Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Review : Head Rush (The Disillusionists Trilogy, Book 3) by Carolyn Crane

In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto Sanchez, the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’tadding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fianc√© keeping secrets from her? And what’s with this strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches? 
Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mindgame yet. 
With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.

Impressive and satisfying conclusion to a series that I'm incredibly sad to see come to an end.

Carolyn Crane, a remarkably talented author, has created an unconventional, often neurotic protagonist that I just can't seem to get enough of. 

She's Justine Jones, former disillusionist who now spends her days in Midcity as a medical student. 

She's complimented by a secondary cast of characters that can occasionally have her mental struggles as a hypochondriac seem downright normal by comparison.

There's Simon, a reckless, impulsive adrenaline junkie and Shelby, a dark and depressing pessimist who is undoubtedly convinced that happiness is nothing more than a mere illusion. Their bizarre personalities and crazy antics are highly entertaining and the series just wouldn't be the same without them.

Then we have the two leading men in Justine's life. The characters (aside from Justine herself) that created my Disillusionists Trilogy obsession. Otto Sanchez, the mayor of Midcity and Sterling Packard, Justine's former boss and master manipulator.

While Otto is the man that makes Justine feel safe and is her hero and fairy tale come true, Packard is the man that she finds irresistible. He invades her thoughts and makes her feel more alive.

When comparing these two men throughout the series, they've always come across as having this sort of Good vs Evil vibe. But ever since the startling events of Double Cross, things are no longer so black and white and suddenly Justine's unsure of who she can trust.

I can't delve too deep into the majority of the circumstances and situations surrounding this story without giving away Double Cross's shocking ending. What I can tell you is that this book is full of moments that are intense, mysterious, heartbreaking, romantic, and laugh out loud hilarious.

Fans of the Disillusionists should feel satisfied with how the series ends. It's the happily ever after that we've all been eagerly anticipating and I can honestly say that I've enjoyed every single moment.

I can only hope that Crane continues to write and I have my fingers crossed that she is creating another series with more characters that I can fall in love with.

Thank you Mrs. Crane for a brilliant series that I am proud to continue to recommend.

(The Disillusionists Trilogy Books 1, 2 and 2.5)


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