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Crux by Julie Reece
Crux is a stand alone
Avaliable formats: Ebook/Paperback
Purchase Crux: Amazon . Amazon UK . B&N
285 pages, released July 9th 2012
Source: Copy provided from publishers in exchange for honest review.

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.

“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 eyes of Birdie, Birdie is homeless and knows what it’s like to have a rough life. This was all before some crazy guy gives her and a few other people a bunch of money,  now everything has changed. Not only does she finally have somewhere to stay and food in her belly, but she also finds out she is supposed to defeat some evil guy, she is being hunted by a group of thugs, and if that wasn’t enough to stress her out, there’s also the hot guy Grey that she can’t figure out, but he wants to be her guardian and protect her.

Ahh Crux, what an amazing story you turned out to be!  First I want to start with my favorite part of Crux, and that was easily our main character Birdie.  She is so unique! Right from the start I felt she was such a breath of fresh air, she had a tough life…and still throughout the novel she would say that she knew she had it better than others and was okay with the life she had. Most main characters I feel would not be so grateful, most YA main characters I feel these days are all about the ‘pity party’ if they have had a bad life or experience. Not Birdie tough! She was grateful for the life she was given even if it wasn’t perfect and even though she went through so much, she still constantly put everyone else’s needs before her own. Birdie was an amazingly strong main character and I can only hope I can meet another main character with such an amazing attitude! While Birdie was my favorite, she was deff not the only one I loved,  when I finished Crux I felt sad having to say goodbye so soon to characters I got to know SO well in only 285 pages.

The romance in Crux was another thing that I myself very much enjoyed; never did anything between Grey (*swoons*!) or Birdie feel forced or unnatural. While Grey and Birdie were very different from one another, they still seemed to just fit together so perfectly throughout Crux.

Last but certainly not least Crux was an amazing adventure from start to finish, while the very beginning does start a little slow it deff picks up later on (so stick with it!!) I have never EVER read a standalone that was able to take me through a whole (epic) adventure beginning to end without it feeling rushed, and yet Crux did just that! When I finished Crux I could not believe that what I had just read was ONE book and not a series, Julie Reece is an amazing author and really knows how to captor a story and put it together beautifully!

All in all, Crux was a very pleasant surprise and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a remarkable adventure with a slightly steamy, but still sweet romance!

Sidenote: I would also recommend this to anyone that maybe doesn’t feel like reading a series or starting a series, but still wants an amazing read. Crux is by far the one of the best (if not the best) standalone novels I have ever read!


Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

This one looks pretty good ,,, not a lot of standalone novels coming out nowadays and I could do with a book in which the romance doesn't seem forced.Nice review :)
Krazyyme @ Young Readers

aparajita said...

great review and a standalone too....definitely worth checking out...

Le' Grande Codex

Julie Reece said...


I just wanted to drop in and thank the lovely Haley and YA-Aholic for hosting a post about my new book today :) She said some really nice things about my novel that made my heart pretty dang happy.


If you're thinking of reading my book, I hope you will like it and thanks in advance for giving a debut author a chance! :)

Have an awesome day, ya'll


Charmaine Clancy said...

Sounds good, and I prefer standalone books. Like the artwork on the cover too!

Sana said...

I have Crux on my to-read list for a long time now and I am so glad that it is a standalone book! I need some of those in my life. Especially the adventurous ones.

Great review, Haley! =D

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile