BOYFRIEND BOOKMARK RATING: ★★★★★
Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity.
Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death.
Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.
After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her. As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.
Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.
So here’s the thing, nearly two years ago I picked up a book and immediately was drawn into the pages of it. It was crazy, full of suspense and drama and had an edge to it. It wasn’t like any books I had read before. It was dark, twisty and amazing. That book was Crow’s Row. Now, I have been so anxious to get my hands on Scare Crow since I finished Crow’s Row and I know several of you have been waiting as well. But Julie Hockley actually re-released a new edition of Crow’s Row about the same time as Scare Crow, which is awesome and amazing. The new edition of Crow’s Row combined with the new release of Scare Crow and I was simply a happy reader.
Now anyone that read Crow’s Row knows this is a dark and twisted story but it has this amazing beautiful love story admist all of the chaos of the dark seedy underground world. It is full of suspense and drama and you are left gasping for air at the end. It is not subtle. It is a full on slap upside the head but done is such an amazing way that even after all this time my heart still skipped a beat or hundreds of them.
But if you read Crow’s Row, you also know about the dynamic and cray relationship between Cameron and Emily. This is a couple that literally has everything in the world going against them and I don’t just mean a little pile that they can easily sidestep, this one is huge. It is full of lies and deceit and this book picks up right where Crow’s Row left off. If you haven’t read Crow’s Row, the remainder of this review will contain spoilers for the first book, it is unavoidable…
The ending of Crow’s row literally left me with my mouth hanging open. What the heck just happened? How is Emmy going to get by after this… It didn’t have to end that way did it? Yup, just like most of you, I was left with a million questions and not one answer that was going to work for me.
But here we are deep in the pages of Scare Crow and all I have to say is this was the most intense and interesting love story ever. I lost my breath, my heart broke all over and there was so much more on the line now.
One thing that I have to say I really liked about the second book was the new side of Emmy. She starts living for herself again and after everything that happened between her and Cameron, she still seemed to come out with a fighting spirit, but she had a whole new wicked twist on it. She had also come to understand and appreciate revenge a little more. I really liked how much this character grew between the two books, but I will always have visions of her jogging down the street carrying her Walkman… those images may never leave my mind. But in Scare Crow, I just felt like we got a whole new side to Emmy and I don’t know if was a result of experiences her loss in the first book, or the need to seal fates in the second but I think she was a strong character in this book, even through all of the misery, she still came back and fought hard.
Now, I did feel a little disconected from Cameron in this book. After the ending of the first book, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel going into this one, but I quickly learned. Yes, every move he made was with Emmy in mind. But he had to be so careful about how he did it. Afterall, she saw him die. She has no idea that he is even alive. She has spent so much time mourning him. He can’t risk that and he can’t risk the place she holds in his heart. But as much as I admired him for wanting to protect Emily, I just had a hard time accepting that he broke her as much as he did.
The were the perfect couple. But she now things he is dead. This could prove to be a problem. I was so anxious to see how Julie Hockley was going to write in a reunion into this book and I hoped and prayed that it happened before either of them died.
This book just sucked me in and stole my breath. I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put it down. This book will not leave me anytime soon. It was amazing. Scary and creepy, but amazing! Julie Hockley, it was worth the wait and thank you for bringing Cam and Emmy back to us!
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ABOUT JULIE HOCKLEY
A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?