The Lightning-Struck Heart
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only worl ...more
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No words. Should have sent a poet.
Okay, I lied. I may have a *few* words (I am still me after all,) but in all seriousness...
I. Loved. This. Magical. Book. (Literally)
From start to finish, I was never bored, not even for a single paragraph of its considerable 400+ page length.
Sam of Wilds is a 20 y.o. wizard's apprentice (to Morgan of Shadows,) with more blurty, unfiltered goodness in him than one could possibly imagine. And it was a (slightly blinding) sight to behold.
Soooooo much to say about this one! First of all, I'm a MEGA T.J. Klune fan. I love his particular brand of humor and I think that he is an extremely talented writer. I preface with that because all of you should know that my rating and review is coming from someone who is a self-proclaimed T.J. fangirl.
So what do you need to know about this one? What is the deal with this story? I'll break it down for all of you.
If you have read a T.J. book r ...more
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And so it begins again:
Coming July 20th, 2015 from Dreamspinner Press
The Lightning-Struck Heart
By TJ Klune
A romantic comedy of stupidly epic proportions.
(Or quite possibly just epically stupid.)
Cover by Paul Richmond
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags ...more
➦Oh, T.J. Klune, I'm sooo happy I discovered your books. This one here is just awesome. I laughed so hard. I will be listening to the audio book again in the future. I saved it. uhuh. Anywhoooo.
➦Oh yeah, so. Wizards, unicorns, a dragon? Sign me up! (Val, you heard that, right? Dragon. Just one. But he's fabulous.) The story follows Sam, who is an apprentice to the wizard. He does magic and shit.
“I don’t have time for all the relations and courting and wooing bullshit,” I said. “I’m a w...more
I am not even gonna try and explain the whole storyline of this book. It is way too complicated and ridiculous to explain. What I will tell you, is that everybody should read this book !! I can honestly say that this book will probably be my favorite read of 2016...and the year has just begun. That's how awesome this book is.
If you want to step into a world of magic and creatures an ...more
This is the one book I can read over and over again and never get enough of.
BEST BOOK EVER!!
I freaking LOVED this book.
This book is hilarious. But it was also beautiful, sweet, and it broke my heart in the best way possible(because there is so much pining, it was awesome).
“It’s you,” I said, not able to look away. “It’s how I feel when I’m with you. How I think I’ve always felt. You’re my lightning-struck heart. Ever since I’ve known you, ...more
First of all, I just want to let it be known that this book deserves to have a sequel, no matter how obvious it was that it certainly will. But just so there’s no sliver of doubt and I can have peace of mind, I’ll say it again: The Lightning-Struck Heart must have a sequel. No, scratch that. The Lightning-Struck Heart cannot not have sequelssss. You hear me T.J. Klune? Huh? Huh?! (I’m not really good at taunting authors.)
Now that I’ve finally let it out, onto the review!
If you are a hardcore fan...more
My original review from 2015 of the book can be found here.
Previous rating: 3.5 stars
Audiobook re-read rating: 3.5 stars for the story, 5+++ stars for the narration = 4.5 stars overall
*I'm going to focus the majority of this review on the audio portion. If you want to read a more detailed review on the story then check out my previous review of the ebook.*
Now, I've said this before and I'll say it again- I'm a HUUUUUUGE T.J. Klune fan. HUGE. I've read nearly everythin ...more
The Lightning-Struck Heart is a grand fantasy-adventure, featuring an adorably hilarious wizard's apprentice, his epically awesome parents, his best-friends in the form of a fabulous and fierce gay unicorn and a sweet half-giant, a kind-hearted King and his petulant (but redeemable son), two wizened older wizards, a sex-crazed vegetarian dragon, and a dashing and immaculate young knight. You couldn’t ask for more.
It’s TJ Klune so the writing is obviously of the highest standards. In my e ...more
Extremely funny book except I found it farcical and stereotyped; like a 400+ page slapstick SNL impersonation of the LGBT individual. I'm sorry but I was not amused and had it not been for the presence of Kevin- the dragon- this would have been rated one star....more
The Lightning-Struck Heart or, as it was originally titled, Unicorn Star Fucker, is a fantastic story of love, friendship, longing, loss, and hope.
Is this funny? Yes. Yes, it is. It's fucking hilarious. Straight up - I was obnoxiously laughing so hard and so loud for so long that I actually began to feel sorry for the people around me. Sorry they were being subjected to my overt hilarity and sorry they were not reading this magnificent and wondrous book so th ...more
5 HaveHeart4Evah Stars
A absolute winner for me! Love evey single minute I spend reading it.
An epic storyline awesome, silly, sweet, constant sarcasm, a sense of humor that makes me nearly pee my pants laughing!
It's a beautiful story and I recommend this book to everyone. EVERYONE.
Thanks to my friend Isabel for the rec because she is Awesome like that, and to T.J. Klune who is an Absolutely Extreme Talented Writer!
YEAH! I capitalize it … now it´s forever!
Note : I´m a Samgirl, also ...more
1st read - 20-23 July 2015
2nd read - 18- 28 December 2015
“You know I captured you and you’re my prisoners, right?"
“Did he?” I asked Gary.
