Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles #1 [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013586710
  • Publisher: Valknut Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2011
  • Series: Keegan's Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 107,508
  • File size: 286 KB

Meet the Author

Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she's spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.
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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    Great debut novel!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    More than just a teen romance

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Many strengths, a couple annoying weaknesses

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Exceeded My Expectations

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    A great debut novel!

    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.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Awesome Book!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    While the premise of the story is good, the conversations betwee

    While the premise of the story is good, the conversations between characters are stilted and simplistic. There were many errors in writing, which detracted from the story. Interesting characters, but they lack depth.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Overall Mediocre

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    Quite enjoyed

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Formal writing distracts from a good story

    I found the writing to be so formal and overly descriptive it took away from the overall good story. People just don't talk the way this was written. And the descriptions of each detail made the story choppy. Then nothing really happens.
    It was ok overall, but could have been great!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Plot is terrible! Romance too fast.

    This was a terrible book. It jumps around way too much. The plot's terrible! Once you finally understand what is going on with one person, it is suddenly all about another person and their issues. Also the romance between Keegan and Rourk is way too fast. The first thing he does when they meet is kiss her and suddenly they are in love within the first 5 minutes of when they meet! It didn't explain their love for each other at all. All in all a horrible book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Recommended

    Enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Awesome series

    Nicely done. Full of adventure, magic and love. This was my favorite of all 4 books so far! Hope there will be a 5th.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    PERFECTLY PERFECT !!!

    Richard looked over at Rourk. "You better get used to this son. It takes two or three times longer to get anywhere with her when she has a camera in her hand." Looking amused, Rourk said, "I would wait forever for her."

    Coexist.I have been sitting here for hours just wondering what on earth I am going to write for this review..well here goes nothing..

    Keegan looks like a normal teenage girl, a very beautiful girl, but still normal..what her friends don't know though..is she's an elf..lets get this cleared up right now..she does NOT work for Santa and she is NOT a midget. Elves are different then everyone thinks, they look like normal people, yes it's true they never get very tall, they have slightly pointed ears, but besides that she is a normal looking teenager with powers..and secrets.

    In Elfin society you are picked who you will marry the day you are born, but you can't meet them till your 18. This little rule is driving Keegan crazy, her brother Thaddeus has told her her future husbands name, Rourk. All she can do lately is think about him..and Rourk knows it..for everytime she thinks of him it calls him to her..maybe this rule is meant to be broken..with an elf war between light and dark coming soon..and Thaddeus Keegans brother having vision of her death..will Rourk and Keegan get to spend the life they want together? Or will something much darker tear them apart.

    When I saw this book pop up on my update feed on goodreads, I bought it on my android phone right then, and wow am I ever so happy that I did. This book had me on the edge of my seat and chewing my nails with excitement and anxious-ness I just needed to know what was gonna happen next! With that I read it in one sitting, there was no way I wasn't gonna finish it that night. You could have came in my room and been like " HALEY ROBERT PATTINSON IS DOWN STAIRS, HE WANTS TO MARRY YOU!" and I would have told him it is gonna have to wait till I finish Coexist.ya this book was that good.

    This book has a huge handful of characters I enjoyed, first there is Keegan, she is a normal teenager, super nice, likes boys, likes shopping and she just seemed so likable. I would deff wanna be friends with her if she went to my school..Rourke..is sooooo swoon worthy, I could not stop myself from drooling over him, he was just so protective and truly cared about Keegan..and ya I totally am crushing on him. Donald I also liked..there wasn't a ton of info about him..but I have a feeling in the next book he will be very involved (;..and then there was Thaddius..I couldn't help but find myself feeling sorry for him..he sees all these visions of his loved ones dying..and can't even tell them to worn them..it totally broke my heart. Out of all the characters though..Rourke deff has won my heart and is my favorite. (:

    If you pick up this book, Im sure it will not disappoint, it had everything, it was cute, yet dark..and well that combo just makes for a perfect book on my shelf, Julie has truly written an amazing read. (: Anyways this book is the best, and I CANNOT wait for the Conflicted, this story ends with such a twist and will leave you kicking and screaming for the next book!

    ----I think this is officially my longest review, sorry everyone it was just such a great book!(:
    --Conflicted (book 2) Is going to be released in the fall!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    I loved this book!  As soon as I was finished I had to purchase

    I loved this book!  As soon as I was finished I had to purchase the rest of the series.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    So Very Good

    I am not sure what book the others reviewed. I have nothing negative to say about this book. Loved It!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Cool idea needs editing

    Distracting spelling and grammar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    I was excited about this story. But the conversations were so si

    I was excited about this story. But the conversations were so simplistic and the writing in general was bad. A missed opportunity on a great premise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Not really good

    This book lacked any emotion. I felt like it was written by a 12 year old. The story line went by way to quick and the characters lacked dimension. The idea was original and seemed like it would be good, but it was confusing most of the time and it was easy to guess what was going to happen next. The ending was fast and I didn't really see a point to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    I feel sorry for this author.

    Its a good story premise, but a good editor would have had her working on beefing it up a bit more. a good editor would have actually edited the book for idiomatic errors and word choice errors. This book is a difficult read at times because someone said "oh, I'll just run the spell check and have done with this one." I sorta regret spending the 3 bucks including taxes to read it. which, for nearly 400 pages, should have taken me more then 3 hours.

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