Monday, August 8, 2011

Crushed by K.C. Blake

By: K.C. Blake
Released: July 12, 2011
Source: Received from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers. Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe. But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?" (Summary from

K.C. Blake's Crushed is about three sisters who are witches and play a magical game every year. The game is called Crushed and each girl chooses one boy and they blow a magical dust into their face. Once the boys are Crushed the girls will charm them and in return the boys will follow them around. However, this year Kristen chooses bad boy Zach and he isn't acting like the other Crushed boys at all.

I really enjoyed Crushed and finished it only a few hours. Blake's writing is addictive and I love how the story switches between Kristen's perspective as well as Zach's. Each character is well developed and Kristen is an excellent protagonist who is tough and brave. Kristen grows a great deal as the plot progresses and learns that everything in her life doesn't need to be perfect. Zach is the mysterious bad boy in the beginning and I enjoyed uncovering his secrets. I also liked Kristen's sisters, Brittany and Cyndi, and how different the sisters are from one another.

The plot moves at a steady pace and includes a great balance of drama, action, and romance. The Crushed game the girls play is creative and it helped that Blake explained the rules before the book began. My favorite part of the book was definitely the last couple of chapters because so much happens. Crushed is an exciting story filled with magic and I highly recommend it.

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