February 16, 2016

Shelley Loved: Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Series: Unknown 1
Format: Paperback | 304 pages
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Publisher
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 KingsleyNIGHTSTRUCK 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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  1. Oh yes, this does sound creepy and cool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have this book to read very soon. I love Jenna Black. I think I've read everything that she's published. I love dark, so that is a plus for me. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  3. You have me hooked, Shelley! I just added it to my tbr - and since my b-day is the day before this releases, I know where I'll be using some of my b-day loot! ;)

  4. I love her books so add that with it being dark? I am all over this one! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I will have to try this one. I have long wanted to read this author and I received an invitation to review this. I am so glad I read your review today.

  6. What is going on on that cover *looks closer*

    1. It has to do with several scenes in the book. One is when a sewer cover comes alive and eats a car.

  7. Hey Shelly great review and it sounds like I might like it. Is it as dark or darker that Karen Marie Monig's Fever series?

    1. Hi, Debbie! Let's just say that things are similar to the Fever series, but without the whole crazy, hot, and sexy!

  8. I will definitely be grabbing this one when it releases!

  9. I still need to get all of her books. I really like the sounds of them all. lol. Thanks for sharing about this one!

  10. I've read a couple books by this author but it's been awhile. This sounds like a really good start to a new series, and I LOVE dark books. :)


  11. This one sounds good and creepy, although I don't like the really dark reads, so not sure how much i would enjoy this one. Great review!

  12. You lucky girl! I have to try her books at some point, I need more UF in my life.

    1. I shall send you MY copy this coming week! Keep an eye pealed out for it!


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