Damned by Nancy Holder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book as part of a blog tour. This did not change my review in any way.
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 each other as well.
I really enjoyed Damned, even more so than Crusade. There was a lot of action in this book and new challenges for the team to face. There are insights into the world of the Cursed Ones, with scenes involving head vampire Solomon along with Aurora and others. It was also interesting to see how certain characters grow and change, but not all change was for the better.
By the end of the novel Jenn has learned that she has the potential to be the leader the resistance needs to overcome the Cursed Ones. With the help of Noah, a fellow hunter the team picks up while fighting in Russia, Jenn realizes that the leadership ability has resided in her all along and just needed to be let out. To be honest, I actually felt like Jenn and Noah should be together. They seem to have a real connection with each other, even though they haven’t known each other long. Of course, I like Antonio too, and according to Father Juan they have some sort of destiny together. I know that Antonio and Jenn have a lot of love in their hearts for each other, but the easier choice would most definitely be Noah.
I can’t wait to read the final book in the trilogy to find out what is going to happen to the hunters. By the end of Damned, certain events have taken place that really leave you wondering how the team is going to overcome these new adversities. I’m still trying to figure out what is going on with Father Juan. There’s some kind of secret involving him and his past, and while I have my ideas on the situation, I really want to know if I’m right! Fall 2012 is too long of a wait for book three.
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