Monday, April 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Scare Crow (Crow's Row #2) – Julie Hockley + Review, giveaway & teasers!

Released: April 12th, 2014

Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity. Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death, Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.

After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her. As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.

Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.

"When you lose the person you've always lived for, do you die?"

Scare Crow has been on my tbr list for years now and my excitement when I finally got my ARC was uncontainable. It was deeply moving and heartfelt, frustrating and exciting, filled with joy and anger. It was a mixture of everything I had expected it to be. In this long-awaited sequel, Emily and Cameron are separated as they try to deal with the demons from their past and the arising ones at present time. One without the other, they are two pieces of a broken heart. I cried and laughed and bit my fist for almost every scene in this novel.

This sequel. This goddamned sequel. I have waited YEARS for this. AND NOW IT'S HERE!!! Let me just do a quick victory dance.

Phew, now that that's out of the way, let's move on to the review.

Basically this book kind of alternated between Emily and Cameron's point of views. I love how we got a look inside both their heads. But what frustrated me to no end was THAT THEY'RE STILL SEPARATED. I guess that was the author's intention, to increase the suspense and make their reunion worth it.

In Emily's world, she lives on earth as if she was in limbo. She becomes a shell of her former self after Cameron's "death". She doesn't really give a shit anymore. But she is a ghost who's out for revenge. She wants to murder Spider and Shield who were responsible for the death of her other half. And I understand how deep her love went for Cameron. She wanted to out those who killed Cameron and wanted into Cameron's world. However, Emily was beyond reckless.

Emily connects with Griff here. OH GOD I'VE MISSED THAT MAN. Honestly, I wasn't that huge of a fan of Griff in Crow's Row but here, we see another side to him. A softer side who would support Emily but would also scold her and try to prevent anything from happening to her. He protected her. He cared for her. He loved her. My God, this man was why I loved reading Emily's part.

He's too goddamn sweet for his own good.

“I start thinking of another escape plan and ways of trying to find my beautiful girl. Ways to try to save both of us again. Before I know it, I’m sent to be with her in this shithole, and I still have no idea who she is. And yet…”
“And yet?”
“And yet, I’m exactly where I want to be.”
Emily's smart though, I have to admit. Her plans everything she does all thought through. Well, except for the murdering some super dangerous guys. But the way she wants to get into the underworld? Genius.

Then in Cameron's part. He's trying to deal with the destruction of the Coalition. Everything inside was being destroyed bit by bit from the outside with people fighting against each other and war just waiting to break through. And he's still worrying about Emily. As much as it hurts him to let her go, he's doing the noble thing by letting her live her own life. But they're both miserable without each other.

And Cameron *sigh* my sweet, sweet Cameron.
The Cameron I knew, the real Cameron, had been gracious and fair. He had been warm. Tender. When you saw him—when he let you see him—Cameron was exquisite. He was all my love and my joy. My paradise. My paradise lost.
This is such a fantastic and brilliant line. It describes Cameron perfectly. He's this beautiful man who's so strong and who's been through so much. He's sweet and warm, kind and gentle. He was well "exquisite".

But Cameron was also broken. With everything that's been going through in his life with his family, his business, his friends, Emily, he's been dragged through so much crap in his life and placed in so much more.
How can someone who has never been loved be able to love? — Cam
These two had such a heartbreaking tale in this book. Where it was all love and destruction in the first book, Scare Crow was about forgiveness and redemption. It was so beautifully written and frustrating to read but I understood why it was that way.

Finding love in all of the ugly. Finding forgiveness in all of the destruction. Finding absolution.

But of course, I've got to add in about Billy. My God, even when he's gone, he's hilarious.

Hey, Buddy,
Stay the fuck away from my sister.
Sincerely, B.
P.S. Thanks for watching over her. Thanks for everything. But seriously, don’t even think about it.
Great sequel for a great book! I can't wait for Crow's Row #3 *crossing my fingers that I don't have to wait another 3 years for the final book* This is worse than waiting for Sherlock.


4.5 APPLES!!!!!

(Click book cover for Goodreads link)

♕ Crow's Row (Crow's Row #1) ♕
Amazon + UK // CA | Barnes&Noble

♕ Scare Crow (Crow's Row #2) ♕
Amazon + UK // CA | Barnes&Noble


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A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?

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