4/28/12

Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan (Review and giveaway!!)

5 Stars with a WOW!
ABOUT THE BOOK -
"You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and-oh yeah-the weird murder . . . you're definitely going to want to hear about that."

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it's only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.

But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here's the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies-prophecies of something terrible that's going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.

With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Andrew Klavan has been nominated for the Mystery Writer of America's Edgar award five times and won twice. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Don't Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas, True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Empire of Lies. He is currently writing a series of thrillers for young adults called The Homelanders. The first two novels in the series are The Last Thing I Remember and The Long Way Home. Klavan is a contributing editor to City Journal and his essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other places. His satiric video commentaries can be seen on PJTV.com. 
Also visit his website - HERE 

MY REVIEW -
This book was crazy good! One word comes to mind when describing this book - AMAZING! This story is nothing short of Amazing. 
I am a fan of Andrew Klavan's books - this is the 5th one I have read by him. I also loved the Movie "Don't Say a Word" which he wrote. In my opinion, Andrew Klavan is a mastermind comparable to Ted Dekker (and y'all know how I love him!).

This story starts out amazing on the first page. It was so intense I was hooked right from the beginning. It takes you on a rollercoster ride that never stops till the end of the book.

WHISPERS CAME AT HER OUT OF THE DARK.
Death.
We are death.
We are angels of death.
We will destroy them.
We will destroy them all.
The whispers came from every corner. They crawled up the sides of her bed, skittered over her blankets, over her skin. Like cockroaches. First one, then another, then a swarm of them, covering her.
We are angels of evil.
Angels of death.
We will teach them to be afraid.
Jennifer gasped and sat up quickly, staring into the shadows, searching the shadows of her room, her lifelong room, her girl-room, suddenly strange to her now in the dark. So many eyes staring back at her. Stuffed animals—friends all her childhood long—her teddy bear, her crocodile, her baby giraffe. Glass eyes, black glass eyes, staring back. The posters on the wall: her favorite singer, her favorite band. Paper eyes, flat eyes, staring. Her calendar. Disney princesses. Their bright smiles suddenly different, suddenly knowing and mocking and wicked. Eyes staring at her from the shadows.
And the whispers everywhere:
We are angels of evil, angels of death.
We pledge in blood to kill them all.
Who was it? Who was there? Her heart beat hard as she scanned the room, searching. No one. Just her computer, the dull screen, watching her out of the shadows. Her stereo. Stary-oh! Scary-oh! Circular speakers like eyes, staring.
Jennifer grabbed her pillow, held it in her arms for comfort, held it in front of her as if it could protect her.
But the whispers kept coming. They skittered up the wall. Roaches swarming darkly up the wall and over the ceiling where they could drop down on top of her and scramble over her skin, get tangled and crawly in her long brown hair.

There is excellent character development. 
First you have Sam, the PK (or Preacher's Kid), let's face it - he's a geek, a wimp, invisible to the rest of the school, but he does have guts! He does not like to be pushed around and will defend himself even if it means taking a beating.
Then there's Jennifer. I LOVED Jennifer! I would love to read another book just about her. She is a very disturbed and sick young lady with possible Schizophrenia. She is having bad visions and Sam is her Hero!
Well there has to be bad guys or "The Thugs" as Sam calls them, Jeff Winger, Ed P., and Harry Mac. You know the kind, will beat you up if you look at them wrong.
But there are a few twists! Of course. So there are a few other bad guys that you do not expect to be bad guys.

WARNING! You will have to schedule a whole day of reading because you will not be able to put this book down! I read most of this book in one sitting. I just could not stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen! It is intense, action filled, scary, and sad. I hate to sound like a broken record, but seriously - WOW! I don't remember the last time I felt such an adrenalin rush while reading. I think there was a point where my heart actually did stop for a few seconds. Then a few pages later there were tears running down my face. That is the kind of emotional rollercoster I am talking about. This is not a book I will soon forget.
Thank you "Book Sneeze"/Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending me this excellent book to read and review! 
 
 
THE GIVEAWAY -
Can you believe it? I am giving away my beautiful hard cover copy of this book!
To win this book - fill out the form below.
* Please US & Canada only.
And please only enter once -  (I go through and delete double entries).
* Winner will be chosen on May 9th.
* Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond.
 

4 comments:

  1. Would LOVE to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  2. sounds like a great read! I live in Australia so I won't be eligible for the giveaway. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love hearing your feedback on my posts :)

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  3. On my wish list for sure.
    Thanks for the review, wants me to run out and buy one.

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  4. Oops... I just entered again - sorry about that. :(

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