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Head Rush by Carolyn Crane
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Jan 31, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: disillusionists, urban-fantasy
Read from January 31 to February 01, 2012

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 Justine comes to understand what really happened. Once everything is out in the open, she knows where her true future lies. But it's not like she can just leave Otto. He has become too powerful and he has quietly imprisoned too many of her friends. So the book is essentially about how she can get free of him and save the people she loves so she can find true happiness with Packard.

This book doesn't have the same kinds of twists and turns as the other two. It's pretty straightforward. Which does NOT mean it's slow or boring. There is plenty of action and some very gratifying interaction between Justine and Packard. Theirs is a love story that has been a long time coming. But perhaps, what is just as satisfying is seeing the evolution of Justine as an individual. Her neurosis made her very difficult to relate to in the beginning of the series, but she has come so far. I'm so proud of her.

And I would be remiss if I don't give a shoutout to Simon and Shelby, two great supporting characters. Honestly, Shelby has some of the very best lines in the book, as far as I'm concerned. --And Gumby. Let's not forget Gumby.

It didn't have the same shocking and dizzying qualities of the previous books, but it scored high points for hitting my emotional happy ending buttons. Very good.

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Quotes Katie Liked

Carolyn Crane
“If I could go back to be shot in place of Avery, I would do so."

"I know," I whisper.

"Not merely that I would do so, I would exalt to do so." She purses her lips, stares into nothing. "In both a dark and a bright way, I would exalt to take that death as my own.”
Carolyn Crane, Head Rush


Reading Progress

01/31/2012
1.0% "Fix it, Carolyn Crane." 1 comment
02/01/2012
58.0% "It's going by too fast!!"
02/01/2012
85.0% ""This is the first time of forever." (*sigh*)"
02/01/2012
90.0% "I really love Shelby. She has some of the best lines in the book. {"I would exalt to take that death as my own.")"

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