Review of “Coexist” by Julia Crane

Keegan's Chronicles 1Title: Coexist
Author: Julia Crane

Series: Keegan’s Chronicles #1
Release Date: June 19, 2011
Pages: 238
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal


BLURB:

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?

Chronicle Review by Wendy:

I initially found this book and read it on Wattpad.  After finishing it however, I realized it was actually published years ago and is the first in a trilogy, and even has spin-offs based on these characters.  

This book was an easy and quick read.  I was intrigued by the concept of elfin society, predetermined mates and ancient prophecy.  I’m not sure how to exactly put my finger on it, but for me this story felt less than fully satisfying.  Some concepts just didn’t seem to have a full enough explanation or maybe just not enough dramatic anticipation? It is the first installment in this trilogy, maybe I need to read the remaining two books to complete the picture?  I think my problem is that I don’t care enough to want to read more. 

I just wasn’t able to connect very strongly with many of the characters, especially the main protagonist, Keegan.  Keegan appears to be picture perfect on the outside.  In fact aside from her being annoyingly spoiled, she doesn’t have much opportunity for character development in the book.   Some characters were special, however. Keegan’s mother, Emerald is pretty awesome; She is interesting and likable!  Her father, Richard, feels like he has a rich history, Rourk has multiple issues to work through and her friend Donald is quite charming.  I wanted more from these individuals.  I did enjoy the author’s inclusion of multiple magical creatures interwoven throughout the story. 

The author has a unique way of expressing different perspectives with constant view point changes throughout each chapter.  I was impressed with her seamless transitions from one character’s thoughts to another.  

Immediately after finishing this book, I was looking for the next to continue the saga.  After I had some difficulty finding books 2 & 3 (I never did find them on iBooks), I began reading descriptions to the subsequent books and spin-offs.  By just reading the descriptions, I felt my questions were answered enough for me to not pursue reading further on in this series.   

Obviously other people felt more positively about this book and it’s characters.  I have mixed feelings on the story and its delivery. 

Wendy’s Rating: 3/6 
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