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REVIEW: “The Ligthening-Struck Heart” by TJ Klune


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 world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

tj ligthTitle: The Lightening-Struck Heart
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinners
Pages: 533
Release Date: 07/20/2015
Purchase Links: Amazon, Dreamspinners


I am conflicted.

So. Very. Conflicted.

Before you go on know this: Everyone seems to love this book, and I’m the weird one… So, please, don’t let this put you off reading.

Have you ever read a book that everyone loves and when you read it you just can’t bring yourself to love it just as much, and start wondering over and over what the heck is wrong with you? That’s me, right now. That has been me for at least… three days. It’s not that I didn’t like it, because I did. I just didn’t love it like most of my friends did.

The Lightening-Struck Heart is a book that plays with fairy tale elements. Dragons, castles, unicorns (except this one is gay and… hornless hahahaha), a giant, wizards, and love… Because in the end, it’s all about love. And I love that it’s all about love. That much I know.

Sam is a wizard, and he’s being prepared to be the future wizard of the future king. He doesn’t have many friends, except for Gary, a gay hornless unicorn, and Tiggy, a giant that loves his two friends more than anything.

For a long time, our Wizard, Sam, has had a crush on Ryan, Prince Justin’s boyfriend. Now, this is a problem for a number of reasons, one of them is that Sam is meant to be Justin’s magical counselor when Justin takes his father’s place as the King. The other one… Well, you’ll have to discover that one when you read this.

Long story short. Sam thinks he stands no chance to get Ryan’s heart, but he does… The thing is that Sam is sometimes so oblivious that it borders on painful. Ryan gets obviously desperate because the guy doesn’t seem to get a hint… But I don’t think Sam really wanted to get that hint… Ryan was, after all, taken. So, it was just better to pretend that nothing was happening.

When Prince Justin is kidnapped, Sam, Tiggy, Gary and Ryan are sent on a quest to get the young Prince back. Oh, and the Prince was kidnapped by a Dragon… a Sexually.. Agressive… Dragon.

The book can be dead fun, but its humor was sometimes… too much for me. At some point the sex jokes on part of the gay hornless unicorn became too much. Heck the sex jokes on part of everyone became too much.

While I liked Sam, and thought he was a great, noble character, I found his ramblings sometimes a bit tiring. I was kind of weirded out to realize this because TJ’s characters tend to ramble a lot, like… A LOT, but this was the first time that the ramblings took me off base and made me lose focus. Again, like I said before, I seem to be in the minority.

I also think that the book was way too long. I think it could have been easily cut down to half the pages and still would have worked well. There were lots of puns and jokes that I felt could have been cut out, since they didn’t add much to the story but the laughter they may have brought to the reader. Some of these jokes and puns made me crack up like mad, but some just… didn’t work for me. Or maybe they did but… not as I expected.

The book is full of fantastic occurences though. TJ being the creative man he is puts his characters in hilarious situations while managing to give each one of this situations a sort of moral.

So… Yep… All in all. This was good, but didn’t shake my world as I expected it to. However, as I said, and let me repeat this once more… This may absolutely work for you. It has definitely worked for others.

About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

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This entry was posted on August 19, 2015 by in Fantasy / Fairy Tale, Reviewer: Gaby and tagged , , .

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