Series: Sense Thieves, #2
Author: Corrine Jackson
Published: Kensington Books, November 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Source: bought a copy
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She didn’t know how far she’d go—until she was pushed.
Remy O’Malley was just learning to harness her uncanny healing power when she discovered the other, darker half of her bloodline. Now she lives trapped between two worlds, uneasy among her fellow Healers—and relentlessly hunted by the Protectors.
Forced to conceal her dual identity, and the presence of her Protector boyfriend Asher Blackwell, Remy encounters a shadow community of Healers who will put her loyalties to the test.
Pushed to the limit, with the lives of those she loves most on the line, Remy must decide whether to choose sides in a centuries-old war—or make the ultimate sacrifice and go to a place from which she may never return…
After high school graduation, Remy decided she’d go on a trip to look for some answers about her heritage. Not certain if she’d be safe, Asher followed her but soon got into trouble when he was being caught and tortured by some Protectors. Could Remy find a way to bargain with the Protectors without getting herself killed?
I adored Remy. She had a big heart and she wasn’t the type to back down without a fight! I honestly thought she and Asher would have some sweet, intimate moments while they were on the trip and when a sweet rendezvous turned deadly, my heart sank and I wondered why life was so unfair to this couple. Remy totally deserved a break from pain and torture (in my opinion) but treacherous things just kept happening! It’s heart-wrenching to see her being hurt and betrayed time after time, and when I saw her hung onto hope and chose to never give up on those whom she considered her family, I cried and questioned why people could be so heartless, vilifying and manipulative. It made me wonder what might have happened to these people in the past to make them feel it’s okay to abuse Remy’s trust with their ulterior motive, craftiness and double-dealing.
It’s unnerving to find callousness and spitefulness among those who lived in the Healers’ community. And it saddened me that people would keep ignoring unfairness and corruption when they could probably come up with better alternatives if they chose to take a stand against injustice. It also irked me to see how lies and half-truths were being circulated among members in the Healer’s community. Maybe the Protectors were cruel but from what I learned in this installment, it seemed to me that those in power in the Healers’ community were just as bad (if not worse).
What warmed my heart was the friendship developed between Erin and Remy in this story. Erin was a teenage healer but unlike others in the community, she did what she could to help and warn Remy. I liked Erin and I prayed that she would be safe and not be harmed by those sick and immoral people in the community.
I thought book one was exhilarating (see my review here) but everything in this installment seemed to take a notch up and move things forward at an even faster pace. While I was reading, I felt as though I were on a wild roller-coaster ride of action, danger and emotions! And the ending? It took such a rowdy turn that I sat, eyes wide, blinking with disbelief when there were no more pages left for me to turn in the book!
This installment was so incredibly good that I couldn’t believe I had waited three month after it’s published to read it.
And I can’t wait to get my hands on book three when it comes out in May 2014.
Excerpt from Pushed
By Corrine Jackson
“Asher, lower your guard.”
“No, you’re right. That was a reckless idea. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking.”
“You weren’t thinking. You were feeling,” I said, moving closer to him. Trust me. Lower your guard, I repeated in my thoughts. And close your eyes.
He did as I asked.
“Promise me you’ll stand still,” I whispered.
He nodded after a slight hesitation. His heartbeat spiked when I laid a palm on his chest. His skin radiated heat, and I wanted to curl into it, but I took a deep breath. One of us had to be in control, so I raised my mental walls, knowing that when I felt this much, Asher could see through them. I opened my mind and let my imagination go, as I closed my eyes, too.
I pictured myself touching him the way I wished I could without fear of repercussions. I pushed the coat off of his shoulders, letting it fall to the ground. My jacket and his T-shirt followed, leaving miles of skin and muscle for me to explore. I inhaled the scent of the woods mixed with that of Asher. In my mind, I placed one of his hands on my shoulder, bare except for the thin strap of a tank top. Then, mimicking what he’d done to me earlier, I trailed my fingers down his forearm, into the crook of his elbow, up his arm, and very lightly down his side.
Asher’s real-life chest moved under my hand, as he sucked in a deep breath and I smiled. And then the mental version of me grazed her lips across Asher’s cheek to his mouth, sharing a breath with him. The kiss the imaginary me laid on him could have burned down the forest.
“Remy,” Asher said.
He sounded tortured, and I let the images fade from my mind, worried he hadn’t liked what I’d pictured. Back in the reality of the forest, we opened our eyes.
My hand still rested against the thump, thump, thump of his heart.
“You’re not the only one who’s frustrated,” I said.
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