It Happened on Thunder Road
by Susan Antony
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Pub Date 12 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
When Emmy Russo returns to high school in Moncks Corner, South Carolina after summer break, she discovers some changes. First: Mom has a boyfriend. Second: the cute new student, Charlie Fields, is a Rockabilly greaser with a gang who obeys his every command. Third: attractive Keir Harper wants to be more than just her best friend. And fourth: a perplexed Emmy soon finds herself drawn to two extremely different boys. How do you choose between sweet and smoldering?
Then tragedy strikes on desolate Thunder Road. Strange things start happening, with Emmy in the middle of it all. Intent on finding the truth, she must fight for her heart, her life, maybe even her soul. Because someone wants to possess all of Emmy. And they will be together, no matter what the cost. For eternity.
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Average rating from 5 members
I'm very sorry, but I won't be reviewing It Happened on Thunder Road. It's not my style of book and I didn't finish it, and I don’t want to leave a negative review since it was good, just not something I'd normally read.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! I am in love with this book. The romance was so swoony, I swooned. I had a hard time deciding of I liked Charlie or Keir better. Emmy is such a wonderful character to root for! I would recommend this book to everyone.
Sadly, I could just not get into this book. The writing wasn't horrible, and the characters weren't bad but overall it just wasn't my kind of book as another reviewer had also said I'm going to give it a decent review just because I don't like it doesn't mean it was a bad book....
The cover was what really got my attention, and I'm happy it did. "It happened on Thunder Road" tells us the story of Emmy, who returns to high school after a summer away, and yet things aren't quite the same. No, this is not a cute teen contemporary romance and drama book, although it may look like it for the first 50%. At first I was afraid we were supposed to like Charlie, but I'm happy that in the end the book shows us that, while he may have been "bad boy charming" we was also very toxic. Out of this world toxic! What I loved: the writing; the way the characters were deep and well-built and most showed development; the supernatural element wasn't too "fake" and exaggerated; the romance was overall good. What I didn't like as much: I think the explaining of the supernatural was a bit too rushed; I wished the story behind it was a bit more explored and I hoped we could even get access to some flashbacks - the whole explaining and closure seemed a tad bit rushed. Overall, I really like the book even though I'm not the biggest fan of the supernatural. I would say this is a solid 8,5 /10, so I'm giving it 4 stars.
Just when Emmy Russo knows what to expect, everything changes. Coming home after the summer break, Emmy discovers mom has a boyfriend. Talk about awkward. Her best friend, Keir, wants to be more than friends. Then there’s Charlie, the new kid at school who she’s drawn to. He’s a Rockabilly gang leader who makes her think sexy thoughts and turns her insides to jelly with his fiery gaze. She’s attracted to both guys and she’s torn between the good boy and the rebel bad boy. One night, disaster strikes on Thunder Road. Suddenly, odd things start happening and somehow Emmy is in the midst of it all. She’s determined to discover the truth, no matter the consequences. Her life hangs in the balance… It Happened on Thunder Road is a young adult fantasy romance with paranormal elements I read in one sitting. Between the captivating narration, the intriguing characters, and the fast-moving plot, I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. Who needs sleep when you have this book? I connected with Emmy right away. She’s such an engaging main character, I found it easy to slip into her POV. It Happened on Thunder Road has a classic love triangle but there’s an interesting twist Susan Antony adds which makes it different from other books. I know very little about the Rockabilly lifestyle prior to reading this book but thanks to Susan Antony’s gift for detail, I’m fully versed in this part of American culture now. Susan Antony’s writing style immerses the reader into the story, so much so, the reader becomes part of the story. Well-written, perfectly paced, It Happened on Thunder Road is a must-read for all readers. Highly recommend it, for sure! My Rating: 5+ stars
While this book didn’t entirely grab my attention, it was a fairly decent read. Not quite as thrilling as I hoped it would be but that might just be me. Lately I have been reading lots of intense psychological thrillers so it might just be that this book didn’t match what I have been reading lately. I think I was hoping for more after reading the blurb and it just never really went to that next level of twist thrills. 3.5 stars