Review: Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt

Review: Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt

Review: Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt
Starstruck (Starstruck, #1) by Brenda Hiatt

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Published by CreateSpace
Publication Date: August 22nd 2013
Pages: 328
Format: eBook
Buy the book: Amazon



Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!Read the opening chapters for free on Wattpad!


My Review

This was a cute little book in the beginning, but it didn’t take long for me to become annoyed with it. I don’t so much think that the problem lies with the storytelling. I have just read a few books that were similar and I liked them a lot more.

It’s never good when both the little and big aspect of a book cause you to cringe and roll your eyes.

First of all I hated the main character’s nickname. Her name was Marsha, but thanks to being called Marsha the Martian and being picked on all through middle school, she begged her friends and anyone who would listen to call her M. I know this is a very small thing to care about, but a name can be important when you are reading and when people keep calling your main character by using a letter it can get annoying pretty fast.


Besides my strange aversion to her nickname (Which they constantly used even when they didn’t need to) I was never really drawn into the alien part of the story either.

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The romance between Marsha (I refuse to call her “M’) and Rigel, her school’s hot new quarterback, was kind of cute. This is a paranormal romance so there was insta love. View Spoiler »

Despite my ambivalence towards them as a couple, Rigel and Marsha were decently written characters who were easy to like. I enjoyed the fist part of the book when Marsha was a pimple faced, shy, wallflower and Rigel was the gorgeous new quarterback who kept finding reasons to talk to her. I wish that part of the book had lasted longer.


Can’t say whether I will continue with this series or not. There is potential here for a decent story, but I don’t know if it is worth it. At the time of this review, this book was free on Amazon and will most likely remain that way indefinitely. If you haven’t read a lot of books about soul mates who have to be near each other then this is a cute one to start with and you just might like it.


This book was clean there were no sexual situations or cursing. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up.


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Author Biography

About Brenda Hiatt

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Hiatt has published 18 novels to date, her first 15 with Harlequin and HarperCollins. Her novels include six traditional Regency romances, one time travel romance and eight historical romances, most set in Regency England, as well as one humorous mystery and a new young adult series. She has indie published her backlist and is currently writing more books in her young adult SF romance STARSTRUCK series. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she recently achieved her 2nd degree black belt), hiking, traveling, and pursuing new experiences and skills. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Novelists, Inc, an international organization of multipublished novelists, where she served as President in 2006. For the past dozen years, Brenda has also collected data on writers' earnings, which she shares at her website.

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