to be Piper's boyfriend. Thankfully, there isn't a love triangle. Thankfully, Becket doesn't jump into Piper's space, and push her way into Luke's life. Thankfully, things are taken slowly after Piper becomes someone entirely different.
I am grateful to the author and publisher for reaching out to me and sending me a copy of NIGHTSTRUCK for an honest review and please don't compare it to Glimmerglass. This story has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Fairies, or those like Dana Hathaway who are Fairiewalkers. Becket is not Dana and thank goodness for that. NIGHTSTRUCK is a rather dark novel, and that suits me to my core. NIGHTSTRUCK ends on a helluva note. I dare say that I will be looking for the sequel for answers to what happens next to Beck and Luke.
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