“I have to say, finding original stories these days has become a difficult tasks, because lots of authors seem to love to fall into the trap of vampires as sexy and dangerous, and fall into the same trap of the supernatural genre has, but I have to say this story surprised me in a lot of levels.
I enjoyed Melissa's book a lot. The whole witches vs. vampires vs. vampire-witch baby is this fun twisted ride. And the fact that it was the girl this time who was the vampire surprised me, because as I was reading this I thought to myself the exact opposite of what I would have originally believed.
The fact that Savannah was considered an outsider is something I can relate to, because for a long time I was an outsider as well, and even now in college people still treat others like they are not good enough, and the worst part for Savannah is that none of this was her fault to begin with. This is just some weird traditions that go back centuries and the fault of genetics. And then the way she uses fear as the fuel that drives the Brat Twins to despise Savannah is interesting and real at the same time.
The love between Savannah and Tristan is cute and some of the things they did to be together surprised me, especially Tristan. There are moments when someone can tell this boy is truly in love, I mean he goes to an extent to prove this to Savannah. I never thought the boy had so much will power, and I found myself cheering them on the whole way.
And finally the ending. It was not a complete disappointment, because it gives you something to think about and when you get the sneak peek on the next book, it's like a mouth dropper.
I can tell that this series will be one that doesn't just revolve around these two love birds, but a whole system that is being threatened here. I loved the originality of this story and how alive all the character's were. I mean, everyone had their own personality. There was Anna and Carrie and Michelle, each with distinct personality but still working well together, and then there were the guys, which I found both creepy, like Savannah did, which just makes Melissa even better because she can make me feel like Savannah felt being around them.
And what I think she did best was switching points of views. I always want to know what the other person is thinking, whether a guy or girl, because it just drives me nuts, and I was glad that Melissa had differing points of views, because it's essentially the same story but a whole different effect. So I hope the rest of the series continues that way.
There was one mistake that was made when Savannah was referred to as a junior and not a sophomore, which she was. I don't know if it's because I have an ARC, or if that's how the finished product is, but besides that there just a whole lot of goodness in there. ”
“Savannah used to be best friends with the kids of the Clann until one day she became suddenly off limits. They torment her relentlessly and take every opportunity to make her life miserable. Even worse was that she feels this incredibly strong pull towards Tristan, her ex-best friend and clann member. Still, she was able to manage until she gets a mysterious illness that sets off some strange changes in her and her life gets turned upside down. Tristan on the other hand, never knew why he was forbidden from speaking to Savannah all those years ago. He also has a strange pull towards her, that only gets stronger each day ever since her strange illness. Now he's having to ward off other crazy boys that seem to stalk her every move, because he can't stand the thought of anyone else near her. Yet if anyone finds out what he has been up to, the consequences will me more than he can ever have imagined, but even that can't seem to keep him away.
While the beginning of Crave was a bit slow, once things got started, I was completely sucked in. I really noticed the change in my enjoyment of the book once the supernatural parts started to be revealed. To be honest, I had thought this was going to be about werewolves or other shapeshifters. For some reason "Clann" made me thing shifters, but that will teach me to not have prior assumptions as it was actually about vampires and witches, so that was a nice surprise. Also, I liked the twist from the norm in this genre in that the vampire was actually the girl rather than the boy. This role reversal was really refreshing as it was nice to see the girl be the "dangerous" one for a change. Anything that can shake up the norm is a good thing in my book.
Now, on to the romance. At one point in the book I was really worried about a love triangle, but luckily it didn't take form. Now I'm not fully against triangles, but I just don't think one would have worked here, so I was very glad it didn't happen. Putting that aside, there were times when I was a little annoyed at the interactions (or lack there of) between Savannah and Tristan. Thanks to the dual first person narrative, we got to see exactly how the other one felt about the other. Unfortunately there were just so many misunderstandings and obstacles between them to many any easy progress. To be honest, I had this nagging fear that the relationship will be completely doomed before it even really starts, and I don't feel any better now that the book is over. In fact, I feel even worse about their long run chances, but that doesn't mean I won't be rooting for them every step of the way. There is just something incredibly satisfying about a forbidden romance defying all the odds. Just don't get near me if things go wrong for good, as I'll be a sobbing mess. I've never been able to handle heartbreak well in my books, and the hurt will fester for a very long time.
