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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Indigo Sykes has spent years trying to forget where she came from. She has a degree, a new life, and a quiet existence. Everything she ever wanted... But all of this comes to a screeching halt when an unexpected meeting with computer hacker, Jude Alden, changes her plans. Romance blooms between the mismatched duo, even while entanglements from Indigo’s past threaten to pul ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 1st 2013
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Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Recensione sul mio blog:

“No” she said bitterly.”’Cause I fuck things up. It’s what I do! Just ask Shireese”
“And so what if you do?” he argued. “I have totally fucked up my life! I’m so messed up, I don’t even know how the hell I’m gonna fix it, but when I think about what matters, it always comes back to you. I love you, and it doesn’t have to make sense”.

“Ctrl Z” è il nuovo libro di Danika Stone che sicuramente vi ricorderete dal
Diana Hockley
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

Be careful what you wish for!

Indigo wishes for a quiet life after a traumatic childhood and life in the clubs and on the streets. She has turned her future around and is studying at university, anxious to past behind her.

Jude - a computer nerd who looks after the internet life of the university - wishes for more, which includes enough money to start his own business.

Marq wishes to make big money and doesn't care how he gets it.

Elliott regards Jude as his brother and wishes to go the "tough love"
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

When Jude Alden first meets Indigo Sykes, there's a real spark of attraction. but after that first brief meeting, Jude doesn't see Indigo again for months. The next time is at the university, where he works, and she is a student.

From there things slowly develop between the two. But both have their secrets. Indigo's is her past, while Jude's is his activities in the present. Indigo has learnt the hard way to keep her mouth shut about her personal history, she has lost a lot by co
Kaylabookworm22 L
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! It had me hooked from the beginning and loving Indigo and Jude. I worried for the characters with all of the dangers happening and Jude getting into more danger by the minute. I could barely put this book down. I would definitely read it again and recommend it to everyone.
Two Nerds With Words
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: John
Rating: 5 out of 5 Fairies

At first, I was put off by the strange names, improbable names in my experience, but there again, I don’t live in New York. I then started to think of them, as much as anything, as aliases, names changed to protect the innocent, because this is a totally believable story.
Marq is not a central character, but we all know someone like him; he does the same job you, but always has a better car, better clothes, lives in a better neighbourhood...
He might be the
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Indigo Sykes and Jude Alden meet right away in "Ctrl Z." She is trying to forget a past and the secrets that hover over her like a dark cloud. He is trying to find enough money to start his own business, but basically, computer hacking has been his way out of many difficulties in the past, and it is what he knows.

Just when the two of them manage to break through the walls they've built up around themselves, and begin to move forward in their relationship, Jude's choices drag Indigo right back in
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
When I started this one I was definitely in the mood for something with a little more action, a whole lot of mystery and if it was a thriller with some romance thrown in for good measure, all the better. That was pretty much what I got.

Not only did it give me something different but it was something I could read in one sitting which was nice. I love long books but it is always nice when you can get a quick suspense filled read in a matter of hours instead of days.

The story line was pretty engagi
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a reader, regardless of the story or themes, I look for two things: a strong narrative, and a strong sense of pacing. The books I love the most are the ones with a story that propels me forward into the story, creating a sense of urgency-- I *must* keep reading, I *have to know what happens next!- and that is something I found in abund*ance Ctrl Z. Danika Stone has many strengths as an author- creating likable characters despite personalities and faults, skillfully weaving plotlines into a ta ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There’s more than meets the eye. That’s never been more true than for Indigo Sykes and Jude Alden. When they first meet, they see each other as attractive twenty-somethings, and their chemistry quickly sparks. But their pasts are darker than they let on. As events unfold, Indigo and Jude’s secrets converge, and they both find themselves facing truths and risking death for their chance to be together.

In her powerful second novel, Stone once again creates a captivating cast of characters and weave
Jen O'grady
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the story of Indigo and Jude, who both fall into a life where poor decisions, in the past for Indigo in the present for Jude, mean they are tied to the King of organised crime.
It's a different story of love where at one point you just can't see a happy ending, and in a way I feel a little robbed about the ending I guess I just wanted a little more of them together.
It's fast paced and a quick read but flows well and a definite 3.5 stars for me.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Danika pens "Ctrl Z" in a well written, fast paced, but complex plot that held my interest through out. I found the characters to be likable and believable, although a bit annoying at times, which is expected in thriller novels. A nice easy to read mystery thriller with a touch of romance that is a must read for all mystery buffs.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Books By Ces
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4... interesting story.... the changes on narration where a little confusing but the suspense was WOW!!!
Dolores Ayotte
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all...I love the cover and the title to this fictional novel. I'm no computer whiz but "Ctrl Z" really made me realize that many things in life cannot be undone by the press of a button, or in this instance, the tapping of a computer key. It is very apparent to me that talented Author Danika Stone knows her stuff. The computer jargon she uses in this well-written book readily proves this fact.

Jude Alden, a twenty-eight year old computer technician, meets a recently rebuffed and hurting
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received Ctrl Z in return for an honest review from the author. Indigo Sykes has been running from her past attempting to move forward but it keeps dragging her back. After her relationship will a college professor goes up in flames after learning the truth she struggles to forget him, refusing to trust another guy. When she happens to meet Jude one night in a bar, her friend takes her home before anything can happen but she leaves a lasting impression when he comes to fix her computer in clas ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
* I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. *

I really liked this book, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick read that will have them sitting on the edge of their seats.

