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The Deja Vu Review [17]: A Short Story/Novella

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: A short story/novella

Harry Potter: The PrequelHarry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling
My original GR rating: 3 of 5 stars
Comments: This little prequel to Harry Potter was actually really interesting! I always like reading more about Harry Potter! I think the reason I gave it just three stars was because it was SO short that there really wasn’t much of a story to really rate! I always love little extra tidbits about HP and I’m sure any HP fan will enjoy this but I felt like there wasn’t quite enough plot to really call it a full-out prequel.

Prophet (Struck, #0.5)Prophet by Jennifer Bosworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: This was a prequel to Jennifer Bosworth’s debut Struck. I thought it was really interesting that we got to hear a little bit more about Prophet. It really explained why he was the way he was and it was helpful information that would have been too much in the original story but made for a great addition!

Which books did you pick for this week’s Deja vu Review? Link up below!

Struck – Jennifer Bosworth

Struck – Jennifer BosworthTitle: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Publishing Info: May 8, 2012 by Macmillan
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: June 19, 2012

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Breaking It Down Further: 17-year-old Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s been struck so many times that the lightning has become a part of her – her skin is covered head to toe with red lightning-like scars (Litchenberg figures) which she hides underneath her layers of black clothes. After an earthquake destroys LA – predicted by Rance Ridley Prophet and his cult of Followers, LA is left is in shambles and Mia struggles to take care of her younger brother Parker and her mother who was nearly killed in the quake. When another storm is predicted – one to bring about the end of the world – Mia is caught between two cult-like groups: Prophet and his Followers and dangerous Seekers. Mia has to figure out which side is good and which side is evil, as well as make a leap of faith deciding whether or not to trust her constant pull to Jeremy. In the end, everything rides on Mia as the destructor or savior of the world, and which decision she makes can change the course of life as everyone knows it.


Wow. Okay. Let’s rewind back to the beginning here. I just finished the book and immediately went to start my review because I literally raced through once I got to the breaking point of the book. I needed to know what was happening. What was Mia going to choose? Should she trust Jeremy? Was Jeremy on the side of good or evil? Were the Seekers even good? I mean, I was kind of second guessing in my head the whole time, but I guess that’s what made it so thrilling!

I think what I liked most is that we’re getting the whole thing through Mia and through her eyes only. We don’t get to know the ins and outs of Prophet’s cult, who the Seekers really are, what Jeremy’s agenda is, what Katrina’s secrets are, and where Parker flits off to. I really was left questioning everything and constantly doing so. It just made me want the reveal that much more!

I loooved Jeremy. The whole description about the Clark Kent glasses had me picturing an actual Clark Kent (my mind went to Brandon Routh from Superman Returns, which is a totally perfect image for this kid in my head! Yes, please! I’d be on his side). At first I was like, “Well spit it out already, kid! Are you for the good guys or bad guys?” BUT of course it all gets explained in due time and we find out the reasons why he acts the way he does and (not really a spoiler since it’s in the beginning of the book alert) why he was by Mia’s bed with a knife ready to kill her. Anyhoo… Loved their little lighting/heat connection putting a whole new spin on the heat between two people type phrase!

It was a very interesting use of powers throughout the whole book. At first I thought it was an over-abundance of powers since so many people in the book seem to have them, but geez, I really don’t want to write any spoilers, guys… Just trust me, it all gets explained as to who can do what and why and all that good stuff.  Also, the point of the cults – Actually for me, it was a little too much cult. Two warring groups of cults I guess might start naturally when one arises. One becomes a superpower and you need another super-group to fight back. Not every common person will stand up and do something to stop a cult, hence second cult. Or something like that. I think I just wanted the Seekers to seem a little more “good” and mysterious since to me, cult has such a negative connotation. I guess that’s kind of the point though. We’re always guessing who are the good guys and if the Seekers are working for the right cause or if they really are dangerous and just using Mia. Okay, so I eat my words. Well put… well done.

