Book Review: Crux by Julie Reece

Published July 3, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis: She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league, Grey Mathews, wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

The Cover: I love how the necklace stands out in the center of the cover. The blue pops against the darker backdrop and you know that it plays a major role in the story.

The First Line: “A tall blond handsome-for-an-older-type guy rushes toward me on the already crowded sidewalk, hauling an enormous black suitcase.” Got me from the get go. I need to know who this guy is and fast. I need to know what is in that suitcase. I need to know how this character is going to react to a guy rushing toward her. Great opening.

The Good: There is so much action that the book was hard to put down. Reece balances the romance, action, and mystery with the skill of a veteran writer.

Birdie (love the name) is well-rounded and believable as a homeless teen just trying to survive. From the beginning, I wanted Birdie to find happiness and a home. She rooted into my heart quickly and easily. I love characters that I can relate to and Birdie’s easy going manner makes her a new favorite.

Grey will make you swoon. He’s adorable and gorgeous, plus he’s got a great heart. He’s not going to let Birdie down and you know that the minute you meet him.

The Bad: That this is the only book. 🙂

Recommendation: This is a must read for anyone who loves young adult novels.

Check back July 24th for 5 Questions with Julie Reece


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