On a slightly side note, I would have loved to have gone to this high school! (Well without the supernatural elements that is.) I just really liked how things were set up in that you could choose your P.E. class, and whatever activity/sport you chose was all you did. I stunk at sports, so I would have loved the option to pick dance or marching band instead. But anyway, I found the portrayal of high school to be very accurate with the mostly separation of different groups, and the bullying as well. Sometimes things seem a little unrealistic in stories from a high school setting, but Crave hit the head on the nail, making for a fun, yet believable read. To be honest I prefer the books I read to be this way. I love paranormal elements, in fact that is pretty much all I read, but they must keep the world believable, or I love interest very fast. Crave definitely gets my stamp of approval here. ”
“I liked the alternating points of views.”Cristina wrote this review Sunday, October 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Savannah is shy, self-conscious and just found out she is a dhampir. Sheltered from this secret since birth, she now understands why her crush Tristan Coleman, school playboy and future Clann leader has avoided her like the plague since the fourth grade.Tristan wants a normal life. He wants to play football for the NFL and he wants Savannah. An outsider in a world she can never truly belong, Savannah is dangerously drawn to Tristan more than ever. Destined to crave yet forbidden to love. They both must find a way to overcome the rules set by their secret society.Though it gets off to a slow start, this tale of love and sacrifice is an interesting read for teens.”LaToya H wrote this review Saturday, October 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When Savannah Colbert was in the fourth grade, her best friends and the boy she loved suddenly began avoiding her like the plague. Now, in high school, Savannah is still being shunned and bullied by the kids of the Clann. Savannah has heard the rumors that the members of the powerful Clann know how to use magic, but that doesn’t explain why they treat her like a freak. She’s just a regular girl…isn’t she?
Well, she thought she was, until a sudden illness brought on some pretty drastic, and definitely noticeable, changes. Now guys that never gave her a second look can’t seem to look away. Savannah discovers some pretty potent secrets about herself and her family. Secrets that were kept from her in order for her to have a normal life. Well, life is anything but normal now.
Tristan Coleman is the “Prince of Jacksonville High School”, and Savannah has been fighting her feelings for him ever since the day of their fake wedding in fourth grade. She is hyper aware of Tristan’s presence and has to struggle to keep her mind off of him. Unbeknownst to her, Tristan fights that same battle. Banned from having anything to do with Savannah and never understanding the reason why, Tristan has to work hard to control his abilities and follow the rules of his parents and The Clann. Not to mention, trying desperately, but to no avail, NOT to fall in love with Savannah.
Wow! I love the world Melissa Darnell has created in Crave. I am thrilled that she made the female antagonist the vampire and her paramour the witch. That alone was a breath of fresh air! I LOVE how the author switches from Savannah’s point of view to Tristan’s throughout the story. I enjoyed hearing his thoughts and knowing how he felt about Savannah, before Savannah did.
Savannah is an easy heroine to love. To watch her go from being bullied to learning how to take care of herself is inspiring. Not only does she have to deal with family problems (understatement), and high school bullies, but she has to figure out how to handle her physical changes as well as coping with the new knowledge of what she is becoming or may become.
Tristan is going to be one of those fictional characters we all fall for. Handsome, strong, southern boy, willing and ready to fight for the girl he loves.
Crave will have your heart racing, and at times breaking. The romance between the two main characters is palpable and endearing:
“I understood then why humans have noses. So we can find each other to kiss in the dark.”
I look forward to reading more of Melissa Darnell’s outstanding writing, and I can hardly wait for Covet, the second installment of The Clann series.
I received a copy of this book for review from Netgalley. ”
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Crave,is a book with a gorgeous cover and an intriguing premise that unfortunatelly didn't work for me at all...I mean as soon as I started reading this book,I was beyond certain I had a winner in my hands,only for that impression to rapidly change...
The prologue was amazing!It gave you certain glimpses into the main characters thoughts and a prelude of what was to come.To say that I was beyond excited and intrigued by such a prologue would be an understatment.The first chapters were also pretty much ok...We get to learn about the world building,about vampires,witches,The Clann and the vampire council and pretty much everything that plays a crucial role in this story.So,I was glued to my pages,eager to see what happens next.The problem with Crave though,was that nothing,absolutely nothing happens next,well,apart from that tiny incident mentioned in the prologue...
As I continued reading Crave,I waited for something to happen,anxious to see how all those changes in Savannah's life will affect the story,only to be majorly disappointed...Cause all that happens in Crave,is Savannah dating a random guy for a few chapters,Savannah becoming a Charmers manager (I won't even elaborate what Charmers are,there's absolutely no need,as there was no need for their practices to be so much mentioned in the book) and Savannah dating Tristan,our male protagonist.Nothing else!For 300 pages we have so many detailed glimpses in Savannah's routine that I honestly struggled to finish this book.Mostly,what kept me going was a hope that something,anything would happen.Maybe not now, but on the next 50 pages surely...And that thinking made me actually finish a book I would in no other way finish.
Savannah and Tristan were ok,a little flat for my taste but ok.I couldn't understand though neither Savannah's obsession with dancing,an activity that before becoming a dhampir was painful to her and then after becoming one and being all coordinated and flexible(vampire genes you see),dancing becomes her life...Nor Tristan's behavior towards Savannah.I mean he liked her,for many years he obeyed to his parents' wish and didn't speak to her despite being in love with her,and then all of a sudden he can't stop thinking of her and not only that,but while he isn't able to act on his feelings towards her,he has no problem whatsoever to do whatever he can for no guy to approach her either.After that,I just couldn't bring myself to like him.No matter how sweet he may acted later,no,nothing.
