Nightstruck by Jenna Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Becket is doing the normal activity of walking her dog when she finds what she believes is an abandoned child. After picking up the bundle, she pricks her finger and a drop of her blood releases a magic into the city that quickly escalates into murder and pandemonium. The city of Philadelphia is no longer filled with brotherly love; weird creatures and seemingly innocuous objects coming to life are stretching the police and residents to the breaking point. Of course, this is only at night and the city returns to its normal state after sunrise. It is safe inside, but is safety enough when the dark magic released on the city is beckoning residents to join the Nightstruck.
Nightstruck is the first book in a new series by the same title. Readers will discover the magic early on, yet Becket and the city around her are in denial for a good portion of the story. There is an unrequited love that adds a bit of romance to the pages, but it is mostly in the background and does not pull away from the magical mystery that is the bulk of the story. Becket does have to come to terms with pushing back at the restrictive limits her over protective father has set, yet she does keep her sights on the bigger picture throughout. The ending is sudden and readers who do not enjoy cliff hangers might want to wait for the second book to be released so that they can be read close together.
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