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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  124 reviews
It starts with a cry in the night.

Becket, walking her dog one winter evening, fears it’s an abandoned baby left out in the cold. But it is something else—something evil—and it tricks Becket into opening a doorway to another realm, letting a darkness into our world, a corruption that begins transforming Philadelphia into a sinister and menacing version of itself…but only at
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Tor Teen
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ve always been a bit wary of “dark” or “horror” YA because so often they don’t live up to those descriptions, but I think I’ve finally found one worthy of those labels. I had a surprisingly good time with Nightstruck, a young adult novel with chilling story that actually shocked me with a couple of its disturbing twists and turns.

It all began with a baby. Or, more precisely, what protagonist Becket thought was a baby, ab
An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an e-ARC and may be subject to change.

Imagine a city where there are no rules, and chaos reigns. Where people let go of their inhibitions and murder others. This is the setting and premise of NightStruck. This was a really engaging read! I was never bored. From the start I was so into it. It started off super sinister then just turned into a horror. It actually reminded me of th
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This came highly recommended by a friend and I was immediately captivated.

I loved Becket. She smart and a lot more capable than most people would be in the situation she's in. I really enjoyed being in her head. There are a few other characters {and one very awesome German Shepard}, but it felt like this was Becket's story entirely.

The plot is interesting and the descriptions of the world and the Nightstruck people were a perfect combination of creepy and fantastic. The only reason it's
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Three and a half stars: An exciting and creepy book with strange nightly creatures. Beware of the cliffhanger.

Becket flops on her bed in frustration. She just had another troubling altercation with her father over her calling 911. Becket was forced to lie about her call as no one would believe what really happened in that dark alley. Becket thought she was saving an abandoned baby, but what occurred after she picked up the bundle defies logical explanation. Shortly after Becket's strange experi
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I am incredibly frustrated by this book. The story was a really interesting one, but the main character Becket is insanely annoying and really killed this story for me.

The story opens up really strong and I liked the whole creepy factor that the author chose to go with. Was it original not really, but her spin was great and I found I liked it. That all changed when Becket became the main focus. Her constant "I'm not good enough, nobody will ever like me" grated on my nerves almost from the get g
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at

This is the first book in a new series by Jenna Black. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I’m not a huge fan of YA books. However, there are a few authors that I will read their YA stories. Jenna Black is one of those authors. I’ve read both her Faeriewalker and Replica series and enjoyed both. So, when given the chance to review this new series, I jumped on the chance. This story is a combination of science fiction and horror and will keep you
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it

Nightstruck is one of those perfect urban fantasy stories that will find an audience with teens.  With a straight forward, easy to follow storyline and world building, it's a quick read.  I read this almost in one night!  I tore through this story so fast that when I got to the ending...



First, let me tell you what I liked about Nightstruck:

I loved how Nightstruck started with a Prologue about the barrier between our mortal world and another darker world where dark magic could leak into ou
Dark and tense and unsettling and brutal, and I'm not sure if there's going to be a sequel, but I think so (hope so?) and will be looking forward to it. (Not that I'm opposed to a dark, un-pretty ending. But there are still questions to be answered!) ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
YA ReviewMy Thoughts

Whoa, sometimes a book really gets to you. Nightstruck really got to me. And not in the usual ways a book gets under my skin. Nightstruck freaked me the F out! Nightstruck is the first in a young adult series by the same name, by Jenna Black. Nightstruck is part urban fantasy and part horror. The main Character, Becket unknowingly opens a portal to another world, and creatures take over Philadelphi
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
One night, Becket hears a baby crying in a dark alley. Despite her misgivings, she goes to help the baby. But the baby isn't human. And ever since that night, strange things have been happening in the city of Philadelphia after dark. Statues and other inanimate are coming to life. People are dying.

NIGHTSTRUCK starts creepy and ramps up the horror as the story continues. This is the first in a series, and fairly light on plot. Becket has a rocky relationship with her best friend Piper and gets cl
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Dark Paranormal Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Nightstruck is the first installment in a brand new young adult series by author Jenna Black. Black also wrote series such as Fairiewalker, Nikki Glass, Gifted, and Morgan Kingsley. Nightstruck is a story that will give you the creeps, goosebumps, and leave you stunned while demanding more! The Night Makers have tried SIX times to open the gates between the worlds, always using some sort of bait, and have alwa
Kathy Davie
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First in the Nightstruck urban fantasy horror series for young adults set in Philadelphia in the Center City neighborhood and revolving around the beleaguered Becket Walker.

