I'm beginning to notice a pattern in Crane's books... and it's not going well on my side: love interests constantly thinking of each other and stalker boy of some type. Although the latter's within good reason, so I'm not exactly too bothered.
The first in the Keegan's Chronicles trilogy set is based off Irish folklore, particularly elves, who's lifemates are chosen at birth and they're apart from each other until both are 18 – very much like Matched but flawless (sounds too perfect in my opinion). Keegan, the main character, apparently finds out early on who her lifemate is, although she doesn't meet him until a bit later in the book. Coexist basically gives a basis on what the book is about with how it starts: a prophecy of a war between dark elves and light elves.
Let's just say I wasn't too connected with Coexist. Keegan jumps from guy to guy, which is pretty much an instant turn off for me. Haven't you guys heard me complain about The Secret Diamond Sisters?. Rourk stalks Keegan for a chunk of the book in the beginning without reason, and oh, he doesn't stop thinking about her either. It's probably mentioned hundreds of times. >_<
On the bright side, there's a valid reason behind his stalkiness. I'm pretty cool with that for the most part, and there's an emphasis on most.
Another turn off: the first time Keegan and Rourk meet, they kiss. *falls backwards with a thud* Oh, I'm quite peachy. Thanks for asking. Although I found it absolutely hilarious when fate rejects him later. Am I a cruel person? I'm not sure.
I have to say though, Crane certainly had an eye for a lot of detail in Coexist. While there's a lot of detail, there's a really big flaw. For a 2210 Kindle location book, which is probably the size of a novella, this should NOT have felt like an eternally long read that just dragged on and on and on. It's really not until near the end that something really interesting happens, but Crane manages to keep things interesting and a bit intriguing – however slow it might be. The End – There's a cliffhanger. But it felt out of place and made Coexist seem to end too early. I feel like there's some sort of missing puzzle piece to the story that I may have skipped while reading.
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