It was quite the thrilling conclusion, that’s for sure! My mind was racing a mile a minute trying to figure everything out and I really, really enjoyed it! Overall, it was a very exciting read (I guess hence why it was part of the Fierce Reads tour!) and I really look forward to reading more from Jennifer Bosworth! In fact, there’s the mini-story prequel about Prophet and his story on Tor.com that I think I’m going to go read right now!!

I also have to say that hearing Jennifer talk about the book on the Fierce Reads tour was such a fun thing for me. It’s the first time I’ve ever been to an event and it really helped me make a personal connection to the book. I got to hear a little bit more behind it than usual and it made me that much more excited to read it!

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It was such an exciting book and a really interesting and unique concept. I loved all of the twists and turns and the complete roller coaster adventure that the reader gets take on.

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Top Ten Tuesday – June 19, 2012: Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list.

Let me tell you, my TBR list is HUGE. But since we’re all pretty much obsessed with books here as bloggers, I’m sure the same goes for almost everyone! I’m really excited about this list though because I get to narrow it down and almost kind of make a goal list for myself. I’m sticking to ONLY books that I have in my possession right now. If I made up a list of books I want to read but don’t have yet, it would literally be hundreds of books! So here we go:

1. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth: I guess this one is cheating since I’m already two thirds done, but to be fair, it was already summer when I started it so I’m still counting it! She was one of the ladies I was fortunate enough to meet on the Fierce Reads tour and it made me all the more excited to read her book. Always extremely interested to hear what the author has to say about the book as well as the creative process behind the writing!

2. Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5) by JD Robb: The “In Death” series quickly became one of my favorites. This is an “in between the books” short story, but I’m determined to read them all in order! Should be a very quick read since it’s not a full novel, but I bet it’ll still be jam packed full of action.

3. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne: Emmy was another one of the awesome ladies on the Fierce Reads tour and she was so much fun to hear from! I had seen some reviews around before I actually picked up her book and when I read about the Fierce Reads tour and I had an opportunity to meet her, I couldn’t pass it up! Very excited to read it.

4. Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner: When I read the Maze Trials last year (last year? I think… Regardless…) I wasn’t too sure about it when I started. Then there came a certain point where I was racing through to see how this book ended! Somehow I got hooked. I’ve been anticipating picking up the sequel to continue on in this story, but so far haven’t actually made it along to starting it, so hoping to do that this summer!

5. Shades of Grey (Shades of Grey #1) by Jasper Fforde: NO, this is not Fifty Shades of Grey (I refuse to read it). This Shades of Grey is a fantasy/dystopia/post-apocalyptic novel where the ability to see different spectrums of color determines your social standing. I came across this in my suggestions from GoodReads and thought it sounded really interesting! I just got the book from Book Mooch the other day and I’m pretty excited about reading it.

6. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews: First off, summer is the in the title. So it only makes sense. It’s about three best friends who all went to Catholic grade school together and now find themselves at a crossroads in their 30s. Since I happen to have spent 10 years in Catholic grade school and I happen to have two best friends who I still talk to from that school, this book seemed like it was screaming at me to read it!

7. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu:  I have also seen reviews for this one around the blogisphere and when I saw I could request a copy for review on NetGalley, I was excited that they approved my request! Hoping to read this one within the next month or two, depending on how my book schedule goes.

8. Beauty to Die For by Kim Alexis: Another request from NetGalley – Should be a cute little cozy mystery written by former Supermodel Kim Alexis, and it looks like she uses a lot of her knowledge of the modeling world to create her characters. I always get nervous when celebrities write books, but so far so good. I just started a couple pages and haven’t had time to get much further yet.

9. Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot: This is coming out in July!!! This is book #4 in the Heather Wells series which has always been one of my favorite, so this is probably one of the rare times I’ll actually buy the book brand new.

10. A Killing in Antiques by Mary Moody: Another nice little cozy mystery that I think I’ll pick up soon. I got a whole bunch of cozies at the same time and I’m selecting this one as the next one to read.