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Head Rush (The Disillusionists #3)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  2,191 ratings  ·  311 reviews

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 str
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Published December 6th 2011 by Samhain (first published October 25th 2011)
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!!!!!!Gumby saves the day!!!!!!!!

With that I skate off from the man that was once my hero, leaving him there in the dark parking garage, with all his plans, hopes and dreams. This man I will attack and betray tonight. The man I just might die with.

One of the best series finales I have ever read........

I hate it when authors save the last 25 pages for one excitement and action to sum up the series, but no Carolyn Crane starts out with excitement from the very beginning! I was hook line and
Absolutely amazing!!! Head Rush is a very satisfying end to this fun fun series. Each book in this trilogy is so special to me and they are just plain fun to read. The characters are unique, fun – and well as it has been said quite a bit about this series – quirky. In Head Rush, the characters are dealing with life and death situations, authoritian leaders, imprisonment of their friends and colleagues but in spite of these serious situations, the characters are funny, or maybe I should say FUNNY ...more
This series lost its charm for me near the beginning of book 2, and while Head Rush wasn't a particularly bad ending to the trilogy, I'm just glad it's over. As for my predictions, I was 50% right. Yippee.

My predictions for Head Rush:

1. A startling amount of scenes with Justine clutching her head because something isn't sitting well in there.
2. Justine will be about to say "I do" to Otto when Packard raids the wedding and abducts her. Then something li
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
Head Rush, the final book in The Disillusionists Trilogy, proves that sometimes great things really do happen in threes!

This review is for the third book in Carolyn Crane's "Disillusionists" trilogy, and while I'll be avoiding spoilers for this book, the following review will contain MAJOR spoilers for Mind Games and Double Cross . If you haven't read those two books yet, please promise me two things:

1. You will go check out Mind Games and Double Cross. They are absolutely mindblowing, and fille
Soo if you've seen my other reviews of this author's work you know I ADORE this world she's created and her writing, starting with the first book Mind Games. She takes the idea of a world with comic book hero abilities and grounds it in a cool urban fantasy setting. It's truly unique and comes with an engaging set of characters you want to spend time with. The lead character, Justine, is fascinatingly neurotically funny as a dysfunctional hypochondriac, which make for great internal struggles an ...more
J.A. Saare

To summarize: Happy Gumby = Happy Justine. Happy Justine = Happy Packard. Happy Packard = Happy Jaime.

Go, go, Gumby!!

I loved the ending of this trilogy. I got my Packard fix and then some (see status updates if you don't believe me). Plus there were so many twists and turns, and then the slam-bam ending -- what's not to love? My hat's off to you, Carolyn. It doesn't get better than this.

P.S. Can Simon have a story? Pretty please? And can Packard have a cameo? Because one can never have enough P
There was absolutely nothing interesting about the first half of this book and I pretty much predicted what was going to happen even before the half way point, which deflated my enthusiasm since that took the intrigue out of everything. It picks up eventually, but for me it was too little too late.

Justine's narrative was absolutely unbearable for me a lot of the time, and I think this book would have benefited from being in 3rd person and switching from multiple POVs because I really didn't care
What a fantastic series! The third and last book in the Disillusionists trilogy blew me away! The series is so original and so addictive. People channeling their neurosis into others to lessen crime? Very different, very cool and very unlike any other UF I've read. This is a world that introduces us to highcaps, or high capacity individuals, think telekinesis, dream invasion, structural manipulation...sounds almost X-men like right? Definitely. These are humans with extraordinary skills that def ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Impressive and satisfying conclusion to a series that I'm incredibly sad to see come to an end.

Carolyn Crane, a remarkably talented author, has created an unconventional, often neurotic protagonist that I just can't seem to get enough of.

She's Justine Jones, former disillusionist who now spends her days in Midcity as a medical student.

She's complimented by a secondary cast of characters that can occasionally have her mental struggles as a hypochondriac seem downright normal by comparison.


It sucks so much when I really like the first book in a series and then everything goes downhill in the books to follow. Thank god that the disillusionists was not one of those.

