Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: "Crave" by Melissa Darnell

The Scoop: (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….

My Take:

So, the deal is basically that Savannah and Tristan are "drawn" to each other. You know, I'm not a fan of people being mysteriously "drawn" to each other for no reason, however, Darnell makes it work in Crave. Sort of.

I think it helps that they have known each other since they were children and, thus, have a backstory built in. Also, Crave is told from both Savannah and Tristan's POV, which, when done well (as done here), helps me understand everyone's motivations (because I typically ascribe ugly ulterior motives to random "love interests" who fall in love with the heroine for no reason - I'm talking to you, Caspian of The Hollow Series)

I still say...he may be cute, but if he starts stalking you and loves you for no reason, then he's just another creeper in hot guy clothing...

Crave was interesting and fast-paced (have I ever mentioned I'm a big fan of a fast pace?) I loved that the FP (Female Protagonist) was a vampire and the MP (you know...) was a witch. Usually, for some reason, the vamps are male and witches female and I liked that Darnell shook it up a bit (just as I did in Drink, Slay, Love and Jane Jones: Worst Vampire Ever)

Who run this mutha?

I can't wait to find out more about this world in the sure-to-follow sequels. I'm particularly interested in knowing more about Savannah's parents' love story. It sounds very Romeo and Juliet and might be an even more interesting story than Savannah's.

"You cast a spell on me, Juliet" "You're fangs are showing, Romeo..."
Overall, I would definitely recommend Crave for fans of Paranormal YA. It shakes up the vamp/witch genre and Darnell's world-building is superb. I can't wait to see what the next installment brings.

Final Verdict:

It's made of the same five ingredients every time, but still tastes good.


  1. I just bought this one this week, I'm glad to read that you really enjoyed it. Great review!

  2. This book is absolutely wonderful. Even if you are not a vampire fan, I still think this book should be read because of how original and different this book is. It focuses so much more on the characters as people and their relationships, not so much on the fact that they are vampires or witches. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book!

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