Monday, 26 January 2015

Review: Stung by Joss Stirling

Published by: Oxford University Press
Release date: 5th February 2015
Series: Struck #2

I got it from: Netgalley
Goodreads summary:   

Stung by Joss Stirling is a breathtaking romantic thriller from the bestselling author of Finding Sky.

Sixteen-year-old Kate has a talent for disappearing. Framed for murder, and hunted by a violent gang, she's running for her life...

Nathan is the young recruit tasked with finding Kate before her enemies track her down. He's determined to stay detached no matter what.

But when Nathan and Kate's paths collide, neither is prepared for the electricity that sparks between them.

As the net tightens, can they trust each other long enough to stay alive? Or will their next kiss be their last?

My Review:

I somehow missed Storm and Stone/Struck, the first book in Stirling's new Struck series, but after reading Stung and adoring it I really need to go find it now. I was a huge fan of Stirling's Benedicts series, and when I got the chance to read Stung on Netgalley I was so excited (and mad that I missed the start of the series!). Happily, the book lived up to my high expectations. It has all the action and adventure you expect from a Stirling book, with just the right mix of danger, friendship and romance.

Stirling isn't afraid to introduce her characters to intense hardship or even death, and that makes her books that much more exciting. She treats her readers as intelligent adults, giving no quarter where complex plotlines and high-tech toys are involved. Yet she also has that great author knack of making it so that you can stumble across a series at any point. I wish I'd read Storm and Stone first, simply because I want to know Kieran and Raven's story, but I didn't have any trouble catching up with things. A steady trickle of pertinent information ensures that you can keep up, without any annoying info-dumps. I can't wait to see which of the YDA gets the next story. Damien's has got to be a good one. Just sayin'.

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