Laura Bradley Rede is the oldest of nine kids. She grew up in a small town in Maine and now lives in a little hippy-punk neighborhood of Minneapolis with her wonderful partner, their three amazing children, one great dane, one dachshund, and four city chickens. She is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award for fantasy and science fiction and the author of many YA short stories. She often quotes Bela Lugosi, the original Dracula, who said “I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.”(A girl can hope, right?) Darkride is her first novel.
Can a heart that stopped beating start loving at last? Or will true love be caught in the crossfire?
- Laura Bradley Rede
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Crossfire based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This book was wonderful! If hope there is a book coming out with Naomi's story and a glimpse of how luke,Ander,cicely,and emmie are in the future
4.5 stars Spoilers for Darkride I was delighted to be asked by Laura to review Crossfire because I had previously read and loved the first book in the series, Darkride (you can read that review here. The characters go through so much in Darkride and I was anxious to see how things were faring for them. Crossfire starts off where Darkride finishes, with a gang of three vampirs, two werewolves and one human/thrall on the run, heading away from the hunters and a group of ancient vampires. They are looking for a safe place, and have a name, left by Michael, to go to in case of emergency, but no idea as to who or what they are headed towards. Cicely has only recently been turned into a vampire, an enluzante, literally undead. Unlike Luke, who is a living, breathing vampire, but is once again immortal now that the curse has been broken. And Ander, the guy/werewolf that she's been in love with for the past few years, and he with her, is finding that hard to deal with. While Cicely is struggling to handle dying, becoming a vampire and losing herself, she is also trying to deal with Anders feelings towards her. She thought that they would be together now that he can control his wolf, she did die for him after all, to save both him and Luke. Luke feels that Cicely should just be with him now, they are both the same, and he hates seeing her pine for Ander. Whey they arrive at their destination, they meet Naomi Faire, a witch who can charm animals. She's able to help Ander with DJ, who's only a new wolf, as he goes through his first change at the full moon. Spending a lot of time together, Ander and Naomi start to become close and Cicely is feeling jealous and resentful. Luke and Emmie are also spending more time together, all being able to walk in the light while Cicely must remain in the dark. But when someone turns against them, and Emmie is captured, the action really begins. As a main character, Cicely was always likeable and at the ending of Darkride, I felt really, really sorry for her. While they all suffered their own losses, Cicely's impacted on me most, and in this book too, I was hoping that she was going to find some happiness and her place in this new world. This series has some fantastic characters. Emmie is a thrall, and is such a sweetheart, you can't help but love her. Ander, a hunter turned werewolf, then taken in by a vampire and his thrall, is strong and protective. Luke, a living vampire, and the other side of the love triangle, is 200 years old, and having been in torper (deathly sleep), for 100 years, is again learning modern ways and speech/saying with some humorous results. Naomi, is new to the series, and in the beginning, I didn't feel I was going to take to her, but she was so nice and kind hearted to everyone, it wasn't possible to dislike her. DJ and Five, two characters that didn't stand out as much as the rest, but play their part in making this awesome story. This book is written from the POV of Cicely, Ander, Luke and Emmie and is extremely well done. Laura's writing style is enjoyable with no long winded descriptions but enough to let get a feel for it. A great second book in an awesome series.
It is such a good book! If you loved the first book Darkride, you will definitley love this one.
*Do not read if you haven't read DARKRIDE yet, my review will contain spoilers for that book* I just knew when I finished DARKRIDE nothing good is going to come out of Ander, Luke, and Cicely in a van...on a road trip together. Then add Emmie, Five, and D.J. and the odds were even worse. But thankfully the crew made it to their destination seeking an old friend from Michael's past; a friend that was only supposed to be used 'in case of emergency'. I think having killed the vampire queen and hunters on your tail...well that is a perfect example of an emergency. Don't you think? The whole first half, maybe three-fourths of the book, I was absolutely hating on Ander. I don't know why I felt this way and I should have come to expect it. But even with knowing how head strong he was in DARKRIDE, I was hoping he would let down some of his walls. When in all actuality he had already began adding more in CROSSFIRE. I seriously wanted to slap him upside his wolfish head and try to knock some sense into him. And what is it about clueless guys in books? Ugh! Seriously was not caring for him much in this read. Well up until the end…then he came around. But then there was Luke. Even when I was hating on Ander, I still didn't get that warm fuzzy feeling I had for him in DARKRIDE. I loved him yes, but didn't feel he was the one for Cicely. And maybe there was a reason for that? Hmmmm?? Moving on now. Cicely was a great character to read about as she was coming to terms with her new status as vampire...in the back of a van for goodness sakes! Then to be deposited in Maine at some unfamiliar location...dealing with everything vamps deal with. I am surprised the chick didn't lose it. But I still loved her none the less. I am going to lay this out there...I loved CROSSFIRE way more than DARKRIDE. Not sure why that is but I think this one had more feeling and emotions embedded in to it. I also think, overall, it was the questions the whole storyline stirred up. ‘Does he love me? Do I have a right to care? Should I be with him instead? Who am I am anymore? Can I trust myself?’ And not just questions from Cicely…but Ander and Luke too. There was so much uncertainty among everyone that it kept the reader guessing the entire time. Have a love for vampires, werewolves, and witches? Then this series is definitely for you. Fast paced and full of adventure you will never find a dull moment. Don’t forget to add in some romance and you have a book that will be hard to put down. Rede knows how to deliver a story anyone will love and her writing doesn't suck either. (That was a little vampire pun, but not sure I pulled it off.)So read CROSSFIRE today. And if you are one of those people that haven’t read DARKRIDE and didn’t yet continued to read my review even when I said not too….go get DARKRIDE today and you can thank me later.