So, I just finished reading Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié last month. All I can say about the book reminds me of A Discovery of Witches in the sense of what’s good about the book is a very short list. Well, let me start with the short list. First off, I liked the premise of the book. It’s a very interesting premise. Second, I liked how well thought out the world was. It seemed like a real world.
However, that’s the end of the short list. First off, the book read more like the second book in a trilogy as opposed to the first book of a trilogy. To me, there were three reasons that made it seem like it was a second book as opposed to the first book. The first reason was that the authors gave too much information about the main characters too soon. In my opinion, there was no mystery to any of the characters. It seemed like the authors just wanted to spew every little bit of information out into the first book. Personally, I think that the authors should have spread out the information about the characters over the trilogy as opposed to dumping it all in the first book. Anyway, the second reason that made the book seem like a second book instead of a first book is related to the first reason. There was too many subplots. I can think of at least four different subplots within the first book. I think that is too much for a trilogy, let alone the first book. Anyway, the third reason that made the book seem like a second book instead of a first book was that there were so many secondary characters. I had a hard time keeping track of the main characters. I had an even harder time keeping track of the secondary characters. In my opinion, the authors should have streamlined the amount of characters, both main and secondary, that were the book. There were too many to keep track off.
My second problem with the book is that the main characters of Jenn and Antonio remind me so much of Bella and Edward from Twilight. I think that this is pretty self-explanatory. The only difference is that Jenn and Edward have a dash of Buffy and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to that, I felt that there was no chemistry between Jenn and Antonio. I think that it’s because the authors didn’t really explain Jenn and Antonio’s backstory enough.
My last problem with the book was how the story was set up. Personally, I don’t think that the way that the authors switched the points-of-view worked. I’m not sure what it was that made this one different because I have read other books where the points-of-view have switched and the books were fine. In addition to that, I thought that the storyline was slow.
Anyway, in a nutshell, I didn’t particularly like this book. I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, and I’m not planning to read the other two books.