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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 ...
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?
Posted June 30, 2014
Keegan is a 16 year old elf that lives among the humans. Her father is the leader of the battle between Light and Dark so he is insistent that she learns how to defend herself. Her brother Thaddeus has visions and has seen her die in the battle so he gives Keegan Rourk’s name. She just has to think it and he will find a way to get to her.
Thanddeus’s visions have also shown that the war between Light and Dark is going to happen in September in Ireland. So they go about constant training and transportation to Ireland. Thankfully Thaddeus’ vision has given them and edge but they will still need more if they are going to win.
I really liked this story. Keegan is a likable character, has a lot of similarities to regular teens but the elf abilities really enhance her. The idea of the chosen one is great and is a great pivot point for this story. I had to laugh when they were getting ready for the war and Keegan realized that there is more to her fellow students than she thinks.
I can’t wait to get the next book in the series, Conflicted, to see where the story goes from here. This is a great young adult fantasy story.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 24, 2013
A perfect read for a young adult. Light romance, adventure, and humor with a teenage elf twist. Really enjoyed it and plan on reading the whole series. I plan on recommending this to my teenagers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2013
I am so glad that I found this series and author. This is the first book that I have read from this author but it will not be my last. Julia has a way of spinning a story and world that instantly pulls you in. I loved the story line and fell in love with the characters. I immediately purchased book 2 "Conflicted" in the Kerrigan Chronicles series, once I finished this one and I plan on starting it as soon as I finish the review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2013
I don't normally read a lot of YA stories. I usually prefer the more adult paranormal and romance genres. That being said, I loved this one! I enjoyed the tale that was woven. There's an interesting cast of characters. I love that the elves have their 'chosen' ones waiting for each other when they become of age. There were so many plot twists that I didn't see coming. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The story line flowed well. I only wish it had been a little longer. This is one YA series that I will continue. I'm glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave this book a try.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2012
For once, you CAN judge a book by its cover! Coexist is just as awesome as the beautifully done cover. Once I started, I could not put it down. Within a week and a half I read all three books in the series. The characters were easy to love and were really fun to get to know. I enjoyed watching as each developed. I love how Julia Crane has continued this series by creating spin off books for three of the other characters so far! A definite must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2012
I like how Julia made it clear that family is important in any kind of race, even magical creatures like Keegan needs a family. Her family had risked their lives in order to make her safe. I like how the war ended, that pride and ego set aside and honor still will be restored.
Keegan has lost her memory right after Anna’s mom, revived her life. I’m not the type of person that will be left hanging on the story. Would really love to grab the next book! I’m glad I read this book!
Posted August 2, 2012
Posted July 16, 2012
Reviewed by Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite
In Julia Crane's novel "Coexist", the reader leaves the world behind and enters an ethereal world of an imaginary and unearthly elven society in which elves cohabit, but live secretly amongst their human counterparts. Keegan, a sixteen-year-old girl who is born into a family of extremely gifted elves, is betrothed to Rourk, a young warrior elf, who is also gifted. In the elven society, one's soul-mate is predetermined at birth, and when the children reach the age of eighteen, they are allowed to meet and wed. Although Keegan and Rourk are not supposed to meet until Keegan turns eighteen, fate intervenes beforehand, as Keegan's younger brother Thaddeus has the gift of prophesy, and dreams of an upcoming battle that will be fought between the coexisting light and dark elves involving a tragic event that will change the course of all of their lives. At that time, Rourk elects to protect Keegan, in order to keep her safe from the elven dark forces, since she will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves. An ancient divination 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 the loss of Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces forming an alliance, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both yearn for? With so much at stake for the elves of the light, the upcoming battle is crucial in the survival of these enchanting characters that mirror our daily lives.
I enjoyed Julia Crane’s book “Coexist” so much that I purchased the second book in the series entitled “Conflicted: Keenan’s Chronicles #2”. I was so intrigued by the story that I had to know what is going to happen! Keegan and her family draw the reader in, which is something that I really liked because it gives the reader a different viewpoint on the elven community and how their lives work. From the beginning of the book, I was drawn into the story and felt invested in it. The mythology is beautiful and the story line is believable. I really felt for Keegan. “Coexist” is a quick, fun read that mirrors mythical creatures acting like normal teenagers. The plot line is interesting and noteworthy. I will definitely follow this series.
Posted July 4, 2012
I've been meaning to read "Coexist" since I saw it a few months ago on another blogger's site. I wanted to give it a chance it sounded like a interesting YA read. I'm glad I got a chance to participate in Julia Crane's blog tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours.
Keegan is a elf who is keeping her secret from friends at school. In elven tradition, Keegan has a chosen and her brother tells her the name of her chosen, which is against elven tradition. Keegan doesn't know that her chosen has actually been spying on her to keep her safe as per Keegan's father who is in charge of the army of light elves.
Rourke is drawn to Keegan whenever she thinks about him. He finds her fascinating and he can't wait to be apart of her life.
Things are changing around them and their destiny comes together sooner than expected when Keegan comes close to a dark elf. Rourke must step it up to protect Keegan even further and Keegan's parents think it's okay for them to meet sooner.
