Bookish Blerd

I'm a book buying junkie who buys books faster than I can read them. But what better way is there to live than surrounded by books?! I read as much as I can and I do my best to give coherent reviews...which doesn't always happen.  I enjoy many genres, which is likely the reason I struggle with deciding my next read.

Review: The Lightning Struck Heart

The Lightning-Struck Heart - Lesley Berk;Michael Berk;David Castle;Sue Lauder, T.J. Klune

I read along with the kindle edition while listening to the audiobook, and I don't often say this, but the buying audiobook is the best decision I ever made!  Nothing against audiobooks; I love them and listen to them often, but this was hands-down the best performance I've heard in a long time!

 

This is the tale of Sam of Wilds and his (many) not-so-excellent adventures.  Usually along for the shenanigans are his best friends, Gary the sassy, gay, hornless unicorn, and Tiggy the half-giant who will happily smash anyone who attempts to hurt Gary or Sam.  Sam is a kid from the slums who unexpectedly comes into his magic and is then tapped by the king's wizard, Morgan to be his apprentice.  Sam and his parents go to live in the palace, while never forgetting where they came from and go back to visit and help the people of the slums as often as they can.

 

Sam is utterly adorable and has a knack for drawing people to him.  He also has a knack for falling into danger.  It seems that everyone wants to capture, kill, and/or have sex with him.  Lucky for Sam he and his companions are very cunning and always manage to escape danger.  It's usually the escapes that cause future danger.

 

It's really hard to explain the story without giving the whole thing a way.  There is magic, romantic pining, oblivious boys in love, jealous princes, fairy drag mothers, fairies, dragons, dark wizards, kidnappings, quests, and so many inappropriate sex puns.  The story was fun and funny; it was the humor that carried it really.  It was campy and I LOOOVES me some camp.

 

The cons are that the entire story is in first person.  I HATE first person stories (although it kinda worked for this one,) and the audio didn't always match up with the written story.  There were words and sometimes entire sentences added or omitted in places.  And this story was really, really, dialog heavy.  Heavy even for me, because I love good dialog.  But all-in-all it was a fun read/listen and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.

 

I highly recommend this if you looking for something fun and a bit silly, with the odd sad/dramatic spot.

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