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Double Cross (The Disillusionists #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,838 Ratings  ·  471 Reviews
Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Spectra
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read of a different sort of superhero book with my friends at Buddies Books and Baubles

#TeamPackard #NoBeretsAllowed #Ottoisacreeper
”You love to remind me that I’m a villain, but when I actually do something the least bit villainous, you act outraged.”

The best thing about this series is that it is really readable. I picked it up and finished in a day, this book has the kind of angst that I really love. Not all silly misunderstanding angst but actual internal emotional angst and some del
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Man, this is some bullshit.

I don’t like feeling manipulated as a reader. That’s pretty much what this whole book was.

First of all, Justine SUCKS as a protagonist. She is SO annoying. She holds grudges against people, gets mad at them, rambles on and on in her mind about how crappy they are (Packard), then when she gets an apology, she blows it off and tries to justify what the person did to her?? I guess because she's "so messed up" and mental? Make up your freaking mind!!! She is the type of c
Kat Kennedy
Sep 20, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR who are looking for something different.
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Shannon
Carolyn Crane, you saucy minx! You've done it again!

This is the second installment of The Disillusionist Trilogy and, unbelievably, it is as fantastic as the first one!

The romance was there, the psychological mind games were there and most of all, THE TWIST! I love her M. Night Shyamalan twists!

Okay, so things that I didn't like so much:

The cover.

Tell me how a chick holding a funny shaped dagger THAT NEVER ACTUALLY APPEARS IN THE BOOK has any relation to this story! It's so misleading. People pr
Well. There goes another highly-anticipated read.

Double Cross is a lot less action-packed than Mind Games, and most of the book is about Justine and her problem with her conscience. She still hasn't gotten over the fact that Packard tricked her into being his minion and that she has to disrupt people's feelings/realities for her own freedom. Most of all, she can't come to terms with who she is, and that about killed this book for me.

Justine's a little scared, weak girl inside who wants to simpl


I'm very conflicted how to rate this. I want to give it the highest rating because I almost finished it 24 hours ago(I read the final two chapters now) and I was thinking about it and about this goddamn twist the entire day and night. Thinking and rewinding and reliving ... . So it moved me, right?! It is so devilishly good and so plain bad at the same time. Not the cliffhanger/twist itself but the way Otto's personality was made so black and white at once. It doesn't feel right to me.
So here's the deal. I was going to review Mind Games first, but then I finished Double Cross and I realised that there was no way the review I was originally going to write for Mind Games was going to fit. So I'm reviewing both together.

When I finished Mind Games, I was lukewarmly in like with the book, but not willing to rave about it. Justine's deliberate blindness to the reality of her situation, and her constant demonisation of Packard annoyed me. And the fact that the author probably wanted
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Like book 1, I have no clue how to review this book. First, you really, really should read book 1 since book 2 would make even less sense than it does for us who read book 1. No, I am not one of the characters in the book, I eventually will make sense (or maybe not).

Double Cross is one of those books where you really question the author’s state of mind because she would have to be really twisted (in a good way) to come up with some of the ideas for the story. It is so unique, and interesting tha
4.5 to 5 stars. I loved this book. I love this series. Double Cross begins where Mind Games ends. What makes this book and this series are the characters. The world is nifty and the powers are unique, but ultimately it is a character driven story. The characters in the Disllusionist series are likeable. For readers of this series, you will be excited to know that we see more of Shelby and Simon, both are such funny and interesting characters. Justine's friendship with both characters deepen.

What the hell??? Holy crap, what the hell just happened?? This was phenomenal, incredibly amazing! The second book is...just wow, better than the first. And like the first, you don't know left from right till the carpet is pulled out from under your confused self! Seriously, Otto?? I promised myself no spoilers because this is a series worth reading over and over! I couldn't believe what went down. So many things happened, such powerful suspense and heart-pounding action! Just when you think, ye ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I zing for public safety, to save Otto's head, to save myself.

Get it? Bazinga! Heh.