The rest of the characters were plainly invisible to me.Savannah's mother was way too immature and selfcentered (what person really stops loving someone just because the whole world is against you???????And you knew it from the beggining??????You had to have a child before you were tired of everything????).Anne,one of Savannah's best friend was a bit noticeable but other than that,the story was focused only on the main couple.
Oh,and one last thing!Who would have thought that all vampire genes do to you,is get you a cup up in your bra size,a gaze that dazes every male you set your eyes on and flexibility.Really????That famous bloodlust was almost nonexistent!
For me,the story was too one-dimensional to really invest in it,thus making Crave a bit of a tiring read.I guess though that as a book it will have a certain appeal to anyone looking for a love story set in a paranormal universe,with the paranormal element though playing a small part.Mostly,Crave is the love story between two teenagers who can't be together because of their paranormal nature. ”
“What a cliffhanger! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel to Crave!!! I absolutely loved the story and characters. This book is told from the point of view of Savannah -who is the main character and is half vampire and half witch and Tristan -who is a full blooded witch. Vampires and humans aren't supposed to be able to have kids with each other (and are not supposed to be with each other to begin with), so Savannah is pretty special. Tristan is actually the future leader of the witches, aka the Clann. And Savannah and Tristan are pretty much forbidden to ever be together. So, them falling in love stirs up a lot of trouble. And this trouble and all of these other complications is what made this book so captivating. Melissa Darnell definitely put me under a spell, because I found myself unable to put this book down and ended up staying up until the wee hours of the morning just so I could finish it. Which brings me back to this killer cliffhanger! The only reason I'm not completely going crazy, is because there was a little excerpt of the sequel, Covet, at the end. Overall, this was a fantastically superb read that I definitely recommend! :))
An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.”
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I had high hopes for Crave but they fell flat. In the beginning I was drawn into a most fascinating story, and the setting pleased me most particularly because it’s right around my own area of Texas (I knew the places!), but as it progressed, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. The characters lacked depth and the timeline was too speedy. I did not enjoy that it dragged on through the course of two and a half years of her life, in which myself as the reader still hardly felt as if I knew much of anything about her or the events. I would have much rather the events take place over the course of several months while getting a more in-depth view of character(s). The emotion didn’t feel real and that completely disconnected me throughout most of the reading.
There were constant shifts in character POV. Part of the story was told in Savannah’s view, and part told in Tristan’s. That wasn’t a big problem actually. I’m putting this out there, though, because some readers DO have aggravations when authors do this. I’m not one of them. Ms. Darnell did do a very nice job in transitioning nicely between the two character POV during the story and it wasn’t confusing in the slightest.
I am not saying that I didn’t completely enjoy Crave. It was an engaging and easy read as it was. I had some serious annoyances, however, that make me wonder if I would continue on with a sequel if there was to be one. It does have potential and I like the premise put into the storyline. While it is (yet another) forbidden romance in YA, I like the whole vampire-witches hybrid idea that has been put out there with this. Maybe I will read the sequel out of curiosity, but I won’t be in a huge rush to run out and get it or anything.
“I always believe in the saying, "Don't judge the book by it's cover." But when I first saw this one, I was enticed to read it. With it's stunning cover and a beautiful premise, I'd say--you'll never be disappointed.
This book was hard to put down. The moment I started reading it, I was immediately absorbed by the story and I couldn't wait to know what will happen next. I love how the author uses the character's POV, thus making it more intimate and effective to the readers. It helps us understand the character fully and allow us to see their true emotions.
I easily liked Savannah's character. When I first met her, I felt sad for her. Somehow, I understand how hard it is to try to fit in, because everyone thinks you're a freak. What's more painful was being ignored by your childhood bestfriend as if you never exist at all. What's worst, is loving that person even more each day, even though it is highly forbidden. It was nice to see her character developed as she gradually turn strong and confident. She might not be the most amazing heroine, but you'll like her as well as the golden boy Tristan, the handsome future leader of The Clann. Both characters are strong and will-powered, and also a bit stubborn which makes them more effective hero and heroine. I find the story a bit different from other paranormal novels, since it's not very often that you see a half-vampire heroine and a witch hero in a book. The story will pull you further into it as you turn the page after page. I was really surprised how I enjoyed this book and I loved the feeling when I read it--it was all excitement and thrill and suspense...
This book is a gripping story of forbidden love, bloodlust, thirst of power and betrayals. I definitely recommend this book, but I'm warning you...there's an awfully big chance that you'll crave for more of The Clann...”