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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 he...more
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Published July 9th 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing (first published July 1st 2012)
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Julie Reece
Jul 08, 2012 Julie Reece added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi ya'll,

Okay, I’ve been told its bad form to rate your own book. However, it seemed wrong to release this bad boy without saying something about how I feel. So, with that …

***clears throat***

I'm excited, nervous and just plain tickled to introduce you to some imaginary people I love.

If you’ve done any beta reading for me, you know I write (and adore) young adult paranormal romance complete with purple prose and superfluous description. My favorites include characters that do a lot of longing,...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: A little to cartoony
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Different in a good way
Characters: Well done
Plot: Legend meets and changes real lives
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? If there is more
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Grey

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

The moral of the story here is don’t judge a book by its cover. If I had, I would not have read. It made the book appear more juvenile than it is. The beginning was interesting but a little slow. But hang in there. It soars fr...more
Lee Anne - OMG! Spring is Finally Here!
Let me start by saying this was a REALLY good book. I was hooked from page one and couldn't put it down! The story flows so well and keeps the reader entertained!

Birdie is a homeless teenager trying to turn her life around when an unexpected (or so she thinks) windfall comes her way. Grey is from a well-to-do family who wants to get to know her. Little do they know their lives are about to be changed forever.

Julie Reece created characters who are believable and lovable. I wanted to know more abo...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
OK... ANY book that quotes Monty Python is a WINNER in my 'book'!

"We shall say 'ni' again to you if you do not appease us."

This is a REALLY fabulous YA story... and this YA is a very adult YA. I wouldn't worry about teens reading it, but there is some racy undertones.

"Bite your lip. It's hot. Makes me want to go kick some Viking ass."

The story revolves around Birdie, who has had a less than stellar life. It's so nice to see a somewhat younger character still set today that hasn't been born with...more
Leigh Collazo

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REVIEW: So here's the thing: I usually know a 5-star book within the first couple of chapters. A 5-star book is, first and foremost, a page-turner. I have to care about the characters, who cannot annoy me or seem fake or typical. A 5-star book is unique and stands strong above books that are simply "good." Five-star books do not have to be best-sellers, but they are written in such a way to appeal to any reader, despite his or her genre preference. Put simply, fiv...more
Jun 22, 2012 Ronda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Recommended to Ronda by: Read to Review
I was given the chance to read this book as part of the 'Read to Review' group and the reason I chose this particular one was because of the cover! Wasn't sure about the synopsis or the title but there was something about the cover that grabbed me - - - THANK GOD!

I have never read a story like this, it was a breath of fresh air, a refreshing change and a story that I really didn't want to end...

I fell instantly in love with the characters, Birdie, Grey, Kate, Scud, Jeff and even Fenris... I love...more
Christie Rich
I'm still in bliss from reading Crux by Julie Reece. I have to say that Ms. Reece has to be one of the most talented authors on the planet. I know I'm gushing right now, but I loved this book that much.

Reading Birdie's story was like catching up with an old friend. Birdie rocks my socks, and Grey (the male lead) is sizzling hot. I loved his fierce loyalty to Birdie, especially because she was so real with insecurities most women have and some that broke my heart.

Birdie thought her life was hard...more
The Cover Contessa
I would like to thank J.Taylor publishing for providing me with an ARC copy of this book for review.
Summary from Goodreads: 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 he...more
Jocelyn Adams

Isn't this cover amazing? I loved having this image of Birdie in my mind's eye as I read, and I could totally see this cover girl throughout the story, surviving through what the author put her through. Whatever artist created this is incredible. I bow to you, whoever you are. Your talent is mind-blowing.
What I loved about the book:

In one word: Birdie. Her character is so simple, yet so complex it just about blew my mind. She's hilarious and wounded deeply, a survivor I couldn't help but pu...more
J.A. Belfield
Take one likeable, relatable girl with a crappy background, one swoon-worthy dude who has just the right amount of strength and just the right amount of give-a-damn, one quirky-if-eccentric mentor, and one shedload of heritage revelations that leads the cool girl and cute guy to an unavoidable pinnacle moment in a certain history—with girl battling every one of her demons and fears along the way—and you pretty much have Crux.

