Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

by:  Jennifer Bosworth
published by:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
publish date:  May 8, 2012

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.

I liked this book. I must have, I read it in like a day.

This was a great debut novel in the YA dystopian genre. Struck was an exciting read and I don't think it will disappoint most readers.

I keep reading that Mia was a lightning addict. I didn't pick up on that at all. To me, it didn't seem that she particularly wanted to be struck by lightning, she just couldn't help it. It was part of her life to be repeatedly struck by lightning. An addict would imply she sought out the lightning and wanted to be struck.

My one criticism with this book was the relationship between Mia and Jeremy. Her first contact with him is him trying to kill her. The next few scenes he's basically a stalker and a weirdo. Then BAM they're in love with each other. It's the bane of YA, instalove with a bad boy, but we keep reading it and loving it anyway don't we?

Want to read this book for yourself?  We're giving away a copy!  Since this is coming directly from the publisher, US and Canada addresses only.   To enter leave a comment below with a valid email address.


Tiffany Mahaffy said...

I am really looking forward to this book!! I am such a huge dystopian fan!! The insta love thing is so true. Sometimes I rave about it and sometimes it picks at me lol.

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SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love the sci-fi/dystopia genre...not such a big fan of YA (or any other type, for that matter) insta-love.

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Chey said...

This book sounds pretty interesting! Thanks for the chance to win! :)


ashley said...

Different kind of YA book I likey! =D

Bookworm1858 said...

I thought her addiciton was kind of mixed; on the one hand, she didn't want the lightning but on the other hand, she could feel when a storm was coming and she couldn't dampen her enthusiasm about that.

Krista said...

This book looks awesome! I've been seeing it around a lot lately - blogs and bookstores. I can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for the giveaway :)
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Vivien said...

This one is definitely on my wishlist. Sounds like a really promising read!!

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Janae's Book Obsession said...

Been wanting to read this for awhile! Thank you for the giveaway!
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luana said...

I want this book so bad, thank you for the giveaway

Jen said...

I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!! BTW i seen the trailer at least is amazing!!!

Kari said...

I've been looking forward to this book for a while, and would love to win a copy. I'm also incredibly curious about Damned as well...

My email is:

KaylaBeck said...

Thanks for the giveaway, Autumn & Kari! This sounds like a great book. I've been really looking forward to reading it. :-)

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Tara said...

Love the religious and cult aspects of this book! Would LOVE to win a copy!

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Bridget Howard said...

After I saw the trailer for this book I really wanted to read it. It looks so good, thanks for the great giveaway!!!!

Tiffany Drew said...

I'm also very, very excited to read this one! I'm not a fan of the insta-love either but I'm still looking to give this one a go :) Thank you for the opportunity!


Grigory said...

Thanks for doing this giveaway! :) If I win, my email is grigory99 at yahoo dot com

*crosses fingers* ;)

brookea_2006 said...

This sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Inky said...

I'm STRUCK in the heart with the awesome premise of this book! Totally want to read it!
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Angie said...

I hope the giveaway hasn't ended!!

I am so excited to read Struck!!

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brendajean said...

The book looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win it:)

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