Crushed

Rated 4.00/5 based on 9 reviews
The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.

Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. This year something goes wrong when Kristen picks the school's bad boy to enchant. Now her heart is in danger as well as her life. Zach Bevian is hiding something, a secret that could kill them both. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466167964
About Kasi Blake

As a child, books were my constant companion. I've always loved to read, but I didn't start writing until I was twelve. I've had two books published with Harlequin under the name Kasi Blake, but YA books are my favorites. I never outgrew them.

I teach kindergarten thru 2nd grade at a private school, and I reside in Missouri with my two cats, Blanca and Gracie Bear.

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Reviews

Review by: Vicki Smallwood on April 06, 2012 :
I had a hard time with Crushed. You know those made-for-TV movies that start out with a nasty girl as the main character, but after she's dared into spending time with this one guy she stops being nasty and becomes a better person? Well, this was kinda like that.

Right off the bat, we're given a character who has willingly enslaved at least three boys. Not because she really needed him to do anything, but because she and her sisters wanted to see which one of them could do it best. And I'm supposed to feel badly for her because...? Well, she's a Straight-A Student, and she's never had a date, and...she's not near as bad as Brittany. I'm sorry, but the whole *enslaving her peers for fun* thing hasn't been balanced out yet. Not even close.

Overall, I was disappointed with Crushed. I thought the story concept was interesting, the mystery surrounding the villain was engaging, but the main characters and writing left me wanting to get it over with. Sex, language, and violence are negligible, so I'd say it's appropriate for the middle-school crowd as well as high-schoolers. While Crushed and I had our differences, I think it could make an enjoyable read for those who like YA Paranormal-Romance, but are tired of the vampires and werewolves ruling the scene.

[Read my full review at The Wolf's Den (http://the-wolfs-den-147.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-is-it-like-to-be-crushed.html)]
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Enora Dunham on Jan. 04, 2012 :
Wow. This book was amazing. I was kept guessing until the end.

I very much enjoyed the characters. I very much liked the switching point of views from the main character, Kristen Noah, to her boyfriend, Zach Bevian. The role Kristen's sisters played was appropriate and excellent for the book. One sister in particular, Brittany, was written in such a way that her personality alone would keep you guessing at whether or not she would end up being the bad guy. And, of course, there's another person that could be equally as guilty and showed plenty of signs that they might also be the perpetrator.

The game the Noah sisters play is one that when played could be funny and entertaining but that could also easily go wrong, which I think is a nice mixture to all of the elements of the book.

It was fun to watch Kristen and Zach grow closer as they inevitably do. They both fight their feelings for each other but it's obvious in the end that they won't win and will eventually cave in to them.

There were a few typos but the story was so engaging that I pratically glanced over them. K. C. Blake is an amazing author! What excellent talent and skill. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Witch-Games series and am eager to see how exactly she will continue it. There are so many different things she can do with this type of idea.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Blackport on Nov. 11, 2011 :
*Contains a MINOR spoiler about Zach*

I don't normally like this sort of book, but the author was kind enough to give me a free copy and I thought I'd review it.

I guess I'll call the book a "paranormal romance" --- please forgive me if I'm wrong, I'm not a big fan of the limits of the genre and am therefore unfamiliar with its limits --- but you get the idea. It centers on three sisters in high school who have magical powers, and the games they play with those powers. Incidentally, I like the seamless way the author handled the girls' methods of "damage control" --- how to prevent their powers from being discovered, or getting out of hand. I genuinely believed that these girls, despite their youthful impulsiveness, could genuinely get away with what they were doing.

If you like stories that lead you by the hand at a leisurely pace, this is not for you. But for someone like me, it worked wonders for my antipathy to the subject matter. As the girls flit through school about their business, I felt like I was there too. Specifically, I felt like a fifteen-year-old who had just arrived at a brand-new high school, being whisked around from place to place by teachers and classmates --- some of them friendly, others not so friendly --- and having no idea who I'd end up liking, who I could trust, or what I should do. There wasn't any ticking-clock, gun-to-your-head kind of suspense, it was more of a oh-no-something's-about-to-go-wrong kind of suspense.

