My Book Rating System

My book rating system is based on 5 stars. The book must be rated at least 3 stars for a review.

3 Stars: Good story, good plot, good writing.

4 Stars: I was wowed, but something about the story fell short of perfection.

5 Stars: I was either drooling, on the edge of my seat, or falling in love.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Crux, by Julie Reece

Julie Reece

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 her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn't bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she's got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she's only just met.

My Rating: 4+ Stars 

My Thoughts:

This is an action-packed adventure with a nice twist on some Viking mythology. Here's what I liked:

Characters: I liked Birdie, the tough down-beaten homeless girl who learns to kick ass. Grey, the strong I-want-him-for-a-boyfriend type who has unfailing loyalty. And of course, he has a weakness for family, especially when it comes to pleasing his dad, which face it, most teen boys kinda want to do (to a point). The sub characters are well-developed, and we hate the ones that are bee-achingly (yeah, I just made that word up) annoying (cough Izzy cough).

Voice: Nice and smooth, quality.

Plot: Like I said, some Viking mythology thrown in, which is new and refreshing. Moves forward at a good pace. Couple of sub plots that I'm not sure were needed. Couple loose ends, which I'd like to have seen tied up at the end. Couple of surprises, but some things were predicable (hard to fool us savvy reads *all* the time, ya know).

Overall, really, really enjoyed this book. 

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