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“this book looks really intresting and mysterious i hoping to read it soon”amya32 wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Forbidden love...Nice twist on the paranormal romance genre...”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD. LOVE IT SO MUCH! Reading 2nd book of series! Y'all should read it. ”Sophia wrote this review Sunday, March 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good. A few things I would have changed but all in all a decent book.”BroadwayGirl101 wrote this review Sunday, December 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome reading, couldn't put it down till i was finished.”Tammy wrote this review Thursday, October 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm sick as a dog and desperately needed to go to bed early last night, but instead I sat up reading this book because I couldn't put it down! Yes, it was that good! Savannah and Tristan have been compared to Romeo and Juliet in previous reviews, and I can now totally agree with that comparison. Their families, as well as the magical group that Tristan's family belongs to, The Clann, and the vampire council that Sav's dad must report to, will do anything to keep them apart. They were best friends growing up, but in the fourth grade Tristan and the other Clann descendants were told to stay away from Savannah, with no explanations given. Because Savannah's mother and grandmother wanted her to have a normal childhood, she had no idea that she was a dhampir, half Clann witch/half vampire, until strange things started happening to her when she turned 15 and they had to tell her. Neither she nor Tristan knew how dangerous their union could be, which is why they decided to date in secret. As expected, the course of true love never runs smooth, so by the end of the book all hell has broken loose!
I loved the characters of Sav and Tristan. They were easy to relate to and you find yourself cheering for them when they get together, and feeling for them when their love is tested. There's definite character growth there, and the pacing of the story is perfect.
I'm really glad I didn't read this book until I had the second book ready to go because I don't think I could've waited long to find out what happens after the cliff hanger ending of book 1! I can definitely recommend this book to fans of YA paranormal fantasy :D”
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: This vampire-meets-witches romances puts the plot second and high school drama first, but if you like angst you’ll find plenty in this book.
Opening Sentence: The last day I was fully human started off like any other April Monday in East Texas.
Jacksonville, TX isn’t run by the Irish mob, though the Clann seems similar in some ways. The Clann runs the town and the government, while their children run the schools. Their kids have been making Savannah’s life hell since they stopped being friends with her seven years ago, for no apparent reason. One day she’s pretending to marry Tristan Coleman on the playground during recess, the next no one’s speaking to her. Overnight, she’s a social pariah. High school doesn’t get any easier, though she does get some answers.
Sav’s always heard rumors about the Clann and their witch powers, but like everyone else in town she’s never believed them. Until her mother reveals that she used to be Clann. That Nanna is a powerful witch and they were both banished from the Clann when her mom married Sav’s father…who is a vampire.
Savannah’s the first dhampire outside of myth and legend. She’s right in the middle of an ancient dispute between witches and vampires. If she’s seen dating a Clann member, the elders will think she’s trying to suck him dry and the vampire council will think she’s siding with the witches. Her every move is scrutinized by both sides.
The change affected more than her appearance — her eyes are bigger, her hair perfect — it’s affected her senses as well. For one, her awareness of Tristan has changed to be worse than the warm heat that flooded her before. Knowing Tristan’s Clann (and exactly what that means) adds another barrier — as if him backstabbing her in middle school wasn’t enough. But now that Savannah’s ready to follow the rules and despise him, Tristan finds himself drawn to her more than he used to be. As Sav discovers her meld of witch and vampire powers, she accidentally puts herself in danger with the boys of her school. Her eyes aren’t just bigger, when she makes eye contact she turns uninterested boys into obsessive stalkers.
Now, this is the sort of thing you’d think Savannah would tell her parents about. When they explain why she’s changing, that she’s could become dangerous to other people, they tell her to keep the up to date on her new abilities. But Sav isn’t the sharpest crayon in the box and takes the revenge route instead — the classic well-you-lied-to-me-for-years-so-why-should-I-tell-you-anything route. In more than one place, it made me want to smack the girl. She’s upset she can’t dance anymore, because she’ll surpass the other dancers with her new vampire skills, so she decides to endanger the lives of her peers and not talk to her parents? Right. That makes sense.
Tristan and Savannah are the romance that’s forbidden to happen, which obviously makes it inevitable. The story is from both their points of view, but is focused on Savannah’s change (which Tristan doesn’t realize has happened) and their lives at school. Crave mixes both high school social politics with supernatural dangers, but the plot is all about Savannah and Tristan’s romance. While the young Clann members use their social situation to bully their classmates into a social hierarchy, the vampires use theirs to keep Savannah from sticking out and revealing their world to the humans. There was a lot of potential conflict in these two areas, especially after Savannah changes into a dhampire, but it doesn’t come to fruition. Which is doubly unfortunate because it keeps Sav’s character pretty static throughout the novel — despite the fact she changes from human to dhampire, she stays pretty much the same.
The narrative voice of Crave is easy to read, the world of the Clann just needed to be flashed out more. For 90% of the novel the Clann is just a group of power hungry witches who use their powers to maintain their social status in Jacksonville. The vampire council is the mysterious ruling body of vampires, which her father reports to. I think if the world had been more engaging and the stakes had been higher, Crave would have been a much more engaging book. One thing that did surprise me was the time spanned over the course of the story. It’s Sav’s freshman and sophomore year, but it could just as easily have been a few months. The lack of change in Sav’s life is both boring and confusing. (Make sense? I didn’t think so. Sorry, but that’s all I can say without spoiling!) Unless the synopsis of the second book in The Clann has something drastic happening, I doubt I’ll be adding it to be TBR list.
“Me, beautiful? Now I know this is a dream.”
“What if I told you this wasn’t a normal dream? That our minds really are connected right now?”
“Uh-huh. So you’re saying you’re not just a figment of my imagination?”
“Basically, yeah.” He traced a finger over the back of my hand, then he looked directly at me, and I loved the fact that I could safely stare into his eyes.
“So then you’ve done this a lot before? Connected with other people’s minds while they’re asleep?”
“No, just yours.”
The Clann Series:
2. Covet (September 25, 2012)
FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with a copy of Crave. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“GREAT!”Bubbles wrote this review Wednesday, March 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book!!!!”Tanya P wrote this review Monday, March 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked two things on this book. One: We discovered the history and some things that made the truce. Two: Loved how different is knowing that she is a daughter of a witch and a vampire. How weird for a girl to have all those hormones and some strange things happening at once.
I liked how Tristan tried to help Savannah since the beginning. He didn’t know about the past or who her family is but still tried to help her when strange persons started to appear, and best them all, he believed her.
Is interesting how racist this society is, they exiled an entire family after years on their side just because of one mistake. Also the vampire side was a bit expected from me since all the books usually show them as terrible individuals.
I think the book has a great plot but this one was a bit long. Hopefully the next will show more action, since we already know the truce is hanging by a thread. I’ll definily read the next one, since this story is so unique.”