Aug 23, 2011

ARC Review--Damned by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

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.

Jenn, the newly appointed Hunter, aches for revenge against the Cursed One who converted her sister. And with an even more sinister power on the rise, she must overcome her personal vendettas to lead her team into battle.

Antonio and Jenn need each other to survive, but evil lurks at every turn. With humanity’s fate hanging in the balance, they must face down the darkness…or die trying.

I received this e-ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Galley Grab for review

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 to remain a team.

I love getting into each of their heads and learning more and more about them and their pasts. And we do get to see that with them! We learn a little more about each of their backgrounds and what led them to the Academy.

There are also two new characters who come into the picture when Jenn and her team go to Russia to assist in retrieving their team member. While Father Juan and Antonio remain behind to look after Heather, Jenn's sister who is newly turned. They want her to be like Antonio. Antonio though can't stay away from Jenn and goes to her. And one of them is very attractive! At least Jenn thought so, there is a kind of pull between the two. So enter the love triangle again! Yet this one is going to be pretty interesting to see!

There's a lot of chaos in the book, a lot a lot a lot! Sometimes it was hard to keep the villains straight since we get to see their p.o.v. as well and trying to maintain what their goal is. For they each seem to have their own in mind, yet there is some sort of connection with the plan.

Can't get into too many details, but a lot of action happens. A lot of surprises. Like wayyyy shocking surprises! I have examples from other books that make them relatable, but can't say what they are for spoiler reasons! But there was a particular book that came to mind when reading that had a similar plot element.

And the ending? Pretty surprising. Action to the last minute! It's going to be a long wait til the final conclusion and I sooo can't wait to see how it all ends!

Overall rating 4/5 stars

Damned releases August 30, 2011

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