Review: Struck by Amanda Carlson

Posted May 24, 2016 in Review / 7 Comments

Review: Struck by Amanda Carlson


Series: Phoebe Meadows #1
by Amanda Carlson
Published by Self Published on May 24th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.

Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.

After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…



In the mood for a new urban fantasy series that has a “world” that’s easy to get into?

Have I got a story for you…

Struck by Amanda Carlson is out today (May 24th, 2016) and it’s a brand new series for Ms. Carlson, who is probably better known for her Jessica McClain series.   The story is centered around Phoebe Meadows, a girl from Wisconsin who recently moved to New York City and works in the shoe department at Macy’s.

One day she is struck by lightning while INSIDE the storeroom at Macy’s and life, as she knows it, changes forever.  On her way home from work she is stopped by a big, scary, smelly man who is missing a hand, her neighbor goes all “Valkyrie” on her, including toga and weapons, and she’s chased into a tree until she’s captured by a scary “witch”.

Not one of Phoebe’s better days.

I was impressed by how close Ms. Carlson stayed to Norse mythology.  If you know anything about Odin, Loki, Thor, and Valkyries, even in passing, you’ll do just fine with the world building in this series.  I’m not an expert on my Norse gods and demigods so I had to Google a few.  But they were all easy to find and fit into the story easily.  I loved that!!

Full of action and quick on it’s pacing, this isn’t a long story and it won’t tie you down like some urban fantasy mass markets do.  I will give you heads up that there are some corny moments towards the end of the story.  But after the humor in the beginning, I sort of saw some it coming.  The humor worked well, the cheesiness, not so much for me.

BUT… I am definitely eager to get my hands on the next installment in the Phoebe Meadows series, Freed, coming this fall!

About Amanda Carlson

I’m a Minnesota girl, born and bred. I started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps when I was in high school. I still have the handwritten spiral notebooks to prove it.

I started writing FULL BLOODED. because kickass heroines rock and I love shifters of all kinds. There aren’t enough warm-blooded girls to go around, in my opinion. I fell into Jessica’s story and had such a great time writing it and now I couldn’t imagine writing anything other than urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When you’re creating a story in this fantastic genre, it can contain almost any elements you can dream up. Creatively, for me, there’s nothing better.

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2016

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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7 responses to “Review: Struck by Amanda Carlson

  1. I just saw a review for this one yesterday and it mentioned the cheesiness too. It does sound fun though. I haven’t read a lot of books with Norse mythology. I’ll probably wait for a couple of more books in the series to release before reading it though.
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  2. I still need to finish the Jessica McClain series. I think I have two books left. I was listening to the audios and they quit recording them, and I just haven’t gotten around to reading. I will get to it eventually. I saw that this was on audio, so I’ll have to pick it up. Great review. You have me excited about it.
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