Friday, April 23, 2010

Review! Running Scared by Shannon K. Butcher

Running Scared 
(The Sentinel Wars, book 3)
Shannon K. Butcher
May 4, 2010
ISBN-10: 0451412907
ISBN-13: 978-0451412904

They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now one Sentinel's survival determines the fate of them all.
Lexi Johns has one purpose: to free her best friend from the hands of the Sentinels. And Zach, the Sentinel she has been running from for months, has one goal: to convince her that their destinies are entwined. For the magic that Zach has absorbed could destroy him if he doesn't find the woman who can channel it for him. And he knows Lexi is the one.
From an early age, Lexi has been taught to fear the Sentinels. And now she is an agent of a group out to destroy them. So when Zach finds her, it is Lexi's chance to strike at the heart of the Sentinels. But, as Lexi sees Zach's courage, selflessness, and honor, she begins to doubt her beliefs -- and is faced with an unbearable choice.
Lexi has been running from the Sentinels all her life and when she's marked by Zach, one of them, she immediately goes on the run. But now, she has a plan. She's done running and she wants to rescue her friend, Helen, from those bloodthirsty monsters. To do that, she has to let herself be caught by Zach, the one Sentinel that terrifies her the most because she's being attracted to him ever since they first saw each other months ago. However, her plan is to not only rescue Helen but hurt those guys where it matters by planting a bunch of explosives in their compound and blowing the place to kingdom come.

Yet when Zach finally finds her and takes her back to the heart of the Sentinel world, she slowly founds out that Zach is not the monster out for blood she thought he was but a courageous, honorable being that wants to take care of her. Her decades-old beliefs battle with her new-found knowledge and as both their attraction to each other deepens, Lexi better make a decision fast before it's too late and people start dying. 

Running Scared is the third installment of the Sentinel Wars and a really great one at that! We first meet Lexi and Zach in Burning Alive, the first book, and since then, she has been running from him. The one thing that truly annoyed me about Lexi was how damn negative and pigheaded she was. No matter what Zach did to make her understand that he would never hurt her and that he wants to be with her, she's still treats him as a monster and she just can't let go of the beliefs her mother taught her. I can understand having a hard time when all you've even known for years turns out to not be completely true but she just took it too far and it got old real fast. 

Zach was an awesome character. He is so patient with Lexi and he practically bends over backwards trying to change her mind about the Sentinels and make her see the truth. While Lexi was being really pigheaded about trusting Zach, she definitely didn't have issues making out with him though! Their chemistry was sizzling and it made for some really hot scenes. No matter that Zach and Lexi were the main characters, Madoc and Nika completely stole the story for me. I am waiting patiently for their story but it's killing me! I'm happy to report though that the next book in this series is called Living Nightmare and it's their story! 

I really enjoyed reading Running Scared, even though Lexi annoyed me to no end at times, the plot and the other characters - especially Madoc and Nika! - kept me reading and I cannot wait for the next book in this really fun series.  

Lush Rating: 3.5!


Smokinhotbooks said...

The book we've all been waiting for in this series. Oh. Em. Gee.

So is this your favorite out of this series?

Wendy said...

K.C - So far! Until I get my greedy paws on Madoc's book, heh. I can't waaaait.

Sparklybearsy said...

Oh wowza, i didnt realise this was out soon! EXCITED!!

Martha Lawson said...

I love these books! I can't wait for this one to come out!!

He can Chapter-32 me anytime!

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