Stevie Moon is famous…at least to the subscribers on her comic review vlog. At school, she’s as plain as the gray painted walls in the cafeteria. So when Blake, the hot new guy at school, shows an interest in her, she treats him like Kryptonite. Guys like him want one thing, and it isn’t to share a sundae at Double Dips.
Blake Foster, aka Thor’s son, has one mission—to recover the Norse god Heimdall’s sacred and powerful horn before someone uses it to herald in the destruction of the entire universe. The problem is, Stevie—without knowing it—is the key to finding the horn, and while Blake is great in a fight, the battlefield that is a high school’s social scene is another matter. Gaining Stevie’s trust and help is going to take some delicate maneuvering indeed.
Finding herself in the middle of an epic battle of the gods, Stevie doesn’t know whom to trust. But she better decide fast, because she can’t protect her heart unless she saves the universe first—and she’s going to need help.
Myths are crazy popular right now in case you’ve been hiding in a cave and missed hearing about Rick Riordan, Neil Gaiman, or practically anything by Marvel and DC. Riordan has a whole new Norse Mythology series going on, Gaiman just published his definitive edition recently and Marvel has made Thor so famous any teen can probably tell you who Chris Hemsworth is before they could the VP of the US.
Drake has jumped on the bandwagon and provide us her take on the sexy (because you know Hemsworth pops into your head when you hear this name) Thor lineage. Granted her story is more focused on his son but I bet now you’re thinking what a high school version of Hemsworth might look like.
Thunderstruck is a typical YA novel, most assuredly not written for the older end of that crowd who likes to read these whether they publicly admit that or not. You get a modern day take on an Old Norse myth written with a very easy style so you could blow through quite a few chapters before realizing how far you actually read. At the same time that’d be a negative because it is SO fast paced she didn’t slow down enough to really let us connect and enjoy the characters or story. It felt rushed at moments like she had a deadline to meet and left so much to the last minute she was just trying to hit a page count without worrying about what was going on the pages.
You do get quite a bit of cliché, almost cringe worthy, romantic angles so depending on how much of that irritates you versus you just love reading about love be prepared. I thought that part was kind of disappointing because the mythology she tapped into and how she used it was so interesting and fun I would’ve preferred the author fleshing that out more and cutting back on who loves who, wants to be together but can’t, should be together but won’t, drama.
It’s worth checking out if you have time, don’t have anything else on your to read list or you are need a fix until Thor comes out in November. Unfortunately it’s not a novel that will hold a place in your mind’s catalogue of memories so as soon as Chris Hemsworth hits the big screen you’ll be going “Thunderstruck what?”
Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to review this!
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*synopsis and image from Netgalley