Published: July 13th, 2011
Publisher: self-published via Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Read from April 11th to May 24th, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.Review:
Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe.
But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?
This is going to be a difficult review to write because I'm not really sure what I want to say. I really enjoyed Crushed. The story was incredibly entertaining, and I never wanted to stop reading. But I had one major problem that started bothering me towards the end of the book. Just a warning: the nexy paragraph has spoilers about the end of the book, so don't read on if you don't want to know...
At the beginning of the book Kristen isn't able to crush Zach because he's also a witch and therefore can't be crushed, but later on Morgan is able to successfully crush Brittany even though Brittany is also a witch. This shouldn't have been possible unless there was some loophole that I missed, and it kept bothering me from the time that we learn that Brittany was crushed.
Even though that kind of bothered me, it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. I really enjoyed Crushed, and hopefully I'll get around to reading Witch Hunt, the next in the series, at some point. Crushed had a great plot and was unlike anything I'd ever read before.