Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles

Rated 3.80/5 based on 15 reviews
In Elfin society mates are predetermined, but are not allowed to meet until they turn 18. Keegan and Rourk are preordained partners. Keegan was told Rourk’s name as a child. When she thinks of him he is drawn to her and watches her from a distance. A battle brews in the background as an ancient prophecy unfolds. Can they avoid extinction? More

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About Julia Crane

Julia Crane dreamt of elves and teen androids long before she captured them and put them on paper. She's written and released over fifteen young adult and new adult titles over the past two and a half years. From science fiction adventures to succubus, Julia's fresh voice is easy to read and imaginative. Widely known for her Keegan's Chronicles series and IFICS series, and she has hit numerous best selling list on Amazon.

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Review by: Katherine Eccleston 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)
Review by: 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)
Review by: Amanda R. 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)
Review by: Maghon Thomas 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)
Review by: 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)
Review by: Midu Hadi on Nov. 23, 2011 :
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(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Kel Donovan-Roberts 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)
Review by: fathima amiruddin 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)
Review by: Ananda 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)
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