Published: September 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Copy provided by: Library
For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.
Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated — and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.
Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself — and her heart.
Christinabean = black
Curlypow = blue
I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I have been looking forward to reading it for several months and then I just never ended up getting it. I placed a hold on the title at my local library and once I started reading, I was sucked into this amazing story. Ok, so right here is where we start to differ with this one. I actually bought a copy of this just a couple of weeks after it came out and started reading it right away, only after about 80 or so pages I stopped reading and it is still sitting on my bedside table where I left it. I decided to try listening to it instead and I started a little while ago. While it's ok, I'm just not feeling it, if you know what I mean?
For me, the characters aren't working. Jenn is so opposed to her parents views on vampires, she leaves the US on her own, at 16, to go and train with the Salamancans in Spain, but once she graduates as a fighter, she is so unsure of herself throughout the story that I just got fed up. Without adding a spoiler, her relationship with Antonio never quite worked for me. Jamie - well I didn't like him at all - he's just nasty. In fact, I think I got a little fed up with everyone's insecurities. Somehow it didn't seem to make sense with the 'team' being such high fallutin' fighters - where was their confidence in themselves and each other?
(The funny thing is, I first noticed Crusade when Curlypow first told me about it and was raving about how excited she was to start it! hahaha!)
As the summary mentions, Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her. I didn't see that one coming. It kind of outraged me as I watched it unfold and I was pretty angry. Funny how we sometimes hold a vested interest in our book characters, isn't it? Alright, I agree that the betrayal was a big surprise, but Aaarrgh! I can't say anything more about it without giving major spoilers