Coexist by Julia Crane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book from Read 2 Review.
This is a young adult urban fantasy novel with some paranoral romance.
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?
This book was nearly 5 stars for me. I really like it. From the first page, I was drawn into the story and felt invested into it. Other than Tolkien, I haven’t really read about elves, so that was nice. The mythology was great. The story line was believable. I really felt for Keegan.
So why not five stars? Somewhere a little after halfway through, I felt cheated with Keegan and her beau. I felt that the weekend they shared which could have really drawn me to love the guy was rushed. Although I was connected with him, I felt there could have been more.
Also, the war just seemed to happen. I know that it was prophesied. But if the other side wasn’t aware of the Thaddeus’s recent prophecy, how would they know to go to Ireland for a war if everyone was in the states? It seems to me the ‘light’ elves themselves brought the war on by gathering in Ireland. I guess a paragraph before they actually went to Ireland to war saying that “spies” confirm that the dark elves were preparing for war, might have gone a long way to believability. The only thing we got was once they were in Ireland ‘dark’ elves’ scouts were spotted, unless I missed something???
All in all, I’m looking forward to reading the sequel which thankfully is already out there so I don’t have to wait. :)
So, I would recommend to YA paranormal romance readers!
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