Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: The Lightning-Struck Heart by T. J. Klune

The Lightning-Struck Heart 
(Tales From Verania #1)
by T.J. Klune
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2015

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 is 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. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years 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.

Wow! This book is epic. I seldom laugh out loud when reading alone, but this one takes the cake. I think is goes without saying the crude jokes and sarcasm works for me, slightly overboard, but still acceptable.

This is a fantasy tales with wizard, dragons, fairies, unicorn and etc. Sam, the hero in this book is gifted young wizard that have the worst luck in life, or maybe the best luck? No matter how many times he stumble upon misfortune, he always came out unscathed. 

His bff, Gary, who is a talking hornless gay unicorn is the most flamboyant characters in the story. There is also a giant who acts like Sam and Gary's bodyguard.

The romance here is hard for me to rate. There is a lot of pining going on, but emotionally not very satisfying. So much pining until I'm mentally tired for Sam. He had such huge crush on Ryan, the Knight Delicious Face, as they call him. Too bad, Ryan is engage to the Prince Asshole and Sam just continue pining.

Although this book is high in comedic value, all the pining is kinda sad. I didn't like Ryan all that much. I think he is as bland as a Ken doll and is super obvious to everyone that he want to bone Sam too, but he is holding back. I keep speculating what is the reason behind his reluctance to ditch the Prince and just be with Sam. I wish for some big dark secrets that someone will die if he break his oath to the Prince, but I'm sorely disappointed. 

The only reason I root for Sam and Ryan is due to all the pining and unrequited love from Sam. I want him to be happy and win the guy. That's all. I hope in the next book we get to see Ryan do something beside of looking dashing and immaculate. Seriously, he needs to show that he is worthy for Sam.