Monday, May 17, 2010

Guest Review - - Running Scared

Running Scared
The Sentinel Wars - Book #3
Shannon K. Butcher
Publisher: Onyx
Release Date: May 4, 2010

Lexi Johns is waiting. Waiting to be taken by the very beings from whom she has spent a lifetime running. The tingling of awareness grows more intensely every day, and the mark the Sentinel warrior Zach left on her skin burns as he closes in. Every instinct in her screams for her to run, but she has no choice but to stay and let him take her.

As far as Lexi is concerned, the survival of the human race depends on her being captured by the Sentinels. If she manages to infiltrate and destroy their stronghold, Lexi will succeed in freeing her brainwashed friends, avenging her mother, and finally being able to live out her life in some semblance of peace. Luckily, she has the assistance of her mother’s friend, Hector Morrow and his radical group, the Defenders of Humanity, who are hell-bent on the total destruction of the Sentinels and their monstrous pets, the Synestryn.

Zach has to find Lexi if it is the last thing he does, and it will be if she slips through his fingers again. She is his match. The only female who can channel the power building in him and prevent the destruction of his soul. Catching her proves to be the easy part. The hard part is convincing her that everything she believes about him and his race is untrue. The Sentinels are actually one of the three races responsible for protecting humans from the evil Synestryn. Unfortunately, they are fighting a losing battle. The Theronai, warriors of the Sentinel race, numbers are dwindling and their defenses are being torn down faster than they can rebuild. Their whole race needs Lexi and the magic she could wield with Zach’s power.

Once sequestered in the secret Sentinel base, Lexi’s whole world begins to unravel. Everything she was taught about the Sentinels is contradicted, and Lexi finds that she is faced with the most important decision of her life. Does she continue down the path she has always led, or does she surrender herself to the unquestionable connection with Zach and the unwavering love and trust he is offering her.

Running Scared is fast-paced, action-packed, and a wonderful third installment for Shannon K. Butcher’s The Sentinel Wars series. The world that she has created is refreshing, creative, and completely captivated me with its originality. Her imagery is fantastic, and her characters are rich, dynamic and deliciously flawed. Running Scared, as well as Burning Alive (Book 1) and Finding the Lost (Book 2), were books I couldn’t put down. I highly recommend them to anyone who loves paranormal, urban fantasy, or just a fabulously written book. The only thing that would have made it perfect for me was if a glossary was included. It took me a while to remember what everything was!



  1. Sounds like a terrific book, Jenn! I haven't read the first two books in this series. Would you recommend reading them first before I start Running Scared?

  2. Jenn - I have this book on my TBR pile and have been wanting to read it. I guess it's just moved up!

  3. Hi Marisa! You're up bright and early this Monday morning! :)

  4. I hadn't read the first two book either (but quickly ran out and bought them after reading Running Scared!), but I didn't feel like reading Running Scared first ruined the other two. That being said, I would recommend they be read in order, just because it always helps in understanding the overall plot of the series and the characters who appear throughout all of the books.

    Marisa - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  5. Jenn- great review.
    I have read the first two books in this series and now can not wait to get my hands on the this one!

  6. Jenn, looks like I have more books to add to my out-of-control TBB list. *g*

    Great review!

  7. Great review, Jenn! This sounds like a very exciting series. Thanks!

  8. Hi Jenn -

    Great review and now you've given me a series I can sink my teeth into.

    I love it when I discover a new series with a back list.

  9. Thanks for reading my review everyone!


    The premise and plot of the series was so refreshing for me. What originally drew me in was a synopsis I read of the series which mentioned vampires. Usually that's all it takes for me :P I was pleasantly surprised that it was so much more than just your average paranormal. It really is such a fabulously creative concept.

  10. This review explained the series better than any I have read yet. Sounds like this book is certainly worth the read as the rest of the series probably are.

  11. Hey, Jenn! Great guest review!!! Sorry I'm late posting.

    This sure sounds like a fast-paced book. It must have been really good for you to get the first two in the series after reading it. :-)