How has your weekend been? Actually, how has your January been because I have not posted in a while. Mine has been pretty uneventful. I have moved back into uni after my nice long Christmas break and just spent time getting back into the swing of things. I thought I would come back at you with a review of a book I read in the last week of my holidays. I will spare you the rest of my rambles and let the book do the talking.
Title: Stung (Struck #2)
Author: Joss Stirling
Genre: Young Adult, Spy, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 5th February 2015
Summary: 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?
I picked this up because I fell in love with the first book in the series. I adored Raven and Kieren’s story and if you want to see my review for that you can find it HERE. This was extremely similar to the first novel because they were both exceedingly well-written and had very strong characters that had you rooting for them from beginning to end. If anything I thought this was funnier than the first which only made me fall in love more. I adored the plot just as much as the last. However, this one had a far less complex plot and I had guessed all the major players and plot lines within first 100 pages unlike the first which was also relatively guessable but not as predictable as this one. But I still loved it somehow and I can’t say why other than it was just thrilling and gripping and I was constantly on the edge of my seat (more like a bed) despite having a good idea of what would happen because I wanted to know if I was right. I read it in one day because just like the last one I literally couldn’t put it down.
In my last review, I said: As much as I love this I don’t know whether I will continue the series because it’s from another one of the guys POV’s and doesn’t relate to Kerian or Raven’s story so…maybe eventually but not in the foreseeable future.
Now I say: I’m so glad I didn’t listen to myself because it was the perfect mix between having this be it’s own entity while also harking back to it’s predesessor and the plot there. It also didn’t over explain the previous book if you happened to read it the wrong way around, you would not be spoiled, which is nice. The two books flow together seemlessly and the characters relationships become stronger because of the incredible way Stirling managed to bridge the gap.
Writing Style: Like I have already said multiple times, I really really really loved the writing style.
You have multiple POV’s so you get the full plot even when the characters don’t yet (I love me some dramatic irony) and plus it means you get to know the innermost feelings of each character which I personally adore! Her style has not changed from the last novel, she still uses fairly elaborate descriptions and also mixes in humour and all while having a pretty realistic view (as realistic as a spy can get) of a teen’s actions and speech etc was all great and added to the intensity of the action scenes and just my overall enjoyment of everything.
Characters/Relationships: I loved all the old characters being there and how it didn’t delve into their story too much but you still got some cute moments, especially some of Raven and Keiren as a couple. Also just generally having any moments of Keiren made me happy because his character really made the first book for me and how multi-layered he was. As for Nathan and Kate (the main two protagonists of this one), well there too cute to handle! I loved their banter. I got elements of hate to love because although their love/friendship had always been there parts of them distrusted the other for various reasons which gave it a similar tension to that of a hate to love romance. I didn’t like reading Kate’s POV at first, she annoyed me. I can’t quite put my finger on why but something about her was off for me, and then she met Nathan and it was as if he made her a better person not just for the events of the plot but for me to actually read her as a character. This is really just another kudos to Stirling’s writing abilities because I’ve never had another character in the book have me change my outlook on another character before. Nathan is the perfect guy but similarly to Kieran from the first novel, he had flaws making me love him so much more than the stereotypical male lead who is tough and strong and can do nothing wrong (hehe that rhymed).
I can’t wait to read the next one because I definitely will be reading it!! YOU NEED TO READ THIS IF YOU LIKE SPY/YA/ROMANCE. 5/5 stars just like the last one. I have quite a few reviews coming up soon and if there is anything else you want me to review, even if it is something from my Uni course, don’t hesitate to ask. I hope your weekend was great and that your week will be greater. See you tomorrow 🙂