Monday, July 23, 2012

Tour Stop: Crux by Julie Reece (Review and Author Bio)

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Author: Julie Reece
Published: July 9th 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing
Book Description:
She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.
Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. 

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich, and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.
Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. 
Her heritage did.
Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met

Julie Reece
Author Behind "Crux"

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess... or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!


This is how I picture Birdie! Just add a hoodie.
Theresa Palmer
The first time I saw the cover and blurb, I wanted to read this ASAP! This book is full of surprises, a treat for your reading urge. First 3 chapters, I was hooked! This book blew me away!

The story is about a homeless girl name Birdie. She was on the street when a dazed man throws money in the air. A group of people was eager to get the money off the streets, then a woman was pushed accidentally and Birdie came to her rescue. The dazed man suddenly took interest in her and gave her a package. 3 large scary men saw the package and wanted to get it from her, so the chase began. What’s inside the package? Who is she really? You have to read this book to find out.

The world building is fantastic! It was written flawlessly. I love how the book is infused with adventure, action and romance. Three elements that made this book a wonderful read. The writing style and pacing is good. There were no dull moments. As for the surprise, I thought the book is based on a present day with no supernatural of mythical content. Oh boy! I was so wrong. I give Julie two thumbs up for merging the two worlds (Myth and present).

As for the characters, they are well developed. They are realistic so I like them instantly!
Birdie is the heroine here. I don’t like her name at first but came to love it in the end after finding out her real name. Her personality and the way she talks made her my favorite character. She’s brave, independent and cool. Jeff, the dazed man is so mysterious. My curiosity towards his character made him my second favorite. As for Grey, he gave me fainting spells! Who wouldn’t? This guy has black hair and glacial blue eyes. He is on my “Book Boyfriend List”. There are more characters in this book that I like. You have to read this book to find out more about them.

The love angle is good! It was believable! Not too cheese-y, it was just right for my liking. This book can definitely give you butterflies in your stomach.

Overall, Crux is a fantastic read. I recommend this book to readers who love myths, action and romance. I will keep an eye out for this author! I can’t wait to read another book from her.

I give this 5 bouncing whales.


  1. I loved Julie's book! Everyone should read it! Awesome Bio! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Agree! I can’t wait to read another book from her.

      -Dannielle /TheUnseelieNerd

  2. Anonymous11:26 AM

    Hey ya'll,

    Just wanted to dro by and thank you all for checking out my book :)Everyone has been so supportive and great and I really appreciate you.

    Big shout out to Dannielle and Book Whales for hosting today. This site is beautiful and fun, don't you think? From age 9 to 20, I lived in Florida, and this site makes me homesick for it! Lol

    Anyhoo ... I appreciate all the kind words and for those who are considering reading my story, I truly hope you'll enjoy the book.

    Best wishes to all!


    1. We are honored to have you on the blog. The book is awesome!!
      Thanks for letting us join the Crux tour.

      Book Whales Team

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