Damned (Crusade #2)
Antonio would do anything for his beloved fighting partner Jenn. He protects her, even suppresses his vampire cravings to be with her. Together, they defend humanity against the Cursed Ones. But tensions threaten to fracture their hunting team and his loyalty—his love—is called into question.
With an even more sinister power...more
Damned is a captivating sequel to Crusade, I’ve waited for this novel to come out and I was not disappointed! It’s Thrilling, Chilling and Bad to the Bone all while carrying romance and heart break making for a most fascinating read. The series continues to get better, which I thought impossible!
Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue do a wonderous thing with building a dystopian like world that is ruled by vampires and humans are their sheep. It’s incredibly believable which is what make...more
After reading Crusade, I was curious if we were going to get to know Skye better. She’s the witch who fights alongside the hunters — the only witch willing to step across that line and officially align herself with the team who seeks out to destroy the Cursed Ones. She still keeps to the rule of doing no harm, as best she can. If humans are involved, then Skye is out. But we got a hint to a dark past for her in the first novel, and Damned...more
It felt wrong to write a review of Damned since I know both authors so well and I am closely connected to the series. So, instead I decided to write a rumination on the Crusade series since there are a few things about the series that have always struck me as significant within the fantasy genre, but haven’t really generated much discussion. Therefore, since the Damned Book Tour is stopping at Underwords today, I’m going to talk abo...more
The word that comes to mind when I think about this story is strife. This book is full of strife. It's set during a war. The vampires are taking over the world. Most humans hide their head and p...more
And OMG, was it odd. I don't even understand half of it, and whatI understand just confuses me more.
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Damned, the second book in the Crusade trilogy written by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, finds our hunters continuing their battle against the Cursed Ones. Unfortunately for them, they learn hard lessons along the way that force them to either grow up or give up. Jenn Leitner is now the leader of this band of fighters, and winning the war seems hopeless. Her team not only fights the Cursed Ones, they fight eac...more
First, I'd like to talk about the cover. Is that a hunkadunk or WHAT? I am officially in love with Antonio (no matter what he did this book, his looks make it forgivable :P). The book is filled with action, and heartbreaking sighs. I felt really bad for Jenn in this book. EXTREMELY bad. She has to go through so much emotional baggage, that's weighing her down, and the team is trying to do everything they can to help her, but personally, I thin...more
Jenn is the second most character I love reading about. She's isn't some Mary Sue or like how I like to call whiny characters "Bella Swan'. I'll admit, in the first one, she kind of is since she's feels like she's 'just Jenn' since she was the only one in her group that was normal. But in this one, she's has grown into such a strong character.
And just like how it says in the back, this book does have a 'fine line between love and sacrifice. . . ' cause in this book, J...more
In a Sentence: Damned was an extremely fast-paced, suspenseful sequel, and I ended up enjoying it more than its predecessor, Crusade.
As I mentioned in my review of Crusade last year, I felt that Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie did a wonderful job of building the world they created for the Crusade books. After finishing Damned, I stand by that statement. Crusade and Damned take place in a dystopian-esque world in which vampir...more
She's definitely evolved and grown into herself as the book progressed, just not entirely of her own will. Her world took a hard hit in book one, leaving a large crack but the farther into Damned you read, the farther the crack spreads until finally it completely shatters and Jenn isn't the same Twilight-esque character she appeared to be in Crusade.
The entire Salamanca team also juggles the destruction of the world, both as a whole as well as on a personal level;...more
I wasn't super happy with what happened to Antonio. I just don't like seeing anyone in a position where their free will is taken away. Without that who are you really. At first when it...more
Jenn is officially the leader of the Salamanca team of hunters, but everyone in the resistance may be in over their heads as the risks grow higher. Vampiric control over the world is strengthening, the resistance is growing difficult to continue, allies are running low, and one of vampires has even begun manufacturing a surprise that could bring the downfall to humans everywhere. But even as Jenn and her t...more
There's also a lot of insight into how Cursed Ones can regain control of themselves as seen by Antonio and Fath...more
This is the second book in the Crusade series, and as such, it has a lot more action than the first book. This time it's all about int...more
In the first book the only thing that bothered me was that Jenn had no confidence but i think, finally, in this book Jenn comes into her own as the new leader and also she finally dished out a good ass-kicking to someone on the team who i think thoroughly deserved it at that point.
I once again got swept into the plot and the world that the uni...more
Admitedly, with most trilogies, the first book is the best and sets the stage, including establishing the ch...more
A really good sequel to , just as with the first book it is non stop action revolving around a group of teenage vampire killers led by a mysterious all knowing priest. Things havent gotten any better for Jenn, Antonio and the gang infact you could say they are 10 times worse as the world succumbs to the vampires and their allies become less and less. Those who they thought could be trusted turn out to be something else, old enemies resurface and their faith and trust in each other is pushe...more
Damned is the 2nd book in the Crusade Series, and I definitely would not recommend reading it first, as it picks up where Crusade leaves off. (On the same note, if it’s been a while since you’ve read Crusade, the authors do a good job of filling you in throughout the book so that you won’t feel lost- which can also be a bit daunting at times). After a somewhat failed mission in New Orleans, Team Salamanca has retreated to their university in Spai...more
There is two individuals after Antonio with similar purpose but different intentions those come out in Damned.
We also get to see what lead up to each individual on the team being there. We know Jenn's story of course bu...more
DAMNED is one of these books — the second book in Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié‘s CRUSADE trilogy. The series incorporates world religions, often Catholic mythology and Wicca, in building its post-apocalyptic world. A world in...more
This review contains spoilers for Crusade.
Okay, so you may or may not remember that, at the end of the last book, everything went all to hell. Jenn's dad betrayed her to the vampires in order to save her sister, Heather (and the rest of the family). Unfortunately for him, the plan totally backfired (duh) and Heather was, instead, captured and, ultimately, "converted." Whoops.
Heather's "conversion" is a complicated issue on so very many...more
After being so impressed by Crusade, the first book in this series, I have been (im)patiently awaiting the release of Damned. In the first novel, Holder and Viguié blew me away in their presentation of a vampire war. I adored and applauded Crusade for its originality and gusts. And was super excited to get transported into this world again.
Where do I start with this? Ever since I have finished the last page, so many different thoughts are going through my brain. A...more
Nancy was born in Los Altos, California, and her family settled for a time in Walnut Creek. Her father, who taught at Stanford, joined the navy and the family t...more