Sunday, May 12, 2013

Head Rush by Carolyn Crane

Title: Head Rush 
Author: Carolyn Crane
My Rating: A+ 

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Disillusionists #3
Main Characters: Justine
Release Date: October 2011
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto Sanchez, the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up, and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with this strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?

Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mindgame yet.

With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.

Product Warnings
This book contains high-speed rollerblade chases, a mysterious green dashboard ornament, a father of the bride in full hazmat gear and a delicious kebab.

My Review:
Perfect conclusion to this great trilogy! This book had it all....lots of great intrigue, moments of wretched heart-shattering emotion, tons of action, and Justine's father, who I fell in love with. 

Read no further if you haven't read the other two books because this WILL contain spoilers from books #1 and #2!!!

At the end of book #2, I thought I was going to weep when everything perfect that just happened between Justine and Packard was erased from her memory. She was revised by evil-Otto (and yes, that's my name for him now) and his evil sidekick (who does redeem herself, kind of, in this book)so despite the vague uneasiness she feels, she is moving ahead with her plan to marry evil-Otto in three days, not knowing who he is or what he's capable of. *sob* She doesn't remember.

That fact alone kills me, but throw in the scenes with Packard, wanting her so badly to remember the facts correctly...needing her to remember...and watching his soul shred when she doesn't...OMG... My heart wept for him in such a big way. He's not a man to give his heart away like he has with Justine and to see that crushed in such a horrible manner. It's painful to read. Every time he was on the page, I just wanted to give him a great big old hug!

One of the changes that I did truly love in this book though was the change in Simon. He's no longer the bitter, reckless guy we've known (well, mostly). In this book, he's a true friend to Justine. They've been building to this place for a while, and I loved that we got to see them finally reach that. His whole bridesmaid thing with the outfit and just wanting to stand up there as her friend...I liked that....a LOT!

Then there's the Gumby detail. I loved the Gumby detail throughout the story. Such a little thing, but it was such a fabulous tool to move and shift the story line along, with secret messages along the way. And just the mere fact that Justine has a Gumby that she adjusts to her mood in her car....LOVE that. See, there's that normal girl vibe again. 

And that's the thing though. She has this normal girl thing going for her, but when push comes to shove...OMG, she's awesome, and heroic, and brave...and she transforms, which is what makes this book so freaking perfect. I loved that transformation and the peace that she finally found. It was breath-taking. I loved every minute of this book and the whole series was fabulous. Now I need to go back and read the two novellas that fall within it.

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