Author: Melissa Darnell
Published: October 25th, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Vampires, Witches, Fantasy, Romance
Content: Kissing, minimal swearing
Summary: Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.My Thoughts
For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences…. (From Goodreads.com)
In Crave by Melissa Darnell, darkness hides around every corner, watching and waiting for the perfect moment to come swooping in, capturing everything it has ever wanted. A relationship forbidden, Savannah and Tristan were childhood friends until one day they suddenly weren't and neither really knew why. Savannah has never understood the turn of events that took her best friend from her in the fourth grade, but years later at the age of sixteen, she still misses him.
Tristan has no idea why his parents, the leaders of The Clann, have forbade him to associate with Savannah, but he feels this pull to her, no matter what they say or do. But, will it be worth it for Tristan to give in to the pull and do what he has been told he must never do.
Crave is a story that I wanted to like, but in the end, I just couldn't get into it. I've discovered that when reading, if I look down at the percentage read at the bottom of my Kindle and I think "that's it, that's all I've read?" than the book I'm reading is just not something I'm enjoying. Crave was one of those books.
The writing, while not horrible was bland and forgettable. Crave felt more like a book I have already read a couple times before and for some reason I just couldn't find my groove amongst the words and characters. Savannah as a character had so much potential. The book begins with her waking up sick and getting progressively worse. I was really really interested in this whole aspect of the story. Why is she sick? What's going on with her? Is she really going to die? In the end, it wasn't as surprising or interesting as I'd hoped for. She turned out to be half vampire--which really doesn't give anything away as this all happens in the first couple chapters--and I suppose that the back story to her becoming the half incubus (succubus?) that she is, feels drawn out and stretched and a little weak kneed.
I would say that my biggest complaint with Crave is the dual narrative point of view. As narrators, Savannah and Tristan are extremely interchangeable and I wouldn't have known who was speaking if it hadn't been for the name at the top of their sections. A dual narrative is always hard to nail because the individual voices must be so unique that character titles, while presented, aren't really necessary. Savannah and Tristan were basically the same person. They even used the exact same nicknames for people which really didn't work because they hadn't been on speaking terms for eight years or something like that and the nicknames were not something I'd imagine a boy saying, ever.
I actually finished this book about two weeks ago, but I keep trying to think of what pushed me to finish it when I was kind of bored throughout. I think I've finally pinned it on the prologue. Now, I really don't see the need for most prologues, but in this instance it made me keep reading because I wanted to know how the story went from her being a normal and clueless human to being surrounded by people debating to kill her. I think if the book had been written better, the prologue would have been completely unnecessary. In the end it was okay, but I just didn't mesh well with Crave and its characters.
(Release Date: October 25th, 2011)