on Feb. 1, 2013 :
I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review...and I honestly thought it was amazing! I started reading Coexist around 2pm and I finished it around 6pm. I couldn't put it down. I became totally immersed in this book and I am going to be buying the next book as soon as I finish typing this review...lol.
I loved the characters. Keegan is great - she's a typical teenager who just happens to be an elf. Rourke is the perfect hero - his love for Keegan is unfailing even from afar and he is always there to protect her.
I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on July 12, 2012 :
This was a light, somewhat fluffy, fast read. A fairly short book, there were scenes that could use more details. And some scenes that could use less, like the constant overly detailed descriptions of everyone's clothes. I want to hear more about what is happening, not what people are wearing, unless it directly pertains to the plot.
As a character, Keegan was annoying. She was an immature young girl whose life revolved around clothes and boys. A typical poor little rich girl, who is very oblivious to everything around her.
Rourk had a creepy vibe going on. His constant surveillance of Keegan toed the line between destined soulmate protector and dangerous stalker. His interactions with Thaddeus helped make him more real and less one-dimensional, but I'm not sure I'd want him watching over me as closely as he did Keegan.
The ending was a surprise. Not a real cliffhanger, but there was enough loose ends and threads that I can see many readers rushing to read the second book right away.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Feb. 2, 2012 :
I have had this on my TBR list for a while and finally read it. It didn't disappoint. Can't wait to read the second and third in the series!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Dec. 20, 2011 :
Ok, I really liked this book, and as always thanks to read-2-review for giving it to me and introducing it to me... I really like Keegan, and her family. This book has a different few on the elven community and how life works for them. I REALLY like Rourk, and I really do hope that things work out this way! I've already purchased book 2 cuz now I HAVE to know what's going to happen!!! I like that there are more supernaturals than originally thought by Keegan (everyone seems to be something) and no matter how much I like her friends I'm firmly on team Rourk-which is unusual for me, I normally like more than one guy for different reasons! :) so, happy reading, I'm on to book two :)
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Lyrical Lit. Publishing
on Nov. 25, 2011 :
Coexist by Julia Crane was a great, fast and light read. The story centers around a girl named Keegan, who is an elf. In a world where magical beings integrate well in human society, she has grown up a privileged and happy teenager. Her only care in the world is for shopping for parties and hanging with friends. Yet an imminent battle between light and dark elves has escalates, with Keegan’s family in the very center of it all.
Most of the story is spent following Keegan around, having fun with her friends and her family in the day to day of her normal high school life. Keegan and her family have special powers (since they are all elves) and her brother Thaddeus is the ‘chosen one’ who is supposed to save their race and is a gifted warrior and seer. Keegan comes off as likeable but spoiled. Her family is rich and has everything so they are a bit hard to relate to. There are other supernatural beings blending in the city’s population, which somehow Keegan seems oblivious to. She seems to only be aware that she has a chosen one, a predestined love named Rourk, (who is my favorite) and that there are light and dark elves. The roles of the other beings are not fully explained in this book. The elves have been at war for so long, no one seems to know why they are fighting anymore.
I enjoyed the storyline but the action did not seem to happen until the end. Conflicts between the two elves seemed to be solved way too easy and fast. I would have enjoyed a bit more depth in the backgrounds of the characters. Overall a steady paced read that kept my interest. I will be reading the next in the series to see what happens with these likable characters.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Nov. 23, 2011 :
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Nov. 23, 2011 :
Awesome story and awesome storytelling. Julia Crane does a wonderful job of creating believeable characters and having you get to know them. If elves, fairies, and shapeshifters existed it would make this story even more believeable. I really can't wait to read the next book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Nov. 22, 2011 :
ELF MYTHS BUSTED !!! That's the first impression that crossed my mind when i started reading this novel . And i'm sooo happy i did !!
Cover-Speak : I really liked this cover . Its sweet and simple not to mention its kinda cute . For me it basically spoke of how the different kinds of mythical creature's in this book have easily blend in with the human kind . Also the light that is shown emitting on Keegan's path is of a very great significance in this story .
Things i liked about this book :
1) Rourk & Keegan : The main characters of this book , Rourk and Keegan were really a delight to get to know . Especially Rourk , i found him to be quite a swoon worthy charming young man . His love and passion for Keegan is pure and absolute and the protective nature he exhibits towards her is definitely to die for . Keegan on the other hand came across as a very sweet yet a very focused teenager . There were many other characters in this book that were very interesting , but these two were my absolute fav .
