Review: Crusade

I received this book for free from ALA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: CrusadeCrusade by Debbie ViguiƩ, Nancy Holder
Series: Crusade #1
Published by Simon Pulse on September 7, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 470
Format: Hardcover
Source: ALA
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one-half-stars

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.

This book reminds me of Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca with its 90s-tastic feeling. It may not be as upbeat, but it is predictable and very much following along with the popular themes of the day, without trying to do anything particularly original. This was also the perfect song because of the authors’ constant and annoying pretension to being extremely knowledgeable in every foreign language. Very few pages do not include at least one foreign word as an ejaculation from one of the characters. The main character is pretty much the only one who does not drop words of another language at every opportunity.

As with the languages, the diversity of the characters, who are a veritable grab bag of nationalities, should have been fun. But it wasn’t. It was just the device whereby the authors could pretend to be exceedingly clever, while writing sentences of low complexity and constructing an even lesser plot.

The whole thing is overdramatic and obnoxious: the diction, the characters and the emotions felt. Poor Jenn whines through the whole book (except the last page) about her lack of awesome; everyone else in her group has amazing slaying skills, but she is a big ol’ klutz (the whole Bella Swan ploy to catch yourself a sexy, schmexy vampire). This kind of heroine is so obnoxious; girls should read books by Kristin Cashore, Suzanne Collins and Tamora Pierce to see what real heroines are. The (forbidden!) love of Antonio and Jenn is the other main theme of the book and even that is not done well. It’s not particularly sexy or gushy or sappy or intense. The characters have no chemistry. Neither seems particularly to like the other one, despite their constant inner monologue soliloquies to that effect.

I do not recommend Crusade. I am sure it will have dedicated readers, as these authors wrote a popular series on witches. That’s fine, but I, for one, am done. For those who want (for some unknown reason) to read this book, Crusade goes on sale September 7.

2 responses to “Review: Crusade”

  1. rachchan2006 says:

    Crusade has been on my TBR for awhile now, but after reading your review, I’ve crossed it off. Thanks for the advice!

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