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Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell

Thursday, November 10, 2011
2 Stars: An Okay Read
Series: The Clann #1
Paperback: 416 Pages
Publication: October 25, 2011 by Harlequin Teen

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….

In a way, Crave reminds me of Tris and Izzie. While the two books are their own separate entities, both involve female heroines who are just coming into their abilities, abilities that have been hidden from them for most (in the case of Izzie), if not all (in the case of Savannah), their lives. Both have tantalizing covers, and both were a little disappointing to me.

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Savannah and Tristan. I enjoyed looking through both of their viewpoints, as it allowed me to view them without the biased filter of the other. However, the transition from viewpoint to viewpoint wasn’t always smooth and often occurred multiple times in one chapter. Overall, it seemed more as though Savannah and Tristian were narrating the events and their reactions to their surroundings.

I had a hard time relating to the characters. Savannah bought into her heritage a little too easily, doubting her family for maybe a minute. She believes that everyone is against her, something I can sort of understand, but came out as rebellious. I think it’s either because not enough time is spent exploring her thoughts and emotions, or because her thoughts and emotions come off as childish. As for Tristan, he comes off as too chivalrous at times and too immature at others. He wants to protect Savannah, yet he ignores her for a full seven years before suddenly deciding to ignore the Clann rules to be with her without considering her feelings. She pushes him away repeatedly, yet he continues to push forward and convinces her to give in and rebel against her parents, who just might be trying to protect her from getting hurt.

In a manner of speaking, I did enjoy reading Crave; however, it’s just that: a book that I enjoyed, but which didn’t have many memorable moments for me. The most unique parts were the supernatural creatures. I do like Darnell’s interpretation of witches and vampires. However, the plot didn’t seem to have much depth to me, and the story wasn’t always running picture clear to me.


An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes

3 comments on "Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell"
  1. This is all I keep reading - this book is mediocre. I have giving up on planning to read it. There are too many other, better ones out there :)

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  2. See, I liked Crave, but I read it long before I started reviewing. I'm pickier now, so we'll see how I feel about Covet when I get to it on my TBR. That's the true test. Sorry you didn't enjoy it more!

  3. I have to agree with you for the most part. I started out not liking the book at all, but then it grew on me toward the middle. The characters are a bit unusual and there isn't enough character building. I however, did enjoy the just wasn't one I would read again. Thank you for the review. Good one.


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