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
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
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
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 ...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 vampi ...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
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
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
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
I like the shared bond within the Team, how intune with each other as they are.
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
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
I loved the twists and turns that the plot would take, especially with the fogginess surrounding Aurora's and Sergio's mysterious sire. Just who is he? And, when I finally was given a name I was left with even more questions.
One of my favo ...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
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
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
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 ...more
Crusade was non-stop action, and Damned certainly followed suit. In fact, as far as bloody battles go, I think this book topped Crusade. The vampires (Cursed Ones) are absolutely relentless, and so the hunters have to be just as relentless, fighting constantly for their lives, their sanity, and their souls. Nancy Holder and De ...more
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 ...more
The battle between the Cursed Ones and Jenn and her team of hunters is growing more dangerous. And tension runs thick between team members as they each try to deal with their own problems and overcome their personal battles, while trying t ...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