The Rush [NOOK Book]

Overview

A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life ...

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The Rush

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Overview

A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044394018
  • Publisher: Rachel Higginson
  • Publication date: 3/20/2013
  • Series: Siren, #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 13,365
  • File size: 424 KB

Meet the Author

I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.

Five other things I'm obsessed with right now:
1. My Kuerig Coffee Machine. Genius.
2. 90's music. Oh man, the 90's speak right to my soul.
3. Chocolate smelling body wash. Who doesn't want to walk around smelling like a bakery?
4. Colored Chapstick. And if it's Dr. Pepper Flavored, that's kind of my nirvana.
And.
5. Spotify. It's like the mixed-tape of this generation and I have probably three hundred hours of music on there. Can't get enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Great story, but those details.....

    The story is very engaging, the characters have depth. But they're [sic] is something to be said for the necessity for a proofreader who can tell the difference between "there," "their," and "they're." At the very least, someone to point out that if you are going to mix up "capital" and "capitol," you should at least be consistent throughout the story. How I would love to rate this book better, but the grammar mistakes are beyond distracting (even if one can make an ecxeption for poor spelling, which to me is just as distracting!).

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Very long without depth

    This is a long story that leeaves you with littlr resolution. I will not be reading more of this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    I really enjoyed the book and read it straight through in one si

    I really enjoyed the book and read it straight through in one sitting.   I absolutely love Rachel Higginson's books, and was so excited when I saw this one!  and I am so excited for the next one!  I am, however, a natural critic and thus have a few critiques to make.  First of all (and honestly,  this is just me making a comparison to the Star-Crossed series), there wasn't a lot of character buildup in characters besides the two main ones.  I never really felt like we got to know the other characters very well.  However, the door has definitely been left open for future development.




    My biggest Issue was that it took way too long to get to the root of the story.  I am all for leaving the reader in the dark to start with... You know, keep them guessing about what is really going on so they keep turning the pages.  But after a while, this just gets a little frustrating.  It probably was not until 3/4 of the way into the book that you learn "what" Ivy is.  And prior to that revelation, it became a little questionable if she really "was" anything at all.  The hints were there, of course, but the follow through just seemed a little weak.  I wanted more "evidence" of the world in which Ivy lived.  I honestly could not tell if it was a paranormal or what for most of the book.




    Now, that sounds like a lot of critique, which I suppose it is, but only in the constructive sense.  Like I said before, I am just naturally (unfortunately) critical and can always find something to critique!  But, if I really did not like this book I would not have read it in one sitting!  And my favorite parts...  well, first of all I have read a lot of YA books, and this is one storyline I have not yet read.  The change was refreshing.  I don't want to reveal too much, because it does take a while for it to be revealed in the book, but while this "world" has certainly been written about in plenty of books, I just haven't seen this "branch" of it before.  Again, it was refreshing.  I often feel like I am reading the same books over and over again, but not so with Rachel Higginson.








    Also, as always, Rachel Higginson creates a very addictive romance.  Not one that is so obvious it is predictable... Not one that evolves so quickly you grow tired of it... Not one that is so cliche you are bored of it... But rather a blossoming romance that is sweet and realistic.  I basically refuse to read a book without a love story in it, and being that I read A LOT, I feel like I have heard the same love stories over and over again.  But Rachel Higginson always manages to change it up just enough that it is inevitable (the love connection) yet completely unpredictable (the path to the relationship).  This was definitely the case with The Rush.  The romance is definitely boiling in the background but is not so immediate and obvious that you lose interest in it.  In fact the "denial" of the romance just makes it all the more interesting and adds another layer to the story (especially because it is not overdone... I have read books where the characters deny their attraction so much it just gets annoying... But Higginson keeps this facet just minor and subtle enough that it just draws you in more).




