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Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles, #1)
     

Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles, #1)

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by Julia Crane
 

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Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends—she's an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.  
 
In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen.  Against tradition, Keegan's brother Thaddeus told her Rourk'

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Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends—she's an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.  
 
In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen.  Against tradition, Keegan's brother Thaddeus told her Rourk's name because his visions warned him she'd need Rourk's protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.
 
Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan's side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.
 
An ancient prophecy deeply entwines Keegan's family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle...without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?

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BN ID:
2940046313215
Publisher:
Valknut Press
Publication date:
10/24/2012
Series:
Keegan's Chronicles , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
36,561
File size:
358 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

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Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Alaiel_Kreuz More than 1 year ago
My time with this book was fluent, since is not too long I only needed a couple of hours to finish it and right now I'm not sure of how I feel. But let me explain. Yes, the book was super good. Julia's writing is very smooth and she pictures the mind of a teenager really well, specially an elf teenager. But in fact all that Keegan wants is to be normal and to enjoy her live before she meets her chosen one. When that happens she knows everything is going to be perfect with him but until then, why not enjoy her life? But as normal as she wants to be she doesn't know that her friends are nothing but normal themselves... Nevertheless, there's a war coming and her family plays a very important role: Her father, Richard, is the one that will guide the elves of light to battle. Her mother is a healer and her little brother, Thaddeus, is a seer, but not a normal seer: he is the one that will stop the war between light elves and dark elves. But he is only twelve and although he's strong and very mature for his age he is still not sure of how is he going to stop everything... And what is worst, in a vision he saw his own sister dead during the war... So he decides to tell her the name of her chosen one so she will think of him if she is in danger. Rourk, her chosen, oblivious to all this is draged to her every time she thinks of him. The poor guy doesn't stand a chance, we girls if we are in love are used to think of our love every spare moment we have, right? So it doesn't matter if he is busy doing something, he needs to go and look for her. The characters are really cool. Keegan is beautiful but still a nice and sweet girl. Rourk is the type of guy that I would love to have for myself, confident, strong, protective and caring... sigh... Yes, sorry, I need to focus. And then we have Thaddeus, a kid that plays Xbox and tries to stay away from other people because of the visions he has when looking at others, sometimes I felt really sorry for him, it must be very difficult to know bad things are going to happen in your own family and not be able to tell them... And I can forget the love triangle that is not really clear until the end of the book between Keegan, Rourk and Donald, one of Keegan's friend. I really would love to see what happens in the next book. I don't mind Donald but I will be cheering for Rourk!
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
Keegan is sixteen and is trying to keep a big secret from her friends....she is an elf and is descended from a long line of elves that live secretly among humans. In elfin society mates are predetermined, however they are not allowed to meet until the are eighteen. against this tradition Keegan's brother Thaddeus has told her the name of her future mate. Thaddeus has visions and sees that Keegan will need the protection of Rourk her mate in the forthcoming war between the dark and the light elves. Rourk is drawn to Keegan's side every time she is in need of protection, but he tries to stay in the background unseen. However a twist of fate pusshes them both together and Rourk is forced out into making his presence known to protect Keegan. An ancient prophecy entwines around Keegan's family and the future of society. Can they thwart fate and win the war without losing Keegan? With a war and dark forces looming can Keegan and Rourk have the life together that they both wish for? First of all I have to say I read the book in two sessions at night before I went to sleep. I found it quite a nice, relaxing read, that I could sit back and enjoy. Observing the happy family life Keegan had. Of course I was more on the edge of my seat for the Great Battle. There were some really good twists in there too, you found out certain people were also paranormal and you would not have guessed it.....well perhaps with one character. There is also a hidden moral in there too, that we all have to coexist, so why not try to get on. It is cleverly delivered and not in a preaching kind of way. The book is more aimed to the YA/Teen market but as you will see from my profile information I am certainly no teen but I still really enjoyed this book. it really flowed, not sure how else to describe it other than to say it was written in a way that led you through the story, it wasn't taxing in any way. Yes you get attached to the characters too, you feel Keegan's need to see Rourk. You feel the frustration of Rourk watching Keegan from distance and his jealousy when she talks to boys at school. The description of the places they see is so detailed and well done you can almost see them yourself.I think the title is perfect for the book as is the cover. I won't explain why the title is perfect as it would mean giving away the plot. Am looking forward to reading more of the series
CraigInTwinCities More than 1 year ago
