Review: Crux by Julie Reece

Crux by Julie Reece
Release Date:  July 9, 2012
Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing
Page Count: 298
Source:  ebook provided by the publisher

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.


Review:  Crux by Julie Reese is a story with many elements interwoven into one excellent tale that will captivate and endure the readers to the characters.

When I began reading, my heart was instantly connected to Birdie.  This young woman had lost both her parents, had been through several twisted foster homes and soon found herself living on the streets.  The things that she saw and endured were things that most of us only visit in nightmares.

It is during one very strange encounter with a man, Jeff, who rounded up a small crowd and threw out thousands of dollars, that Birdie’s life really began to take hairpin twists, turns and curves – some for the better, many for the worse.  Jeff also pulls Birdie aside to give her a very secret “gift” and tells her that she must not let anyone know or see what he has given her.  Little does she know that this little gem is about to take Birdie on a life and death journey that will end in a way never imagined.

Crux reminded me a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the fact that Birdie finds herself in a situation where it is up to her to break an age old curse.  In order to do this, she must learn to use the elements of nature, particularly the elements of water, wind and fire.  Yes, this is a story heavy on fantasy, but rich in entertainment, emotional connection, romance and learning to trust.

Grey Mathews is an incredibly handsome young man that Birdie happens to meet while fleeing for her life.  It doesn’t take long for the chemistry to sizzle between these two and for their feelings to connect.  Birdie, however, wants nothing more than to run from this – Grey is a wealthy and distinguished guy who could only be brought down by someone as broken as her.  Grey, on the other hand, thinks very differently.  I loved how Grey is such a wonderful, caring and “tortured” soul.  He has a plethora of problems of his own, yet always seems to toss that aside to please others.  The bond that Grey and Birdie form is a highlight within the story, for me.  These two characters are very much real and bring a wonderful depth to the story.

Not only does Grey become a close friend (and a bit more), but he also takes on the roll of Guardian to protect Birdie in her war against evil to break the curse that will set many souls free.  If they win, the rewards will be great, however, if they fail, death and horrors await.  Birdie tries to convince Grey to stay away to protect him, but he will have none of it and will do anything for her.

Crux is written in a very smooth way that quickly and easily connects the reader to the story and its characters.  I found myself deeply caring for not only the two main characters, but also many of the secondary characters – one I wanted to slap several times, but we won’t go into that.  Ms.  Reece writes in such a way that you feel involved within the story.  Her dialog is excellent and descriptions truly show you the scenes and what is going on within them, rather than just tell you.

Full of emotions, suspense, endless twists and turns, Crux is a story that many will love and savor – particularly lovers of fantasy – both urban and paranormal.   I found myself truly engrossed, emotionally, within the story – tears threatening to fall, as well as smiles breaking out.   I cannot wait to read more work by Julie Reece!


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