I think that’s everything. There are so many aspects to this tale and t...more
WoW! I can't believe that this is a stand alone! I could definitely do with some more of this book that's for sure.
First of all, I want to thank the amazing Julie Reece and J.Taylor Publishing for providing me with an ARC ebook. I was utterly blown away when I received it and I am totally grateful to be given the opportunity to read it before the release date. I was not disappointed one bit.

This book had me captivated, enthralled, swept away and blown away. Julie Reece's ability to weave a sto...more
Sep 05, 2012 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tom by: The Cover Contessa
I absolutely LOVED this book. It would be a great introduction to the fantasy Genre for YA lovers. The fantasy is enough to keep the story rolling without needing to warp your mind that special way needed in some fantasy novels. Although it didn’t have the intensity or angst that are usually in my 5 star books, I enjoyed it from start to finish so it was really a no brainer.

Birdie is 18yo girl who is homeless and living on the streets alone. She encounters Jeff early on in the story when he lure...more
Rebecca Hart
I absolutely loved this book.

Okay, I should preface what is to come with the disclaimer that I read this as a BETA before it was submitted for publication and loved it then, so I took little risk in reading the final version. I already knew it was a kick-ass read. My opinion has not changed.

Crux is an YA Urban Fantasy (romance) featuring a down, but not out homeless girl, Rebecca Orin--who everyone calls Birdie. She's got spunk, sarcasm, and street sense. The kind of female lead I just love to g...more
Julie Reece’s CRUX is a refreshing and gritty young adult novel with glimmers of the paranormal, glimpses of the historical, and more than a dash of romance and mystery.

When homeless eighteen-year-old Birdie stumbles across a mysterious stranger giving away money, her life is forever changed. Now people are trying to kill her, and she must do the one thing she never thought she could do: trust strangers, particularly Grey Mathews. And that’s just the beginning as Birdie is ensnared into a past m...more
Hazel G. (I ♥ Mr. Grey) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
Jun 29, 2012 Hazel G. (I ♥ Mr. Grey) *Craves the Angst Reviews* . rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Hazel G. (I ♥ Mr. Grey) *Craves the Angst Reviews* by: R2R w/ PR&UFF!
Crux is a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance/Fantasy written by Julie Reese. I read this as a ARC R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

4.5 stars!
AN EPIC and RIVITING ADVENTURE for ALL fantasy or paranormal romance readers!

The Rundown:
Birdie is about as down on her luck as an eighteen year old can get. Homeless and hungry she walks alone down a busy street thinking about the direction her life...more
Emi Gayle
Mar 01, 2012 Emi Gayle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA UF Readers
So, what did I think about Crux? Um … ::taps finger against chin:: How best to say this … it was awesome!

Let’s start with … “the boy”. Grey Mathews. Um. Yumminess? Grey is this super protective guy. It’s clear he’s like that around almost everyone, but for Birdie, he’s seriously protective. Almost too much, which leads to both the romantic element of the book as well as quite a bit of conflict. I like that this isn’t an “I fall in love with you” “you love me back” and their relationship is perfe...more
Stephanie Lawton
I'll admit, I squealed when I got an ARC of Crux by Julie Reece--I'm a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's YA urban fantasy series, and I was anxious to dive into Reece's contribution to the genre.

Add in that it's set in Atlanta--as opposed to, say, New York or London--and I was bouncing in my seat.

The synopsis only gives readers a tiny hint of what's contained in Crux, the key word being "heritage." This is where the fantasy part takes over from the urban element and readers are asked to suspend thei...more
Duchess Nicole
What a surprise this book turned out to be... and not just because I liked it so much. I read "Urban Fantasy", but what I got was more of a crossover between Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. Confused? If you're a nerd like me, you know there's a big difference, and this one was a crossover. What a cool idea, and what a fabulous cast of characters!

