Crossfire, A Not So Pretty Fairy Tale

Written by Laura Bradley Rede
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It’s hard to move on when someone you love dies–especially if that someone is you. But that’s exactly what Cicely Watson is trying to do: move on, away from the sunlit life she knew and into her life as a vampire. It’s the only way to protect her friends, and her only hope of getting close to the guy she loves. Now that Ander can control the wolf inside him, Cicely is determined they will finally be together–even if their natural instincts tell them to tear each other apart.But when Ander meets a new girl with a power he can’t resist, Cicely fears she saved his life only to lose his love. And what about her own feelings for Luke Marianez, the handsome vampire prince? She always claimed dark, brooding Luke simply wasn’t her type, but can she still deny the fire between them now that she’s his kind? When the enemy captures someone she loves, Cicely is forced to choose. Can a heart that stopped beating start loving at last? Or will true love be caught in the crossfire?

My Thoughts

Crossfire is the second book in the Darkride series and picks up right where book one left off.

Cicely is a new vampire, but she’s different somehow. She may have lost her life, but she hasn’t lost her soul. Other than being a vampire, she’s the same girl she was before. This, of course, means she’s still madly in love with Ander, a werewolf. Ander is also still in love with her and can control himself now, but unlike Cicely, he’s unsure if it can actually work between the two of them given the situation. To make matters even more difficult, there’s now Naomi, the witch. It’s her doorstep the group lands on for help. She has this wonderful ability to charm animals and calm the werewolves. She and Ander are attracted to one another almost immediately.

Luke still hasn’t given up on Cicely. He wants her to love him the way she loves Ander, but knows deep down that she never will. He has a choice to make. He can either continue to chase a girl who loves another and never fully heal from his broken heart or he can move on with Emmie. We met Emmie in the first book, but she has a much larger role in this one. Emmie is a thrall, sort of vampire food, and lives her life to please vampires. She appeared to be ditsy at first, but truthfully is a lot brighter than she was given credit for. She’s wise, funny, loving, generous, strong, and would do anything for her friends or anyone else for that matter, without giving it a second thought. She was hands down, my favorite character in this book.

Throw in DJ, Ander’s little brother/new werewolf/hunter and Five, a psychic and quite possibly the most unpleasant vampire ever, and things are certain to get exciting!

Unlike in the first book when I found myself pulling for Luke and Cicely, this book had me pulling for happy endings all around. This book had twists and turns I didn’t expect at all. It had me curious and excited and anxious. With suspicious deaths and crazy families, it had a slight mystery to it that kept me turning the pages. Most importantly are the lessons learned. 1. No matter your differences, if you leave your prejudices aside, you can find great friends in unlikely places. 2. Fairy tales aren’t always pretty and the big bad wolf isn’t always the bad guy. Sometimes people are far more cruel. And 3. True love is worth it all.

Did I like the book? Yes

Did I love the book? Yes

Would I recommend the book? Yes

Overall Rating: Really Good

Favorite Quote: “But the easiest choice isn’t always the right choice. In fact, in my life, they are almost never the same thing.” Ander


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