Shaken by Joss Stirling Review

Hey All,

I know some of you are stunned to silence right now…because I have for once actually read a book that was on my TBR at the start of the month! Crazy right?!?! Jokes aside, I have been meaning to read this one since I finished the second one in the series in July last year. I have reviewed both of the others in this series before (Struck #1, Stung #2) and adored them, and while I don’t want to spoil the review…but this was just as amazing! Anyway, enough rambling from me – let’s get started!

Title: Shaken (Struck #3)
Author: Joss Stirling
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Spy, Mystery
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: April 2016
Pages: 265 pages
When I Read It: April 12th 2020
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 Stars

Goodreads Description:
In a tall, narrow brownstone, in Brooklyn, New York, there is a girl with a secret. That girl is Rose Knight. She needs to raise millions of dollars to save her father’s life. The arrogant and suave Damien Castle is good at uncovering secrets. He’s even better at catching criminals. When he meets Rose he knows something is amiss but he can’t help but get distracted. It isn’t her terrible dress sense that confuses him, or even her obsession with Egyptology. It’s the fact that he has never felt this way about a girl before.
But when duty and love are both on the line, which one will Damien choose?

My Goodreads Review:
April 12, 2020 – page 83  31.32% “So far I’m enjoy it. It hasn’t got the same initial grab of the first two in the series. I’m also not as keen on the location as I always enjoyed that the other two were set in London.
I love Rose. Her character is quirky and awkward and yet willing to fight for those she loves even if they don’t deserve it.
Damien is an interesting character, I need to read more before I decide how much I like him.”
April 12, 2020 – page 185  69.81% “Omg I’m in love! It’s perfect! The scenes between Keiran and Raven have me in stiches. The plots dragging out a little. Hopefully it will come to a swift conclusion.”
April 15, 2020 – Finished 100% “Joss Stirling never disappoints! It was the action packed, funny, romantic, swoon-worthy read I wanted! The scenes with the whole gang are just amazing and make my heart melt! Rose is such an incredible character, shy but not willing to stand up for what she believes, independent and humble. So quirky! You just fall in love. Damien I was unsure about at the start but I adore his arc from untrusting playboy to devoted and trusting. Its so well done and doesn’t feel forced! I can’t wait to read the last one in the series because I love Joe and I want him to find his gal. Just incredible – cannot recommended enough!”

My Favourite Quotes:

  1. ‘Did you notice the paperclips?’
    Joe tired not to smile. ‘Don’t mock her. She’s a friend.’
    ‘Your instructions are noted, Commander.’ Damien tapped his forehead in an ironic salute. ‘I’ll treat your neighbor with absolute respect.’
    Joe gave him a dubious look. ‘OK, we’ll see how that goes.’
  2. ‘Remove your foot, Joe, or I’ll take my Pyramid of Giza paperweight and drop it on your toes.’
    ‘Not the Pyramid of Giza!’ Joe said in mock terror, still not getting how serious she was with her threat.
  3. Basically the first 3 pages of chapter 4, when they are calling Keiran – he is arguably my favoruite book boy ever so to see him reappear in this and be a shambles after Raven has been gone like a day is just amazing! It’s too long to quote all of the brilliance or I would.
  4. Same goes for the end of Chapter 11 when you see Keiran again…but this time Raven is back. Omg it’s just hilarious.
  5. Raven tapped Keiran on the chest. “Stud Muffin, have you got a plan?”
    “Stud Muffin?” Damien pretended to gag.
    “I’m trying out new terms of endearment.” Raven grinned at Kieran’s embarrassed frown. “So far this is the one he hates the most.”
    “Pest,” muttered Kieran.

Characters: I adored Rose from the moment I first read her. So often, the main characters who are shy and a little introverted have that as their main feature and that’s all there is too them. But Rose was shy, and introverted but also willing to stand up for what she believed in when it matters – even if it means going against her friends and working alone. She was quirky but she knew she was, it wasn’t like she was oblivious or dumb – she was far far from this. I just adored her. I love when smart characters get the respect they deserve when they are written. Joss Stirling never fails me!!
Damien took a while for me to get used to, at first I thought he was just a arrogant ass and not in a swoonworthy way – and then as the book develops and he develops and you see his character arc you’re just like hot damn he is incredible!!
I knew going into this that I loved Joe because you get a lot of him in the first book and he didn’t disappoint – he is still amazing. After the way the first ended it was so good to see him back and he is the main guy in the fourth and final book in the series, so I cannot wait to get stuck into that!
Also Joe’s parents – they are supreme!!! Too adorable for words.
Characters = 10/10

Humour: I love the humour in this. It’s not as prevalent as in the first two books, but when it does happen it’s just as funny. Some of the quotes above give you the vibe of the laughs. I would actually laugh out loud – especially at the Piza one.
Humour = 9/10

Atmosphere: I was mildly saddened by this, because I always loved that this was set in the UK as I feel like we don’t get as much rep as America does in YA novels. But we do get little pieces from the UK so it redeemed itself. I enjoyed the setting, it just wasn’t as good as it being in London.
Atmosphere = 7/10

Writing Style: My feelings on her writing style haven’t changed since the other two books and I love it just as much as I did then. It’s the perfect balance of detailed description and action and dialogue so that you’re never getting the urge to skip lines. This is how I described it before:
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! 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.
Writing Style = 10/10

Plot: I loved the plot. It was so gripping!!! You got a really great balance between normal high school life, super spy drama and then also Rose’s life drama. I’ve really been loving the spy/mystery/adventure kind of books recently so this was just perfect for me at the moment.
Plot = 10/10

Intrigue: Like I just said, it was super gripping. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. Except for one part where it slowed just a little so I stopped reading for a day expecting it to be a little slow for a while before it ramped up again but I had just stopped at an awkward moment because I turned the page and there was literal drama – so I should have just powered through. I also didn’t see the plot twist coming – I don’t know if it was amazingly hidden or if I was just being dim.
Intrigue = 9/10

Logic: As I mentioned earlier, I think the writing is super realistic. The characterisation is always so well done and believable. I thought the characters actions were all really plausable and had good reasoning – it never felt like this goes against most of my morals but I need to do it for the plot so meh. I feel like this is quite a repetitive review – but it’s because I loved it so much I just can’t put my adoration into words very well.
Logic = 10/10

Enjoyment: If you couldn’t tell, I adore this entire series – while it isn’t my top of the three I’ve read so far, it’s still amazing!!! It filled me with temporary joy and happiness and ah there are no words just eeek!! This book made me eeek in a good way. You know?
Enjoyment = 10/10

Relationships: I was a bit skeptical about their relationship to start. I don’t know but when I wasn’t yet sold on Damien I thought that it felt a little forced. And then they have the moment in the Museum…and I was immediately converted. They were sweet and they balanced each other out so well. Also the last few pages of the book literally had me sobbing because they are beyond cute and just ahhh!! They get 9/10 because they aren’t Keiran and Raven haha.
Relationships = 9/10

Overall Score = 84/90 or 9.3/10
Star Rating = ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

That’s the end of the review, no spoilers below because while there are definitely some I could write, I’ve been liking doing my spoiler free reviews recently. If you give it a try or have read this incredible book, tell me your opinions below or tell me on twitter cause I want to know what you think. I hope you enjoyed! I’ve had some great reading luck recently – so I hope it continues! Anyway, see you tomorrow!


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