Thursday, April 14, 2016
Nightstruck is a fun story kind of a cross between urban fantasy and YA. Becket is the daughter of the police commissioner and experiences something that freaks her out one night while walking the dog. Magic from somewhere else has leaked into our world and when night falls everything gets crazy. Inanimate objects come to life and it's not safe to be outside. Becket at first doesn't believe what's happening, but soon it becomes all too real. Manholes with teeth, statues coming to life... and it gets worse every night.
I liked the nighttime craziness and I liked the characters too. Becket and Luke were both likable, I especially liked Becket's voice and thought she was realistic and appealing. Her friend Piper is kind of a wild child and I thought her dynamic with Becket was interesting. I would have liked this more if it had been just an urban fantasy with a younger protagonist, but the romance element and (sort of) love triangle made it feel very YA. I didn't think the romance was bad, and I actually liked their relationship, but when Becket at one point can't believe he really wants her because, after all, she's not as hot as Piper I was like whatever. So that was my only real issue. I also expected this to be a little more intense- while it does have a few such moments it wasn't overly so. There were a few moments that didn't ring true- when things get really bad I just can't see her cop dad letting her stay home alone night after night. I'm sorry seems like she would be at the station, comfortable or not, or at some other fortified location.
Other reviews have noted the cliffhanger, and it does end in a very abrupt place. I'm not crazy of endings like this but I'm curious enough as to what happens. Becket goes through a lot and I'm a little surprised at something she does towards the end. I liked this though and it cracked me up at times- manholes coming to life, door knockers turning into tongues. Packs of Nightstruck wandering the streets. I'll definitely read the next one just to see where it goes.