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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

Hardcover, 544 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Mar 21, 2011 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

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
Mar 11, 2011 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
Jun 17, 2011 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
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Crusade
Shelves: fantasy, ya

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
Aug 01, 2011 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
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic, ya, uf-pnr, vampires, weres
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
Jun 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampires, teen
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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
Jul 14, 2011 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
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
Lisa Green
Jul 08, 2011 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.
Aug 01, 2011 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.
Apr 24, 2011 marked it as to-read
DAMMNNN, he is cute <3
Jun 30, 2011 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 22, 2011 marked it as to-read
Jenn and HOLGAR need to be together!
Tiffany May Ross
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
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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
Stephanie Maynard
I started this series a few weeks ago and I'm on book 3 now. OMG!!! This is amazing. The author is awesome and puts enough detail in the story to the point where you can feel as if your really there with the team. I love that there is a group of hunters who are regular ppl besides the vampire, werewolf, and witch they have in their team. It makes it interesting tho. There is bickering between the teammates and everything. I can't help but laugh out loud sometimes. There is a romance going on bet ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved it and wished the characters were real.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC NOVEL! characters are very expressive and life like its scary. so very thankful that i had the time to read this amazing novel
Bridie-No excuses. No apologies. No Regrets Jones
I can't lie, i liked this book quite a lot, it took me only a day to finish. I liked the poetic twist to the writing. Plus no sparkly vamps were mentioned.

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
Taylor  H.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Wow! Holder and Viguie really outdid themselves on this one! Clocking in at a little over 500 pages (yes, you heard me...500 PAGES!!) I expected it to have some lulls, as well as some highs. I can't believe how wrong I was! Each page was jam packed with action!

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
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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
Sep 18, 2011 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
Jun 25, 2011 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
E. Anderson
Jun 29, 2011 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
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, read-in-2011, arc
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
Reading Teen
I seriously love this series! There are only a handful of books out there that can cause this much anxiety and emotion in me, but this is definitely one of them. I love it!

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
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The duo team Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie once again write another spectacular book together! Damned is the second in their new trilogy. Wasn't too impressed with the cover change, but what can you do? I guess seeing people on the covers is better than gates!

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
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