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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Life for Julie has always been about dance and nothing more than dance, and she is an amazing dancer. But after two attacks on Julie, her parents move the family overnight to a small island in the middle of nowhere, where nothing is what it seems. Now Julie is going to a high school with only five kids while her brother goes to a high school on the other side of the island, and she feels like she is forgetting things all the time. Her mom is acting strange and Julie is determined to figure out what is going on and what the big secret is with life on this island. When Lightning Strikes is a young adult, coming of age novel that embarks on a young girl's discovery of the secrets that her parents are keeping from her.
Author Kathleen Rovner writes a compelling and captivating story. When Lightning Strikes is slated as the first book in a series, which is a good thing because this book ends abruptly and you are thinking wait, I need more. Also, the author classifies the book as paranormal, but that is an underlying concept in the book until almost the end, so it is definitely something that you hope will be fleshed out more in the second book. That all being said, this was a great first book. It drew you into this world, helped explain the attitudes, and why Julie's parents made some of their choices without actually telling their complete story. You got to understand the values and traditions, and you could kind of see where things were moving. It's a unique coming of age story with a paranormal twist worth reading, and it is clean - no sex or strong language - so I would recommend it for all ages.