Tuesday, August 7, 2012

REVIEW: Crow's Row by Julie Hockley

For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.
During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill's grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she's been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.
Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it's a forbidden love and one that won't allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.
Date Published: 4/13/11
My Rating:

My Review:
This is one of my FAVORITE books I have EVER read! OMG OMG I can not stress enough how wonderful I thought it was, but let me try! 

Emily is simply floating through life. She may come from a rich family, but she has never succumbed to the spoiled rich kid persona.  She lost her brother to a drug overdose and has moved to the slums and to a school that is close to his grave site. A chance meeting with a mysterious stranger sparks her curiosity and soon she finds herself hoping to encounter him again and again. Unfortunately one of the encounter leads to her witnessing a murder and being kidnapped. 

The beginning of her kidnapping is quite funny to read actually. I loved the way she had a quirky way of dealing with her impending doom. Eventually she begins to fall for her captor Cameron. It is amazing how much she must feel for him knowing the kind of "work" he does and still accepting his actions. At times for someone who believed he loved her, she sure did questions his actions an awful lot. Granted there were circumstances that lead her in this direction. 

There is an abundance of Plot Twists and Revelations in this story. Yes, some of them may have been a little predictable, but that did not take away from the story one bit. 

The characters for me were so multi-dimensional. I felt like we were constantly learning something new about them and peeling away layer upon layer. And this was not just the main characters, there were so many great supporting characters. I personally loved Rocco and Griff. 

The amount of emotions you are put through while reading this is outstanding and I feel that Julie Hockley really succeeds in forging a connection between the reader and the characters. At times this story is light hearted, devastating, frustrating, heartwarming, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, but I would not change a thing! 


I will say that the ending may not be what everyone would like, but I personally thought it was perfect. I think it is a great end to a book just not a good ending to their story as a whole. If that makes sense? I am very curious to see where the sequel will go and hope that we find out when it will come out soon! Last update from her was that she had a couple of chapters written in June. 

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