Nightstruck: A Novel by Jenna BlackNightstruck: A Novel by Jenna Black

Nightstruck: A Novel

byJenna Black

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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Nightstruck: the start of a spooky yet romantic dark paranormal horror series from Glimmerglass author Jenna Black.

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. A studious high school senior, her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations for her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. But that all changes on the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.

Unbeknownst to her, Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, the city begins to change at night. 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 in the morning, and no one can capture the strange changes--such as potholes turning into toothy mouths and wires turning into strangling vines--on film, which prompts the government to declare that the city has been infected with some kind of madness and must be quarantined. Meanwhile, venturing out of one's house at night has become a dangerous proposition, and the moment the sun sets, most of the citizens of the city shut themselves up in their houses and stay there even in the case of dire emergencies.

The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some individuals 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 all her responsibilities and join them. Joining the night world means being free of not just responsibility, but conscience, and it means no longer caring about the fate of others.

JENNA BLACK received her Bachelor of Arts in physical anthropology and French from Duke University. She is the author of the Faeriewalker series for teens as well as the Morgan Kingsley urban fantasy series.
Title:Nightstruck: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.52 × 5.79 × 1.05 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765380048

ISBN - 13:9780765380043


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada Imagine a city where there are no rules, and chaos reigns. Where people let go of their inhibitions and murder others. This is the setting and premise of NightStruck. This was a really engaging read! I was never bored. From the start I was so into it. It started off super sinister then just turned into a horror. It actually reminded me of the movie The Purge where people hole up inside their homes because the citizens outside are trying to kill you. Yep this is pretty much the story. I just had one major question.. Why is this happening in the first place? I thought this would be a stand-alone but when it ended like that I knew it wouldn't be. I had a bit of trouble with the characters. Namely Piper. Ohhhh how I wished Becket grew a pair and just for once stood up to her. She's not your best friend if she manipulates you like that. It drove me crazy how she treated Becket. And the thing is Becket let her. I rolled my eyes at least twice. I loved Bob the dog, he's just great. Luke was cute, but again I didn't condone what they were wasn't morally right at all. I did find the book to be super violent and gory. The writing is good, and execution was passable but I was looking to be more emotionally invested in the characters. In this case I wasn't, so I ended up not caring too much about them lol "Nightstruck" is an engaging read that will have you turning the pages. Naturally with a big cringe or two because of the gore. You were warned!
Date published: 2016-12-05

Editorial Reviews

"A creepy series with an imaginative and unsettling premise." - Publishers Weekly

"If readers want something a bit different from typical YA fare, I'd recommend reading Nightstruck." - RT Book Reviews