Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity.
Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death.
Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.
After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her. As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.
Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.
A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?
Crow’s Row has it all. It has action, suspense, love, pain and even some witty humor mixed in with it all. Although it was a bit slow at times, the rest of the book made up for the slow parts by giving me some serious emotional whiplash. I didn’t know whether to love or hate the characters. I didn’t know which way I wanted to story to turn. Hell, at times I didn’t know which way was up or down.
Julie Hockley has a way with storytelling. I felt such a connection to the characters right from the start and even though they drove me nutty at times I loved reading about them. When Crow’s Row ended I couldn’t wait to see what would happen in Scare Crow. My stomach was in knots and I had my fingers and toes crossed wishing for everything to be okay. Honestly I felt like Crow’s Row was something made for the big screen with all of its action. This is the kind of story that I can see all types of people loving.
When I finished Crow’s Row I thanked my lucky stars that I had waited for Scare Crow to be out so I could dive right in to Book 2. Book 1 left me DYING to know what was going to happen to the characters and freaking out hoping everything would be okay. Seriously…I was a wreck!
Scare Crow was good, but not as great as Crow’s Row. That being said, I am pretty positive that everything that happened in Book 2 is probably crucial for Book 3. I felt as though Scare Crow was a slow build to something huge but that something huge never came. Much like at the end of Book 1 I was left needing the next book…only this time I’ll have to wait a loooong time (I’m pretty sure I read December of 2015.) I am usually a fan of cliffhangers and never hate on them BUT I feel like waiting a year and half to see what is going to happen to these wonderful characters is going to be pure torture. There are also SO many important details to this story that I’m afraid I’m going to forget them by the time Book 3 comes out.
All in all, I’d give Crow’s Row 4.5 – 5 Stars. I loved it. I couldn’t read it fast enough and it kept me entertained the whole way through. I would definitely recommend it to others as long as you don’t mind cliffhangers.
As for Scare Crow, I’d have to give that one somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, I couldn’t put it down and it had me loving the characters as much as Book 1 – — it just left me craving more. It gave me all of the buildup for an explosive moment or two but fell short.
I will still absolutely read the next book…in fact, I’ll be very impatiently waiting! I will also definitely recommend this series to others but as I’ve hinted towards already, if you are a cliffhanger hater you should probably wait for all of the books to be released.