A battle is brewing between the light elves and dark elves, and of course it happens on Keegan's birthday. Keegan's brother is a seer who sees the future and he's trying to change it because their family may deal with a serious lost in their family and he doesn't want that happening.
My thoughts on "Coexist" was it was a very interesting book and I definitely understand now why the book was called "Coexist". Julia Crane has a very interesting writing style and I love the story she created. I was glad to read about other creatures other than the elves too in "Coexist".
I really didn't connect with Keegan's character though, especially at the ending, it kind of made me mad on what happened to her. She also was kind of prissy when I was reading her character. She got everything she wanted.
Rourke was such a sweetie. I fell in love with him immediately. He is very protective of Keegan even before he actually meets her.
I also loved Keegan's Mom, Emerald who was one strong woman. She not only does her motherly duties, but can kick butt just like her husband. =)
Thaddeus...was a very interesting character too (who was Keegan's brother). He played a very major role in the story. I loved what he did to make the battle stop between the light and dark elves. Very clever of him!
I plan on reading the next book to see how what Julia does to Keegan next. I definitely wasn't expecting the ending to play out that way. It was a very short read. I would've finished the book in one day, but having college finals come out, it wasn't feasible. (don't professors know reading is more important) =)
I recommend this book to Young adult readers out there.
Posted June 26, 2012
"An elfin child on the side of light will be born with the gift of sight. Light and dark shall meet, and it is unknown who will defeat. Eldest son of a warrior great, it is this child who will determine the elfin fate." ~ The Book of Elfin Prophecy.
Keegan could never understand the secrecy of the lives of those in her family and why she remained in the dark until quite recently. She was an elf and so was her entire family. They made efforts to dwell among the human race, unknown to them as was part of being a light elf. If only her friends knew what she really was, but it went against the code of elves to consider revealing her true identity to them.
What she was constantly thinking about was her life mate that was chosen for her at birth. She found out his name from her brother, Thaddeus, who gift was being a seer. They were forbidden to meet until they both turned 18, and if they met before their chosen time, their elders implemented a punishment of an added year apart if the rules were disregarded.
It wasn't until a chance encounter with a dark elf at a street fair that caused Keegan's world to come crashing wide open and with it that she was the answer to the ancient prophecy concerning the war against dark and light elves for the past 2000 years. She would be the one who could save their people from extinction. So now the real training begins for Keegan, if she can only keep her mind from wandering to Rourk, the name of her life mate. Every time she thinks of his name, he feels compelled to find her wherever she is, but he can never reveal himself to her. He must wait until she turns 18 before he can show himself to her. For now, he remains tortured at the sound of his name in her thoughts.
In the novel Coexist by Julia Crane, I was immediately drawn into the world of the elves and their existence with the human race. They each have unique abilities that enable them to help the humans that they live amongst, from being able to see into the future, to moving objects, healing and being super strong. Being a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings series, I knew this young adult novel was sure to engage my interest and it did from the very first page.
The world that Julia Crane creates is magical and truly believable. The writing is geared to a young adult audience and keeps the story line moving along so as not to bore the reader with a lot of details that aren't necessary. There is also a unique chemistry that exists between Keegan and Rourk that draws you in and you want to know what their first meeting will be like and if they will break the code that keeps them apart. Truly this is a great book and can't wait to read the rest in Keegan's Chronicles series!
I received Coexist by Julia Crane compliments of Reading Addictions Blog Tours for my honest review and have to say if you love fantasy fiction with a touch of suspense and romance, then this is the perfect book for you! I would rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and like the way I could use this book even in a Christian Fantasy Fiction between the contrast of light and darkness at war. I look forward to many more books by this author in the future.
Posted December 27, 2011
Julia Crane is a terrific YA novelist. Her characters are so lovable and real, particularly the main character, Keegan's, family who are relative to every family out there in dysfunctionality and loyalty to one another. The plot was action-packed from beginning to end with an incredibly shocking twist. I also really enjoyed a lot of the profound messages found in the battle between light and dark. Coexist has a rocking cliff-hanger of an ending that has left me waiting for the next in the series! I can't wait to read more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2011
On the surface, Keegan is your typical 16-year-old girl. She spends her time hanging out with her friends, shopping, texting and dating. But Keegan is an elf. She is really living a secret life, trying to fit in with the humans, all the while just passing the time until she turns 18 so she can meet her chosen mate. I liked this book. I thought this was a fun story. I liked that we got to meet both Keegan and Rourk and see the story from both of their point of views even though they did not get to meet right away. I thought the plot made a great story. The characters were fun and overall likeable. This is the first story I have read focusing on elves, and I liked the elfin world that the author created. One thing I really did not like about this book was the overall length. The book was short, and it just felt too rushed. I would have loved to see the main characters been given more depth. Some of the supporting characters, such as Anna and Donald, seemed almost a passing thought. You get their point of view very quickly one or two times in the story, and that is really all you get to see of them. It would have been nice to have a little more background on them as well. There were too many scenes that also felt too rushed, and I would have liked to have them elaborated on as well. The other thing that bothered me was the very quick changes in point of view. There was no transition between the thoughts of one person to the next. Sometimes I would have to actually back up a couple of sentences as I was reading because all of the sudden I realized that the point of view had changed, and then changed again, without warning. Overall, I liked this story; I just wanted more of it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2012
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