I wasn't exactly impressed with Zach being a supposed "bad boy" --- his protective attitude toward his sister gave away the show pretty early that he wasn't "bad", and all in all he struck me as kind of wimpy --- but it didn't matter! I saw why he did things, what he was afraid of, and why girls found him charming. Given the heavy-handed parenting strategy of the girls' father, I think their standard of what constitutes a "bad boy" would include Zach. The reactions between Kristen and Zach may be reactions I would scorn in real life --- but they felt real to me as they happened.

In short, this author has taken aspects of plot and character that I usually find irritating --- and somehow managed to turn them into strengths. I think she did this primarily through her mastery of pace.

If you like this genre, and you like the story's premise, and you want it fast-paced, I think you'll like this.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Rodriguez on Oct. 10, 2011 :
'Crushed’ is a fast read that has an original premise based on a game played by three teenage witches.

Is an interesting take in the world of witches and wizards. There are no wands, but instead there use their power and spells.

The characters were well developed, even if they seem to come across as very volatile and immature at the beginning. Kristen is a complex character that undergoes an incredible transformation, at the beginning she acts the way Zach assume she is: the typical spoiled, popular, overachiever; but he soon discovers that you cannot judge a book by its cover (don’t we know that!) The Noah sisters are triplets, but opposite in every way. Kristen is the responsible one, Brittany is the explosive one, and Cindy is the peacemaker that mediates between her sisters. I was a little taken aback by the dynamics between the sisters (that’s all I’m saying since I don’t want to give anything away.) It was also weird that the over-controlling (and often absent) father left three teenagers unsupervised. I loved Zach, although I don’t know if I could be as forgiving as he was. I also liked Grandma Noah quite a bit.

The plot was good, if a little predictable. The scenes with Zach and Kristen were enlightening and very sweet. Ms. Blake’s writing was easy to read and light. I found it a little weird and unbending they way that witches (or wizards) lost their power, it didn’t make sense to me.
Overall ‘Crushed’ is a quick and interesting read and I am looking forward to get to know the Noah sisters a little better. Thank you to Ms. Blake for providing me with a copy of ‘Crushed’ for my review.

About the cover: The cover shows Kristen (blond, red lips) wearing a witches’ hat. I like the cover, although I don’t care for the block font. The small print under the author’s name says: “Beware. Games can be Deadly”
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: The Reading Geek on Aug. 20, 2011 :
K.C. Blake's Crushed is about three sisters who are witches and play a magical game every year. The game is called Crushed and each girl chooses one boy and they blow a magical dust into their face. Once the boys are Crushed the girls will charm them and in return the boys will follow them around. However, this year Kristen chooses bad boy Zach and he isn't acting like the other Crushed boys at all.

I really enjoyed Crushed and finished it only a few hours. Blake's writing is addictive and I love how the story switches between Kristen's perspective as well as Zach's. Each character is well developed and Kristen is an excellent protagonist who is tough and brave. Kristen grows a great deal as the plot progresses and learns that everything in her life doesn't need to be perfect. Zach is the mysterious bad boy in the beginning and I enjoyed uncovering his secrets. I also liked Kristen's sisters, Brittany and Cyndi, and how different the sisters are from one another.

The plot moves at a steady pace and includes a great balance of drama, action, and romance. The Crushed game the girls play is creative and it helped that Blake explained the rules before the book began. My favorite part of the book was definitely the last couple of chapters because so much happens. Crushed is an exciting story filled with magic and I highly recommend it
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Ge Ge on Aug. 19, 2011 :
Witches. I’ve been eager to read novels about witches and wizards but I haven’t come across any witchcraft-related novels, until ‘Crushed’ came along. I initially expected a sinister and mysterious novel (because witches are evil, right?) but what I read was almost the complete opposite. It was like a typical high school romance novel but with an added paranormal twist – witches playing a game with their power. At first, I found this concept difficult to believe; I mean, witches attending high school and pretending to be normal just seemed strange to me, but I was able to adapt to this and ended up actually enjoying the book.

Crushed has a great premise; the Noah sisters play this game called Crushed where each person must ‘crush’ a guy (with magical dust) and the guy will have to comply with anything she asks of him. There were many scenes which involved the girls fighting with their power, but I had hoped these spells could’ve been described and explained more.

