by Lacey Weatherford
Genre: Contemporary / Young Adult / Mystery / Romance
Ages: 16 and up
I received an advance e-copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you, Lacey!!!
Cami Wimberley has a
plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time
party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he
is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and
is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater
major. Everything is perfect.
Hunter Wilder does not want a
girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He
especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he
can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but
fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to
everyone they’re crushing on each other.
As sparks begin to fly,
Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon
he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that
can destroy their entire relationship.
OK, to be perfectly and completely honest, I wasn't expecting to like this as much as Lacey Weatherford's Of Witches and Warlocks series. So far I've loved everything she's ever written, but I generally prefer fantasy to contemporary. So, I expected to love it, just not quite as much. Hah. I was wrong. This is probably Lacey's best novel yet.
For characters, you have sweet, thoughtful Cami, mysterious, troubled Hunter and geeky, unsettling Clay. I really loved Cami. She's very kind and naive to the point of obliviousness at times, but there's a fierce stubborn streak that only comes out when you push her a little too far.
I thought upon first meeting him that I wasn't going to like Hunter much. He has issues like you wouldn't believe, including drug use and drinking. Despite that, you can't help but like him. He makes you laugh, he makes you sad, he makes you want to hit him upside the head in frustration, but most of all, you want to discover his secret. I came up with all sorts of theories with everything from, oh no, he's a vampire! to, hmm, is he in witness protection?
Clay is a fantastically written character. He's been Cami's best friend forever, but now he wants to be more. From the first scene with him, he gave me the shivers. The, oh dear, this is going to be sooo messy kind of shiver.
The first half of the book is mostly about Cami, though the POV alternates with Hunter. The plot moves at a marvelous pace, growing in suspense even as the focus shifts over to Hunter for the second half. And then that ending! So. Freaking. Awesome. It just pounces on you, and you think, so that's what was going on! It all makes sense now! I wanted to cheer, but it was ridiculously early in the morning and I didn't want to wake anybody up.
Whether or not you've read Lacey's other books, whether or not you like contemporary YA, you'll like Crush. It was fun, serious and adventurous all at once.
Rating System: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).
I rate it a 4.10 for one mid-level swearword and drug use.
I rate it a 4.10 for multiple references and innuendos as well as an attempted rape.
I give it a 5.10 for attempted rape, murder and one scene of violence.