Saturday, 7 April 2012
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
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.
Release Date 8th May 2012
*****SPOILERS IN THE FOLLOWING REVIEW. SORRY.*****
First off, I love the cover ~ so pretty. OK, so now I have to review the book, right?
The storyline described above? Awesome. The actual storyline that comes off in the book Meh, it was alright. I was expecting disaster and fighting cults and lots of storms etc, but I got a typical YA love story of instantly falling in love with someone. Oh but not just anyone ~ Mia fell in love with someone who tried to kill her, even though she knew he tried to kill her. WTF?!?
Another annoying thing was that even in this disaster struck town of LA, the two warring cults manage to help keep up the whole bitchy cliquey school group thing, you would've thought that after so many people dying the people that were left would try and get on? But no, it kinda seems like LA has been completely cut off from the rest of the world. No-one seems interested in helping them, in fact aside from a little bit of Mia's back story (I would've liked more) the rest of the world isn't even mentioned in the book. Did something happen worldwide and everyone has their own emergency situation? Or does the rest of the world, or even the US, just not care about LA?
Even though there are a lot of annoyances with this book, I still liked it. The idea of lightning being attracted to one person and imbuing them with its power? Awesome. Cults, both of which have leaders in high positions, trying to recruit new members? Brilliant. But, in my opinion, it could've done with more devastation and less teenage wrongly-placed lust.
Book Depository: Struck
Amazon UK: Struck