Unrelated Eye Update (for those who are interested): It’s now swollen, it’s bright red and feels like I’m being stabbed every time I blink…so very fun. I went to a pharmacy though and I have a antibiotic gel thing which should fix the infection that has sprung. In summary, never ever cut your tear duct ladies and gents.
Anyway! Today’s review is for the final book in the Struck Series by Joss Stirling. I am so so so so sad this is over. It is undoubtedly one of my all-time favourite series ever and I totally recommend reading it if you haven’t already. A lot of this will be repeating what I have said for previous books in the series because there’s a lot of overlap. Let’s just get started shall we?
Title: Scorched (Struck #4)
Author: Joss Stirling
Genres: Young Adult,Romance, Mystery, Spy
Publisher: Oxford Children’s Books
Publication Date: April 6th 2017
Pages: 277 pages
When I Read It: 23rd June 2020
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 Stars
Love is a fire. But who will get burned?
Ember Lord is facing charges for the murder of her father. She was found at the scene of the crime, holding the murder weapon, and refuses to explain herself.
Joe Masters is tasked with getting under Ember’s skin, and breaking through her stony facade; to gain her trust and find out what her plans are now her father’s legally-questionable business is under her control.
But as the two get closer, Joe begins to break down the wall that Ember has built around herself, and gets a glimpse of the truth behind. Is he really falling for a cold-hearted killer? Or is there more to the murder than meets the eye?
The incredible final instalment of Joss Stirling’s Young Detective Agency series, a companion novel to Stung, Shaken, and the award-winning Struck. Romantic thrillers that will make your heart skip a beat.
My Goodreads Review: *aka my initial thoughts, straight after (and during) reading
June 22, 2020 – page 66 22.92% “This book makes my heart happy. Early days but this plot already has me hooked. As always I love Joss Stirling’s writing! Amazing balance between funny and action packed. I love the Shakespeare elements. Ember is so far an amazing character! I love seeing all the other couples together – like I said, it makes my heart happy! So much fan service in this one ❤️”
June 22, 2020 – page 169 58.68% “This is definitely in my top 5 for the year! Seeing all the characters again is amazing! It’s made better only by the incredible plot in this! I’m on the edge of my seat! This is definitely a one sitting kind of book. I cannot put it down!”
Finished – I can’t believe it’s over 😭😭😭
I loved this! I think it might have been my all-time favourite from this series. Just getting to see all the characters again was brilliant. As a Shakespeare fan I loved those elements. The mystery was so good and the ending was perfect! I actually cried. I’m so sad this series is over because it’s truly amazing! I cannot recommend it enough!
My Favourite Quotes:
All the quotes I loved in this either spoiled something or took wayyyy too much context to be funny. To be honest, I could just have listed the whole book here – it was incredible!
Characters: The characters are always my favourite part of any Joss Stirling book. She is amazing with her characterisation! She’s so true to character’s goals/motivations. Every character, even small side characters seem very developed and like actual people and not just a random and forgotten person.
In this book we are introduced to Ember…arguably my favourite female lead in this series. She’s super determined and strong-willed. She has been through so much in her life. Her devotion to her family is amazing to see and I love seeing that books. I love her interest in classics and literature. It’s super interesting to see a strong female lead who likes such uncommon but cool things! I just really really liked her.
Now, if you’ve seen my reviews of these books before you’ll know that I love Joe! He’s very similar to Ember which makes them such a great couple in comparison to the other pairings who I love but are definitely more of an opposite attract situation. Joe too, has a great relationship with his family, is super dedicated and a strong sense of right and wrong, and also has an interesting and eclectic taste in things.
My favourite part of this book is that there was so much of the previous main characters in this book. It was such a great fan service seeing all of my favourite people back and working together – really it was just perfection!
Characters = 10/10
Humour: Just like the others in the series, it was amazingly funny. While this wasn’t as laugh out loud funny as the previous ones it was definitely still very funny. I definitely think the humour did rely on previous knowledge of the existing characters which is why it’s so hard to write out my favourite quotes and how it’s hard to describe it here.
Humour = 8/10
Atmosphere: I really liked the relatively closed setting of this book. Most of it is set in the Prison and I loved how it impacted on the plot because of visiting hours etc. Being back in London for this final book was great too because that was an element about the previous book that lacked for me because I love the setting of England.
Atmosphere = 10/10
Writing Style: My feelings on her writing style haven’t changed at all. I still love it just as much as I did in all of the previous books. 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: The plot in this one was brilliant. It was extremely well paced. It was certainly the most important and serious of all the missions the guys have faced. The seriousness of the mission and the abuse Ember faced was so well paired with comical humour of the Midsummer Night’s Dream play they performed. I love when plays/Shakespeare is used as a plot line in a book because it usually brings all the on-stage drama off-stage too! I was constantly surprised by both the characters and the plot. I just loved it!
Plot = 10/10
Intrigue: I was on the edge of my seat the whole time with this read. It was amazing. The plot did most of the work towards intrigue with this book. But the fact it is written in third person also helps because not only do you have the drama of the plot to keep you hooked but you also have the intrigue of the dramatic irony making you desperate to find out when the characters will gain the same level of knowledge as you.
Intrigue = 10/10
Logic: I completely agree with what I said in my previous review: I think the writing is super realistic. The characterisation is always so well done and believable. I thought the characters actions were all really plausible and had good reasoning. They always stuck with what fit with their characters, and it’s these choices that furthered the plot! 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: It would take an idiot to have not realised by this point that I completely adored this book. It is arguably my favourite book from the whole series because you got to see the whole gang together! (Although, the first book really gives it a run for its money…mainly because of my love for Keiran)
Enjoyment = 10/10
Relationships: Like I touched on above I loved that this was a different kind of relationship to the other books because they were really well matched in personality. They had so much in common which I loved. I also got my favourite trope of Hate-to-Love. Which then developed into a friendship. They had so much drama as a couple, just like the play counterparts. Just ahhh I LOVED THIS!
Relationships = 9/10
Overall Score = 87/90 or 9.6/10
Clearly I adored this (and the whole series) and I am super sad that it’s over! I’ll just have to move onto one of her other series now! As always, if you’ve read this or you like the sound of it tell me below what you thought of it. Have a great day, see you tomorrow!