Early Review: Head Rush by Carolyn Crane

December 12, 2011 Review 4

Early Review: Head Rush by Carolyn CraneHead Rush by Carolyn Crane
Series: The Disillusionists Trilogy #3
on December 6, 2012
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Sexual Content: One non graphic sex scene, one moderately graphic sex scene.
Reviewed by: Abigail
4 Stars


In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto Sanchez, the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with this strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?

Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mind game yet.

With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.

HEAD RUSH is a book that almost wasn’t (a thousand thank yous to Samhain and Carolyn Crane for making sure this book happened).  It survived a publisher switch, format shifts, and some rather odd release dates (audio version first, then ebook, and finally print sometime in 2012), but when an author is as creative and consistent as Carolyn Crane, when a series is as mind blowingly good as The Disillusionists Trilogy, and when the final book in that series is as exhilarating as HEAD RUSH, it’s more than worth the wait.

There are no vampires or werewolves in HEAD RUSH.  No fairies or witches or anything that you might expect to find in a typical urban fantasy.  That’s because there is nothing typical about The Disillusionists Trilogy.  Instead of fangs, we get phobias.  Crippling, mind numbing fears that Justine and her fellow crime fighters have learned to weaponize in order to keep the streets of Midcity safe.  Except, Justine doesn’t just suffer from off the charts hypochondria, she also plagued by a guilty conscience that attacks her every time she zings her fear into someone else—even if they deserve it.  As bad as I feel for Justine when her fears rage out of control, it’s so crazy fun to read!

The cliffhanger at the end of DOUBLE CROSS was as evil as they come, and from the very first page of HEAD RUSH, all those same emotions of disbelief, rage, and shock at what had happened came back in an instant.  It was awesome.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that my emotions did a complete 180 by the last page.  However, because this book is linked so inexorably to the previous one, you’ll want to read them in order (and really, this series is so amazing, you wouldn’t want to skip one anyway) to fully appreciate the character evolution and treachery of a certain character.

There was a time not to long ago when I despaired of ever reading this book.  And yes, I’m using the word despaired because it would have been a terrible thing to miss out on the final installment in the increasingly excellent, completely unique, genre stretching series that is The Disillusionists Trilogy.  There is a new novella about Simon coming in February/March 2012, but otherwise this is it for Justine, and the only thing consoling me is the news that Carolyn Crane has two new series in the works.  I have no doubt they will be worth the wait too.

Series Titles:
  1. Mind Games – 4/5
  2. Double Cross – 5/5
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