Thursday 25 August 2011

Review: Double Cross - Carolyn Crane

Series: The Disillusionists Trilogy #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 326
Date Published: 2010
Source: Bought

Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who 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, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

My thoughts:
Crane does have quite the imagination. Justine the hypochondriac is fighting crime by putting fear into people. She is not alone in this but have others like her around her. And then there are the high caps who have real powers, not like Justine who got them from someone else. The high caps have all sorts of powers like telepathy to forming stone. The world is fascinating and the general populace does not know the high caps exist, some believe, some don't.

I would love to go on and talk about the end now but I will hold it in. Justin is, I do not know how to describe her really because she is not your ordinary heroine. The power of zinging out her fear keeps her from going under. And she still battles her fear of dying by the disease that killed her mother, and just worrying about everything. She is not a kick-ass heroine in that sense, she is more the  shadow behind the corner that might be out to get you.

The men then. Justine is dating Otto, a hypochondriac like her but he is also a high cap and mayor of the town. He is, I do not know, I was pretty much all over him in book 2 but in this book I slowly switched team. To Packard, oh yes the former crime boss who was imprisoned in his deli and then helped his merry band of Disillusionists to fight crime. Here was just so nice and just let her be her. Team kebab it is.

But now I really need to address the end, omg omg omg omg omg omg! I knew what people were saying, that there was some huge cliffie and therefore I waited a bit with reading the book. Now I have finally read it and yes the end just hit me over the head, and then it kept hitting me until I went into shock. It was..epic, what a genius ending.

Still I do not want to scare you, it was not one of those cliffhangers that make you pull your hair out and hate the world for not having the next book. It was a different sort of cliffhanger that left me in shock, but I can wait since the end was just that, an ending you could live with (while screaming inside of course).

I do realise that I have said nothing about the story. Ok, there are doubts of what they are doing is right. There are people killing high caps. Justine getting into her relationship with Otto and all that jazz.

I am still pretty much dazed from reading the book. It was truly one of the better endings out there. This is such a different sort of UF so give it a go.

It went from good to mind-blowing those last few pages. You better just read it



  1. I'm waiting for the last book to come out and read the whole series then. I have Mind Games already.
    I hear this series is amazing!

  2. OMG, are you still in shock? Are you okay? Do we need to buy a ticket and help you? lol. Awesome review. Sounds like a fanastic book.

  3. I don't believe I have read about this series before, but it really is not calling my name.

  4. I better pick this book up given your enthusiasm for the conclusion!!

  5. ACK! I must have this one. Okay, I must have the first as well, but I so NEED to read this series. OMG! I love your OMGs! lol I need to know!!!

  6. @karen
    Good plan ;) I just could not wait any more. I read book 1 almost a year ago and I needed more

    I am calming down now. Grocery shopping helped.

    Lol, it was just so awesome

    Too bad, it is good though

    Yes you better :)

    Omg, yes you need it! But you must read book 1 first, you can't skip books here missy

  7. Carolyn Crane is crazy imaginative. :)

  8. This is another series people keep telling to read so I went out and got Mind Games...not read it yet though! I really need to start reading some of these books that have been on teh tbr for a while - before I become buried in books! :)

  9. I love love love this series and counting down till Oct (I have an audible account so I will be buying it) to see how it all ends!

  10. Ha ha. Great review! :) And I was never an Otto supporter from the first book. I was all about Packard. ;D Oh and can't wait for book 3. :) he he.

  11. I haven't heard of this one, but I'm adding it to my list. It sounds excellent!

  12. Very enthusiastic review, it must have been an incredible ending. I am intrigued.

    Great review!

  13. I have wanted to start this series for a long, long time! Now I think I should wait for book three...maybe?

  14. This is one of my favorite series! Write faster Carolyn Crane :)

  15. wow! awesome review!! i've been wanting to read this for a long time!

  16. Youre making me want to read this series.
    The premise of Justine being a hypochondriac and scaring peopple is interesting. And that ending....I want to read these now.

  17. I'm not sure I'd like an ending that kept hitting me over the head; isn't that biblio-abuse, which is in violation of Bibliophile Code Section 666.6(f)?

  18. Okey, then, I'll for the next book to come out before reading this one :)

  19. It is another series on my TBR pile. One day I will read it for sure. Waiting for the last book to come out migth be the right thing after all. I hate ciffies!

  20. @Chris
    She sure is!

    I know about that. I have bought books who just sits there even though I really want to start them. I should do a just my own books month

    Ohhhhh! Enjoy :D And I will check it out at once cos I, nope I will just wait for the book to come in print or as an ebook

    I was kind of both and then I changed side and now I changed again and...well yes you know

    It is so good, try it!

    Lol, yes I do get pretty worked up about a book sometimes

    Hm..well book 2 is out in audio on Oct ;) So you could start at once

  21. @Patti
    Lol, I agree! Well then again those evil publishers are to blame :( So evil

    I hope you do and enjoy it

    It is just so different and freaky. You gotta love that and the end, omg. awswesome!

    Lol, it might just be. I should report the book to the book authorities, but I can take a few hits

    It's out in October on audio ;)

    It was a you can live with cliffie but then again waiting is good too

  22. Switching teams can be pretty fun. I don't do it often, but sometimes, you just can't help it. :)

  23. Yay Yay Yay! So glad you liked this ne. My fave read of last year. Great review!

  24. Missie
    I know ;) Sometimes you just gotta change and root for another team even though it always does not pay off

    So good :D I can't wait for the next one!

  25. Ohh I'm curious about this book. It sounds good!

  26. Tyraa
    You should try the series :)



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