Coexist by Julia Crane (Book #1 in Keegan’s Chronicles)
Author’s Site: Julia Crane
Author’s Facebook Page: Julia Crane
Published: June 2011
Pages: 214 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Barnes & Noble Nook
Where I got this book: I received an ebook copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review. (My apologies for not having this done in the summer like I originally planned!!)
Overview 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 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?”
Mommy Bookworm’s Thoughts: My daughters and I started reading this book together during the summer, but then I ended up continuing it on my own to get done reading it since we were not finding much time to read together. My daughters did enjoy the part we read together though.
I enjoyed the overall story. I have to admit that when I think of magical creatures I generally think of years gone by instead of current times, so it sometimes threw me for a loop when the book mentioned that Keegan was texting on her phone or when other similar things happened. There’s nothing wrong with it being set in the current day – it’s just not what I expected. I believe the book would be very appealing to current middle school and high school students because Keegan deals with many of the same things they deal with in school, but has the added twist of having special magical talents to deal with and hide from others at the same time as dealing with the regular trials of high school. I like the way some things develop in the story so she does not have to end up feeling so alone later in the book as she does at the beginning. I think it’s a nice start to the series and is a good story of friendship and coming of age while bringing in a fantasy element.
The second book in the series came out in October 2011. I look forward to reading it, but haven’t had a chance to do so yet.