Running on Empty

Running on Empty
Author: Colette Ballard
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Summary from Goodreads: What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?
You’re the killer.
River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: I loved this book. It starts out pretty intense and it’s a mix of a little action, suspense and romance.

I liked River right from the start, I think that any young woman who has had a bad boyfriend (or had a friend with a bad boyfriend) can relate and understand River’s unintelligent decisions with Logan. She was a bit inconsistent at times, but I was willing to overlook that since she is 17 and going through an emotional roller coaster. River has three amazing friends! I loved them and think that everyone deserves such wonderful people in their lives.

The plot was entertaining and moved at a quick pace. It got pretty intense and before I knew it, it was 1am and I had to force myself to put the book down. While I was on the edge of my seat, I also felt like things were a bit too lucky (again, easy to overlook and just enjoy the story).

The romance was sweet, it was never perfect which is why I liked it.

The writing was fabulous! I went through so many emotions with the characters that I truly felt connected to them.

I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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