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May 22, 2016

Liked It: Struck by Amanda Carlson

Series: Phoebe Meadows 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: May 24, 2016 
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy

When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.

Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.

After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…




In true Amanda Carlson style, prepare to be dazzled by heroic feats and hair raising adventures featuring the newest Valkyrie on the block, Phoebe Meadows. You won't meet Thor (just yet) but Fenrir, the wolf Odin is supposed to go head to head come Ragnarok, plays Phoebe's guide as they battle evil hags, fire demons, dark elves, and other Norse creatures, both in Midgard and other worlds/dimensions.

Phoebe Meadows, how do I describe thee? Well, Phoebe have this deer-in-headlights condition for most of STRUCK. Not surprising considering she got warped into Yggdrasil in a snap and is on the defense for the most part. The girl didn't even have time to digest what's happening to her as she's swarmed by things that want her dead. It's a good thing that Phoebe is a quick study and has great instincts for a newborn Valkyrie.

I love the world ACarlson created for Phoebe. There's a solid base of Norse myth and the cast of characters isn't the "usual". Also, I find it cool that The Wolf, Fenrir, is Phoebe's love interest. I haven't read a fantasy with Odin's sworn nemesis as the hero and as Phoebe is Odin's daughter, there's a forbidden love plot device at play here. I wonder if Odin is going to make an appearance at some point to break these lovers apart. 

STRUCK is a plot and action driven novel and there's not a dull moment here as Phoebe & Co. are always on the defense running away from something or someones. That said, I feel neurtral about all the characters, Phoebe's in a constant knee-jerk-reaction to everything that's happening to her versus having a profound realization that she's NOT who she thought she is and she's now thrust in this weird world as some sort of prize or prey. And hello! Your dad is Odin, Thor is your bro, how she's not fazed by all this is more surprising than dark elves knocking at her door.

I also found a few conveniences here like Phoebe and Fenrir's "romance".  There's no swoony build-up, instead they just paired up to survive, to feed, and because it's expected maybe? Anyway, Fenrir didn't give me hot flashes the way Thor or even Loki did. Then there's the human friend who's very literate in Norse myth and at the end we find out she has diluted Asgardian blood so she's now part of the party. And like Phoebe, she's not fazed by all of these either. Eh! 

STRUCK may be a flawed read for me, but it's still a good introduction to a new series and an enjoyable and entertaining one at that. I love all the ass-kicking that went around and it's high time someone uses and applies some serious Norse myth into an urban fantasy. Nice to meet you, Phoebe Meadows, I hope to run into you again sometime soon.










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    1. This will be the new thing you'll like ;)

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  2. I think I liked it a bit more than you but it was a nice one and I'm curious to see more about it.

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    1. That's good. I look forward to reading your review, it might put a new perspective on the story for me.

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  3. I still haven't finished her werewolf books. I think I have two left to finish that series. She does like a lot of action in her stories. I might try this series, but I still need to finish her other series first.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Jessica McClain I might take a break from depending on the next book. It's just become so formula for me that I want something ElSE to happen.

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  4. Well, this is going on the wish list. I love stories with mythological world building, but it was the valkyrie and Fenrir key words that nabbed me in. I'll keep in mind the points you made about it so my expectations are in the right place.
    Nice review, Braine!

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    1. This is very different in that sense for sure. Worth checking out :)

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  5. I didn't like her other series but I saw her at a con and loved her so I'm going to keep trying until I find something of hers that I like :-)

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  6. Wonderful review! I liked this one too and can't wait for book two.

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  7. Hmm ... hopefully the next book will be even better. I notice that the first book in a series in this genre can be like that.

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  8. Ha it sounds really cute Braine and love the fact that she gets Struck in Macy's :)

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    1. I would've demanded shoes for the "accident" since I didn't know it's by my crazy father

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  9. No swoony romance? I don't think I'd like this one very much!
    I haven't read a Valkyrie book though, so I do find that very interesting!

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    1. It was so given, you know what I mean? Like the build-up didn't quite appeal to me.

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  10. It's always nice to find a new series.

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  11. It's too bad the romance was like that, but at least there was action!!

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  12. It's too bad the romance was like that, but at least there was action!!

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  13. I've been getting into more Norse myths, so this one is definitely going on my TBR list.

    Simply Angela

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    1. This is worth checking out for sure :)

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  14. I haven't tried this author before, but I'm interested in this one.

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    1. She has two other series, all of her books are urban fantasy

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  15. I keep seeing this, and must admit the world has me curious. I am going to look for it on audio

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    1. Have fun! I imagine this will provide for some good listening since the action is non stop

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    1. Can't wait to compare notes with you

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  17. I have to say you had me at 'Valkyrie'. I am a little leery since it's more of a plot-driven story but maybe the Norse mythology can overcome that? I'm glad you enjoyed your intro to this new series, Braine!

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    1. I'm being very subjective here, I think other readers will have a different opinion than me. The Norse myth is solid, I'm just not sold on the romance part.

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  18. I have read Full Blooded by this author and enjoyed it, but haven't continued the series beyond this. I just heard about this book last week. I don't read a lot of mythology themed books, but you do make it sound like a good book. And that sure is interesting that Fenrir is the love interest! And how the main character is a Valkyrie, you don't read about those as often. That's too bad you pretty much felt neutral about all the characters and they didn't act too surprised finding out about these things. I hope the second book will be a good one too!

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    1. I love the myth, there's just so much action that the other parts felt secondary. They were keeping up and wasn't really driving the story here.

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  19. I love the combination of Norse mythology and the urban fantasy setting here! Even though it's a flawed read, it's exciting that you still enjoyed the setting. The romance sounds a bit too easy as well. Oh well, lovely review!

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    1. Thanks, Jeann. I suggest you delve into UF bit by bit, you might find "you" in some of them

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  20. I liked this one too. But felt there was a few lacking backings too. But a great start still. I'm definitely waiting for the next book. :)

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