Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Damned (Crusade #2) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Hardcover, 544 pages
Published August 30th 2011
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


Damned is a captivating sequel to Crusade, I’ve waited for this novel to come out and I was not disappointed! It’s Thrilling, Chilling and Bad to the Bone all while carrying romance and heart break making for a most fascinating read. The series continues to get better, which I thought impossible!

Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue do a wonderous thing with building a dystopian like world that is ruled by vampires and humans are their sheep. It’s incredibly believable which is what makes it so scary; I can picture this world in my head without much difficulty. The Salamanca group continues to battle the vampires and the humans who side with them, the battle scenes are unbelievably realistic and at times I found myself setting the book down so I could absorb exactly what had happened.

Damned isn’t all about battling vampires; many in the group are battling what’s in their hearts. There is much unrequited love in Damned and with the addition of new characters it gets even more so. The plot while twisted and convoluted isn’t difficult to follow-in fact, it’s part of the thrill, trying to figure out what will happen next drove me crazy! Nancy and Debbie wrote the most amazing plot twists and turns so what I thought I knew turned out to be wrong-imagine that!
There are times when I’m rooting for and celebrating with Team Salamanca and there are times that I am feeling desperate and hopeless. I cried more than once through the book and there is one part that is particularly heart-wrenching-again, I had to set the book down to actually process what had just happened.

The Crusade series is amazing and quite frankly one of the best I’ve read. I am eagerly looking forward to Passing, the next in the series. I recommend starting with the first in the series Crusade before starting Damned and I also would recommend this book to all my Besties and Buds!


A Big Thanks to Simon and Schuster Galleygrab for allowing me access to this galley in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I need to start this series, I have heard so many great things about it. Thanks for the great review, I'm going to try to start Crusade in the next few weeks.
    Truly Bookish

  2. I REALLY REALLY want to read this series too!!!!

  3. I loved Crusade! I have Damned and I'm so glad to hear you like it. I'm so wanting to read it! Great review!

  4. I am apparently missing out hugely by not having read this series, must fix that Kristi! I love a book that can make me cry, it's fun to be so emotionally involved in a story even though it causes me pain:) That sounded kind of messed up, but you get what I'm saying right?

  5. I feel like Jenny! I am missing out! This sounds so good. Especially where you say they are also battling their hearts. Oh I love that. I love growth in a character no matter where it takes them. Brilly review!!

  6. Great review without giving any spoilers!! I might have to give this series a try.