Crave by Melissa Darnell
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: 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….
I drooled and swooned over this book. The synopsis sounded fantastic, and I have a hard time resisting anything with an amazing romance. And then I began to read the book. The writing was beautiful and descriptive and held your eyes and your mind glued to the pages. Melissa wrote the book from the view point of both Tristan and Savannah. I love when authors write two main characters in books; the story is more dimensional and has more depth. Mash that and her beautiful writing style and you will just drool over the pages like I did.
Let’s talk about some of the characters. Savannah is giving, caring, and helpful. She is also extremely indecisive in determining, well, just about everything in her life. At times it is entertaining to see Sav talking herself into and out of doing something that would make herself happy or otherwise. I really do enjoy her character. She seems like the type of person you would want in your life. In the beginning, she kept her emotions right on the brink of surfacing; you could feel them bubbling just out of reach.
Tristan is a green eyed, golden haired god in my mind. At first he seems like an arrogant jerk, which I am sure is how we are supposed to perceive him. But, he quickly won me over. He is sweet and trustworthy. He is also extremely protective and loving to Sav.
But Tristan and Sav together? They smolder. You definitely feel the love and longing between the two. The writing in the times that the two spend together is gorgeous and at times visually creative. Things become increasingly difficult after they find that the two’s families are mortal enemies.
Tristan is a descendant from The Clan, a powerful and magical family. The magic used in the book is interesting. It is directly connected to emotion and it is fun to read.
Savannah’s mom is a descendant and her dad is a vampire. She is a cross-breed in a sense and is slowly coming into her vampire blood.
Together, they go down a road that is dangerous for the bother of them; a road of love that is constantly hidden and tormented by the feuding families. A love like Sav’s parents once had.
The story line is intriguing. As I do normally say, the back story for the feuding families or the love story between Sav’s parents could make for an interesting read. The little bit of information given in the book helped the story line along, but I think that there could have been a little more intertwined. With that said, I still think the book was fantastic.
I fell completely into the pages of Crave and devoured every world with eager enthusiasm. A truly marvelous read.
Favorite Quotes: pg. 209 “And then our gazes locked together… something just clicked inside of me. And I knew. I knew she was the only on for me.” (Tristan)
pg. 301 “I understood then why humans have noses. So we can find each other to kiss in the dark.” (Savannah)
Favorite Character: Tristan and Anne (Sav’s best friend. Very feisty)
Least Favorite: Dylan (Tristan’s a-hole ex-bestie)