First impressions

After reading the book description, I was expecting a fast-paced book full of action, murder and romance.
Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men - one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

This gave me high hopes that the love triangle will finall

Help!!! I need to "Zing" somebody, anybody?!! I think I may be having a "Vein Star" vascular rupture, or possibly heart palpitations from this cliffhanger :-(

Not since KKM's Dreamfever have I felt such mental anguish and pain reading a cliffhanger. I've been griping about Mrs. Neill's cliffhanger of Hard Bitten and for some reason this one bothers me more. So I'm going to say this cliffhanger is rated between Dreamfever and Hard Bitten. It's not for the faint of heart...

I'm devastated Mrs. Cr
I guess this book probably deserves 4 1/2 stars because I wanted to slap Justine in the middle for a few things, but honestly this is my absolute fave series right now so I couldn't go with 4. I just love how quirky and neurotic and psychological the writing in this book is. It picks up right where the last one left off, the love triangle, the zinging...all of it is just the most modern twist on the urban fantasy genre I've seen in a while. If I could get Wes Anderson do do a superhero movie, I ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Bird rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Aug 10, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy with romance
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Yup! That was a cliffhanger ending. I'm incredibly anxious for the final book in this trilogy.

As for my rating, I'm waffling between 4 and 5 stars for the second book in the Disillusionists Trilogy. It was a bit slow to build and Justine seemed a bit self-righteous at times. So what's good? Carolyn Crane knows how to build suspenseful scenes. She creates characters that walk the fine line between good and evil. She adds some action, spices the story with sexual tension, and then tosses in a das
Milda Page Runner
Oct 02, 2015 Milda Page Runner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Milda by: Giedre
First half of the book is a bit slower. We have two investigations going: The Dorks killing the highcaps and Dreaminvader Ez with her cannibals. It took awhile for the Dorks story to peak my interest, Ez on the other hand was far more interesting from the start especially since we get glimpses of Packards past.
Action/ suspense picks up in the second half of the book going to a mad roller-coaster mode towards the end. And the twists. I did not expect author to come with the new twists considering
This second book was way better than the first. Huge plot twist at he end, punched me in the heart. I'm glad I had a warning about the cliffhanger.
I can't really say much else because I need to go buy the next book on Amazon. Buy-bye!
Mrs. Badass
HOLY MOTHER OF... How would I pose Gumby with what I'm feeling now????
SHOCK! Holy Crap!


No, no no!!!!

Wendy Darling
Holy crap, what an ending!
Mimi Smith
Jan 25, 2012 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf-r
4 stars

I'm glad I took a little break when this book's beginning began to annoy me. Because I truly liked the rest, since I didn't let my issues transform into a grudge. The good news is I liked this book more than the last one. The bad news-this review is bound to be shorter than usual and incoherent because I am right now looking for the next one. Because this book has a horrible cliffhanger. But before we get to that...

Why I Preferred This Book


Justine is sooo annoying at first,

The second book in the series started with a bang, skipped the pleasantries and went straight into action, head on.

One, two, Ez is coming for you, three four lock your door…

A dream invader! That’s my favorite supernatural ability by the way. All the Tele stuff is just for the lazies imho.

And I though, YESH, here we go.

Then Justine started having internal dialogs with her conscience. The action took the backseat and it was all about what she wants and what she doesn’t while it was becoming painfu
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Review on: Under the Covers

What. A. Book. I really loved it. I thought the first book was great, but Double Cross builds on the foundations laid by Mind Games. Justine is still stuck as a minion to Packard, but is determined to find a way out, meanwhile a trio of murderers called the Dorks are targeting highcaps and shooting them in the street. Then there is the matter of all the highcap criminals locked up by Justine's boyfriend the Mayor and hero of MidCity Otto Sanchaz, but are they really al
Ash Wednesday
“Most people think happiness is about gaining something, but it’s not. It’s all about getting rid of the darkness you accumulate.”

