Review: Struck (Phoebe Meadows #1) by Amanda Carlson

May 30, 2016 Review 0

Review: Struck (Phoebe Meadows #1) by Amanda CarlsonStruck by Amanda Carlson
Series: Phoebe Meadows #1
Published by Self Published on May 24, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
Source: Author
Sexual Content: Sex scenes, references to rape
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.

Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.

After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…

If you're already a fan of Amanda Carlson's writing a la the Jessica McClain series, then STRUCK will be right up your alley. If you're not familiar, then hold on to your hat, because you're about to go for a crazy ride!

STUCK is full of action and adventure. Our heroine has no idea she's a valkyrie until she gets struck by lightening - and it all gets crazier from there. Bouncing back and forth between different realms, she fights demons, elves and witches, until it seems that everybody is out to get her (maybe because they pretty much are). Luckily, she manages to gather several allies along the way, or she probably wouldn't have made it past the second chapter.

STRUCK felt SO much like the Jessica McClain series. The non-stop action, the crazy villains, and the almost instant connection between heroine and hero are all aspects found in both books. Obviously, STUCK has a different mythology, which gives it its own flavor. The Norse mythology, with Odin, Loki, Fenrir, and the Norns, is not commonly found in urban fantasy, and I like when an author steps outside the normal werewolf/vampire mythology. The one major difference between the Jessica McClain series and this one is that in this series, Phoebe had no idea the world she was from existed until the events of the book started, whereas Jessica knew all about the supernatural. This gives Phoebe a super innocent feel, and really makes you feel for her nearly immediately.

All in all, STUCK was a rush from start to finish, a book I managed to read in almost one sitting, and one where I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. I am curious to see what happens with Phoebe next!

Series Titles:
  1. Struck
  2. Freed
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For more by this author, try the Jessica McClain series.
  • For another story starring a valkyrie, try MIST by Susan Krinard.
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