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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell

Released: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Clann #1
Young Adult
Pages: 416
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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…. 
*Digital galley provided by publisher for an honest review*

I wasn't really expecting this story to bring me in. With the whole vampire trend fluctuation going on, I've been very defensive while reading those genres. Crave wasn't a horrible "vampire" story, there wasn't much to the whole vampire or witch aspect thought.

You'll get more of the romance genre with this. I did enjoy the romance parts, something that every girl can smile at or feel butterflies towards and Darnell does a great job conveying the feelings between Savannah and Tristan; their star-crossed lovers deal was disheartening but adorable. Even their character development proved well. They were both highly complex characters poised to emotions, their own voice was progressed nicely with their dual POVs, enjoyable dialogue, and relatable drama issues.

My only problem was that it took about 60-70% of the book to see any form of action or a fulcrum in the storyline. The character buildup that takes more than half a book, well, it's just not my forte of a read. The romance was cute and all but I was waiting for something to happen for quite some time and the disappointment was a huge buildup. 

First Line: I edged closer to my unconscious boyfriend cuffed to a chair nearby. 

Story: B

Cover: C