2) Twists and turns : For a really fast read , this book sure had a lot of twists and turns . The kind of twists and turns that could make you go like , " WHAT .... HOW .... BUT WAS'NT IT ..... HOW DID THIS ... " i'm sure questions would pop on your mind but you would not be able to get through them ..
3) The Ending : The ending was what took me by surprise completely .I mean firstly it was completely unexpected , not even in my wildest dreams did i imagine it to end that way . But i could definitely say this , the ending has definitely set up a plot line for the sequel , which by the way i cant wait to read .
Parting thoughts : A quick and a fast read , this one sure to blow your mind away . By the way this was my first Elf based story and i really liked it . Cant wait for the sequel . Definitely recommended for those who enjoy shy romances and mind boggling turn of events :)
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Nov. 18, 2011 :
"There has to be something more in this world than what the average eye sees!"
Keegan is a sixtien years old elf! Now I know you will start thinking of Santa and Christmas, but it's not that kind of elf. These elves are more human-like elves, maybe a bit shorter than an average human and with a bit sharpened ears, but overall very similar to humans.
Keegan is gifted, her mother is a healer, her brother is a seer, and her father is the chosen one, the one that will lead elves in the great battle that is supposed to come.
Keegan's brother Thaddeus, saw that Keegan will be married to Rourk and he is mighty good in predicting! But Keegan's life is suddenly shaken by finding out there's a great war going, and she must find out how to use and control her gift.
A war is been going on since the beginning of time, but this has been shield from the eyes of humans"
Ok, I must admit this sounds amazing and even poetic, so even got me thinking of the symbolism..a war is indeed being going on, evil and good fight every day since the beginning of time. Evil and good in the human nature!
However, I experienced some difficulties reading this book. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying it's a bad book, however I must say it's not actually my cup of tea. It was challenging I admit, so far in my "history" of reading I have never came up with elves (except the ones in Santa's stories), so I really didn't know what to expect. Though I guess, this may disappoint the author if she reads my review, but I have to stay honest, book about elves is just not my kind of read.
But, before judging me (I hope you won't) I really gave this book a fair chance, yet I didn't like it that much.
So you see, besides "my" problem with elves, whom I found really less interesting than vampires lets say, I had some major problem with understand the main character Keegan. I really didn't like her, I simply couldn't get into her "psychology" and understand her. She's a modern elf, with a Facebook and Tumblr account, ok I get that..but I really didn't "feel" her personality.
There's a war going, yet I didn't feel the dynamics. I loved the fact that there are lots of dialogues, and the book is really easy to read, however, I am giving it 2 stars, and truly hoping I will enjoy the sequel more.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Nov. 9, 2011 :
On the surface, Keegan is your typical 16-year-old girl. She spends her time hanging out with her friends, shopping, texting and dating. But Keegan is an elf. She is really living a secret life, trying to fit in with the humans, all the while just passing the time until she turns 18 so she can meet her chosen mate.
I liked this book. I thought this was a fun story. I liked that we got to meet both Keegan and Rourk and see the story from both of their point of views even though they did not get to meet right away. I thought the plot made a great story. The characters were fun and overall likeable. This is the first story I have read focusing on elves, and I liked the elfin world that the author created.
One thing I really did not like about this book was the overall length. The book was short, and it just felt too rushed. I would have loved to see the main characters been given more depth. Some of the supporting characters, such as Anna and Donald, seemed almost a passing thought. You get their point of view very quickly one or two times in the story, and that is really all you get to see of them. It would have been nice to have a little more background on them as well. There were too many scenes that also felt too rushed, and I would have liked to have them elaborated on as well.
The other thing that bothered me was the very quick changes in point of view. There was no transition between the thoughts of one person to the next. Sometimes I would have to actually back up a couple of sentences as I was reading because all of the sudden I realized that the point of view had changed, and then changed again, without warning.
Overall, I liked this story; I just wanted more of it.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Oct. 4, 2011 :
The story was a quick fun read that dives into the elfin society. It is less than 160 pages and kept the suspense up throughout the whole book. I do wish that I could have experienced some parts of the book rather than being told about it...maybe more dialogue between characters or even internal dialogue. I loved the fact that the main character wasn't a misunderstood teen, but a teen with friends and boys and was loving her life. There were some minor characters that we didn't really learn too much about and not sure if that was intentional because this is a series or if they just weren't developed enough. However, I still loved reading about the elfin society and trying to figure out if any of my friends and family are maybe not all human! Julia Crane knows how to weave a story and keep it going til the end...well...okay...she keeps it going through the end as we are left with an unpredictable twist that leaves a reader needing the next book! It is a very fun clean read that I would recommend for all ages, it was clean enough for middle grades to read.
