Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Crash (Crash #1) by Nicole Williams

Title: Crash
Series: Crash, #1
Author: Nicole Williams
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5   
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. 

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. 

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.

My Review: 

I can't put into words how much I loved and enjoyed this book. It was just, whoa, took my breath away, swept me up and took me on a roller coaster of pure awesomeness. 
It's a contem. romance book you just have to read and experience. You won't be the same afterwards. 
CRASH is so cleverly written, and thoroughly smart.
Williams sucks you in with just the first paragraph and sets you up to pull an all nighter to finish this book. The character development and plot development was amazing and smooth. I fall in love with the  quirky writing and the humor!
It didn't jump around and I could follow where to author was taking me, I never got lost.
And the love that Lucy and Jude have, was never rushed, it was paced and thought out. 
Williams creates and spins this tell of tragedy and romance exquisitely. 

Lucy's life has been shaken up, moving, new school and no friends. But even with that she's determined to at least have a great summer and well, meet a cute guy she can spend time with on beautiful summer days.
Except, she wasn't expecting Jude Ryder, bad boy through and through, his name is 'shouted, cursed and moaned by more women then Lucy dares' to know. 
However, either one isn't what they expected, Jude comes from the other side of town, and he warns Lucy to stay away. 
But neither can withstand the magnetic pull that seems to always bring them back together.
Lucy and Jude set off on a whirlwind of emotions, a roller-coaster of events, unexpected situations and secrets they never wanted to revile, but through it all can they still find a way to love not only themselves but each other?

From the get go, Lucy and Jude had an strong attraction towards each other, and you could feel it seeping off the pages. From the very first moment they meet and you can feel it, and it showed by how the author created them, they just couldn't/ wouldn't stay away from each other.  No matter what either did, they couldn't fight it. Lucy and Jude prove love is worth fighting for, and they showed it with stunning emotions and raw depth.

It's definitely a different read. Not some sweet, fluffy romance-although there where moments. It was sweet, but it was more raw, real. The emotions shouted out at you, the characters knew suffering,  and each bare scars. And then Williams throws some surprising twist and turns that just leaves you

Each character stood out for me. Felt very real.
And of course, dear effin' lord, Jude Ryder! 
Something about Jude just screams damn-i'm-sexy-and-you-are-so-gonna-fall-in-love-with-me attitude, perfect bad-tortured-boy. He is a raw character and not like other bad boys, no he is real. Williams knows how to create amazing characters and it shines strongly through Jude. But under it all, the harshness, the toughness, his smart-ass exterior his is a strong, honorable and an amazing guy with a big heart. 
I guess you can say he's a true bad boy..

Jude is also very different from the usual male characters-refreshing and very real. He's dark, hurt, mean and heartbreaking but yet so beautiful.
Yeah you just can't help but to fall for him!
Then you have Lucy, an amazing heroine who has a normal life, somewhat there parents, a goal she is fighting her way towards and a passion of dancing that saves her. Lucy is a fireball! She is tough and never steps down. 
And no matter what Jude says or does, she can see who he really is.
 Even with her crazy, un-hinged parents, (which frustrated me somewhat, but then you get to understand them some) Lucy tries to be herself, and to live her life as normally as possible.  
Then  Lucy enters Jude's world and oh, it isn't rainbows and butterflies, its mindnumbing real, straight to your bones tragic and heartwarming impossible to escape.
The raw-real harshness drew me in.
I got to experience life on the other side of the tracks.

They are both so scared to love, but when they realized that love is taking risks and you are going to have to do that to be with the one you want, they both stepped up to the challenge and it was amazing seeing them fight through everything.
Jude and Lucy  took my breath away.

And when it gets intense in this book, it gets intense! And then when you think it can't get anymore intense you are bazooka'd right out of your set, with holy-shit-this-is-beyond-intense moments.  
Williams once again did amazing!
Some of the things- the actions and choices made by the characters did frustrated me, but I couldn't stay frustrated long at them. Everything Jude did was out of love and protection. Lucy was strong and willing to accept  Jude no matter what. 
Then the ending!!!
*le sigh*

Williams takes you on an amazing journey and I fall hard for this story and the characters.
This book really digs deep into emotions and how real characters can be. 
By no means is this book sugarcoated, but that gives it a wonderful aspect. It's real. No lies, and even though it might not be 100% life like, this book does contain a lot of things that happen everyday.

CRASH reminded me of the book Beautiful Diseaster (A great read and A book I highly recommend), because of how it is raw and real. Heartbreaking and yet touching all at the same time. 

Let's not forget the cover, it is perfect for the book and so so pretty!

This is a book I know I will read over and over.
A book  I now hold close to my heart.
It's raw and breathtaking.
Beautifully written.
Heartbreaking and yet exhilarating.
I highly recommend this book to contemporary romance book lovers!


  1. you had me at "not some sweet fluffy romance." Lately I just cannot get enough of edgy romances (hence Beautiful Disaster and Pushing the Limits). I will have to read this one ASAP! Great review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    1. Ha Ha I'm with your there, I've just been in the moode for edgy, raw romances lately, too. And I cannot wait to read Pushing the Limits!

      Thank you! :)

  2. Your writing is lovely!

    Brilliant review, really :) I just read Perfect Chemistry, and I love those raw and emotional reads that are painfully truthful yet heartwarming!

    I love your style, keep it up ;)

    1. You are freaking awesome!
      Just made my day!

      Perfect Chemistry was an amazing read! And I agree, those raw and emotional books just get to me.

      Thank you! :)

  3. I love your review of Crash Megan!!! I've seen this book around, but wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. After reading your AWESOME review!, no more problem thinking about reading this book! Definitely putting Crash on TBR list! :) Thank you! :)

    1. YAY!! Then my job here is complete!
      I just really- well you know- love this book!

      You just made my day!
      Thank you :)

  4. Okay, so I just finished this one. Stayed up way way past my bedtime to finish it which I will be paying for today ~ but holy shit was it worth it! OMFG this book broke my heart about twelve times! Thanks for reviewing it, your post here is what made me pick it up ~ glad I did!


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