Review: Coexist by Julia Crane

Posted July 25, 2014 by Sophia

Coexist by Julia Crane

Keegan’s Chronicles #1
Julia Crane
Publication Date: June 10, 2011
Publisher: Valknut Press

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?

Part of the Keegan’s Chronicles Trilogy set – Review request via Mark My Words Publicity

I’m beginning to notice a pattern in Crane’s books… and it’s not going well on my side: love interests constantly thinking of each other and stalker boy of some type. Although the latter’s within good reason, so I’m not exactly too bothered.

The first in the Keegan’s Chronicles trilogy set is based off Irish folklore, particularly elves, who’s lifemates are chosen at birth and they’re apart from each other until both are 18 – very much like Matched but flawless (sounds too perfect in my opinion). Keegan, the main character, apparently finds out early on who her lifemate is, although she doesn’t meet him until a bit later in the book. Coexist basically gives a basis on what the book is about with how it starts: a prophecy of a war between dark elves and light elves.

Let’s just say I wasn’t too connected with Coexist. Keegan jumps from guy to guy, which is pretty much an instant turn off for me. Haven’t you guys heard me complain about The Secret Diamond Sisters?. Rourk stalks Keegan for a chunk of the book in the beginning without reason, and oh, he doesn’t stop thinking about her either. It’s probably mentioned hundreds of times. >_<

On the bright side, there’s a valid reason behind his stalkiness. I’m pretty cool with that for the most part, and there’s an emphasis on most.

Another turn off: the first time Keegan and Rourk meet, they kiss. *falls backwards with a thud* Oh, I’m quite peachy. Thanks for asking. Although I found it absolutely hilarious when fate rejects him later. Am I a cruel person? I’m not sure.

I have to say though, Crane certainly had an eye for a lot of detail in Coexist. While there’s a lot of detail, there’s a really big flaw. For a 2210 Kindle location book, which is probably the size of a novella, this should NOT have felt like an eternally long read that just dragged on and on and on. It’s really not until near the end that something really interesting happens, but Crane manages to keep things interesting and a bit intriguing – however slow it might be.

The End – There’s a cliffhanger. But it felt out of place and made Coexist seem to end too early. I feel like there’s some sort of missing puzzle piece to the story that I may have skipped while reading.

2.5 Owls

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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