Author: Melissa Darnell
Series: Crave (#1)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Pages: 309 (E-book)
Read in: 4 days
The Sugar and Spice:
I kind of guessed this book was about vampires. The whole craving concept, had me thinking: "Vampire and blood", or "Angel and love." THANKFULLY, I didn't have to endure one of the many tacky bloody-fangs covers on the market nowadays. (Darnell - 1, Cruise - 1. Don't you just love a win-win situation?)
While based solely around Savannah's life as a vampire, we actually get a glimpse into her previous life when she was/believed she was human. This one element made me soooo happy. Which is more than I can say for other paranormal-vampire novels out there.
Savannah begins to get these weird feelings, talents, and enhanced abilities in the beginning of the novel. Until FINALLY, she falls deathly ill with the "flu." (The flu? The flu, really?!) During this point in time, her parents decide it's perfectly okay to inform their 15+ year old daughter that she is human. My response? Thanks mom and dad ... for nothing! You know what irked me sooooo much?! Instead of her to be angry like I was , she was just soooo happy! 'Hey mom, how do I fling a cup across the room?,' 'Oh my God, dad, what type of tricks can I do with my eyes.' No, no, AND NO.
Moving on. When she discovers she's a (*spoiler*) vampire/witch I felt like her demeanor began to change. Savannah becomes this confident vigilante, who defends herself for each bully attack she's a target of. This KILLED me to the point where I just wanted to drain all of her powers, and yell 'There! You're human again!'
For once in my entire lifetime, I've read a book with just one guy. No crazy love triangles that make me cringe, or cry. So, thanks Melissa. I needed that. (Totally in love with her.) While I do give Darnell the highest of high-fives, I just didn't like the love interest, Tristan. He was adorable, but I still felt like he was arrogant, rebellious (to the point of insanity), and too 'perfect.' Throughout the whole course of the novel, I prayed to whoever would listen to me, that Savannah didn't fall in love with him.
I think I'm going to end this review with more sugar than spice:
I really felt like this was an original. Melissa Darnell wasn't another 'Twilight paraphraser,' as we like to say. She had her own style, all the characters seemed realistic, with the exception of Tristan. I'm still kind of "iffy" about Savannah's transition from a human to a paranormal, but besides that, Crave wasn't all that bad. If those 2 circumstances were fixed, I might've called it a Stop, Drop, and Read. As of now, I'll say it's a Stop, Wait , and CONSIDER.