This series kept getting better and better. I don't know if the writing got better or I just got used to it, but everything else definitely did.

I liked all the characters in the first book, loved them in the second one and after the third one, I actually feel like they are my very messed up friends. I even have some twist
Anzu The Great Destroyer
“You always find your way to truth, Justine.”

Slowly and painfully for your poor readers, but you do.

First impressions
I will pick on the cover again. What is it supposed to represent? Is that Justine? What’s that magic circle thing around her hand? Is she doing magic now? Will she discover a new power that will help her in her final battle against - I quote the book description - herself?

The plot
Head Rush is the final installment in The Dissilusionists series. The sleepwalking cannibals are stil
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
Justine is trying to move on with her life after the horrible events that happened in the last book, Double Cross. She's going to nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto but things are not the same. Packard's on the run and she doesn't know where most of the other disillusionists are. On top of that, every time she thinks of Avery, she's blasted with horrible head pains.

After reading the last book, I could hardly wait to read this one. I just had to find out what happened!! I still can'
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

*NO Spoilers.

After the heart crushing ending of Double Cross and the real life will-they-won’t-they-publish-it drama, me and everyone else who is a fan of this series, have been in a tizzy waiting for the conclusion of this great trilogy.

Carolyn Crane has created such an innovative concept within the disillusionists trilogy, not to mention such unique and fascinating characters that you can't help but being completely drawn in and
Jen (Red Hot Books)
4.5 Stars

Carolyn Crane really put me through the wringer with her Disillusionists trilogy... ripping the rug out of from under me over and over again. But here, in this conclusion, she gave me everything I wanted, leaving me warm & fuzzy, satisfied, and a little wistful now that it's all said and done.

As the story begins, Justine is going forward with her plans to marry Otto, convinced Packard killed Avery and went on the run. Of course, the readers know the truth. And it's great stuff as J
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 28, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy fans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Grade: A+ or 5 Stars

Happy Gumby has his right hand in the air and bent for a fist pump! What an incredibly satisfying conclusion to the Disillusionists trilogy!
. I absolutely loved it. For those waiting for the ebook you are in for a treat.

This is my first audiobook. It was so worth the money. I enjoyed the narrator's voice. *rises for standing ovation*

Now, I need to work on a spoiler-free review.


I apologize to the 1 random person who may actually have read it. (It was quite eloquent and profanity free)

I'll summarize for that 1 random person's benefit in modern layman's terms:

--This book should have been kick-ass like the first two, but it was not
--Justine's a self-rightous bitch who whines too much (Not sure why two guys love her other than that she's *cough, cough* easy..)
--Packard and Justine's romance is melodramatic and disgusted-snort-worthy
--Otto deserved better from the author (I
I've been waiting so patiently for Head Rush since finishing Double Cross. The wait was definitely worth it. I won't indulge on the details of the story without giving things away but I will say that I will never think of Gumby as a meaningless little soft clay creature again!
Also, this is one of my favorite UF series! I'm in awe of the creativity & uniqueness of the world that Carolyn Crane has envisioned. I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone looking for a UF that is different & r
Mimi Smith
4 stars

I've decided I'm not going to write an extensive review for this. I've said most in the reviews of the previous books. I will just say...

I loved Packard.

I think Justine has developed a lot throughout the series.

I loved the ending.

This book is my favorite of the series.

I don't know if it's the writing or the theme, but this book isn't one of my favorites, but I enjoyed reading about Justine very much. I'm looking forward to more books by Carolyn Crane.

And finally some quotes...

"I want to
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This long awaited conclusion brings a very satisfying ending to a helluva cliffhanger. The only drawback is the limited availability of the book. Due to a switch in publisher and other circumstances, the book was released to audio first and will be followed by e-book then print a few weeks after. Now, for audio lovers (like myself) that's not too big of a problem, however for several fans who wo

I'm a Carolyn Crane fan from this day forward. I just need to come up with a better more creative way to review such an amazingly woven book filled with hilarious laugh out laud moments, cannibals, a dad in a hazmat suit, grumpy, and sweet romance...
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HEAD RUSH is a book that almost wasn’t (a thousand thank yous to Samhain and Carolyn Crane for making sure this book happened). It survived a publisher switch, format shifts, and some rather odd release dates (audio version first, then ebook, and finally print sometime in 2012), but when an author is as creative and consistent as Carolyn Crane, when a series is as mind blowingly good as The Disillusionists Trilogy, and when the final book in that series
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*
***This review contains spoilers for those who haven't read book two in this series.***

"The power of fear trumps everything. This is one of the few things I know for sure."