Coexist, the first novel in a planned series, and an outright first novel ever by Julia Crane, is a paranormal romance with an Irish flair. The main characters Coexist is concerned with are Keegan, a sixteen-year-old elf, and her intended mate, Rourk, who's a bit older than her. Emphasizing romance, Julia Crane's elves are more human-like than one might expect, appearing normal enough to blend in with human society. Sure, they are shorter than other humans, but they don't have a green skin-tone or twelve-inch-tall pointed ears or anything like that. Crane's conceit is that elves are unusually attractive, which makes great fodder for a romance novel, of course. And also, Crane's elves share a trait in common with some old-world cultures: their mates are pre-selected for them, almost from birth, and are guaranteed to invoke in each other the proper amount of love and romantic chemistry. But they aren't allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Different elves handle this sense of destiny in slightly different ways. Keegan has decided to use her youth to date a few human boys, though never seriously, just for fun and as a way to kill time waiting to meet her intended mate. Rourk, on the other hand, has done no such dating, preferring to focus himself entirely on waiting for his intended mate. Given that he is a warrior, he uses a fair amount of his "spare energy" in combat training. An interesting supporting character is Thaddeus, Keegan's young brother, who despite being very, very young, is the most gifted elven seer of the current elven generation. And there's a need for him because... a great battle is coming between the light elves and the dark elves. And it's coming sooner than anyone can imagine. Tossing complications into the mix are a couple interesting twists: first, for reasons that are murky, Thaddeus has told Keegan the name of her intended. This complicates the natural flow of elven mating because whenever an elf thinks of the name of his or her intended, the other notices... to the point that they can track them down if it seems they are in danger. And like any teenage elven girl with the opportunity, she turns over the name of her intended, Rourk, in her mind quite often, a disconcerting situation for him. The other complication is that Thaddeus has had a vision of the coming war, and it's set to happen on Keegan's birthday ... and to end with her death. Interested yet? I know I was. Rising above the average level of most entries in the paranormal romance series genre, Crane's novel stands out because, although part of a series, the tale she weaves has a clear and satisfying sense of a complete tale; it has a beginning, an intriguing middle, and a clear sense of resolution to the current circumstances. While the novel leaves room for new adventures to take place, there's a clear sense that something big happened, there was a cost to it, and the status quo has been affected, by the end of the novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was at my cousin's house for a party and she recommended this book. I didn't really care what the book was about because I knew even if it was awful, it was only $0.99. Best bargain deal ever! I loved the book especially since there was a lot of action and not a lot of waiting time. I finished it in just around two hours and was stunned. I can't believe I hadn't heard of it before. I loved all the characters especially Keegan, Lauren, Anna and Donald because they remind me of my friends. I will waste no time buying the sequel for only $2.99 after writing this review. I highly recommend this fast-paced, exciting short novel.
BookwormDH More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested so I didn't want to put it down. it has a couple things I didn't see coming. Great book will read again. As soon as I finished this book I had to buy the 2nd book in the series to read on.
bonnie_lamer_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Keegan is a typical sixteen year old girl who loves to shop, hang out with friends, and date the cute boys from school. She also happens to be an elf. Keeping her true identity a secret, she enjoys life to the fullest and waits in happy anticipation for the day that she'll meet the one chosen to be her mate. Rourk is a warrior through and through. His mind is focused and he knows his importance in elfin society. But every time Keegan thinks his name, he is irresistibly drawn to her. Keeping his identity from her for the next year and a half is going to be slow torture. With the ultimate battle between light and dark fast approaching, each must face what fate has in store for them. Coexist by Julia Crane is a fresh take on the YA paranormal genre. Her vision for elf society, as well as other supernatural beings, is unique and charming. Coexist is a fun, quick read that leaves the reader wanting more. Something that I felt the novel needed, though, was more dialogue. The conversations between characters tended to be a little choppy, with only a few lines in each section. The novel sometimes has the feel of a story being told instead of a story developing through character interaction and detail. It gives the reader a somewhat superficial feel for the characters, especially supporting characters that have important roles in the end. The story line is excellent and the characters are more than likeable, but I would have liked to have seen more development of their personalities through conversation and detailed interaction. This would have given the intriguing twist at the end even more impact. That being said, Julia Crane is an excellent writer and I thoroughly enjoyed my escape into her magical world of elves. I give the book four stars. (I received a review copy from the author.)
TaliaJager More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the cover! It's the first thing that drew me in. I knew I wanted to read this book just by looking at the cover. Then the words took over, making me want to read more. I got sucked into this book quickly. I enjoyed the characters, the storyline, and the writing. It was a creative story and I found myself rooting for the main characters. It had romance and friendship along with magic and adventure. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were some good parts but it kinda went by really fast it felt blunt and heartless like the writer was just putting words on paper not really any feelings. The war was a complete let down and the ending sucked for the main characters. I feel like I've read this story a bunch of times already. I won't bother to finish reading the rest in the series I think I know how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tammyd123 More than 1 year ago
