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.
Worldbuilding: The Philadelphia invaded by magic – paranormal elements like living statues, Nightstruck ie sort of possessed people, Night Makers – was a charming setting, and properly spooky (though I dunno if I’d call this outright horror?)
Characters: Becket was an interesting main character. Surprisingly not annoying, despite the teen spirit of it all. Actually, her annoying best friend Piper was more like teen spirit. Becks wasn’t, much. She seemed pretty mature and responsible and sensible, a bit too crushy of course cause teens – and triangles… *rolls eyes*. Yeah, I’m not a fan, so shoot me :)) But I liked Becket, and I liked Luke. And actually found Alaric pretty interesting too, despite his short screen-time, so to speak, lol.
Plot: The story was pretty spooky, and I loved that. There was a lot of tension, though I don’t think I’d actually of it as horror, per se. It was a very fun atmosphere, well built, well developed.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative. I actually enjoyed Becket’s voice.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my YA UF/Paranormal moods.
After trying to read Glimmerglass a couple years back and not being able to get into the story for some odd reason, I was a bit scared the lack of interest thing would strike again. But it didn’t. I really enjoyed the story, most of the characters, the tempo of events. I didn’t enjoy the cliffy ending, but I can’t say I was that surprised about it. I think this is going to be a really interesting series, and I recommend Nightstruck to fans of YA spooky stories, with great atmosphere, romantic triangles (while I hate them, I know others enjoy them), and likable main characters.
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