“Well, we are tied up,” Gary said. “And not in the fun way.”
“I don’t want to know when you’ve been tied up in the fun way,” I told him.
He rolled ...more
Loved loved loved this one SO much!!! I just couldn't stop!! I've read it at work pretending I was working. I've read it on my way home from work. It was unpundownable!
This is the funniest book ever!!! I have laughed SO hard ALL the time while reading it!! It was the best banter I've ever had the pleasure to read. I mean, I couldn't stop the laughter even if I tried. SAM was the funniest character, but also the cornless unicorn and the half giant made this story unforgettable!!! And ...more
When a brilliant author teams up with a brilliant narrator, The Lightning-Struck Heart is what you get. It was brilliantly, awesomely, fantastically magical. I loved the characters, storyline and setting for the story. It was easy to follow and the only times I had to rewind were when I missed a bit from laughing so hard.
I'll be honest (and hopefully not offend), this was the campest story I have ever read/listened to. The humour is ru ...more
This book... why did no one tell me about this book? I thought you guys were my friends! I thought you knew me! You had to know that it would be like magical rainbows made of the best chocolate ever to me. You all let me down.
Okay, well for those of you who DIDN'T know about this book - you know - my GOOD friends - you need to read it. It is the funniest, craziest, sassiest, most original story ever! I'm not over-selling this at all.
I knew from the first line in this book that I was going to be ...more
Third read and I still love this as much as the first time.
This was even better on the second read!
This was epic!
Full review to come.
There were plenty of times while reading this I thought out loud:
SO many times! The book is full of those moments and they were amazing. I have never read anything as unique as this book was. The story was pure genius and I am not at all surprised it came from TJ.
Because his writing is:
I love his books.
The characters in this book were:
Gary and Tiggy being my absolute favorites after Sam of course. But the rest of the side characters where just as awesome. ...more
No seriously, I was reading it last night and actually crying with laughter. I haven't laughed this hard since Ridiculous!. Possibly not even then.
The Lightning-Struck Heart is really that funny. ...more
So this book is definitely not going to be everyone's cup of tea. It's definitely not for young readers, so avert your eyes, kiddos. It is nonstop sexual innuendos and sex jokes with a very casual, dialogue-heavy writing style... now that I think about it, it would be weird if this hadn't had a very casual writing style.
I thought it was hilarious though and was actually laughing out loud while reading it. I'll definitely be continuing on in the series ...more
I can understand why some people found this book unreadable.
Klune is a clever and maybe even brilliant writer, and this book had some clever and brilliant moments. And some genuinely funny moments as well. But in general, his sense of humor is incompatible with mine. Most of the non-stop barrage of banter and joking was so crude and crass and gross and cringe-inducing, I'm probably lucky my face didn't freeze into an expression of horrified distas ...more
By now TJ Klune is among my absolute favorite authors, the man can write a dialogue, he can write a love story, and he can make you feel for the characters like no one else. Also his style is so distinct, that you have no doubt it is one of his books you are reading. If you are a fan of Bear, Otter and the Kid-series you will love this as well. Just be aware that some of the characters in this book is a tad bit more inappropriate (in the best possible way) compared to ...more
There is nothing in this book that I didn't love, there wasn't a single moment that I wanted to skip some pages, and there is this joy for reading such a fantastic story, fabulously written that captivated me from the beginning and that made me read it almost without pause.
All characters are amazing, even the Darks! All so peculiar and sensational! I love the MC's, Sam and Ryan ...more
4 1/2 Stars - Indescribable and Incomparable. Simply crazy Fun and Fabulous.
The Lightning - Struck Heart, a (M/M) book many friends talked about. A 400 pages novel published last summer (2015) by T.J. Klune, whose touching and hilarious funny M/M romances I already knew I liked. (Add an impressing average GR rating of 4.58 stars.) A "must read" in other words. — Yes ... they were all rigth. I'm impressed.
I listened to the 19:48 hrs audiobook nar ...more
I spend a lot of time in my car commuting. I hate it. I like my job, I love the people I work with, but again, my commute? I hate it sooooo hard. So, when the commute from hell started a few years ago I got started listening to audio books. What better way is there to sit in traffic than to listen to a man tell me a story and at some point or 10 talk dirty to me? There is no better way, just so you know. When the request came through for a review on Th ...more
People just get the audio it is the best narration Ever! Worth every penny. I am now a Michael Lesley girl I fell in love with his voice.
Sweet Molasses.This Was Awesomely Funny (yes i capitalized.) Think Friends, Will & Grace, all rolled into 19 hours 49 minutes of laughter.
And now the award for the clueless MC goes to SAM.. yoo-hoo...
I loved this book so much. This book is about the frie ...more
Oh. My. God.
What in the ever-loving hell was that? This book is so silly and ridiculous, it isn't even funny. And that is a total lie, because it's absolutely hilarious. Non-stop slapstick, banter, bickering, sassing, puns and innuendos.
This book was...
... absurd ...
"You're about to feel my wrath."
"Not like that! Stop making it weird."
"I'm talking to a hornless unicorn named Gary. It's already pretty weird."
... offensive ...
"He was important to the Darks, Sam. No official...more
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