Exciting Imagine you have a good life wonderful friends and a special family filled with love and magic you've know your whole life who you are and that your love would be chosen for you and that a battle would be fought one day to either save or end your world but when every thing happens noting is what it seems a twist of fate changes everything and now how will your life play out I was caught off guard and am certain to read on to find out what will be .loved this story and will continue on reading the books that follow you should join in the adventure
HollyJenae More than 1 year ago
I am not a quitter but I could not get through this book. It was such a frustrating story line where her parents are controlling her life with no good reasoning behind their decisions.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This review is actually quite hard to do because there is lots about this story that I really enjoyed but somehow it just didn't hit the mark for me. I love a romance so the idea of having a chosen that you meet at age 18 sounds good to me. Rourk sounds like a GREAT chosen, protective, caring, not too bad on the eyes etc. Keegan on the other hand, I don't know. I just never really felt her apart from getting annoyed with how spoiled she was and how blind she appeared to be regarding everyone else. The storyline goes in sporadic bursts with pages given over to shopping and catching up with friends on FaceBook (!) but the Great Battle only feels like it gets half a dozen, if that. Although this story is told as the third person, as a reader you are kept in the dark too. Keegan is blind to her friends abilities so therefore you are. It is only at the end that you find out what they are. And others appear to have abilities thrust upon them - Donald is a shape shifter than suddenly seems to be able to read minds when there has been no mention of it beforehand. I enjoyed this book. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
linnies3 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I can't wait to her the second book in this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see what happens in book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brown eyes blond hair tan skin. 14years of age. Not much to say about myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name-poladia Gender- femaleia Pokemon-absolia Ok enough with ia Freinds- :( Description-almost always weres an army jacket, black hair, quiver of arrows across her back, bow almost always slung over her shoulder unless its nocked and pointed at your face. Backstory- stole the helan of troys dagger: katropis, in a freak time-travaling incedent with a De-Loran. Wepon of choice: bow. If could have a greek imortal good as a parant, would have: any! It wouldent matter becouse she would have just joined the hunters of artimes. Theamsong: street fighters remix. Favorite saying: " you kidding me? And let you have all da fun!" Favorite color: black Hidden secret: &#12485 All done! Oh wait, age: ?????
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awh i wanted to be your crush.. and ill keep trying ;) -Anonymous. [You will never guess which one i am]
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Canada. Gender: male. Looks: Black hair, blue eyes, white skin, wears a t-shirt and shorts. Likes: America, England, syrup, canadian bacon. Disikes: When people make fun of his accent, Canadian jokes, and Polar bears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From TMNT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Type: Fighting-Steel <p> Height: 3' 11'' <p> Weight: 119.0 ibs. <p> Region: Sinnoh <p> Im from pokemon. And if yall dont know what that is screw you. Lucario is able to rea thoughts by sensing the auras around others. It can also understand human speech.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kaneki Ken is the 18 year old protagonist from the manga/anime Tokyo Ghoul. <p> Ghouls are feared creatures, resembling humans, that roam the streets of Japan. They hunt humans for food, since they are the only thing that ghouls are able to consume--the exceptions being water and coffee. In addition, they are exponentially stronger than humans. When hunting or fighting, their eyes turn completely black, the only color being the bloodred of their irises and the veins around them. They have special organs known as kagune, made up of RC cells that they can manipulate at will. Kagune originate from the ghouls' backs, and serve as their weapons. They can take forms specific to each ghoul, such as a pair of wings or a set of tentacles. <p> Kaneki is an artificial half-ghoul. He became like this by having a ghoul's organs surgically transplanted into his human body--although, being nearly dead at the time, having no say in the doctors' desicion to do such. Since half-ghouls are much stronger than normal ghouls, Kaneki possesses more strength than his comrades, although having a strong dislike for battle. <p> Kaneki is overall scrawny in appearance, with gray eyes, fair skin and medium-length black hair. He usually wears casual clothes, ranging from worn hoodies to sweaters. When working at Anteiku, the little coffee shop providing food to ghouls, he sports black trousers, a gray waistcoat over a white dress shirt, and a brown necktie. He always has a medical eyepatch over his left eye, since that is his ghoul eye, and he fears being discovered. While battling or out with other ghouls, though, he wears a black mask resembling a leather gimp mask. The mask has an eyepatch over his right eye. The leather over his mouth depicts a set of gnashed teeth, closed with a small silver zipper. The leather at his neck has two silver bolts, giving it a subtly Frankenstein-ish appearance. <p> Kaneki's kagune takes the form of bloodred, claw-like tentacles. They were inherited from Kamishiro Rize, who was the ghoul that died and had her organs transplanted to Kaneki. He can form up to eight of these, while Rize could only produce about four. When fighting, Kaneki also often takes on the insane, bloodthirsty persona of Rize. He often hallucinates her as well. <p> Kaneki is a shy and gentle bookworm. He is mostly optimistic, but tends to blame himself for whatever bad things that happen to his friends. He despises being alone in the world, so he protects the ones close to him so he doesn't lose them, as he did with his mother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From hetalia. I also have rights over all of homestuck until another hus<_>sian comes along.