Google+ Reading Teen: The Crusade Series Featuring Vanquished by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (Giveaway)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Crusade Series Featuring Vanquished by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (Giveaway)

Crusade, Damned & Vanquished
by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Vanquished:
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 28, 2012)
Language: English
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Buy on Amazon: Crusade, Damned, Vanquished

No spoilers for the series:
Crusade:
The ultimate battle. The ultimate love.

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.

I seriously love this series!  There are only a handful of books out there that can cause this much anxiety and emotion in me, but this is definitely one of them.   I love it!

Crusade and Damned were non-stop action, and Vanquished certainly followed suit.  In fact, as far as bloody battles go, I think this book topped the others.  The vampires (Cursed Ones) are absolutely relentless, and so the hunters have to be just as relentless, fighting constantly for their lives, their sanity, and their souls.  Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie must be two seriously kick-butt ladies because they definitely know how to write a fight scene (or twelve).  I can't tell you how many times, while I was reading, I realized that all the muscles in my body were tensed up and I was holding my breath.  And I'm pretty sure they also like to torture a poor girl, because my heart is seriously BREAKING for these people/vampires/werewolves.  I mean how much can they take?? 

One of the things that I love about this series, is the way that it's written.  Debbie and Nancy are accomplished authors and it really shows.  The point of view is constantly shifting, as is the setting, and the characters we are following.  This seems like it would be confusing, but they pull it off brilliantly.  It is obvious that there was so much thought, history, and detail put into this story.  I love seeing it all unfold.  It's complex and dark and harsh, but underneath all of that, it's hopeful. 

The characters are so perfect and so completely screwed up.  I love them all for so many reasons.  They're constantly struggling with themselves and with each other.  The relationship between Jenn and Antonio, the only vampire who fights to overcome his desire for blood, is subtle but so compelling.  And in Vanquished even more than Damned, their struggle is just heart-wrenching, as are the relationships of all the team members.

If you read Crusade and Damned, you will not be disappointed with Vanquished.  It is more intense, the characters are more evolved, and the story just takes twist after twist.  It's a fantastic ending to a phenomenal series.  If you haven't, you should check it out!  If you love non-stop action, deep plot lines, and being completely sucked into a story, I think you will love this series!

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38 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Jenni at The Mortal's Library
    http://themortalslibrary.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thank you SO MUCH for this giveaway. LOVE the review and look forward to Vanquished!!!

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  3. I have only read Crusade, but I loved it! I know I need to read books 2 and 3, and I promise to read them soon. You just reminded me how much I enjoyed the fast pace and intense action of the first book!

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  4. Thank you so much!!! We love you, Andye!

    Nancy and Debbie

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    1. hi how are the both of you I just love your books I'm reading them along with reading book six of Cassandra Clare so both of you and her are my favorite authors

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    2. hi how are the both of you I just love your books I'm reading them along with reading book six of Cassandra Clare so both of you and her are my favorite authors

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  5. Read Crusade and Damned already. Loved them! Cannot wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Vivian M

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway.I'd love to win this.

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  7. Wow, I haven't heard of this series before. I'm definitely going to go check them out right now. Thanks for the heads up.

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  8. What an amazing giveaway! I've wanted to read this for a while now! So excited, thank you for this opportunity! :)

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  9. I fell in love with Nancy's writing when I first read Pretty Little Devils - such an awesome book, so I'd certainly enjoy this series <3

    Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  10. You guys are one of my favorite blogs! Thanks for the great giveaway=)

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  11. It sounds full of action and I definitely want to read that!

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  12. Thank you a lot for the chance to win and cheers for making it international. I don't feel left out when it's international.
    xoxo

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  13. Love the mythology in this, seems so different:)

    Thank you:)

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  14. Thank you for the international giveaway! It's an amazing book!

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  15. I so want this book. When it came time for me to decide just which books to buy in September I very reluctantly removed this from my list. I have been crossing my fingers since then that I would find a way to get a copy regardless of my personal book buying budget.

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  16. I've only read Crusade, but I know what you mean...It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win! I really enjoy reading this series!

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed! :D

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  21. Thanks for the great review! The cover art is just amazing, and I have to say that this is my favorite from the other two books. I can't wait to read this book :)!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  22. Thanks for the awesome review! I can't wait to read this!! Thanks for the giveaway : )

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  23. I thought Crusade was great. Thanks for the chance!!

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  24. I have not begun this series yet. VANQUISHED looks incredible.

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  26. I hadn't heard of this book before but it sounds amazing! I have to read it now :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  27. I love Nancy Holder! She really creeped me out with Possessions. This series has been on my radar for a while, and I am definitely looking forward to diving into it.

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  28. I can't wait to read Vanquished!! Thanks SO much for the chance to win a copy!! You are most awesome:)

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  29. Thanks for the chance! I too can't wait to read Vanquished!

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  30. Thanks so much for this chance!! this book looks awesome!!

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds awesome!

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