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Damned (Crusade #2)

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There is a fine line between love and sacrifice….

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

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Hardcover, 544 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Fabienne Gilbert
What can I say about this book really? Hmmmm.

Well one thing is for sure it definitely shows you what Antonio goes through to be able to be around humans. It kind of reminds me of the relationship between Bella and Edwards because her blood sings too him and I can see this in the relationship between Jenn and Antonio.

So this book carries on two weeks after the first one finishes so Jenn is more comfortable in her role of leader. Sadly thats not the only thing that has changed in the two week, J
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Saniya
Sep 12, 2011 Saniya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Did I just marked this book as-read because the boy in the cover is kinda hot?! o_O
Kristi-The Book Faery
THE FAERIES VIEW

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
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Erin
Sep 01, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
Damned & Crusade: An Epic Urban Fantasy Series in the Making

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
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ephrielle
Jun 28, 2011 ephrielle rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! There is such conflict and overwhelming odds against them. Yet they struggle on regardless. It is such a great view into the strength within each of us. The ending is really tragic. Holding with the trend of the book things are dire and show no real possibility of change. Still, I loved every page.

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
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Natalie
Aug 08, 2011 Natalie rated it liked it
Review will be posted on my blog, Mindful Musings, on 9/7/11.

In a Sentence: Damned was an extremely fast-paced, suspenseful sequel, and I ended up enjoying it more than its predecessor, Crusade.

My Thoughts

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 vampi
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Ruby
Aug 30, 2011 Ruby rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, vampires
This review was first posted on http://www.rubysreads.com.

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
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Jennifer
Aug 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Jenn's got a lot on her mind - she's just been made the Hunter, and her sister's been turned by the vamps. Then there's Antonio, who'd do anything for her, even if it means suppressing his vampire nature. Together with their team, they continue the fight against the Cursed Ones, but it seems the enemy is always one step ahead. Is there a traitor in their midst?

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
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Chelsea
Sep 06, 2011 Chelsea rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, uf-pnr, weres, ya, magic
This review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.

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
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I read about 3/4 of the book from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab, but then it expired on me before I finished the book. I then purchased the book (in the middle of the night) from an eBook store. One of the things that I love about eReaders. You can have instant access to books right when you need it.

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
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Sarah
Sep 12, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Crusade

Nobody is safe. Everybody is hiding something. Nothing will ever be the same.

This book broke my heart, built it back up, and then broke it all over again.

There's my description of Damned, by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. Before I say anything else, let me tell you how amazing these two authors are when they work in tandem - They're freaking brilliant. I think each of them are pretty good on their own, but they only reach this level of perfection together (and, in my oppinion, only in the Crusa
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Viola
May 25, 2015 Viola rated it liked it
My heart breaks for this book. There were so many bad things and so much bad luck rhat took place during rhis book. I don't think there was one paragraph of good news throughout. There was just a series of unfortunate events, one after another after another. I wanted ro give all of the characters a bit hug and just wanted to keep them safe from all the pain.

We definitely learned more about Jamie and Holgar in this book, and it was fascinating. And I am super happy Jenn finally decided to not be
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Stacey
Aug 23, 2011 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty amazing! I honestly did not know how I would like it, been kinda tired of the vampire stuff, but this book was really good. I really wish that I read the first book first.
I like the shared bond within the Team, how intune with each other as they are.
Melinda
Feb 21, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
I have to say this book/trilogy has surprised me. I was not expecting to enjoy the story as much as I have. Though I have to say that I feel like they are fighting a losing battle, but then, I'm one of those sheep following whatever is easier. ;-)

As with most middle books in a trilogy, this one is full of disappointing and futile battles. So many losses.

The upside is that Jen finally came into her own. And to smack down Jamie??? Nice!