I liked watching the characters grow throughout the book, and become more sure of themselves and what they wanted. I especially liked Indigo as the main character. The more I read and learned more about her background, the more I found myself rooting for her, and hoping that she got w
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013

Ctrl Z tells the story of Indigo, a girl who has fought to move past her old life. Jude is a computer hacker who took on the wrong job. Their paths cross and an unlikely romance blossoms between the two. But when Jude's job goes wrong people get hurt and secrets are revealed.

Ctrl Z was an action packed book that easily kept my attention. I wanted to find out more about Indigo's past and I wanted to know what Jude's big, secret job was. Their tension and chemistry was excellent and was my favorit
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The highlight of this book is in the characters of Jude and Indigo and their relationship. Their characters develop well throughout the story, with some hiccups in the relationship that are clearly and cleverly defined as the characters share themselves with each other and the readers.

Sadly, however, there was no real grounding in place for me, many generic details and oft repeated descriptive phases, with frequent lags in pacing left gaps in the tension and action; many threads were added in t
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
During the first chapter of this book, I wasn't really sure what to think. The characters are interesting right away, but I couldn't really find anyone that I liked enough to identify with and that gave me pause at first. As the story went on though, the book blossomed like a flower, with more and more details coming to light and making it interesting, absorbing and compelling me to turn the pages.

I liked that the two main characters didn't fall into an immediate relationship and thought the st
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Indigo wants to “forget about the mess of her life. Say ‘F**k you’ to all the broken promises...” but nothing’s ever so simple. Fate has offered her a glowing future, but the past holds her back in unexpected ways, and new entanglements seem just to add their weight to the old.

The protagonists are convincing and flawed. A cheating college professor gives way to Jude, the accidentally cheating young student, while watched by a cheating cop. As the story switches between Jude’s and Indigo’s viewpo
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Originally posted on What I'm Reading

A few days ago I finished Ctrl Z by Danika Stone. I must say that it was an interesting read. The whole idea of being able to erase the past and just move forward is interesting. How many of you would love to erase the past and move forward like it didn't exist? I think a lot people would love that.

All right, I had a hard time getting into this book. I think my problem was the different POV. There were at least four POV: Indigo, Jude, the mobs, and the police
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Ctrl Z by Danika Stone is an interesting contemporary romance/suspense/thriller. Meet Indigo Sykes and Jude Alden. One is a computer hacker and so much more,the other is trying to forget her past. Fast paced. Filled with secrets,Mafia,illegal activity,computer hacking,sex,passion,lost and underworld crime. "Ctrl Z" is not for the fate of heart for it is filled with bad guys. Indigo's past is fast catching up with her,and Jude's illegal activities could destroy what he and Indigo were building to ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, suspense
Indigo is a mysterious and good looking girl. She is student, she tries to make project about her life with videos and pictures, but that is difficult for her because she has new life…and the ghosts from her past appears.
Jude is nice, dedicate and kind of nerd guy, but very likable. He works in University Tech Department. Accidentally or not he became a computer hacker.
They meet and something begins to happen … love, maybe…
His present activity bring back her past and both of them are in danger.
Samantha March
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Ctrl Z by Danika Stone in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little worried when I first started this book because I didn’t seem to be following the plot in the beginning. There’s a lot going on, a lot of lingo, and honestly…a lot of odd names to learn. But I’m so glad I stuck with it, because after about the fourth chapter I wasn’t able to put it down! It becomes extremely fast-paced, the mob plot-line had me chatting to my fiancé like I was a part of the organized crime
2.5 - 3 stars

I'm not sure how to rate this book. I guess it wasn't "my cup of tea."

The main character Indigo is a little skittish due to some events from her past. She is getting her life together and attending university. She meets Jude who works in Tech support at the university. Jude, along with a friend have found a lucrative angle for their programming talents and are writing programs for a wealthy buyer. The buyer turns out to be mob related and Jude soon finds out that he is bound to the
Jenevive Desroches
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ctrl Z is a tale of possibility and of second chances. Once again, Danika Stone demonstrates her talent for writing whole characters – flawed people who make mistakes and learn from them as well as possible, but never quite make it to perfect. Her story telling is well paced and engaging, comfortably straddling the line between romance and drama. In short, this book is excellent entertainment.

(For the rest of the review, visit my blog: Ctrl-Z)
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this romantic thriller, Indigo is trying to escape a dark past and Jude is a hacker with a history of getting in trouble. There is steam between them as soon as they meet, though it takes time for them to get together. They get pulled into a situation with the mob and people around them are getting killed. There is plenty of suspense. I didn't feel all that connected to either character, though I'm not sure why. Too different, maybe. But they were both interesting characters and they worked w ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-to-z-challenge
This book was good. But some of the stuff was obvious. I still enjoyed reading the book but when you know what is going to happen it takes a lot of the fun out of the story. I didn't expect the connection between Indigo's past and Jude's current situation so that was about the only thing that was not known while reading the story, but once she recognizes one of Jude's employers the pieces start to fit together. I also wasn't a huge fan of how the story ended but it was still an interesting read. ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Second book of 2015 and I'm crossing it off my list as "Book with antonyms in the title" :) ...more
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Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (Switchback, All the Feels and Internet Famous) and adults (Edge of Wild, The Dark Divide and Fall of Night). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventure ...more

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