Shit on a shingle! Have they invented a way of snorting a book's plot (line by line) while I was reading this? Because I need to read the next book, yesterday. I was full on prepared to take a couple of weeks break from this crazy-town series, I even had picked out my next read which I was looking forward to. But with that ending? Aaaaaarrrggghhhh!

Packard and his team
Amanda (.---.--.-...-)

I have to admit, this book just wasn’t as pleasant for me to read as the first Disillusionist. The first half of the book I was so wound up and frustrated. Justine went from having funny freak-outs and banter, in Mind Games, to an obtuse holy roller personality in Double Cross. Where did the fun action go? I don’t want to read 100+ pages of Justine’s morality questions and, oh man, she questions everything. So much so that it is annoying and ultimately I didn’t even agree with her conclusions.

Nov 21, 2012 Leea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, urban-fantasy
4.5 stars... Um Wow! I have to admit that Miss Cranes creativity and humor is moving the Disillusionist series up a notch as one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series.

In Double Cross we find Justine, coming to terms with her 'zinging' people to keep at bay her hypochondriac thoughts. Well at least for a little while till sleep walking cannibals start roaming the streets and who she trust is not who she should be trusting... Yes, i'm being vague because you need to read the book to know what happe
Oh, no, no, no. no! This didn't happen! It can't!! He couldn't. No! What a roller coaster ride this book is! What a cliff hanger. It's not a Moning-esque cliff hanger, but it's close. December 6th is now circled on my calendar for the e-book release of book 3 in this series.

Carolyn Crane is brilliant. I knew something bad was coming, I just didn't suspect the scope of it all.

If you haven't read this, and you like UF/PNR, do yourself a favor and give the Disillusionists a chance.

And I still hat
Lady Heather
Okay... Have you ever read a book that was 'that good' and yet leaves you pissed off at the same time? That is how I feel about this book! The story is incredible, and the writing and the characters, but the ending...MAN!!.... talk about a friggn cliff-hanger!
So now I'm going to have to pine for the next book to come out (and it better come out soon)...waiting patiently to 'see' what the author's going to do next with these characters.
Can't wait... literally!
This is such an amazing story. So damn creative for this genre. I highly enjoyed Double Cross and it's characters. The beginning was a bit slow for me but when it picked up, I couldn't put the book down. The ending was a complete surprise and I'm still in shock over it. I look forward to the next book. Carolyn Crane, please write fast. I just need to know what happens to these characters.
Misericordia ❣
A memorable read, where everything turns out to be different on the surface and in the core. It's a true double cross.
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 16, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
While this is a spoiler-free review of Double Cross, there are some spoilers related to book one, Mind Games.

Ezmerelda or Ez has been imprisoned in the coat check she works in for three years by the mayor of Midcity, Otto Sanchez. Once Ez touches someone, she can link to that person and invade their dreams – causing them to do violent acts (violent as in cannibalism) while sleepwalking. Now that Otto has her imprisoned behind invisible shields, she hasn’t touched anyone for years. Justine Jones,
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Many times in a trilogy, the middle book is the one that suffers the most. Since the first book deals with establishing the characters and storylines, and the final book wraps everything up, often times the middle book can feel like it’s just padding the clock. I can assure you, that is NOT the case with “Double Cross”!

I was a big fan of “Mind Games”, the book which introduced lovable hypochondriac Justine Jones and her bizarre compatriots in The Disillusionists. That book didn’t take itself too
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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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“Without warning, Packard reaches out--I think he's going to touch my cheek, but he slides his hand around the nape of my neck and pulls me to him, kissing me warm and strong, lips soft, breath like coffee. The kiss takes me by surprise. My whole body wants to follow deeper into him, but he pulls away, and we're looking into each other's eyes, and the moment stops. And everything seems to fall out beneath me.
"Good luck," he whispers.
He opens the door. "It's okay."
I stare at the open door. It feels like a closed door. And I leave.”
“You think you're charging up that memory? Is that what you think? You are going to be so sorry when I dream about my experience of eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream yesterday. Now that was exciting.” 11 likes
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