The characters weren’t overly impressive or anything as they didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. Zach, the male lead is supposed to be the ‘bad boy’ but apart from his tardiness and tendency to appear to not care about anything, there really wasn’t anything else that suggested a bad boy image. Kristen, smart, pretty and popular is the polar opposite of Zach; she’s perfect. I usually don’t quite like reading about popular girls, because really, what is there to say, apart from how everyone envies them? But Kristen was tolerable; I might not have liked her at times, but at least she wasn’t annoying and whiny. I did however, like how the Blake effectively captured a teen’s inner feelings of guilt, jealously and competitiveness.

There was a fair amount of teenage drama; girls stealing boyfriends, competing to be popular, you name it. I had no problems with the situations that arised, but most of the drama resolved too fast for my liking. It’s like, a major problem occurred and five minutes later, everything was fine again. Most of the dialogues were colloquial, which was fine since teens do talk like that these days, but I still felt there was an overuse of OMGes and FYIs.

I’ve realised many books use ‘love’ as the ultimate weapon to defeat the enemy. While love is definitely powerful, I feel like it’s being overused. Whenever a difficult problem arises, the only method to resolve it is to use the love one character feels for another, and the enemy will somehow lose. This has officially become a clichéd resolution to me. However, apart from that, I truly enjoyed certain scenes from the novel .
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ephrielle on Aug. 17, 2011 :
When offered the chance to review this book I was won over by the idea of what would happen if the game went wrong. I just had to read the book and find out.

Crushed the game was an interesting idea. I wished I had gotten to see more of the game play out. It wasn't necessary of course but my inner curiosity wanted more. What would it have been like to have a boy follow you around and do anything you say. When I was a teen that would have been a dream come true. Or would it? As the book played out I began to see that perhaps what you wish for isn't what you want. This was a quite light read and worth the time.

Now for the weaker parts of the book. The emotions were a bit too unstable. I realize that as humans this is a completely true process in our minds. Even so this seemed just a bit extreme. Passionate, angry, indifferent passed a bit too quickly. It made it hard to really stay in tune with the characters. There were also some rather weak explanations. The whole accusal things was just odd. It seemed too easy to lose your powers. Plus it make the Salem witch trials seem dumb. How could you be afraid of something all you and to do was identify in from of others. Look a werewolf, well not anymore. A Vampire, oh wait never mind. My bad now you are harmless. If only bad things could be dealt with similarly in real life.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica on Aug. 09, 2011 :
When I first started this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I felt like the Noah sisters were really immature and I thought they were in 7th or 8th grade but ended up being seniors in high school. So it took me a couple of chapters to actually like the characters, but once that happened I thought that this was a fun book to read. I thought it was cute how Kristen Crushed Zach on a dare and then ended up really falling for him, but magic made her doubt if everything was even real. The added new evil witch in town made the story suspenseful and wondering what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the magic of this book, but sometimes I felt like it was just the easy solution to some of their problems. Like something would go wrong, so they threw random magic that hadn't been mentioned yet at it and everything was fixed. Other than that part, the magic they used was cool and it was nice to see it being used in a way you know teenage girls couldn't help. Who wouldn't make guys follow them around like puppies if they had the power to? This may be a young adult book, but I'd say it was more geared to the younger YA audience. Crushed had a really cute take on magic and it was a fun story to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: IHeartYABooks on July 29, 2011 :
Crushed is the second book I’ve read by author K.C. Blake, and I’ve come to love her writing. She puts just the right amount or humor, drama, and action in, with a beautiful paranormal storyline and strong plot. Breathtaking romances. Yes, have to have romance. I enjoy and love each of her characters. She gives them so much personality and each one is clear in their own identity. They pull me right into the story. I also love the way K.C. writes from the guy and girl POV. This always makes for a deeper romance. K.C. Blake is an Awesome writer!

Crushed is a game that Kristen and her two sister's Brittany and Cyndi—who are witch's—play on the guys at Titan High. But this school year Kristen is tired of always being the good girl for her parents, teachers, and sisters. She decides to be a little dangerous for once and danger is what Kristen gets when she picks Zach—the gorgeous bad boy—to play the crush game on. Zach has few dark secrets of his own. Zach, the bad boy has a game for Kristen, the good girl, and so the game begins with these two, and believe me, it does. Kristen and Zach are terrific together, they had me rooting for them and the romance was swoon heaven. But like all games, they have to end, and for Kristen and Zach they now face the game of real life and their love will have to be strong enough to make the ultimate sacrifice for each other. Crushed is definitely a winner, I recommend Crushed as A must read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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