Crave by Melissa Darnell

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….

Favorite Quote:  He made craving someone sound romantic, like a symptom of love.

I honestly picked this book based on the cover art, a choice that has left me more than disappointed in the past.  I didn’t really know what the story was about till I started to actually read the book-turns out Savannah is half vampire half witch.  Her mother and grandmother, whom she has lived with her whole life, are both witches and former members of the Clann, various families of witches that founded the town, and Sav’s father is an incubus vampire thought to not be able to have children.  Because they had her, neither the Clann or vampire council were sure what to do.  As her mother’s punishment as well as her grandmother’s for not stopping her child, the Clann has kicked them out and they are not allowed to perform magic in front of Savannah or teach her how to use it and her father was forced into service for the elder council of the vampire society.

As a child she was friends with the Clann children, but when she and her best friend at the time Tristan Coleman, had a make believe wedding the Clann became upset and banned all of their children from associating with Savannah.  Hurt and confused, she has grown up without her best friends with no explanation.  As she starts to come into her powers several things start to change, one thing being

attention from the boy population at her school, including Tristan.  Problem there is her feelings for him grow as well and they start to date in secret so that her family and the Clann will not break them up.  Obviously trouble ensues.

As usual, teenage girls think they are invincible and know exactly what to do without talking to anyone.  I don’t care what you think . . . as a teenage girl if you are gaining strange powers and do not know if they are vampire or witch ones, maybe it isn’t best to keep those tidbits to yourself. Prime example:  one of her new found abilities, to “gaze daze” guys to the point of obsession.  So when she realizes she likes Tristan and thinks she had “dazed” him what does she do?  Ask him to stay away to prove he actually likes her and is not under a trance.  After staying away for a month she thinks that he really didn’t like her.  OMG HE DID WHAT YOU ASKED!!!  Ugh.

Overall I really liked this book, even with the typical teenage girl issues.  It’s a great read, something I wish I could have read over a weekend so I wouldn’t have had to stop for pesky things like work.  I liked the labeling when POV switched, something a lot of books don’t do and can confuse a reader.  With the ending, its clear there is another book in the works, one I can’t wait to read regardless of how pretty the cover is. J

Pecans: 3.5/5

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