Monday, August 29, 2011

Crave by: Melissa Darnell

Synopsis: Savannah Colbert has been shunned all her life by the kids of the Clann. And when she undergoes some drastic changes after a strange illness, Savannah learns secrets about the group and about herself—dangerous secrets. For the Clann are powerful magic users, and Savannah herself is half Clann and half vampire—a forbidden, unheard of combination. Falling for Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman isn't just a bad idea—it could be deadly if anyone finds out. But her attraction to Tristan—and his to her—isn't something either of them can resist for long.

Thoughts:  Melissa Darnell has created a magical, yet practical world and a perfect forbidden romance that has me (pun intended) craving more. I cannot get over how much I loved this book. I want more. Need more. (Man, I feel like a vampire.) I am just blown away with this beautifully, creative story.

Crave starts off with Savannah Colbert, a freshman in high school who seems to be an outcast all because in forth grade she was forbidden to ever hang out with her best friends from "The Clann" ever again. After falling extremely ill, Sav (short for Savannah) learns that she is the only known dhampir... half witch, half vampire. Unlucky for her, the two groups are against each other, so Savannah continues on with life as normal as she can. Upon her return, she seems to be getting way more attention than normal though. When Sav starts to become extremely attracted to The Clann's future leader and her ex-best friend, Tristan, and the forbidden attraction is returned, Sav will have to figure out what to do quickly before her entire world is turned upside down.

I literally could not read this book fast enough, yet while I was whipping through the pages, I did not want it to end. Melissa Darnell creates such a unique story of witches and vampires, and at the same time it's a story about a teenage girl with normal problems. Yeah, there's the whole I'm supposed to hate the amazing boy I'm falling for because he's the son of The Clann's leader, but on the other end of the spectrum there's a normal girl with boyfriend, friend, school, and family problems. Also, throw Tristan in that mix and all of his problems and we get one amazing story.

I thought the story flowed perfectly. I loved following Savannah and Tristan through their journey. Yes, duel perspectives!! We get to look inside Savannah's thoughts and Tristan's. Another aspect, is the book spans over a good amount of time... which is something I love in books. Makes the story feel more real to me because it gives the relationships time to develop. And finally, I absolutely adore the dialog in Crave. There were so many times I was laughing, or doing my little happy 'YESS' dance while reading. Melissa Darnell has a way of making you feel the emotions right along with the characters and it's brilliant.

With Savannah and Tristan, I absolutely loved both of their characters. You can add Tristan right to my Christmas list... get a nice big box with a big green bow to match his eyes and put him inside and I'll be set! First off, I was instantly in love with Tristan's name. Then, I fell for his looks... golden blonde curls and green eyes. HELLO, that is my PERFECT combo right there! (He matches me!). Then, as the story rolled on... you cannot help but love Tristan. He is so strong, so caring, built and athletic, willing to do anything for Savannah... he's totally swoon-worthy. Savannah totally picked herself a winner.

Savannah, also with a gorgeous name, has the looks as well with her pale skin, red hair, and gray-blue-green eyes. Sav is so stubborn, yet determined. She's smart and loves her family. Everything Savannah has to go through in this story with her friends, family, and Tristan and she's still strong as ever. Sav is a completely admirable protagonist and I cannot wait to follow more of her and Tristan's story in Covet

Other than those two, there are so many characters that make Crave what is is. One of my favorite secondary characters happened to be Tristan's sister, Emily. I loved her care-free attitude and how she helped her brother no matter what... where's my sister like that? Also, I have to admit I loved the role Greg played in the book and also Savannah's best friend Anne... Anne is too funny. Then there's of course The Clann and The Vampires... which I am dying to find out more about!

This has turned out to be one of my longest reviews and I'm sorry, but I just couldn't help it! I absolutely loved Crave and everything about it. Plus, I love dance and that aspect was also thrown in the mix! The cover, the story line, the characters... all pulled me in to the magically dark world of Crave. It's easy to see that I am dying for the sequel, Covet. Every one should definitely keep this one of their radar. Buy it, read it, love it! Five stars out of five. :)

PS. The playlist and sneak peek of Covet, just made me love, love, LOVE it even more! 


Received from Netgalley - Thank you!
- 5 out of 5 stars -

1 comment:

  1. Damn yooooou!!! Man, I thought I was pumped for this before but WHOA. You have me so freaking excited to read it!! I'm seriously tempted to try requesting this off NetGalley now and I've banned myself from doing that because I hate reading on the computer. But Crave sounds sooo worth it. Love the Vampire/Witch aspect and I think I'm falling for Tristan already haha. Fantastic review, Jena! But damn you for making me more impatient for this LOL


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