    About the actual story:  So, Ivy is an all-too beautiful girl who draws guys in and leaves them hopelessly entranced.  She is part of a "society" of women whose sole purpose is to lure rich men, snag their money, and then divorce them; better yet, leave them on a deathbed.  Ivy, however, has a conscience and doesn't want o be a part of this.  But she feels trapped.  She has a trust fund lined up and is trying to hang on until her 18th birthday when she will have access to it and can disappear and escape.  Only that is two years away and she still has to survive until then.  




    The challenges she faces waiting until that time could have been a little more engaging, and a little more action-packed.  Her internal struggles with a past event that left her "depressed" just confused me because it took way too long for that story to come out.  And when it finally did (and after such a long wait), I was expecting something much more grand -- more significant and shattering.  Perhaps if we had been otherwise introduced to the affected character, Sam, the tragedy that shook Ivy's world would have better resonated with readers.  But left as it was, a mere background story, it just seemed a little weak to have played such a significant role in shaping the main character's life.  I think bringing Sam into the story would have added a whole new emotional level to the book and created more realism in the reality that is Ivy's world.  Perhaps also if she had known her real father even briefly before he passed... Just some direct and emotional connection to a character who has been prey to Ivy's "circle" of predators.  




    While the book does not end on a cliffhanger, it definitely it open-ended enough for a sequel.  And, as always with her books, I will be rather impatiently awaiting its release.  :)  I hope for more character development and for the "world" Ivy lives in to be more substantiated.  Perhaps introduce other types of characters also in that world... Though, I do feel like the door may have been left open for a revelation about the identity of Ryder...???

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    I love Rachel Higginson and all of the books of hers that I have

    I love Rachel Higginson and all of the books of hers that I have read. But I was not a fan of this one! She didn't really tell us much background, so the story was slow. I couldn't even get through it. I really tried, but I didn't enjoy it. I love her Star Crossed Series and would recommend it instead. Or Bet in the Dark is awesome too! I wouldn't recommend this one though!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    A Must Own/Must Read

    I promise you will stay up all night reading this book! The story is amazing, and you don't find out until three quarters of the way through the novel what the deal is with the main character! My only disappointment was that the 2nd one in the series isn't available yet. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    It took a little to get going , it was disturbing and dark, tryi

    It took a little to get going , it was disturbing and dark, trying to find out what she was that dragged on just a little longer
     then it should have! until I worked it  out t that she was a Siren , but I did like it in the end , i enjoyed Ryder and Ivy as a couple
     and look forward to their progress.
    If you havn't read her other stories you should!!!!! 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2015

    What the heck

    12 chapters in and still I have no clue what's going on! They keep talking in circles and its pissing me off that its taking soooo long. This book feels wrong. Can't get past the cult/poligamy vibe its hinting towards so I'm done with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Front to back in under 24 hours, and now i wait..

    As always Rachel does an amazing job. Yeah, there's some grammar issues, but she self publishes and her stories are like crack! I can't wait for November!!!!

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    little slow to start but worth the read!

    THE RUSH is not my most favorites of Higginson's. But it was good. It is definitely a different take on Sirens. Of course, I haven't read too many books about Sirens to compare it to. And I think the only ones I have read were mainly about Mermaids. So for a story solely about Sirens, I think is different and unique. And all in all this was a good read.

    My problem? Gosh, it sounds so weird saying that because I have never had a problem before with her work per se, but with this one I did. I did however have problems with infuriating characters *cough* Kiran *cough* The whole book I felt like there was something I had overlooked from the beginning. Like the answer to all life's problems was dangling before me at arm’s reach and I couldn't quite grasp it. I disliked that I had to go nearly the entire book before we were let in on Ivy's secret even though it was practically spelled out for us the whole time. Sure hints were thrown out at us, but we didn't have all the info we needed, so it all came off as confusing. So I just couldn't enjoy the book like I had hoped to.

    *Waits for Rachel to wipe clean any evidence of our friendship*

    I did however enjoy the characters...all of them! From Ivy to Ryder to Chase to Phoenix. Heck I even liked Nix to a certain extent. He definitely added the creep factor to the story and made things very interesting. But Ivy and Ryder were spectacular characters. I loved how they interacted and my feelings were instant for them both. I just adored them.

