Review: Head Rush by Carolyn Crane

Posted January 19, 2012 by Suzanne in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Head Rush by Carolyn Crane
Head Rush
by Carolyn Crane

5 Stars


Released: December 6, 2011
Series: The Disillusionists #3
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback

What a terrific end to the series! This has been one the quirkiest Urban Fantasy books I have read, Carolyn Crane has created such an original world, full of bizarre and lovable characters, from the bad guy I just can’t seem to hate to the villainous good guy. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend that you rush out now and get Mind Games the first in the Disillusionist Trilogy.Every time Justine remember Avery, her best friend Shelby’s boyfriend being shot she get a pounding headache and a feeling everything is quite right. But how could things be wrong? Her fiancee the heroic Mayor or Midcity, Otto Sanchez loves her, would do anything for her, so why can’t she stop thinking of Packard, the man she saw murdering Avery in cold blood?

They way Double Cross ended left me desperate to read this book, I love that it managed to surprise me and yet still keep all the actions completely within character. And despite all the evil things that were done by Otto, I still couldn’t bring myself to dislike him, ever hear the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”? That is what he brings to mind, he wanted to save Midcity but seeting loose sleepwalking cannibals is just not the way to do it. This is another aspect I love about this trilogy, the character aren’t just “good” and “bad” they all have a little bit of both and all extremely wacky.

As the last book in the series I have to comment on how it finished, and I did like it, it was nice and neat, maybe a little too neat, but as a gal that loves a happy ending I was satisfied. However, I did find that this book moved slowly but then suddenly at the end all the action explodes around you; I prefer it to be more evenly paced. But this book was good at piling up the tension and paranoia as we read, not knowing who knows what and what can happen next, so although the action was at the end, I still loved every word until that point.

I have really enjoyed this series and watching Justine going from barely-functioning-hypochondriac to a take-charge woman not afraid to stand up for who and what she believes in has been a fantastic roller coaster through the weird journey. These are books that are staying in my keeper shelf and I will be looking for more of Carlyn Crane’s work in the future.

Favourite Quotes

I think it’s probably not the healthiest thing in the world for a couple to pretty much only have role-playing sex, but there’s nothing like the dirty fun of role-playing sex to take a girl’s mind off of that.


I have the awful thought that most deaths in real life probably are just like this. Nonheroic. Just people up against a wall.


It feels so good to see him, just plain old good. Like a simple daisy atop a mountain of angst.

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About Carolyn Crane

I write romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and some books that don’t have any genre at all. I’ve been published by Random House, Samhain, and self published, too. I guess I get around!

I live in Minnesota (complete with an accent that people sometimes laugh at) in an old 1920′s condo with my awesome writer husband and two cats. I love to run and also to read, even though I’m probably the slowest reader ever. And I love to eat chocolate and Mexican food, and if you invite me to your party, your cheese plate will be in even more danger than one of my suspense heroines.

Also, I use too many exclamation marks, I care deeply about animals and finding ways to help them, I work a day job as a freelance marketing writer, and I dream that someday I’ll having the time to do all the crafts in the many craft newsletters I subscribe to. But I guess I’m having too much fun throwing my favorite characters into dangerous and sometimes steamy adventures.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I really need to start this series. It’s been on my radar for quite some time, I just haven’t had a chance to pick up the first book yet. Thanks for the review, I know I’m going to love the Disillusionist series.