Monday, 23 February 2015

Review + UK Giveaway: Stung - Joss Stirling

Stung by Joss Stirling, published by Oxford University Press on 5th February 2015 

Goodreads synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Kate has a talent for disappearing. Framed for murder, and hunted by a violent gang, she's running for her life . . .

Nathan is the young recruit tasked with finding Kate before her enemies track her down. He's determined to stay detached no matter what.

But when Nathan and Kate's paths collide, neither is prepared for the electricity that sparks between them. As the net tightens, can they trust each other long enough to stay alive? Or will their next kiss be their last?

Joss Stirling is one of my favourite UK authors and I'm always excited when she has a new book out.  I adore her Soulfinders series but I'm turning into an equally big fan of the titles in her new Young Detective Agency series.  Last year's 'Storm and Stone' (renamed Struck) was a brilliant read and I was hopeful that she would write another instalment.  My wishes were granted with 'Stung' which follows two other members of the team, Nathan and Kate, as they find themselves in danger and on the run.

The story was really exciting, with Nathan tasked with bringing Kate in.  However, she is not the easiest person to apprehend and keeps him well and truly on his toes, as he tries to hunt her down.  I thought the relationship between the two was great, with a kind of love/hate vibe going on in the beginning, until Kate comes to realise that Nathan is on her side and will do anything to help protect her.  I didn't feel the romance between them as much as I had previously done with Raven and Kieran but I think that was in keeping with the overall storyline, which was more about the mystery behind what had happened to Kate and why she was on the run, rather than focusing on the two falling for each other. 

I did prefer Nathan as a character to Kate, but I think that's partly due to the fact that Kate was on the defensive most of the time, so didn't reveal quite so much about herself.  Nathan on the other hand was terribly sweet and also extremely likeable. 

I loved the mystery and action of the plot and the sense of danger that lurked the whole way through the story.  I found the ending really gripping and packed full of thrilling moments.  This was another winning read for me and I'm dying for Joss Stirling to continue the series.  What will happen next?!

UK Giveaway - win a copy of the book!
The lovely people at Oxford University Press have been kind enough to provide me with a copy of 'Stung' to giveaway.  To enter you must have a UK postal address, follow my blog and eave me a comment on this post with your email address.  Good luck!  The giveaway ends on 8th March and the winner will be notified by email shortly after. 

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