My Take
Whew…that narrative hook Black used is a psychological foreshadowing priming that pump of fear. And I’m torn between ticked off and shivering in horror. I can whine all I like that Becket "should have known ‘better’", but when you place "experience" in the real world, there is just no way anyone could anticipate the wo
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through it I was amazed at just how good this story I really need to get the next book soon. It started slowly but then it picked up the pace and I just could not stop reading even with the cliffhanger that just makes me want to read the next book really soon. So overall I think this book is really good and I can't wait to continue the story. ...more
Cassie C
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Update 5/28/16:

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This new story from Jenna Black is definitely an interesting, creepy read, but it does have its flaws. Nightstruck will appeal to many readers looking for a quick YA paranormal fantasy with a straightforward storyline and descriptive world building. This is an easy read that you can enjoy in one sitting. However, there were several aspects that took what could have been an excellent book, and made it just a decent book instead. I act
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
There's a lot of action and scary stuff in this book! It's a fun, creepy read. I can't say I like the ending. It's either shocking (nooo!) or there will be another book to come? ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Jenna Black has been one of my favorite authors for years now! I’ve adored her foray into the YA world since Glimmerglass, and when I heard she was writing a horror filled YA read, I knew I had to have it!! Nightstruck was one of the creepiest reads I’ve read in awhile. Not so much where I was afraid to sleep at night, but the things that happened at night in the b
Katrina Marie
This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More 5 reasons to read Nightstruck

There are a few slow parts, but the things that go on at night had me more than intrigued to find out what was going to happen next.

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love
Dark and a seriously depressing moment or two, but excellent series starter. I'll definitely check out the second. ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Entertaining. The elements of the story and the characters reminded me of a few other stories. I have the 2nd book waiting on me. I might take a small break and read a different book before starting it.
Frank James
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was kinda slow in the beginning but then it took off and became exciting and enticing, leaving me to wonder what's going to happen next. Some aspects were predictable, but that's bound to happen.
My favourite part is that there was no happy ending to this story. I'll have to read the sequel at some point to see if there is one though!
Katherine Paschal
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One night while walking her dog, Becket hears a baby crying. Regardless of her apprehension and the fact her dog is freaking out, she goes to help the baby. What she finds was not a baby, not really anything she could describe outside of a nightmare, with piercing eyes. She ends up getting cut by something in this strange “baby” bundle which then dissolves into the night. Becket calls the police, but nobody believes her claim, not even her police Commissioner Father. This was the last night the ...more
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

Full Review:
*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I was so excited when I saw this book because I LOVE the night, and I've always believed there's magic in the night. So magic taking over and everything changing once the sun goes down was a completely irresistible premise to me. It didn't matter that bad things were happening, it was still magic in the night!

And what the description promises (and what the cover shows) is exactly what happe
Jen Ryland
Hmmm... Even though I watched all the Buffy episodes I really don't read this genre - blurb calls it paranormal horror. Is there a difference between that and Urban Fantasy? Please explain in comments if you can shed light on this for me....

So Becket lives in Philly with her police commissioner dad and her loyal dog, Bob Barker. One night she finds an abandoned baby on some church steps, picks it up, gets her finger pricked with a pin that's holding the blanket closed and then realizes the baby
Steph C
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
I'm not quite sure why this one grabbed me as hard as it did, but I loved it, finished it in one sitting, and even did this fanart of Piper and her pet/sidekick, Billy the Leg-Humping Metal Goat of Doom:

Some aspects of the plot stretch believability (once they're sure it's not a disease outbreak, why aren't people being evacuated? Why is Black Friday apparently still happening when, in Philadelphia, door busts YOU?), but it's compelling, fast-paced, and the living, malevolent city provides one b
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is one of the most frustrating books I have read so far this year. I'm not sure I can pinpoint why, but the ending irritated me, the plot didn't work for me, and the fact that the book was all dark, death, and dismemberment without a single second of levity really turned me off. It's personal, but those aren't the types of books I generally like. This book made me feel hopeless and angry, and like humanity is too awful to even contemplate. And I hate feeling that way. ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Three days for a three hundred page book... needless to say, this one was not a perfect read.
Jessie Potts
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, april-2016
Check out the full review in next months RT Magazine
Becky B
Ever since the evening when Becket picked up what she thought was an abandoned baby but turned out to be...well, she's not sure what but it had nasty teeth and dissolved into dust...anyway, every night since then as soon as the sun sets Philadelphia turns into a different world. Crime rates increase and increase. Becket's father is the police commissioner, so he's gone more and more. Becket hides what she thinks she saw for as long as she can, but when she starts to see other strange things at n ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
How horribly disappointing. It sounded so good and even the blurb by Kendare Blake, whom I love, said it was dark and horror-ridden and fantastic. I don’t normally give author blurbs any regard, but I love Blake’s work so yeah. It’s going to carry some weight.

The world itself was actually really awesome. This insidious infiltration of this other dark, fantastical world into modern Philadelphia was terrifying, the way things changed, the way things existed in the corner of your eye, maybe you wer
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