I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Adrenaline Rush by Cindy M. Hogan
on October 2013
Genres: Suspense, YA
Source: the author
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A madman with a mission is kidnapping groups of thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country, and it’s up to Christy to stop him.
To do so, she must take on a fearless alter ego and infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies bent on pushing life to the limit. Death-defying stunts are only the beginning: two groups fit the profile, and Christy must discover the real target before it’s too late.
If she chooses the wrong group, more people will disappear. But choosing right puts her as the prime target—with no guarantee that she’ll get out alive.
First off, I did it again. Sort of. As I started into the book, I realized right away that it was reading like a sequel. ARGH! Not again! I have a bad habit of accidentally picking up the second book in a series. Now I find out, I have the fourth!?! Not really. Adrenaline Rush, while not directly part of a series, is still a sequel to a trilogy. Lucky for me, I found it wasn’t required to have read the other books first. I followed the plot with zero difficulty, but there are a certain amount of spoilers. If you plan on reading the other books at all, then I would recommend doing it first. I’ll wait a while before diving into them, in the hopes that I will forget the spoilers. 😛
So there I was, moving along with the story, when all of a sudden I hit 33%. Then all of a sudden, the plot took a turn into the world of WTF?! It went from being a fairly typical suspense, to peculiar, bizarre, and utterly fascinating! I couldn’t put it down once I reached that pivotal turning point! I refuse to say anything else to spoil it, but you won’t have a chance to guess what’s about to happen.
Connecting with the characters was tough. Maybe it was assumed that I would already be attached to Christy from the first books? Anyway, while I would normally get to know a character by how they interact with others, there wasn’t much dialogue, so I had to observe their actions instead. There is a lot of guessing and second guessing about everyone’s motives, which is perfect for a suspense novel! Hogan had me guessing right up until the end. I couldn’t see how everything could possibly wrap up in time, and I mentally prepared myself for the mother of all cliffhangers.
I was on the fence as to whether or not I should put an age warning on this book. There is a large amount of violence, but after all is said and done, it isn’t overly graphic. Sexuality plays only a very minor role. As a parent, I wouldn’t have a problem with my teens reading this. Mom Approved!
There were a couple niggly things, like plot gaps and discrepancies, that bothered me but only a little. For example, the cover. Not for one second of the story does Christy/Misha look like that. As long as the little details don’t bother you, you will be thrilled with this book. In fact, I suffered a severe case of book hangover after this one!
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