Now for my few questions:
1) With Antonio's "demon", how is Leg
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Lisa Green
Jul 08, 2011 Lisa Green rated it it was amazing
Very dark - but that's the way I like it! Better than the first book in the series. The authors pull off the omniscient POV very well. Love Antonio, Holgar and the others. I won't say anymore, I don't want to spoil anything.
Heather Taylor
Apr 28, 2014 Heather Taylor rated it liked it
The first book in this series was great. This book doesn't come close. First 500 pages? Do we really need teen books that are 500 pages long? It was good for about 300 then it just dragged. And how many times can someone get captured? I felt like the whole story was rescuing one person then someone else got caught and they had to go after them. My final problem was a love triangle and of course opposition for the love story. There must be a rule book that says you have to do this in the second b ...more
Kimberly
Mar 20, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Team Salamanca was put to the test in this sequel to Crusade. Damned is an action based sequel, with a theme of never giving up, even when things are not looking good.
Sydney   LaForest
Jan 31, 2012 Sydney LaForest marked it as to-read
HOLGAR HOLGAR HOLGAR !!
Jenn and HOLGAR need to be together!
Becky
Jul 29, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
Now that the story throughout this trilogy has made it into the second book, it has gotten a bit better. I still don't think the whole mixing of magic and prayer is a) realistic or b) a good thing. I won't get into why that is, because I would be writing all night. However, the story has some twists and turns that definitely held my attention here. The ending (near the end) is heart breaking. I'm not sure how they can solve everything in one last book, but that's what I'll find out. This book is ...more
Liliyanne
Apr 24, 2011 Liliyanne marked it as to-read
DAMMNNN, he is cute <3
Jenn
I liked this book. I found it a lot better than the first one in the series. All I remember from the first one was that it is was extremely slow and I didn’t like it as much. Also I think I read it back in 2011? I’m glad I gave this series another chance. This book was slightly slow pacing but I found it interesting. I wasn’t bored while reading it. I liked since it was so long ago when I read the first, I wasn’t confused or lost on what was going on. Little hints helped me remember what happene ...more
Dana
Dec 13, 2011 Dana rated it it was amazing
Well Jenn finally steps up putting her big girl panties on and getting on with it. I will not tell you when, that is half the fun. A cliffhanger of course the team is taken from Madrid, Russia, Las Vegas, Montana then back to Salamanca. There are losses new interest and reunions.

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
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Gmr
Oct 06, 2011 Gmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to summarize book 2...there's a lot going on! Let's see...Eriko, the Hunter and former leader of the Salamancan group, is dealing with the changes....though not in her position but rather physically and mentally due to the changes granted her by her role. Holgar, our resident good guy werewolf, is dealing with echoes of his past as he struggles to maintain the life and health of his fighting partner Skye. Speaking of Skye, this time around she's not simply the White Witch they defer to for p ...more
E. Anderson
Nov 08, 2011 E. Anderson rated it really liked it
don’t always get to finish series. There are so many books coming out that sequels and series aren’t usually a priority for me. But there are some authors whose work I’ll always read, and some series that I absolutely must finish. Even when they are giant, 500-page tomes.

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
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Émeraude
Jun 14, 2012 Émeraude rated it really liked it
First, I have to say that this is one of the best series of books about vampires I've ever read, not only by the manner in which the series is written, but also by the author chose that approach, showing the face of cruel and inhuman vampires in most books on this genre is covered by the glamor and erotism that are assigned to these beings. Damend is no different with much struggle, blood, tears and losses, Nancy does not change the focus Crusade started in what is good, because most authors ten ...more
Aydrea
Sep 18, 2011 Aydrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Another awesome read, very intense! There is a lot going on in this book since the fallout in Crusade. The war is in full gear and Team Salamanca is having trouble, but they are a fierce group. I love reading the fight scenes because all of them are pretty BA. There were a lot of twists and turns in this book along with a heap of new information. There is not much I can say without ruining the story, but it was intriguing to say the least and I can't wait to see what happens next.

I love Jenn be
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Lea (YA Book Queen)
Aug 17, 2011 Lea (YA Book Queen) rated it it was amazing
With an action-packed storyline and a few heartbreaking twists, Damned is simply thrilling.

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
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Kate
Sep 08, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
First Impression:
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.

While Reading:
Where do I start with this? Ever since I have finished the last page, so many different thoughts are going through my brain. A
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Jessica
Oct 01, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, i-own, read-in-2011
Review: If there is one thing I can say for sure about this series, you will never have a dull moment while reading! The story is fast-paced and the action is off the charts! This is one of those books where you feel exhausted after reading certain scenes. I needed to take a break just to catch my breath!

I mentioned before in my Crusade review that this is like an adult series with YA characters. That idea continued for me during this book. Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie wrote scenes that are s
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David
May 18, 2012 David rated it did not like it
Now, if you would read my review of the first book, this might make a bit more sense. Now, here's the thing, I said I would never, NEVER read this book. I hated the first one, and now I hate this one two. But a friend of mine started to tell me the plot, and it sounded so bazarre that I had to at least see what it was about. So I downloaded it off audible, and I gave it a listen.

And OMG, was it odd. I don't even understand half of it, and whatI understand just confuses me more.

Let us talk about
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