Review: Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt ★★★1/2

18374994Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Starstruck #1
Publication Date: August 2013
ISBN: 9781491251942
Page Count: 328
Rating: ★★★1/2
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Buy Link: AMAZON
Synopsis: Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

REVIEW


Struck by You.

I'm not sure how I'm going to review this. It's one of those stories with a big, Surprise! Bet you never saw that coming! moment that I'm going to have to work around like a giant elephant in the room. What I can tell you is that it's YA with sci-fi elements and a sweet romance. And very enjoyable.

If anything, for me, personally, Starstruck was all just a touch too sweet. A true Young Adult, emphasis on the young. These days, I've gotten so used to them being quite racy in places, but this one is squeaky clean. Good news if you're looking for something for an actual teen, which sadly, I am not. Nevertheless, the characters were great, the story compelling, and the pacing spot on.

I particularly enjoyed reading about main character Marsha's transformation—both physically, and what that ultimately led to emotionally. Plus all the fallout with her friends. And of course the big shock reveal moment was all great, but I can tell you about that! Ack!

I would say if you're a fan of series such as Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series or, dare I even say it? The Twilight Saga, then this book should be an enjoyable read for you.

3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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