Review by (Guest Reviewer) Jacque Stengel
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2011 :
Consider this writing task. Write a young adult novel with a cast of young girls and the occasional hunky guy. Have them live in a modern computer world, interacting with each other on Facebook. Oh, and don’t forget to include an elf war.
How would you do that? I’d give Julia Crane a call. She’s got more experience with this than the rest of us and she does an amazing thing: she makes it believable.
Coexist starts with Keegan, an teenage elf and her family who are, not surprisingly, also elves. Elves have their mates chosen for them and she’s thinking about him, whoever he is. But elves coexist with normal humans, beings without the powers of elves. And thus the story begins.
Crane weaves a tale of Keegan’s balancing act between living the life of a human teenager while hiding her elfen heritage, her destiny, and her brother’s destiny, which is to have a role in resolving the impending elven war between the light and dark elves.
I’d like to tell you more but that wouldn’t be fair, would it? If you enjoy young adult fantasy, get this book. Read it. You won’t be disappointed.
(reviewed 70 days after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2011 :
Wow I can't even believe how quick I read this! It is pretty short though, more like a novella. It definitely left me wanting more! Keegan was an interesting character because she went to being kind of spoiled to being grown up in a short amount of time. It was fun getting to read about her training even though she didn't use it much. The battle was pretty BA and crazy in general. The ending definitely shocked me and I am intrigued to see what happens next.
I liked Rourk, but his soldier mentality could be a little scary. His and Keegan's connection was pretty intense but interesting to read, especially from more than one POV. I thought he was adorable when he wanted to be though. I am interested to see where their relationship goes after that ending. There were some other fun secondary characters that I hope to learn more about in the next book. And just a side note: for some reason I found Donald to be a ridiculous name for the character! That sounds mean but I can't help it and I am interested to find out more about his part in the next book!
So in all I liked the book and I definitely want to read more because this one was too short!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
My time with this book was fluent, since is not too long I only needed a couple of hours to finish it and right now I'm not sure of how I feel. But let me explain.
Yes, the book was super good. Julia's writing is very smooth and she pictures the mind of a teenager really well, specially an elf teenager.
But in fact all that Keegan wants is to be normal and to enjoy her live before she meets her chosen one. When that happens she knows everything is going to be perfect with him but until then, why not enjoy her life?
But as normal as she wants to be she doesn't know that her friends are nothing but normal themselves...
Nevertheless, there's a war coming and her family plays a very important role: Her father, Richard, is the one that will guide the elves of light to battle. Her mother is a healer and her little brother, Thaddeus, is a seer, but not a normal seer: he is the one that will stop the war between light elves and dark elves. But he is only twelve and although he's strong and very mature for his age he is still not sure of how is he going to stop everything... And what is worst, in a vision he saw his own sister dead during the war...
So he decides to tell her the name of her chosen one so she will think of him if she is in danger. Rourk, her chosen, oblivious to all this is draged to her every time she thinks of him. The poor guy doesn't stand a chance, we girls if we are in love are used to think of our love every spare moment we have, right? So it doesn't matter if he is busy doing something, he needs to go and look for her.
The characters are really cool. Keegan is beautiful but still a nice and sweet girl. Rourk is the type of guy that I would love to have for myself, confident, strong, protective and caring... sigh... Yes, sorry, I need to focus. And then we have Thaddeus, a kid that plays Xbox and tries to stay away from other people because of the visions he has when looking at others, sometimes I felt really sorry for him, it must be very difficult to know bad things are going to happen in your own family and not be able to tell them...
And I can forget the love triangle that is not really clear until the end of the book between Keegan, Rourk and Donald, one of Keegan's friend. I really would love to see what happens in the next book. I don't mind Donald but I will be cheering for Rourk!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on June 18, 2011 :
Once I started reading I couldn't stop. It's a great story that flows right along from start to finish. I like how it ended, leaving you wanting to find out what will happen in the next book. I'm rooting for Rourk!
(reviewed the day of purchase)