October 29, 2011

Crave by Melissa Darnell: Review

Publisher: Harlequin Teen (October 25, 2011)
eGalley: 416 Pages
Series: The Clann #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
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From Goodreads. 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.

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….

Review by Kate
CRAVE, by Melissa Darnell, is a fantastic paranormal teen romance mixing witches and vampires and the disastrous consequences that come for this young couple. Darnell sets up the stage for a wonderful series and I am anxious for the next book already!

Savannah and Tristan were best friends growing up but they were split up by their families. A powerful family in the community, The Clann, shunned Sav and made their children do the same. Sav never really understood why until freshman year she got 'sick', AKA turned into a vampire. Her family explains that her mother is a witch and her father is a vampire and she is manifesting more of Daddy's genes. Along with typical high school issues, growing up vampire proves an unwelcome addition to her life.

I liked the way Darnell started the story off and slowly revealed more about Sav's past with Tristan and the Clann as the book wore on. I felt bad for Sav because of how the family's in the Clann treated her with no explanation. Tristan is the black sheep of his witch family and steps out from the pack to reach out to Sav again. Their forbidden romance proves to be utterly lovely but extremely dangerous for the both of them. I really enjoy romances where the couple actually knows each other on a deeper level. I'm not too keen on 'love at first sight', since it rarely happens in real life, so I really appreciated the story between these two teens.

The paranormal element was really intriguing. I loved the idea of a witch and vampire and I was interested to see what happened between the two when Sav started to 'crave' Tristan's blood. I wanted to know more about her father's side of the family but I have a feeling that the next book will dive deeper into that part.

Overall, a great start to the series and I will definitely keep my eye out for the next book!

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