Birdie's opening scene is crazy...some random rich guy starts throwing around wads of cash, pleading for those fortunate people who scramble for the bills to...more
The main girl, Birdie, is given an ultra-cool quest involving an amulet, a mystical war and tonnes of cash. She's smart, witty, funny, nice and really down to Earth. You can just imagine her giving the other snotty witches the look when she walks in the room:

And there's this guy called Grey - and as soon as you read his description, you're all:

And even though she has next to nothing to do with the main plot, this random girl - Izzy - torments Birdie constantly because she's totally gonna end u...more
*Sigh* I love Grey!!

Really I do.

Well this book is.... Different.
Never read anything like it... Wait. Nope. Never.

It's a story about Birdie- well Rebecca. Who happens to be a descendant from ancient Viking kings. She alone reaps the power of the Allum an amulet which holds great power and only she can vanquish all the spirits that return and reak havvock in the present world.

Grey becomes her guardian however it is forbidden to cross the lines of friendship however with their growing feelings t...more
I really enjoyed this book and just could not put it down. I even read it in the car during a 4 hour drive despite my motion sickness. The story flowed really well and kept me entertained throughout. Birdie was very believable and I loved her character. All of the characters were developed and believable, even peripheral characters. I really enjoyed the back story of Birdie being a homeless teenager. I thought the author did a wonderful job in handling that. Birdie was tough, funny, and street s...more
Jul 11, 2012 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favourites-2012
I received a copy of this book for review as part of a blog tour. I didn't really know what to expect from it, I think I thought it was more a thriller kind of thing. I didn't read the blurb again before I started to read it and I was just blown away. The book kicks off almost immediately and doesn't slow down until the very end. It is so much more than the blurb would lead you to believe.

Birdie's parents died when she was young and she has went from foster home to foster home until, at the age...more
Julie Reece’s Crux is a fabulous read! This novel was suggested to me by a friend and I must say I’m very appreciative of the recommendation.
The characterizations are excellent and the entire plot follows a very coherent story line which includes danger, suspense and romance. The mystery begins in the very first chapter when Birdie meets a strange character she calls Jeff, and is immediately catapulted into a strange web of events with roots extending back into Norse Mythology. It is an action...more
I was given this book through the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics R2R for an honest review, thank you.

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Midu Hadi
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Whoa, I actually found this impossible to put down! I don't really think the description does it justice at all. LOVED it! 4.5 or 5... I can't decide!
L.S. Murphy
Great book! Didn't want it to end! Review here:

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog

Finding new and unique YA paranormal books can be really hard these days since most books seem to have the same elements in them. When I read the summary of Crux, I thought it sounded quite original and I was pretty excited to dip into its awesomeness. While the book had the possibility to be something exceptional, I felt a little let down by it.

Crux tells the story of a homeless girl, Rebecca, who calls herself Birdie. When a mystery man begins to thro...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay where to begin with this review. Man oh man I would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to J Taylor Publishing for allowing me to read this ARC copy of Crux. I have to say that this is a story that grips you right from the start. I will try and do this review without giving any spoilers. It is going to be very hard because I LOVED every aspect of this book and I need more from Julie.

Birdie is 18 years old and is homeless just trying to survive. She is on the streets one day when she sees this man...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
“Don’t run away anymore, please?” He reaches for a strand of my hair. “If you’re going to run somewhere, make sure it’s in my direction.”

How Julie Reece was able to write such a remarkable/epic/wonderful.. AMAZING adventure in 285 pages is beyond me, this standalone novel grabbed me by the collar and wouldn’t let me go until I finished! If you’re looking for an amazing adventure of courage, romance, and overcoming evil then look no further cause Crux is the book for you!

Crux is through the eye...more
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