Review: Double Cross by Carolyn Crane

Filed in Carolyn Crane , Review , The Geeky Lover Posted on September 27, 2010 @ 10:00 am 9 comments

Format Read: ARC from the author for review
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Release Date: September 28th 2010
Publisher: Spectra
Formats Available: Paperback, ebook
Purchasing Info: Author’s website, GoodReads, Amazon, Book Depository UK, Book Depository US

Book Blurb:

Justine Jones has lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she’s lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard. He gifts her with extraordinary mental powers-dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.
But now, serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard – and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.
As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men . . . one on a journey of redemption, and the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.
My Thoughts: 
I knew I would like this book the moment I finished Mind Games but I didn’t expect to like it that much. Double Cross is so full of twists and turns, and I mean the big 360° ones, I just couldn’t put it done till I read the last page. And believe me I laughed and I cursed so much while reading this.
Justine is still the wonderful person we met in Mind Games. She adjusted herself a bit to her new life but deep inside she still doesn’t agree with her task and even less how Packard forced her into this situation. But she copes and tries to do it as best as she can. Her morals are still high and she would never breach them. I highly adore that. She has the power to make other people suffer but she doesn’t even think of misusing that power. This quote shows her character quite good:

“There’s a big difference between not liking a person and wishing vegetablehood on them.”

Okay I admit that at some points I just wanted to slap her silly. How can’t she see what awesomeness is in front of her and ready to be all hers? While the story progressed I caught myself cheering her on or lecturing her about how to decide but she seemed to me ignore me for a long time.
Every time I started to like Packard he gets all Mr. Asshole again. He is still so mysterious that I never knew what his agenda was. But I always was 100% sure that there is more to him than we see at first glance. He confused the hell out of me but I knew there has to be something. We get a deeper look at him at the end of the book but I can’t tell you more about that. I agree with him that perhaps he fits Justine more than Otto, and that’s not because I’m not a fan of Otto’s name. *wink*
Otto is still Mr Perfect. He tries to do everything right, perhaps even a bit too much. His world view is only black and white, again I completely agree with Packard here. In my opinion he is too much like Justine, hypochondria wise. I’m really not sure if that healthy for both of them. He irritated me too from time to time but in a completely different way then Packard. He’s just too good to be true.
Again I loved the side characters. I really adore how Ms. Crane made them and their “talents” so unique. I could spend hours quoting their conversations. I loved to see how these “crazy” people investigate their cases, they have the best ideas and theories as you can imagine. I liked to see more of Simon and I have my own theories about him and his future involvement in book 3.
The plot in Double Cross is wonderful- you never know what will come up next I loved to see the story unfold and yes the end totally caught me be surprise. I was screaming at the book to…*bites her tongue* can’t say but OMG how could Ms Crane do that to us. I’m really not sure how I should survive the wait until book 3 comes out. It will drive me crazy to not know.
Double Cross is a fast and thrilling read, it’s like nothing I ever read before. I felt for the characters and I was pondering crazy possibilities and absurd theories with them. They are vivid and they will make you laugh and curse. Wonderful writing, fascinating and gripping plot and the right amount of romance. You won’t be able to put this one down. This series is way up my favorite 2010 reads list and I can’t seem to recommend this series enough but be sure to get yourself a copy- you won’t regret to jump into this world.

I give Double Cross 5 out of 5 bookies.

P.S. Carolyn is also here today with a Guest Post and a changes to win your own copy of Double Cross. Just follow the link. 😉

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About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • pattepoilue September 27, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Great review hon! You know how it makes me CRAVE reading this series. Soon, Soooon.
    Even if I know how crazy the ending made you. 😉

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} September 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Argh awesome review! I want my copy to get here yday! LOL

  • Bea September 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Oh, I want! I really enjoyed the first book and can hardly wait to get my hands on this one.

  • draconismoi September 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    When will I learn to stop reading reviews of books that haven't come out yet? Especially the good ones! Two days? How can I wait for two days?!

  • A Buckeye Girl Reads September 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    It really was like a roller coaster ride. I wanted to slap Justine silly so many times as well!

  • SusiSunshine September 28, 2010 at 12:34 am

    @pattepoilue And no peeking! LOL

    @Larissa Thanks hon and I hope your copy will be there soon.

    @Bea For Double Cross was even better than book one. Can't wait to hear what you think.

    @draconismoi I know it can be evil so thank you even more more doing it. And Double Cross is out today so the waiting should be over. *woot*

    @Collette She wasn't good for my blood pressure at times. LOL

  • pattepoilue September 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    @Susi I won't…I won't, I won't , I won't! Now the hardest part will be to NOT look. Eeeeeeeek
    Maybe I should have bought the ebook version instead of print! Ah this way I'm less tempted to look at the ending! lol

  • Melissa (My words and pages) September 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I have this book and can't wait to get going on it. (Starting this weekend.) I tried reading the first chapter in Carolyn's newsletter and stopped because I knew I wouldn't be able to wait. 🙂 Thanks for the great review and looking forward to the great book.

  • SusiSunshine October 1, 2010 at 4:31 am

    @pattepoilue Yep that would definitely help. Or you have to pin that last 20 pages together with paper-clips. LMAO

    @Melissa You are in for a real treat this weekend. Enjoy the ride and tell what you think when your done. =)

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