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Crusade by Nancy Holder

Author: Nancy Holder
Book title: Crusade
ISBN10: 1416998039
ISBN13: 978-1416998037
Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (May 3, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 496
Size PDF: 1883 kb
Size FB2: 1742 kb
Size ePUB: 1227 kb
Rating: 4.7 ✯
Votes: 206
Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Crusade by Nancy Holder

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Vampires—the Cursed Ones—have declared war on humanity. Most people are too afraid or unwilling to take a stand, but eighteen-year-old Jenn Leitner trains to become a vampire hunter, risking everything in the process. When Jenn falls for Antonio, a vampire fighting on the side of humanity, she discovers a love that transcends attraction and physical consummation. But the closer Jenn and Antonio become, the greater the danger. Together, they must fight for their love—and to bring light into the darkness the vampires have drawn over the face of the planet.
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When I first started reading this book it took me a bit to get into it. After the first three chapters I couldn't put it down!
When we enter the story, the world has been taken over by vampires, or Cursed Ones (C.O.). They have taken over the world by force, using fear as a motivation to herd the Nation's leaders into compliance. Of course, initially they were very `human friendly' stating they only fed off animals, never `converted' anyone against their will and were willing to live peacefully side by side with humans as equals. After the President's daughter is kidnapped a nationwide search is started with the help of the vampires. She is found and as a soldier is carrying her to safety, she mercilessly rips out his throat. Of course, this is publicized and is the beginning of the vampire/human war.
With the World being dominated by the C.O.'s, any resistance is met with swift repercussion. This leads us to our protagonist, Jenn. She is the daughter of a passive man who will turn on his own to stay safe and fly under the radar of the C.O.'s. Jenn, greatly influenced by her radical grandparents who always fought for what they believed to be right won't be compliant and leaves home at 16 to go to Spain to a Missionary there that trains people to become hunters.
As the story starts, Jenn, along with her hunter team, some of which have paranormal abilities are engaged in a mission in a small Spanish village that is being terrorized by some C.O.'s. They have been set up, someone has notified the vampires that they were coming and the hunters were ambushed and they realize there is a traitor in their midst. Is it Antonio, the seminarian who was converted almost seventy years ago yet remains a devout catholic, or Skye, a white witch who works magick's to protect and heal her team? Perhaps is Holgar, the Belgian werewolf or Eriko, the Japanese leader who received the only elixir designed to make her stronger, faster & more like the enemy they are fighting? Maybe it is Jamie, the ex-IRA Irishman whose family was killed by werewolves while the C.O.'s watched. Their team is fragmented and full of mistrust, it is only their trust in their mission and Father Juan, their mentor and leader of the Sacred Heart Academy that keeps them going.
Throughout the story, the authors give each characters POV, I loved this! It gives the reader a chance to get to know the character in the present and also their individual pasts. Each characters flashback gives us a chance to understand why they chose the hard life of a hunter.
Each of them experiences betrayals, heartbreak and angst which makes this story dark and a bit foreboding but there is also strength, learned trust and a bit of romance to even it out.
I wish that Jenn's character was a bit stronger, she came off as a bit of a cream puff and I didn't really see her bone up. I'm so hoping the sequel shows us a stronger Jenn, a bit more romance and definitely more triumph for the good guys. Along with that, I hope to see them become a bit more cohesive and trusting of one another. The action in the book is fantastic along with the thrills and horror. The descriptive scenarios are very realistic i.e. the sewer scenes in New Orleans. Altogether, this book rates as one of my favorites and again, I look forward to the next book.
Some say the Vampire trend in YA books is coming to an end. "Crusade" proves that there is still action, suspense, mystery, and romance to be found in the world of vampire lore.

"Crusade" starts with a bang. The world is at war. The vampires are tired of living in the shadows and realize that they have enough power to have it all. They seduce and persuade, then they kill. Jenn leaves America for Spain in the hopes of becoming a Hunter. She wants to stop the vampires before all she holds dear is taken from her. On a team with Antonio, Skye, Jamie, Eriko, and Holgar, she learns to trust the vampire and werewolf amongst them to fight the real enemy.

The individual stories of each member of the team are topped only by the nonstop action in the book. The book kept me interested in the characters as well as in the overall plot. I wanted to know what was happening with Skye and if she could face her fears, or if Holgar can truly let himself trust his teammates. Jamie is the tough guy that we want to see show his softer side. Antonio is the vampire on the road to redemption. What I really liked about Antonio as a character is that his reasons for being noble are more realistic then those one reads about in other, more romance focused novels like Twilight. Eriko has a troubled past like all the hunters, and struggles to find her footing as a leader. All the dynamics of these characters interacting also kept the book moving at a fast pace.

During a trip to New Orleans, the team needs to overcome their personal struggles to help save humans from the vampires that want to enslave them all while attempting to rescue Jenn's younger sister Heather.

The ending left me wanting more. "Crusade" is full of blood, guts, action, romance, magic, monsters, and fights. There are struggles, conspiracies, betrayals, but hope does shine through. (Defiantly more for older teens) "Crusade" is a well written, action-packed novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Hooked from the first page, I couldn't put the book down and I hope there is a sequel coming soon!

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