After reading book two in this series I found myself unable to write a review. I couldn't........I just couldn't. The ending of that book was a doozy of a cliffhanger and I am SO glad that I picked this series up when all three books were out already. The ending of Double Cross left me thinking


I couldn't even go to sleep! I h
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
What a terrific end to the series! This has been one the quirkiest Urban Fantasy books I have read, Carolyn Crane has created such an original world, full of bizarre and lovable characters, from the bad guy I just can't seem to hate to the villanious good guy. If you haven't started this series yet, I highley recommend that you rush out now and get Mind Games the first in the Disillusionist Trilogy.

Everytime Justine remember Avery, her best friend Shelby's boyfriend being shot she get a poundin
Ash Wednesday
"Do you want anymore cookies?" (Otto)
Hell no.


I dove right into this one after the last book's ending because I didn't want to end up killing my e-reader. As the conclusion to Carolyn Crane's acid trip of a series, Head Rush kind of blew my mind in the most unexpected manner. It got a bit... Normal.

I'll always have a soft spot for this series because its the weird, quirky, funny kid in the playground that tells crazy stories and expresses his emotions through clay.

Full review at
1. I love what was done as far as revisions go and how they are worked through. 2. I love the rollerblading, it's a passion of mine. Well, not a passion, but I love it. 3. I want an entire book or series dedicated to Simon, he just makes my day so much brighter. 4. I was right with Justine in feeling bad for Otto. I see where she was coming from in just about every situation. However, Justine was a little naive ... She reminded me of an independe

Gumby's 'I'll just chill here while ya read' pose

I have thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy! Justine's anxiety is so palpable in this book I swear she was making me anxious. I will wait to post a review since the books aren't due out for another coupl'a weeks.

But, I will say, if you're a fan already, you're gonna really enjoy this book! :D
This one dragged in comparison to the first two, and I found Otto's downfall to be not in character.

Plus I HATE the idea of Justine and Packard together. He is no knight in shining armor either, and I mean, gah, it's like after she falls in love with him, all the flaws, instead of being addressed, are swept under the rug. It isn't that she loves him in spite of all the awful things he's done-- it's like she just doesn't give a damn about them anymore.
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With her wedding to mayor Otto Sanchez just days away, Justine Jones starts to think that something isn't right. She should be thrilled to marry Otto, her perfect match, but she feels he's keeping something from her. When her best friend starts behaving stranger than usual, Justine follows her and uncovers a truth that turns her world upside down. Unsure of what is and isn't real, Justine works her ways through the lies and prepares to fight for her future.

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After spending her youth thoroughly obsessed with Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy and convinced that her suburban neighborhood was awash in dangerous secrets, Carolyn Crane grew up to become a RITA-nominated author of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other tales of adventure and love; she also writes erotic romance about bank robbers as Annika Martin.

Her books have been published by Random Ho
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Other Books in the Series

The Disillusionists (3 books)
  • Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #1)
  • Double Cross (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #2)
Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #1) Double Cross (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #2) Against the Dark (The Associates, #1) Devil's Luck (The Disillusionists, #3.5) Off the Edge (The Associates, #2)

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“Up ahead stands the fun house, which you enter through a clown’s smiling mouth.
“I would kill myself if I was prisoner here,” Shelby says.
“No, you wouldn’t, just out of courtesy,” I say, “because your body would be trapped in there after you die, and your friends would have to watch your corpse rot.”
“Hmm,” Shelby says. “Smell it too.”
“Well, now we’re looking on the bright side,” Packard says.”
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