Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles

Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles)
by Julia Crane (Goodreads Author), Kadri Umbleja (Illustrator)

From Goodreads:

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 prophesy 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?

Some people just have what it takes to write YA novels (if we’re going to be honest, I do NOT; too much sex and too many f-bombs).  Julia Crane has what it takes.

This book hooked me from the beginning.  I love the first chapter, where we meet Keegan and Rourk and learn of their unique connection.  Keegan is a great character – she’s a typical high school teenager with a cell phone and a giggly gaggle of girlfriends, but she’s also burdened by the responsibility of being an Elf in an unbalanced world.  Rourk is strong and courageous, and his deep love of Keegan could make any hard-hearted woman swoon.  And Keegan’s family?  They felt like home.  Just as crazy but loyal as mine.

Julia’s ability to weave a story is perfect.  If I hadn’t been so distracted by my own projects, Coexist is a page-turner that would have kept me reading until the end (instead of taking me a ridiculously long time to read it).  Once the climax hits, it is especially action-packed – with an unexpected twist that left me gasping!  Not only that, but it has a cliffhanger ending, so I’m dying for more.

Julia’s ebook is wonderfully formatted and the cover is just freaking gorgeous.  I can’t wait to follow the career of this Indie author.

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