    ***
    This wasn't a kiss. This was an epiphany. My moment of clarity.
    My salvation.
    ***

    A good story that starts out rather slow but picks up speed half way in. It is a book that keeps your interest and eager to find its secrets. Secrets that are well worth the wait. I am absolutely anticipating book 2. I have to know what becomes of Ivy. Will she be able to find the freedom she so desperately seeks and escape the madness she calls life? Guess we will just have to see.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    I loved the book.

    I loved the book.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    I love reading about something different! Finally we are venturi

    I love reading about something different! Finally we are venturing away from vampires and werewolves(though I will read those too!) Can't wait for the next book , couldn't put this down!

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Clever twist ** Rachel has another winner ! Ivy is a young firl

    Clever twist
    **
    Rachel has another winner ! Ivy is a young firl holding on, barely to a world she does not want waiting for "18" , and a light at the end of the tunnel, her trust fund! She is being groomed to live in a world where women draw the wealthy,available, hopefully soon to be dying men in, and take all they have.This world is rn by an Evil person, "Nix",can she or will she be ever able to escape him? At school she meets Ryder who seems immne to her beauty and her charms. He befriends her, he is falling for her, but yet cannot fall for her. She confides in him, and he becomes a person who wishes to protect her , guard her, but most of all I think love her! How can these two face the odds set in a world of mythological dangers? Can't wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    I really enjoyed The Rush by Rachel Higginson! It was different

    I really enjoyed The Rush by Rachel Higginson! It was different than her other works and it kept you hooked until the very end! Can't wait until the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    I absolutely love Rachel's star-crossed series so I had to get T

    I absolutely love Rachel's star-crossed series so I had to get The Rush and I was not disappointed!! This has got to be my new favorite! It has a storyline unlike most of the other YA books that I have read so that was new and intriguing. The only problems were a few grammatical errors throughout the book, but other than that, I'm looking forward to the next in the series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    I am so tired of all the vampire, werewolf, et al. books out the

    I am so tired of all the vampire, werewolf, et al. books out there that are available in paranormal fiction. I love a good fantasy/paranormal story, but I am tired of how all the books are pretty much the same story.
    What a refreshing read, "The Rush" was. I have always loved Greek Mythology and using it as a basis for the supernatural elements of the story was a fantastic idea.
    That said, I am not the biggest fan of Ivy, she just annoys me personally. But honestly, that's a personal thing. She is well-written and pretty right on when it comes to how a teenager in her situation would act.
    Great read, and I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    I have to admit, I didn't like the main character at first becau

    I have to admit, I didn't like the main character at first because of the way she acted with Ryder. But, as the story went on i began to like her more and more. .interesting storyline, I can't wait to see what happens next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    This book is beyond amazing! Loved the concept, the mystery, and

    This book is beyond amazing! Loved the concept, the mystery, and the characters. it was one of the best books I've read all summer!

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

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    When I saw that Rachel wrote about Siren's I had to see what it

    When I saw that Rachel wrote about Siren's I had to see what it was about, since I have such a profound love for mythology and anything to do with it. She has turned The Rush into a new age take on everything I have learned and read about when I was younger. I promise if you read this you will not be disappointed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    do it!

    great book, sad to finish it! eagerly looking forward to the next one!

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    I absolutely love Rachel and she is my favorite author ever, so

    I absolutely love Rachel and she is my favorite author ever, so I am beyond thrilled to say that she did it again and wrote another incredible book!!!!!

    This book is all about Ivy Pierce, a girl who's just waiting to turn eighteen and get away from her messed up family. And as the book goes along, we slowly get to see all the puzzle pieces come together as we find out the dark mysteries of her family and her past. (We also get to see a beautiful friendship grow between her and Ryder Sutton.) *wink wink*

    The story is thrilling and the characters are intoxicating as always! I'll be waiting excitedly to buy the next book when it comes out!!

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