Saturday, December 1, 2012

Crow's Row

Posted by miss fifi at Saturday, December 01, 2012

Crow's Row (Crow's Row #1)
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


A friend of mine gave me a copy of this book a few days ago. I don't know what to expect of it, so the first thing I checked was the ending. And reading the ending, I felt positive that I wouldn't read the book. Period. But guess what? I couldn't help but read it although I hate the ending! lol

One word to describe this book: AWESOME! (well in my world it's called raspberrying awesome lol). Everything is awesome. The plot is great. The characters are sweet. The setting is cool. The whole story is perfect. This book is the best book I've read so far (minus my favorite book, A Season of Eden lol).

Okay lets talk about the characters.

Firstly, Emily is a nineteen years old college girl. She stumbles upon a gang leader and gets kidnapped after witnessing a murder done by the handsome guy. The guy keeps him at his house. He's nice and does nothing to hurt her. Overprotective at times.

Next, Cameron. He's a twenty something guy who is a respectable gang leader. He keeps Emily as a captive in his house not really sure what to do with her. he's just trying to protect her.

Other than that, there's Rocco (my favorite character!), Cameron's brother. He's funny, and nice at times. Quite childish but is a good friend of Emily.

How the story goes? Easy. (Spoiler!) Eventually, Cameron and Emily fall in love with each other. Emily starts loving Cameron's friends. He works, and she stays at home. (And this is where I wanted the story to end, Happily Ever After, but no, it doesn't end this way!). One day the house gets attacked, and my beloved Rocco got killed. The attacker wants Emily (because she sorts of have lots of money left by her former-gang-leader-but-dead-brother). Emily escapes and has a good time with Cameron alone for a few days before she gets kidnapped again, by a dangerous gang leader who wants the money. (Yeah, people just love to kidnap her!). The gang leader tries to rape her. Cameron saves her. Cameron gets shot. She cries.

The end: Emily goes back to her old house, with Cameron's dog. She refuse to receive Cameron's money. She's thinking bout seeking a revenge for the death of Cameron, her brother (Bill) and Rocco. And Cameron is alive!!! He wants Emily to be away because he wants her to be safe. He returns to his old life. No, they don't end up together c:

Okay, here's my favorite quotes from the book:

"Whoever said that love hurts was wrong. Love is excruciating, especially when you can feel it slipping through your fingers and there is nothing you can do about it. Like someone was playing tug-of-war with my limbs, ripping to shreds whatever was left behind. What it would feel like when love was lost … I wouldn’t survive that. I closed my eyes, willing the tears to stay hidden behind my eyelids and focusing on breathing in and out instead of the pain that was ramming in my heart." - Emmily or Emmy


"How do you know when you’re There, I had once wondered. Maybe you’re lucky enough to notice the moment it’s happening to you. Maybe you’re able to block out all the other stuff that is, in the end, just background noise. But, most often, you don’t know that you were There until you lose it, or until it gets taken away from you. When you look back, you clearly see that time, that place, when all the pieces of you had finally fit together to make you blissfully happy, make you your whole self. Like one of those jumbo puzzles that take up your entire kitchen table for weeks, the tiny pieces are just cardboard shapes with colors splashed on them, and they don’t make any sense until you find their rightful place among the other pieces. When you put the last piece into place and the pieces now form a complete picture, that’s when you’re There. But while you were busy thinking about gluing the puzzle together, so that the pieces would never be apart again, someone comes from behind you, destroys the last piece and throws the rest of the pieces away. Even if you could muster up enough courage to put the pieces back together, the picture would never be complete again, because of the last missing piece … which, as it turned out, was smack in the middle, or in the heart, of the picture." -Emily or Emmy

"Knowing that Emmy was out there safe, living her life, even if it was without me, was enough … it had to be." - Cameron

OKAY GUYS, YOU NEED TO RASPBERRYING READ THIS ONE!!!! YEAH< I'M YELLING LIKE A SARGEANT HERE!!! SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? OKAY, I'm sorry, that's a lil bit rude. Just read it okay, and share my giddiness.. xoxo

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